Vee Rubber Race V 29x2.10 Folding Tire
The Vee Race V is designed to be a winner be it for racing or general riding. Ramped and tapered center knobs for traction combined with diamond shaped transition knobs give great control. Tie bars between side knobs and transition knobs add control in corners.
I bought this on sale to keep around as a cheap spare. The knobs on these are very low profile, and the tire is skinnier and thus lower volume than I expected. After pre-riding the race course the day before I found a big hole in my Maxxis Ikon on race morning and was forced to run one of these as my front tire. Despite its low profile knobs the tire gripped well in the corners and handled as well as the Maxxis Ikon on a hard-packed course. The tire is fast fast on the road, and sheds mud easily. As expected the tire isn't great on really loose conditions and the soft rubber and small knobs seem to wear pretty fast. The tread wear isn't a problem for me because you can buy several of these for the price of a single good racing tire. If you ride mostly hard-pack or just want a cheap spare this is a good tire to buy.
I bought these on sale to use on my Salsa Fargo. I ride the Fargo on the road 80% of the time, but do like to take it out on the dirt too. These are fast rolling enough for the road but have enough knobs for braking and cornering on the dirt. I do feel that they're good enough to use on my XC/Endurance bike too, though I haven't done it yet (Currently use Maxxis Ikons) Ridiculous value for $10.
It fast rolling and grips well enough in corners. Shed mud well and is lighter then what it replaced. The perfect tire for my regular ride on hard pack, gravel and some road. AT the sale price it's hard to beat.
I got this tire due to the price. You do get what you pay for, it is light but has minimal tread, I slowed down for corners and still washed out a few times, then it wore fast. Probably a good tire to race up hill, but I wont get another because I like going faster and being safer down hill.
EXCELENT TIRE! I bought this one as a fornt tire and also the vee rubber mission as rear for a 24hr mtb race and it didn´t disapointed me. Is the first time I buy vee rubber brand and I enjoyed a lot the performance of this tire. It developed very well. I used 37psi, as front tire in dry conditions, but we had a couple of mud parts in the race and the tire developed very well. I saw other racers with their tires full of mud, but not me. this is a very fast tire great for straight tracks, I bought this because the Kenda Nevegal I had are very heavey and with this tire I droped 300grms (.66lbs). this tire starts much faster, is easier to gain speed with less effort and in single tracks made the job. In downhills they are not the best, I would change to my old Nevegal. In loose dirt it is a little bit inestable, and atacking corners at high speed they where good, but I had to slow in every corner, so maybe they could be better, but they did the job. Since I installed this tire in my bike it´s been 3 times out and the race, and since that I haven´t flat tire, it performes excelente with slime tubes. the best performance was in hard trails and rock tracks. It´s the greates deal I had for my bike. Cheap tire with great performance. well done Vee Ruber!!!
Fast rolling, relatively light, great price. A bit narrow, did not perform well in areas with loose dirt or sand but was great for hard pack.
I bought this tire as a backup for a weekend of riding unforgiving trails. The fact that is a folding tire allows me to put it my back-pack without it taking up too much space. It's a great tire for the price, but doesn't grip very well in loose gravel or soil. The knobs aren't nearly as big as advertised. But again - great tire for the price. I'll probably end up buying more.
Riding New England Roots, Rocks, Mud and Loose Soil. Low volume tire, so using it as a rear tire with a Speed-R front. I prefer the Speed-R but it won't fit in my rear triangle. Handling is nice - grips well as a rear, climbing even over wet roots isn't bad. A little slick in the mud but rideable. Would not use this as a front except on hard pack. Wear has been good so far, and it has stood up well against some nasty rocky trails. Overall a 4 - good tire, fast rolling, and decent riding in the right conditions. Braking traction is a bit sketchy, but it rides nice and cornering traction is high enough that you don't have to get on the brakes as hard. If you take the price into consideration, its a great deal if you need a fast rolling race tire for dry or semi-dry conditions. I wish the Speed-R were made in 29x2.25 as running that in combination with a Speed-R 2.4 would be the ideal combination for all-around XC and Trail riding.
Tread is thin and wears extremely fast. I put close to a hundr ed miles on this tire, which I use as a rear tire. Only for hard pack trails. If the trail is loose forget about it you will not have any traction! Consider a different tire period!
A few surprising things about this tire: 1. The blocks are much lower than they look in the picture. Not that that's a bad thing, but be prepared. Reminiscent of a Stans tire. 2. The width is much smaller than advertised. Initially aired up tubeless to about 1.75 and then grew in a week to about 1.9. Maybe on really wide rims they might make it to 2.0. 3. This is not a tall tire. Height proportional to width. Therefore volume is low. 4. My tire came in around 550 grams, less than advertised. 5. I used them straight away on the rear in a race and was pleasantly surprised. Very fast, never lacking in grip. Shed mud VERY well - never even got bogged down in the muddy bits. I was extra careful not to slam it into roots or rocks with the volume being so low. Overall, gotta say I'm very happy with this tire for what it is - a low volume, light weight, cheap, fast XC tread best suited for the rear. Can't comment on the longevity, but at this price, that's not really an issue. You can buy 5 of these for one Racing Ralph.
Have not got this on the trail yet, just snowed again so it might be a while. Overall quality of the tire and tread looks very good, especially for the price. Tread is very shallow however, so it is hard to imagine the tire being very good in anything loose. Should make a nice fast, grippy tire on hardpack. Will have to update once I get some wear and tear on it.