Vee Tire Co Release Attack HPL Tire

Feb 3, 2021
by Daniel Sapp  

PRESS RELEASE: Vee Tire Co

Vee Tire Co have now released their Attack HPL tire. The tire is available through Vee Tire Co's online store and through distributors. The new tire was designed with input from Vee Tire Freeride and UCI World Cup athletes and boasts a specially developed tread pattern that's said to excel in dust, loam, and dirt.


HPL stands for Hard, Pack, and Loose. The tire joins Vee's gravity range and has been already tested on the World Cup Circuit and Freeride Fiesta. It's available in either 29 x 2.5" or 27.5 x 2.5" and is tubeless-ready and fully protected from punctures in both Vee's 2-ply Gravity Core or single-ply Enduro Core constructions. To ensure grip and traction in the most extreme conditions, Vee used their 42a Top 40 rubber compound in the tread with the aim of giving what they feel is limitless grip and control on a variety of surfaces. The Top 40 compound is often used in the world of DH racing because of its super tacky compound, durability, and good damping properties.


For the tread design, Vee's engineers worked with their riders and decided to use a central block tread with ramps for lower rolling resistance but with good braking capabilities. The side knobs sit parallel and feature sipes for consistent levels of grip, even when leaning into corners at speed. The tough construction is also intended to help the HPL not squirm when pushed hard into turns.

The Vee Tire Co. Attack HPL comes in two sizes, 27.5" and 29" with a 2.5" width. There are two different casings available, the Gravity Core and Enduro Core. Weights for the 29" tire with the Gravity Core is 1,350g, the Enduro Core is 1,150g. The 27.5" tire weights are 1,270g for the Gravity Core and then 1,080g for the Enduro. Gravity Core tires sell for $70 USD and Enduro Core tires are $65.


The Vee Tire Co. Attack HPL is on sale now, visit the Vee Tire Co. website for more information.





140 Comments

  • 64 7
 I'm having a hard time buying "less known" brands of tires, as they're pretty much exactly the same price as all other tires, depending on the website. With a more known brand you get some kind of security with the quality of the materials but also the function.... but maybe its just me?
  • 25 0
 Vee rubber has been around forever! They're the producers of the infamous Stout tire. Which sold for $15
  • 80 7
 I mean I can't say I have always gotten quality from maxxis. Enough wobbly casings for me to never buy them again.
  • 18 10
 @adrennan: you know it's a no questions asked warranty on that yeah?
  • 10 2
 hmm, vee has been around much longer than your thinking
  • 26 1
 @TheBearDen: shouldn't even be an issue if you're dropping $80+ a tire those tires shouldn't be making it past QC.
  • 25 3
 @TheBearDen: got my first wobbly Maxxis DHR warranted. When the replacement did the same thing after about 20 miles, they didn't want to know. Guess what? I'm not running Maxxis anymore...
  • 24 0
 But it says this has "limitless grip and control". Nobody else has said that. So, must be worth it.
  • 57 0
 Those famous Schwalbe side tread falling off, top tread ripping off
or
is it the Maxxis wobble or rubber degradation or is it those minions which lose their best grip when ridden hard a few times
or
is it the Continental side walls not sealing or puncturing
or
is it the Kenda tubeless ready tyres that leak like sieve?

