Speaking of moto tire action my vee rubber VRM 012 is donski!! long live the vee rubber!!
I bought it in 2015 and average at least 2 rides a week.... I prob should have replaced it a while ago but meh...
Since I'm going to try a new tire I though I would put up a review....
MY SET UP:
Stock 24" MTB
HD MTB tube with MR Tuffy strips
vee rubber VRM-021
: Pro wheel 19x1.6, spokes 11/12 127mm, 6mm shaft L bends
: IRC moto tube
The vee rubber was the perfect companion with the Duro on the front for the most part. I love that I can very predictably slide both wheels at the same time and make adjustments in a turn by weighting the front or back more.. esp on loose 2 track and fire roads etc.
If I needed more grip the Duro never failed when weighting the front and when weighting the rear the Vee Rubber matched it. Running 14psi it had no issues with ruts or rocks or square edge bumps the rim never took a hit even at speed. I never had any issues with traction or climbing. The carcass of the tire is stiff (compared to my ICE moto) so it handled the lower pressures fine. I took it down to 12psi once and felt that this was a bit too low. I felt the rim hit at that pressure. Climbing trails I never felt a need for more traction. Out here in so cal the ground varies a little bit but is mostly hard, dry and rocky. There are places where its loose and sandy and can be muddy but for the most part it's hard. On flat ground or moderate down hills the tire was consistent and under braking and had decent grip so no issues there. On the road the tire handled well and I never thought that it would slide out from underneath me even in moderately aggressive turning and trail braking. If I need to do a direction change by sliding the rear it works great and gives good feedback.
Descending esp on long steep single track is where the vee rubber could use a little help. The rear of the bike did not have the confidence that the front has and felt like an unequal match. It will lock up under braking quite easily even with dropping the seat down to the frame and leaning back. I would be forced to modulate the brakes a lot sooner than I would like and rely more on the front than I would like which can cause more front end push.
Where I'm at there is a lot of tall dead grass that can cover a trail for quite a while making the trail quite slippery. The vee rubber isn't the best here and lets go quite easily.On large smooth boulders the rear would loose traction w downhill braking...(is there a pattern forming??????)
lastly when I have to push the bike up a crazy steep uphill the rear spins a lot and makes is difficult to push up. Granted this is a small gripe..
In general the tire is very predictable has good feedback and is consistent but may not have the top tier traction for the more extreme off road situations or wet or slick environments. It is very communicative and will let you know when it has nothing more to give. It's a great tire to go with the Duro. It may not have the top tier of traction but its so predictable and such a great match for the Duro that it makes up for its lack of traction in more extreme environments. If I lived in a wet environment and ride in mud I don't think I would use this due to the design and spacing of the tread would cause it to clog quite easily. If all I was doing was downhills I would not go with this tire either but for trail riding in dry conditions its pretty badd ass.
So on that note screw that tire!!!!!!
I'm off to try the m403!! because well...as we all know knobbies look cool and isn't that the most important thing???
be Interesting to see how the 403s handle in comparison...... Thx for reading fellas!!!.....