We’ve been in touch with our amigos over at Vee Rubber about their new Fat-Bike Tires and this week we received two of their brand new Vee 8 – 26″x4.00 , 120tpi, Folding Bead Tire. The tread is comprised of rows of ramped knobs, reminiscent of a small block 8 – 29r tire, on steroids. The knobs near the middle of the tread are 3mm tall and nearly 4mm tall towards the outer edge of the tire. The knobs are ramped, for lowered rolling resistance. The first thing I did after I took them out of the box, was put them on the scale. The tires weighed in at 1361 and 1404 grams each. Check out our tire weight page and you’ll see that makes this new tire from Vee Rubber very competitive with 45NRTH and Surly tires in the weight department. You may want to rejoice, when you hear that the MSRP on this tire is set at $85! We mounted the Vee 8’s on a set of Rolling Darryl rims and the casing width measured 95mm at 310mm from axle C/L. The tread blocks measured 89mm at widest point.
The side wall says Sealant Compatible, so we’ll be testing these tubeless as well as with lightweight tubes. Sven will be running the new Vee 8’s, this weekend at the Fat-Bike Birkie and Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, (the) Spinner Ryerson along with Julio will take turns properly thrashing these new sneakers over the next six weeks. Look for our in-depth review in late April!
Consumers will have to wait till June to get these and they will be available through J&B Importers and Downeast Bicycle Specialists. More dealers will be added soon.