Yup they are all great!!!!
  • 13 2
 @TheBearDen: like @mhoshal says the wobbly casings shouldn't even make it past QC at the factory. The shop I got them through sure gave me a hard time when I brought it to their attention. When I buy tires and mount them, I don't want to think about them again until the tread is worn out or I need to top off the sealant. WTB tires for life for me. Almost zero issues with them
  • 4 0
 @adrennan: Fair enough haha, I've heard about that and got one as well... Luckily warranty did sort it out. Although I've heard similar remarks from every brand, some are wobbly, some lose their side knobs, some leak on their sidewalls etc.
And for everyone else telling me they've been around forever, that's probably true but they're only just starting to appear in the enduro world! I think I've seen 2 or 3 in real life and I spend summer in the alps/racing Razz
  • 2 0
 their own rubber trees next to the factory, OE on Marin bikes, ever growing and a better casing than any other tyre i've ridden!
  • 3 4
 @z-man: Maybe, but who won a world cup DH/enduro round on vee tires? I know it doesn't prove anything, but it does give you more confidence to purchase something when its sold for the same price as the "under dog" who's had mixed reviews....
  • 5 1
 @mhoshal: Shit happens. Tires have many steps that still have humans doing the work. If they were making a few thousand Id be more empathetic to your feelings. But these guys are making millions of tires not only under their own name but for others as well. Bontrager tires are made in the same factory as Maxxis... think how many f*cking trek bikes get sold all having Bontrager tires.... Man we as a group need to be better at looking at the big picture and stop being short sighted and selfish.
  • 2 1
 @robin-dolgos: do you want cheap tires? find the company that doesn't have a huge payroll of world up riders haha
  • 7 1
 @adrennan: WTB is your gold standard? I enjoyed how they rode, but I've had Schwalbes that lasted longer, which is saying something.
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: thats what I'm saying, they're litteraly the same price...
  • 6 4
 In my experience, wobbly tire happens when you use tire levers to force the bead over the rim, which puts a strain on the bead and pulls the casing fibers out of whack.
  • 1 0
 @GeorgeHayduke: the fast rolling compound gets about the life I would expect out of a tire while still having good grip. Fewer flats than I have had with most other brands. Setup tubeless pretty easily. What more do I need?
  • 5 0
 @betsie: and that's why I ride Michelin
  • 4 1
 @betsie: Imagine if our car tyres were that poor? There would be accidents all over the place! Yes, we ask a lot of an mtb tyre but we also expect them to perform for the cost of a car tyre.
  • 4 0
 @GeorgeHayduke: I have given up on most tire brands. I found the new grid trail butcher and eliminator combo from specialized I am sold now. Over 150 miles no tread wear showing and fantastic traction. Give them a shot you might be suprised
  • 6 0
 @TheBearDen: they’re absolutely not. We received batch after batch of wobbly Assegai and dissector last year and maxxis was the absolute worst ever about the warranty. They tried to blame us for installing them wrong, they tried to blame qbp and bti for storing them wrong. Anything they could do to not have to replace almost 50 tires. It was the most ridiculous battle imaginable. Eventually after months of fighting with them, They finally replaced the shoddy tires. Many a pissed off customer and many new schwalbe and Michelin customers. Never again for me.
  • 2 0
 You will be surprised how many brands Vee makes tires for. Some probably on your bike, hint, not Maxxis or not Kenda..
  • 1 0
 @ajriding: Michelin, Schwalbe, Goodyear?
  • 8 2
 @suspended-flesh: God, if they are making Goodyear, that isn't a great sign. Those things disintegrate in no time! Michelin are great however, and so to are Schwalbe.

I haven't experience too many wobbly Maxxis tires, and I sell quite a few. I always get mind though proper Canadian distribution, and there has never ben an issue with warranty on the couple that have come though here.

I do see a strong correlation about Maxxis complaints from those who buy them from stores like Chain Reaction Cycles, which makes me wonder if they are being sold the scraps. Discounted factory seconds or something. CRC quite often sells the left overs no one else wants from bad product runs - forks and shocks with know issues for a discount for instance, so that wouldn't surprise me.
  • 4 0
 @robin-dolgos: they're the same price at RRP, but Vee tyres often crop up on places like PlanetX for under £25 a tyre.

I picked up 2 Snap WCE's at £20 each, and 2 Flow Snaps at around the same from them around august 2020 I think. No wobbles, no defects at all, went up tubeless first time with a standard track pump on taped rims that are not rated as tubeless compatible...

The Top40 rubber in the WCE's it so ridiculously soft yet has barely worn in despite putting over 300km on them down in the Tweed Valley, and the grip is insane, they bite into everything.

My biggest gripe with them is weight, I wish they did a lighter trail casing because even the enduro core tyres are heavy, the Gravity core WCE's are like riding through treacle on climbs.

