Vee Rubber Vee 8 – A Great Way To Ruin A Perfectly Nice Fat-Bike

I test drove the Vee Rubber Vee 8 4″ tire that came stock with my newest build of a Bullseye Monster Bluto Pro with a Biktrix BBS02. I was on the 72tpi wire bead version which retails at $68 but can be found for much less online. As I was riding I had the most peculiar feeling that I’ve never experienced while testing any other fat-bike tire, I couldn’t wait to get home and remove them from my bike.

Another creative tread pattern from Vee Rubber that doesn't work.

Another creative tread pattern from Vee Rubber that doesn’t work well.

This tire had serious self-steer issues at 12 psi on the pavement. I had to push hard on the steering wheel to overcome the crown of the road and keep them going straight. In the woods bad went to worse. When the trail was packed dirt without roots, logs, stones or mud the tire performed just fine. Roots felt like they were coated with Vaseline, mud clogged the tire and send the bike spinning every which way and even wet rocks were hard to keep traction on. I have never been so disappointed with a tire, I wouldn’t wish this tire on my worst enemy.

This tire clogged with mud like nothing I've ever seen.

This tire clogged with mud like nothing I’ve ever seen.

The rating is 1-5 with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst

Powder – Unknown : I expect it to suck, will update in the winter if I can bring myself to put them back on a bike.

Mud – 1 : Can’t imagine a tire that would be worse

Ice – Unknown : Probably laughable

Singletrack – 2 : Decent if no mud, no roots and no big rocks. Maybe you ride someplace like that, I don’t.

Road – 3 : Serious self-steer, dangerous even. Might be better at high tire pressures.

Rolling Resistance – 4 : The only saving grace for this tire, the rolling resistance was less than expected.

Weight – 2 : Claimed 1850g. If they were going to lie about it they probably would have picked a smaller number. Mine are now coated with mud and I was too lazy to weigh them before I went out.

96mm mounted on a 80mm rim at 12psi.

96mm mounted on a 80mm rim at 12psi.

In conclusion don’t ever buy this tire for any reason. I don’t care if all your friends are riding it, I don’t care if someone is holding a gun to your head and getting you to click the BUY IT NOW button. Don’t do it. There are a bunch of reviews on that say this tire is great. They are all wrong, this tire sucks.

You have been warned.

Ride On.

7 thoughts on “Vee Rubber Vee 8 – A Great Way To Ruin A Perfectly Nice Fat-Bike

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  6. I have some experience with this tire: And I believe that this tyre is quite good. It has good rolling on asphalt. Good and confident behaves on gravel and rocky roads. Not pulls a lot of dirt. In the winter on ice and snow behaves quite predictably and is quite stable. Negative – worse handling at low pressure and in liquid mud. But I have not experienced any problems with this, as even in such circumstances, had the advantage over conventional MTB. And the most important is their price. On black Friday I was able to buy them almost 10 times cheaper than analogues. For me, it’s seriously advantage. 🙂


  7. So an initial glance at this tire didn’t tell you it wouldn’t be great on loose, mud, or wet roots & rocks? I was given a new set of these from a friend who took them off a new bike in favor of the Surly Nate’s he already had and liked (a very good tire, btw) an I ran them for about 5 months here in Utah. Here on the Wasatch we get a lot of hardpack early on in the late Spring / early Summer before the moon dust settles in and they did perfectly fine in those conditions. They were fast and lively with very little rolling resistance. During that period I also took them down to Moab and while I didn’t use them on the normal trails I did spend a day on the slickrock with them and they did really well. I also did some pavement commuting on them during that time and at 15-16psi they did perfectly fine. There is no “best all-around / all conditions” tire and I had no qualms about removing these once the conditions turned loose and the eventual snow fell. So maybe one should evaluate their specific trail conditions and experiment with their psi before they consider being shot in the head rather than just simply “trying out a tire”?

    BTW, I ran these on a traditional, non-motorized fat bike.


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