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EB14: Vee Tire Co Takes the Crown w/ New MTB Line, Updates Mission Fat Bike Tire, More

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To help launch their new line of premium mountain bike tires, Vee Tire Co. has enlisted the help of Mike King. As a professional cyclist that started in BMX and later expanded to mountain biking, Mike is one of the few Americans to have won a World Cup in three different cycling disciplines. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a tire.

In addition to directing the new Rock Hill BMX facility in South Carolina, King is now the head of testing and development for Vee Tire Co.’s mountain bike category. To kick off the new line, Mike was showing off the new Crown Series – 3 different tires with versatile tread patterns for use in multiple conditions.

Try on the Crown next..

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Starting with the Crown F, the tire features aggressive side knobs for cornering bite and to keep the tire from pushing through the corner. With widely spaced lugs, the tire is designed to shed mud well. The Crown Gem uses taller side knobs and a lower center tread to create a fast tire that still has bite when leaning it over. The Crown R is aimed at the rear of the bike with tightly spaced smaller knobs for faster rolling though it still uses tall side lugs for traction.

All of the tires are aimed towards All Mountain /Enduro riding and will be offered in 27×2.35 and 29×3.0 sizes and in Dual or Tackee compound with 120 tpi folding casings. You can pick up any one of the new tubeless ready tires for $55.

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On the pavement side Vee was showing their new Apache road tire. Carrying a max PSI of 145, the tire is designed to work best at 120-145 which is a bit of a departure from the lower tire pressures we’ve been seeing. Sold in 23 and 25mm tires, the tire uses a 185 TPI casing with a folding bead and single compound. Prices are set at $50 for the standard or $55 for the Synthesis Sidewall casing with improved cut resistance.

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For fat bikes Vee has revamped their first fat tire, now calling it the Mission Command. The updated tread pattern now features linked center tread that should result in less auto-steer. The SnowShoe XL is now available in a studded version for $195 that should get you across that frozen lake.

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Vee wanted to show of one of the fun projects they were working on behind the scenes which highlights their capabilities. When one of their pro athletes said he was wanted a camo tire, they cooked up this sample – reflective green camo on one side, and blue on the other. No word on availability.

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Scott Vines
8 years ago

Mike King was the MAN back in the day. Glad to see him back in the spotlight.

scheezler
scheezler
8 years ago

all three are available in 29 x 3.0? that’s not a typo?

Andy
Andy
8 years ago

The pictures definitely show a 29×2.30 size. Bad typo, bad!

Justin
Justin
8 years ago

Definitely need to try out!

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

Saw the Fat tire @ IB.. very excited to try one

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
8 years ago

no, scott. his bro eddy was the man, first. hehe

scentofreason
scentofreason
8 years ago

How about some weights please!!

Von Kruiser
Von Kruiser
8 years ago

Vee Rubber has come a long way in a short time… but their website is hard to find what size fits you bike… most of their competitors have the same issue (WTB seems to be the easiest).

They assume I know what each tire model is all about or what the sizes are. When I look for a certain spec (ex: 275 x 3.5) I have to click on every model to know what sizes are available. Sometimes they show condition or bike type first but it then goes to models w/ photos and no sizes. Have click each one to know size options.

Would be great if you could look up tires by tire size first then show the bike type or condition options. Maybe diameter first, then riding type, then all the individual models pop up already showing all sizes w/ out clicking to see them. That would be perfect. Then you could click to learn more (ex: conditions designed for, technologies, etc…). It seems backwards on how they all present the product. I’m no expert but tire company websites are hard to figure out what they have to fit you bike in a straight forward manor.

Tonyd@vee
8 years ago

Thanks for the comments… we continually fine tune our website. Thankfully we can make the needed changes when we have time versus a catalog, where most tend to be stuck for a year.
In regards to the sizes, the first models made were 29*2.30 for the enduro and large wheel all mountain riders. We have 27.5*2.35 being completed now… what follows after that are the XC versions (and sizes) of the Crown Series, then the Downhill models.
Plenty going on…wish molds could be made quicker… 🙂 thanks.

Von Kruiser
Von Kruiser
8 years ago

Tony D… you da man.

Dirty-d
Dirty-d
8 years ago

Tony-D

Make that green camo in a 29+ and I’ll run it on my krampus all over town!!!

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