VEE TYRE RAIL
The Rail, from Thai company Vee, is a 40mm tubelessready tyre, built with Vee’s DCC (Dual Control Compound) rubber on a 120tpi carcass. Our tyre weighed in at 516g, and the tread pattern comprises five overlapping parallel rows of forward facing, 2mm tall triangular blocks, with large 3mm tall, arrowlike shoulder blocks for cornering grip.
Although tubeless-ready, the Rail is a loose fit on certain tubeless rims, and we failed to seat our test example in eight attempts on one set of Stan’s No Tubes-made rims, using a 160psi charger pump. Finally fitted to a 26mm wide rim, its inflated width is 39mm and it’s 38mm tall.
Recommended pressure for the Rail is 45-85psi, below which the sidewalls can crease, and at just under 50psi, we found it markedly noisy on tarmac, with a little buzz from those larger tread blocks. Our front tyre didn’t run very straight, which was unsettling, but its round profile ensured smooth transitions in and out of turns, and the supple rubber clings on willingly.
On gravel and dirt, the Rail rolls quickly on the straights, and although it rides taller than the Riddler, with greater air volume, its higher minimum pressure robs it of some comfort and edge grip on loose corners, as the tyre can’t deform much and lacks prominent shoulder blocks, allowing it to break traction sooner.
HIGHS Great volume, good firm surface grip LOWS Noisy, high minimum pressure, limited loose grip