Currently running a 29er WCE up front and 27.5 Flow Snap on the rear. If they ever wear out I'll probably get this Attack for the front and run the new Snap Trail on the rear.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: keep in mind that things like tire contracts are all dependent on the design. Same as skis, bike frames, car tires and on and on and on. The manufacturer almost has zero input on tread design, rubber compound or layout, casing and such (of course there are exceptions, one being e13 not being satisfied with their original manufacturer not being able to produce the casing they wanted so the switched TO Vee because they could better satisfy the needs of the designer). So to say, "uggh factory X produced company Y's crappy, tire forget them!" Its not a fair representation because the manufacturer didn't decide to use crummy rubber - the designer did.
  • 5 0
 @adrennan: Vigilante FTW.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: Started with Maxxis, then to Scwalbe, Went back to Maxxis and the grip is awesome but quality of non round, side to side not even straight. Shitty FCKIN quality control is very disappointing. Warranty or not...they could send you another POS you have to wrestle on and off to star all over again...Take photos of inner serial number fellahs before mounting.
  • 2 0
 @Trudeez: I was being slightly facetious in my comment, and of course you are right. Goodyear's issue is largely due to their rubber compound I think, as you note. Not factory manufacturing them.
  • 1 0
 Maxxis is newer than most of the others and they are a subsidiary of Cheng shin
  • 2 0
 @TheBearDen: Shit happens is not an excuse!Especially when you are producing millions of tires.
QC is a thing.
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: Yep. Great all around tire. Look like they're on backwards though Smile
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: Not what I was told by my LBS guy, but I'd bought the tyre online so would have had to go direct to Maxxis. He said Maxxis will blame the fitting etc. Was a DoubleDown Aggressor which was too heavy for me anyway, so I have it as a spare now.
  • 1 0
 @WishIWazFaster: In my experience Maxxis is pretty good to deal with directly. I had a friend who ordered a set online a number of years back (before I opened my own biz), and got a poorly shaped tire, I believe it was a Minion, and he dealt with them directly. At the time, he was also High Roller 2 curious. He actually asked Maxxis if they wouldn't mind switching the tire from a Minion to a HR2. In stead of a switch, they sent him both! I thought that was totally classy.
  • 3 0
 @betsie: michelin wild enduro. Do it.
  • 2 0
 @DJ-24: pretty much down for life with Vigilantes, of course I live in the wet ass PNW
  • 1 0
 @robin-dolgos: The Stout is so long ago we didn't have enduro bike let alone EWS
  • 4 0
 @mountainsofsussex: yeah m8 your lucky though at least they warranted the tyre for you !!
I bought TWO Maxxis tyres DHR DD for the rear and Shorty WT for front £120, mounted them up on new wheels, it was like i had taco'd both bloody wheels, nearly touching the frame on the rear FFS.
Got in touch with warranty UK via email, James agreed to warranty tyres asked me to send my details so they could organize replace them...... last response i got from them !!
Didn't even reply to any further emails i sent to them to find out what was happening ??
Shame been using maxxis tyres for over 15 years never had an issue, and love the grip but sorry if you wont deal with your loyal customers warranty issues properly ill take my business else where thanks.
  • 3 0
 @betsie: had 6 continental tires, never had those two issues
  • 1 0
 @wildthingdh1: did you go through the dealer or direct? Sale of goods act should protect you in that case, but your contract is with whoever sold you the tyres, not Maxxis.
  • 1 0
 Whattagai
  • 2 0
 @astro99: uh, no. That connection doesn’t exist. If it did, all tires on motorcycles, cars AND road bikes would wobble.
  • 1 0
 @chezotron: If your car tires cost the same as MTB tires. You buy shitty tires.
  • 1 0
 @Rollfast2: Nailed it, we going to say the same.
  • 55 1
 Does Minnarr get royalties from this tire as well??
  • 4 0
 No but CST/ Maxxis will lol
  • 19 2
 The age of minion clones is over. The assegai clones are here.
  • 4 1
 The Assegai is 25g less with a 3C EXO+ casing. Less known, less proven, more weight. I'll stick with Maxxis/Minnarr.
  • 3 1
 I assume Maxxix sends him a hundred Ass guys then his mechanic sends 98 back for warranty...
  • 37 1
 Who's gonna say it...
  • 52 3
 Looks like a session...wait
  • 65 2
 ASSGUY
  • 26 2
 There’s no room for water bottle...wait (?)
  • 13 2
 Clearly you guys are wrong ! It needs a steeper seat angle.
  • 4 1
 @QuebecPoulin: No no, It needs chain stay lengths proportionate to sizes.
  • 2 2
 Where's the co2 bottle cage?
  • 1 0
 @jeremy3220: ASSGUY XC ... Those knobs are tiny.
  • 2 0
 Kinda looks like a spesh eliminator to me
  • 2 0
 @Wildeman21: my thoughts exactly. And a good tread pattern in my experience.
  • 1 0
 It’s an Assguy but is also a minion! Perfect!
  • 11 0
 NO 26" NO SALE
  • 2 0
 No chain tool.... no sale.
  • 10 0
 I’m waiting for the aluminium version
  • 1 0
 what happened here?
  • 3 0
 Assguy got robbed
  • 1 0
 No social distancing in the middle picture
  • 1 0
 Whew... tread pattern excels in dirt AND loam. Wouldn't even consider these if it was one, and not the other
  • 19 1
 Assegai is that you?
  • 7 1
 Can we just call it the Attackgai?
  • 1 0
 The vee has 2 slanted then 3 across and repeat. Ass has 2 slanted, then 3 across, then 2 straight....down the middle so different enough
  • 1 0
 Looks like an Assagai and a Minion had a baby
  • 1 0
 @laksboy: AssGuy copy should be called BumBoy
  • 15 2
 I've been tired of all these other treads that weren't designed to work on dirt!
  • 11 3
 Loam = dirt (my collogues would loose their minds reading this, as they say dirt is inert) . Loam is a soil factor where it measures the composition. For example, sandy loam, clay loam, silt loam.
  • 1 1
 You must have missed the 2015 memo. The mtb. community spoke- doesn't matter what science, or the rest of existence understands... loam is not the same thing as dirt
  • 6 3
 I'm too nervous to buy anything from Vee after riding the Snowshoe XL on the fat bike. It has the best traction of any tire I've ever ridden...as in I felt like i couldn't even move. Maybe the compounds on these tires are better but I agree with the commenter who said why risk it? There are tried and true options that look identical and weigh about the same from known brands and they aren't more expensive. If these tires were $20 and I could buy 3 of them, then maybe....ohh, or if Vee is interested in sponsoring a consistent top-50% Strava-leaderboard rider like me, then I'll use them also.
  • 2 0
 Legit! SnowShoe XL was/is a great tire... almost too great. The ones I had a couple years back stuck to anything and almost carried snow like clay. I could probably use some of that on all the wet roots and rocks we have here in the NE.
  • 2 0
 @Dornbox: Yes! They are perfect for going in a straight line at approx 1mph.
  • 3 0
 Hard, pack and loose. That's like going to the restaurant that specializes in Chinese, Thai, Indian, American, Cuban and everything else. Newsflash - if you try to specialize in everything you're not specialized in anything at all.
  • 1 0
 If you ever ride in the Ozarks, this will make perfect sense. Hard-packed base with a lot of loose pebbles on top
  • 3 0
 Pic your tire and be an ass abou it....This whole biking boom is going to put a damper on me scavanging cheap parts including tires out of the clearance section on shops and online retailers. Damm you Covid, I hate paying full retail. Vee tires are a bit like that WTB wheelset launch last week. You wont care if it was on yourmid-low end bike OEM due to adequate performance but you certainly aren't going out and buying one new at full retail.
  • 2 0
 It’s an interesting tire because it runs the same rubber all the way through the pattern. And a super grippy one as well.

