I found a box in the mail a few days ago. Inside was a set of new tires from the Vee Tire Co. that Gomez thought just might fit on my 2019 Beargrease with 27.5 wheels. The frame is officially rated for max 4-inch tires on 80mm rims. I was a little concerned about the listed 4.5-inch width but gave it a try anyway. I have a history of stuffing tires into frames that aren’t supposed to work.
These tires aren’t messing around. Weighing in at 1683g and 1654g, they have some heft. The set I received is labeled as tubeless ready, 120tpi, and sporting a silica compound. I’m thinking these would be a solid choice for expedition riding. The sidewalls are burly but still pliable.
This is a similar chevron tread to a Dillinger, but with bigger knobs. From outside to center knobs, I took a quick measurement of the knob heights. The outside knobs come in at a hearty 7.2mm. Moving inwards, the next row measures 6.1mm and has a stud pocket on every knob. The not-quite-center knobs are 5.7mm and come equipped for studs on every other pocket. Taking center stage, a full row of 5.4mm knobs keep things rolling. Laid flat, the tires measured 254mm from bead to bead (10 inches) from edge to edge of the tread they measured 125.4mm (5.937 inches).
I mounted these up tubeless on my Mulefut 80mm rims. It took a few tries with my tubeless reservoir pump, but they popped on the bead quickly enough without a ton of fuss. Right off the bat, I measured the casing at 107mm (4.2 inches) and the tread at 106mm (4.17 inches). Both of those were at 8psi before they had time to stretch out like my pants during the holidays. Stringing out the circumference, I got 2463.8mm (97 inches) which converts into 784.2mm tall (30.87). I will check these again after a couple of months of high and low pressure riding to see if they change.
Vee also sent two fat-tire stud kits that I will plug in after a few weeks of riding studless. The stud kits each are labeled as 250 studs, while the tires have 254 stud pockets each. Each pack had about 8 extra studs so everything should work out in the end. Each set of studs weighed in at 64 grams. That works out to about a quarter gram per stud for you weight weenies. I also weighed the stud installation tools. The first came in at a reasonable 55grams which is one gram less than a regulation tennis ball. When I measured the second installation tool, it was a whole 65 grams which are as heavy as a C cell battery! My handy dandy digital caliper tells me that the round-tipped studs are 5.6mm (0.22 inches) tall.
Keep an eye on Fat-Bike.com for my thoughts on how the tires perform and hold up to commuting, exploring general tomfoolery, and advanced tomfoolery on everything from pavement to polished ice.
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