The new Vee Tire H-Billie is a kind of a ‘tweener tire. It is marked as a 4.25 on the side wall and definitely comes in between other fat-bike tires being larger than the likes of the Dillinger and Husker Du but is certainly smaller than the big 5.0 tires out there.
The tire is constructed on a 120tpi carcass and is listed as Tubeless ready. An interesting note on the sidewall is that the recommended pressure goes from 5psi all the way up to 36psi.
On an 80mm rim the H-Billie measures like so:
- 102mm at the casing
- 87mm at the knobs
- 745mm diameter
- Gomez weighed our test pair at 1248g and 1263g. Very competitive!
and for comparison, a Dillinger on the same rims is:
- 97mm at the casing
- 96mm at the knobs
- 728mm diameter
while a Nate is:
- 100mm at the casing
- 100mm at the knobs
- 735mm diameter
Looking at the numbers the H-Billie is larger in diameter than either the Dillinger or the Nate. The Nate carcass is smaller in diameter than the 735mm measurement shows because it has significantly larger knobs than the H-Billie. The larger carcass on the H-Billie has more air volume.
Here is are the H-Billies mounted up on our test fleet bike from RSD Bikes, The Mayor. Good fit on this bike!
We will first be testing these tires on an 80mm rim because that is what they are mounted up on and then we’ll move on to narrower rims in a bit. We don’t figure that theses are suitable for the Clown Shoes as the knobs are already significantly inside the carcass even on an 80mm rim. We will let you know what we find!
Vee estimates that these tires will be available at better bicycle retailers by June or July, 2014. At an MSRP of $120.00