If you ride natural forest trails, with mud, rocks, roots, water all within 20 feet the 3c tires sometimes suck. You want the grip in the middle too, like Maxxis had in the old days with their Suoer Tacky of Slow Reezay. MaxxGrip is often not available or in stock for trail tires.
  • 2 0
 It also keeps grip levels the same as the tire wears, you don't wear down the sticky rubber on top and hit a harder layer underneath
  • 1 0
 Super Tacky is really good for DH but only last a few laps. I have friends still ride ST with tubes in their DH bikes. Last Assegai in the front of my bike was good for almost 6 months of decent ridding. ST carcass is very prone to develop those cross marks really quick compared to any other tire I know... For an enduro bike,you almost can see in real time how the tire is wearing while pedaling uphill hahahaha. There was another compound,the 35A if my memory is good,it was only good for 2 or 3 rides,amazing grip,but it was like race tire only.
  • 3 0
 Quick question. Why are tires so damn expensive? I just want to buy a decent tire for $50 or less. If anyone knows of tires at this price please speak up.
  • 4 0
 economies of scale. Ya car tires are cheap for what you are getting but they sell 100s of millions of them.
  • 10 0
 Michelin Wild Enduro
  • 2 0
 You can get the cheaper versions of tires. Most models have a cheaper version with cheaper rubber, steel non-folding beads, and a inferior casing construction.
  • 1 0
 @jpat22: agreed, they’re the best i’ve found
  • 7 0
 I’m running WTB verdict and trail boss which I paid around that for, really impressed so far after 450k of riding
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat: underrated tires for sure
  • 1 0
 @sewer-rat: are your sidewalls weeping and not holding air? That put me off WTB...
  • 2 0
 Maxxis dual compound tires are usually found for ~$50. Bontrager XR4/XR5 are ~$60.

