One of the many splendid new products that we saw at Interbike this year was Vee Tire’s brand new Snowshoe 26 x 4.7 fat-bike tire. We’ve been waiting patiently for them to become available and today, our patience was rewarded with two brand new production Snowshoe tires for us to test! The two tires weighed in at 1185 grams and 1247 grams. Very Respectable! Take a look at our comprehensive list of fat-tire weights HERE
I mounted them on 100 mm clown shoe rims and compared it to a Big Fat Larry mounted on the same. In a side by side comparison, the Snowshoes, are not quite as tall and not quite as wide as the BFL. The snowshoes use a Silica rubber blend. Silica blends are used in foul weather auto tires by Bridgestone (Blizzaks), Michelin and Goodyear (among others). The Silica blend aids in wet and snowy traction. Preston Fray, National Sales Mgr. at Vee Tire, told us that the snowshoes are the first fat-bike tire to utilize a Silica blend. Now I really want it to snow!
I gassed up the tires with the same lightweight 26 x 2.7 tubes that came out of the BFL and Vee 8 that I had been running. I took them up to 15 psi and the tires seated without any mishaps. I measured the width of the tire casing at it’s widest point and it measured 4.25 inches.
I shot a slew of photos of the new set-up and then inflated them both to the max tire pressure listed on the sidewall – 20 psi. After that, I brought the whole bike into the house and let it warm up to (room temp) and allowed the tires time to stretch out a bit, over night. The tire casing at the widest point expanded to 4.375 inches, when I measured them in the morning. The width of the knobs (outer edge to outer edge) on the snowshoes is 3.625 inches. The squarish knobs on the Snowshoe are 4 mm high at the center of the tire and 5 mm at the edges.
Editor’s Note: This is an addendum to the initial report that we shared on 10/25
After taking the snowshoes on a couple of initial trail rides, I spent some time in the shop and mounted them to two alternate fat-bike rims that I had on hand. You’ve already seen the pictures of the Snowshoe mounted on 100mm Surly Clowshoe rims (above), so I thought it would be helpful to share some tire measurements and photos of them mounted on narrower rims.
The photo above shows the Snowshoe (L) and a Vee Tire Mission (R) mounted on the 70 mm Jetset fat-bike rims that came stock on the Kona WO that we are currently testing. The widest part of the tire casing on the Snowshoe measured 3.8125 inches when mounted on the Jetsets. The profile on the snowshoes looks much more at home on these rims than on the 100mm clownshoes.
Next we mounted the Snowshoe (L) and photographed it next to a Vee Tire – V8 (R) on a pair of 65mm Marge Lites. The snowshoe’s widest cross section was 3.6875 inches on the Marge Lites and looks super moto.
The next shot shows two Vee Tire Snowshoes mounted onto a 65 mm Marge Lite (L) and a 100mm Clownshoe (R). I’m sorry to say that I didn’t have a Rolling Darryl laying around the shop to get the measurements for that set-up.
second addendum – I went to see my amigo Ox to see if a Snowshoe, mounted on a Rolling Darryl would fit on a Pugsley. Ox picked up a necromancer pug last year, so I snuck across the border down to Illinois tonight to do one last bit of measurements before we get serious about actually reviewing the tire. A few of you have thanked us for our review, premature of us having had sufficient time or mileage in on these tires to adequately render a meaningful opinion. I wouldn’t place too much trust in blogs or forums where people get something and the second thing they do is write a review. As I’ve mentioned in the comments below, this is what we call a product spotlight or first look. It’s merely an introduction. After we ride the tire for awhile we’ll write a review and after that we’ll ride it for another 4 or 5 hundred miles and write a long term review.
The answer to the burning question – “will it fit a pug mounted on rolling darryls?” is yes! The Snowshoe mounted on the Rolling Darryl measured 4.2187 inches. We mounted it on the rear of Ox’s Necromancer and the snowshoe fit with just shy of 1/4″ clearance at the chain stays and 5/16ths at the seat stays. The full range of gearing worked and there was 1/4″ space between the chain and the tire, when the gear combo was on the lowest gear and in the small chainring. The Snowshoe is just 7/32nds of an inch larger than the Nate that came on Ox’s pug. The photo above is a Larry (L) and Snowshoe (R) mounted on 82mm Rolling Darryls.
The MSRP for the new Snowshoe, from Vee Tire, is $120. We were told that the Snowshoe will only be offered in the lightweight 120 tpi casing. The Snowshoes will be available from your favorite bicycle dealer(s) in late November. We’ll be testing these new sneakers and report back to you after we put a couple of hundred miles on them.