Although Vee Tire Co is less well-known than Maxxis and Schwalbe, its rubber expertise is vast and reflected in the Snap’s design.
Vee says the tyre is its “universal, do it all tread” with exceptional performance across the full spectrum of metrics, but, in reality, this level of all-round performance is unlikely. My testing indicates that while it’s seriously grippy, it rolls slowly on most terrain types.
The Thai brand also claims it should stay glued to the ground and, because it’s such a generalist, is suitable for most disciplines except lightweight cross-country.
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- Weight: 1,050g
- Width: 2.22in (measured on 30mm rim)
- Best suited: Front, for max grip
Vee Tire Co Snap Trail Top 40 Compound Tubeless Ready Enduro Core 29 x 2.35in performance
Despite the Snap’s narrow measured width of 2.2in, it still had a rounded profile that increased lean angles and made turning more predictable.
There were sensational amounts of cornering traction on all terrains and I could lean over and push as hard as I dared. So much grip was on offer that it was nigh-on impossible to force a drift, too.
Off camber sections were dispatched with competence and it was easy to hold an edge, while the rubber’s soft compound provided stability and damping, limiting deflection by bumps.
Carcass strength was also impressive. Deformation or folding in turns was non-existent, which helped to provide a sure-footed feel. The soft compound stuck to slippy rocks and roots, and the tyre gripped well even in boggy conditions.
Braking traction was also high because the knobs bit into softer ground and deformed over the harder sections. This grip was at the expense of rolling speed, though, and the Snap is one of the slowest tyres I’ve tested to date.
The Snap inflated easily on the 30mm wide test rims using just a track pump, and the bead fully sealed once the tyre reached 17psi.
Buy the Snap if you’re after a high-grip tyre for gnarly riding in tough conditions.
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.
- Maxxis Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO+ TR 29 x 2.5in WT
- Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxGrip DD 29 x 2.4in WT
- Schwalbe Big Betty EVO Super Gravity Addix Soft 29 x 2.4in
- Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Trail Addix Soft TL Easy 29 x 2.4in
- Specialized Butcher Grid Trail T9 29 x 2.3in
- Specialized Eliminator Grid Trail T7 29 x 2.3in
- Vee Tire Co Attack HPL Top 40 compound Tubeless Ready Enduro Core 29 x 2.5in
- WTB Judge TCS Tough Fast Rolling 29 x 2.4in
- WTB Verdict TCS Light High Grip + Slash guard 29 x 2.5in