Are you getting the best of the best? No. Are they still decent? yes.
  • 1 0
 CST - they are the largest off-road tire manufacturer in the world - Parent company of Maxxis and manufacturer of others, but they sell their own brand. The BFT is killer.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: not having that issue.
  • 4 0
 @jpat22: My go-to tires. I run a Wild Enduro Gum-X Front on both front and rear and call it the Wood Chipper.

People put too much thought into their tires. It's not going to help. You're slow, so just find more gravity and enjoy yourself.
  • 1 0
 @jaredmh: my Bontrager SE4s have awesome traction and hold up extremely well. I've ran tires from every major bran over the years and honestly have the best luck and longevity from Bontragers. I use them on nearly all of my bikes and everyone is tubeless from my MTB to commuter to roadie and fat bike. I have no complaints other than they are cancelling the tire I use on my commuter which has been the most durable, longest wearing and comfortable tire I've ever used for commuting and bike camping.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I had that issue with mine too, but maybe it was the rims (WTB). The Vigilante was the biggest bitch to mount too.
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: nah they are solid, running em on Hunt trailwides and they get abuse


m.pinkbike.com/photo/20008696
  • 1 0
 @Blue1870: the trail boss certainly owes me a couple of levers...
  • 2 0
 @sewer-rat: maybe I'm unlucky, or perhaps Stan's Race sealant is incompatible or something...
  • 1 0
 MSC tires
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: I had different WTB tyres setup tubeless on my Marin before the Cotic also with no issues running Stans sealant, bit weird eh
  • 3 2
 While this tire looks great, I agree with the sentiment re these tires better be discounted (heavily) from the industry leader; Maxxis.
Despite getting a few wobbly tires from Maxxis (warrantied) I made the mistake of going elsewhere briefly (Schwalbe) and tore a nob off on the 1st ride. Back to Maxxis. Staying there.
  • 3 1
 100% - I have seen more destroyed Schwalbe side knobs than I have seen wobbly Maxxis casings. But both have been good about warranty, and to be fair, I think Schwalbe has made some good improvements in their more recent generation tires.

