Valleybikes got new tires care of Vee Tire Co—> they provided us with a fresh pair of Vee Tire Co Snap WCE tires (27.5 x 2.35). Vee Tire Co is locally distributed by Mega Ideal Enterprises but their main office is located in Bangkok, Thailand. They also have offices in Atlanta, USA and Bologna, Italy. I read through their profile and they are really into rubber. They produce all kinds of tires and they are serious when it comes to rubber production. Their mother company, Vee Rubber has been the source of good rubber since 1977. Now that they have focused on making tires for bikes, the Vee Tire Co. is creating waves!
The Snap WCE (27.5 x 2.35) using the compound called Top 40 is tubeless ready! They boast of the Top 40 compound for it is the balance of excellent quality to performance ratio (42 durometer softness rating). It is tricky to find that nice middle where you give a little for performance, take away some from longevity, but you still want a tire that would last you… so Vee Tire Co, mixed and matched the compounds to give us the Snap WCE.
To explain simply, the Snap WCE is engineered to be the nice balance of grip and quality (longevity of rubber) plus! it boasts of a protected sidewall.
Why is the sidewall of a tire important? So we can run low pressure when we need traction on really slippery terrain.
Riding the Snap WCE at Patiis Downhill
For those who are not familiar with the Patiis Downhill, it is the playground of the Gravity Riders from the area. It has a long heritage of having the scariest downhill lines. Actually, a whole subculture revolving around d.h. mountain biking has emerged in the small town. I will not go into detail about Barangay Patiis, but it is the Downhill track for the brave. Riding Patiis is no joke.
You can pedal up Patiis via Shotgun but DHers opt for the motorized pull up to the radar. Pay the motorcycle driver 100php for a good +/-10 minute pull (which is also not for the faint of heart). What if you roll on a bad crack on the road and crash, the motorcycle would just be dragging you, like a rag doll? I cannot say it is totally safe, but this is part of the ecosystem which sprouted around the Patiis Downhill Track.
The motorcycle driver simply pulled up in front of me and brought out his rope, tied it to my stem and was ready to go. I told him, “Dahan dahan lang, Kuya!” (Take it easy, Brother!)
Then, the rush started. Grab on for dear life going uphill. The Pull-Ride up Shotgun is a thrill in itself already. Your adrenaline shoots up, heart rate goes off the chart, and you are navigating your bike while ascending a very steep road. Should you also factor in the “danger equation” the giant dump trucks racing up and down the same road? If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will.
When we arrived at the radar (top most peak of Patiis), I suited up for the DH ride and lowered the pressure on my tires. The weather was nice, not too sunny, slightly overcast. The ground was packed; not too muddy.
Since I rode solo (due to Covid19), I asked a couple of riders if I can join their flight. I am not familiar with the “new line” they were talking about.
It turns out, the new line was actually the old Patiis rock garden line. The locals added some jumps and drops, but also leads on to the old, dangerous downhill back road where the rocks are jagged and one false move could send you tumbling down. The Snap WCE tires were full of dirt already, yet the knobs still worked fine on the mud and rocks. When I want to slow down, my speed decreased with the rubber clinging on to the rocks. I had a great time descending Patiis! The flow and the bliss of going down was a blessing. The drops in Patiis were still awesome, my butt sometimes smacking the rear tire… but it is all FUN! Gracias, Patiis!
Comparing the Vee Tire to Maxxis, the knobs are almost the same. They are like Space Invaders alien ships. I am sure, they were researched and debated upon, so I leave it to the Scientists. Their alien ships look sick!
I have put the Vee Tire Co Snap WCE to the test. I am satisfied with its initial performance. I used to buy Maxxis all the time because they have never failed me. I have yet to see how long does the new tire feeling last with the Snap WCE. I shall use it and wear it out like how a MTB tire should be used. I hope it has the strong qualities of a durable “almost-flatproof/bombproof” off road tire.