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.
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.
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.
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 fat-bike.com that say this tire is great. They are all wrong, this tire sucks.
You have been warned.