Trail ready Thai tyres built on trickle-down downhill race tech. We test that fast-rolling Vee Tire Snap Trail Top 40.
Vee Tire Co. has been growing in popularity at a very steady and consistent pace over the past few years, and that’s a pretty outstanding accomplishment. Just imagine deciding to enter a crowded market full of established brands making quality products, and making a mark! That takes some doing.
Vee’s success over the past few years comes in part to the fact that they own their factory and control every aspect of manufacturing to the team of pro riders and athletes they support in all forms of cycling.
With its rubber plantation, Vee Tire can ensure the quality of materials, then inspect everything along the manufacturing process in house. And their wealth of riders allows the company to design treads they know that will work on the track.
Vee Tire not only produces its range of tyres but also makes products for other manufacturers including E*thirteen, who openly revealed this fact.
As mountain bikers, we know Vee Tire Co. as a gravity tyre producer, but they also sponsor World Pump Track Champion Tommy Zula, several BMX, road and XC teams along with freeride athletes and UCI DH World Cup Teams.
It was this work with downhill teams that gave birth to the Vee Tire Flow Snap, a durable gravity tyre with aggressive tread design and ultra-soft Top 40 rubber compound, which has been raced to success over the past few seasons. As good as the Flow Snap is though, it is a little on the heavy side and those aggressive knobs and ramps don’t roll as effectively as a trail tyre should, so Vee’s team looked at adapting improving the tyre for enduro and trail riding. And so we come to the newly launched Vee Tire Snap Trail.
Vee Tire Snap Trail – Design
The centre of the Vee Tire Snap Trail tread design features closely spaced blocks with a horizontal groove across, alternating with wider spaced trapezoids with a large ramped area and a vertical groove. The design is similar to the WCE downhill tyre, but the tread depth is slightly shorter and the design is more tightly spaced.
Side knobs are also alternating in design with a block L shape followed by a chunky block tread. The depth and profile of these side knobs are more aggressive than some other trail tyres we’ve tested and look just the sort of design we would be after in loose UK conditions.
Vee only offers the SNAP Trail in its Top 40 rubber compound. It’s a very soft feeling rubber that offers lots of traction as well as a low rebound speed.
Depending on how and where you plan to ride, Vee offers the SNAP Trail in either an Enduro or Gravity core. The Enduro Core is the lighter of the two with a single ply 72 TPI construction whereas the Gravity model boasts 2 ply. Each tyre uses Vee Tire’s Apex material to help stiffen the tyre wall and a Synthesis outer layer that is designed to protect against jagged rock strikes and slashes.
Vee Tire Snap Trail – The Ride
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Vee Tire Snap Trail Specifications
- Sizes available // 29 x 2.35 or 27.5 x 2.35
- Compound // Top 40 42a rubber
- Construction // Enduro core 1 ply 72TPI, Gravity Core 2 ply 72TPI
- Protection // Apex side wall support and Synthesis abbrasion wear.
- Price // €60 Each ($65)
- From // Veetire.com
|Brand:||Vee Tire Co|
|From:||Vee Tire Co|
|Price:||€60 ($65) each|
|Tested:||by Andi Sykes for 1 month|