If you want to venture off the beaten path and are gun shy about Schwalbe, Conti are doing some awesome tires. Michelin are also pretty compelling lately.
  • 1 0
 @privateer-wheels: Michelin are good indeed.For like 21 days of
Shred ( NOT bike park but enduro ) then grip is gone. So it’s tricky. Best I used so far are Specilaized Butcher but with the black diamond casing. A multi purpose general tire for any type of terrain. Slippery on wet for sure but I don’t ride when There s a chance I might get wet
  • 3 2
 Vee makes excellent tires. I've ridden Continental, Maxxis, Specialized, ethirteen, and Kenda tires over the last few years and the ethirteen Lg1r in Mopo (made by Vee) is outstanding. The enduro casing is very robust and supportive while also feeling nicely damped. Traction with the Mopo compound is excellent in all conditions. I'm pretty sure the Vee Top 40 compound is essentially the same as what ethirteen is calling Mopo. I see no reason to pay a premium for Maxxis or Continentals at this point.
  • 1 0
 I have Vee's Snap Flow on my Force. They've been on for a season and a half and they're great. The compound and tread design don't make for a very free rolling tire but the traction on wet and dry singletrack is excellent. I did have an issue with one of the tires when they first arrived and, no questions asked, sent a replacement immediately. No issues since. I won't be using anything else.
  • 3 2
 Ok. I'll be the Assguy in the room......Are there really that many "Vee" companies out there that marketing folks at the "Co" felt compelled they should use "Vee Tire Co" on the sidewall of their TIRES?
  • 6 0
 How else would you know that they make tires?

oh wait
  • 1 0
 nice Assegia clone. I love tires with the intermediate knob, between the top 2 rows of knobs and side knobs. hopefully they will be priced attractively enough to give em a try.
  • 2 0
 Continental makes a road tire called the Attack. Might become a 5010 situation...
  • 2 0
 You mean Vee are gonna have to rename this the 477ack?
  • 2 0
 @barp: maybe! i admit I didn't have a suitable numeric replacement...
  • 1 0
 If im not mistaken, Vee was the factory for intense tires and this tire looks like an old intense tire-which was a good tire. Interested.
  • 1 0
 Seems like the only way to get a vee tire in Europe is to go to veetireco.de where they have some old leftovers, and then pay 30€ for shipping. Sure thing.
  • 1 0
 I had vee tires on my marin san quentin when i bought it. Changed the tires after 1 ride. To sluggish for me. Like riding through cyrup
  • 1 0
 Again.... Unless its like $30 less than a Minion.. It's Maxxis for me all day. Call me closed minded, or maybe shoot me a text bc I'll be rippin on my DHFs
  • 3 1
 Brace yourselves. "Looks like" comments are coming.
  • 3 0
 Assegai-ish
  • 3 0
 Looks like an Assguy
  • 1 0
 What's Vee's "2.5" like compared to other brands in that size? They seem to vary in volume and actual width quite a bit.
  • 2 0
 probably huge, I've got Snap WCE's in 29 and 27.5 both the 2.35" width, they measure at like 2.5" on 25mm rims. Same for my Flow Snaps in 29 and 27.5, both printed as 2.35" on the sidewall but they measure close to 2.5".
  • 2 0
 I'm still in awe that a standard tire now is like 2.5 pounds.....
  • 1 0
 fast rolling and good braking? so cutting edge. if only another tire manufacturer had thought of this concept first...
  • 2 0
 Looks like a budget Assegai
  • 1 0
 Love the Stout tire they used to make. Kinda wish they made this tire in a 26".
  • 1 0
 It looks.. familiar.. Somewhere between Assegai and Magc Mary
  • 5 0
 If Mary had an Assguy’s baby
  • 2 0
 Hans dampf
  • 2 1
 chinese assegai knock-off
  • 5 0
 Vee tires and Maxxis tires are both made in Thailand.
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: thx for the info
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: nope. Maxxis tires are made in Taiwan. Very much different countries.
  • 1 0
 @ARonBurgundy: I read you that they are made in both countries.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Maxxis Minion and a Hutchinson Toro got the urge to merge.

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