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.
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.