As Vee Tire Co’s latest tyre, the Attack HPL is claimed to offer predictable and almost limitless cornering traction.
Its centre blocks are said to reduce rolling resistance, while the ramps, also on the centre blocks, help create a predictable bite when braking.
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- Weight: 1,151g
- Width: 2.32in (measured on 30mm rim)
- Best suited: Front or rear, for max grip
Vee Tire Co Attack HPL Top 40 compound Tubeless Ready Enduro Core 29 x 2.5in performance
The Attack had fantastic carcass strength and I couldn’t get it to fold, burp, squirm or unseat through the turns.
Because the sidewall was tough and the tread’s compound seriously tacky, the tyre had unparalleled cornering traction. No matter how hard the tyres were pushed, it was virtually impossible to break traction.
The tread pattern – which uses parallel blocks with sipes – was easy to push through turns and the levels of grip were consistent with no sudden break away. An edge was also really easy to hold.
Thanks to the strong carcass and compound, the tyre’s ride was well damped, making it predictable and stable to ride over all types of terrain.
The downside to this level of stability and grip was very slow rolling speeds on flatter sections, despite the rounded profile and centre blocks.
However, braking traction was immense and permitted some of the latest braking into turns I’ve ever experienced.
Although the tyre was relatively easy to fit and seat to my 30mm internal width test rims, with just a track pump, a true seal between the tyre’s bead and rim’s hook was never made and the Attack leaked air requiring constant top-ups while riding.
At 35psi the tyre’s bead popped into place, but even 60psi in the tyre couldn’t get it to seal permanently.
If you can get the Attack HPL to seal or don’t mind regularly topping it up with air, it offers ultimate traction and control, making it hard to beat.
How we tested
We pitted 10 all-mountain/enduro tyres against each other on a host of conditions, testing back-to-back on the same trails, to find out which one we think is worth your time and money.
The five pairs of tyres were all fitted on the same 30mm (internal width) rims and inflated to similar pressures, with slight variances to reflect tyre volume.
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