What we’ve got here is the new Mission fat-bike tire, a 26″ x 4.0 offering from Vee Rubber.
You may recall that we reviewed, and continue to roll on, the Vee Rubber Vee8 and came away impressed. Let’s see how the more aggressive Mission stacks up.
The version of the Mission we are looking at here is a folding version in a 120 tpi casing and weighs in just under or just over 1400g. Our 6 tire order had Missions that ranged between 1370g and 1420g.
As you can see in that photo over there the Mission has a more open, aggressive tread than the Vee8 and uses a directional tread pattern. The knobs have a variety of shapes with triangular blocks with sipes in the middle, a polygon in the second row with a step down at the back, diamonds with sipes in them and an outer row that wraps around the side of the casing.
Mounted up on my 47mm Northpaw-S rims, the Missions are 87mm wide at both the widest spot on the casing as well as at the outermost knob. Almost exactly the same width as my Hüsker Düs on the same rim. The outer diameter is about 28-5/8″, or 728mm, slightly smaller in diameter than the Hüsker Düs on the same rim.
Initial rides have proven to me that Vee Rubber are making strides in the right direction at improving their fat-bike tire offerings. I did notice a bit of the “self-steering” feel that many riders noticed on earlier version of Vee Rubber’s fat-bike tires but less than previously. It is more apparent at lower pressures and lessens as you raise the PSI. We have a lot more riding to do as well as testing on different rims to get a solid impression of these tires so look for another report down the trail once we get more time with the Vee Rubber Mission.
Meanwhile, the Mission retails for $89.95 and is available in limited quantities now with another shipment due in about 60 days. Check with your LBS if you want to give them a try!
For what it is worth, we purchased these tires they were not given to us for review but regardless of how we get product we will give our true and honest opinions on any items we review. Also of note is that Vee Rubber is a sponsor of the fat-bike.com web site. Again, that didn’t influence our review. Remember, these are our opinions, your experiences may vary so get out and ride!