Vee Tire Co. Snap WCE MK2 Mountain Bike Tire Review



Words by Robert Johnston  |  Photos by Finlay Anderson

In addition to the chunky Attack FSX and a couple other gravity models, Vee Tire Co launched the new Snap WCE MK2 earlier this year – a tire designed to perform at the highest level for the World Cup Elite. Sadly my chances of racing on the world cup downhill circuit are rather slim, but with the likes of the race-driven Schwalbe Tacky Chan proving to offer some of the best performance on the market for a less exceptional rider such as myself, it’s possible that the elite-driven Snap WCE MK2 could offer control and precision that benefitted me too. Keep on reading to get the full low-down on how this aggressive gravity tire performed.


• Compound: Full 40
• Technology: GXE Core & DH Core
E-Bike Ready 25
• Sizes: 27.5 x 2.5 | 29 x 2.5
Tubeless Ready
• Price: $70 – $75


  • Sticky and well damped rubber

  • Sturdy casing constructions

  • Reasonable rolling speed for a sticky tire.

  • Good hooking up in intermediate conditions


  • Knob flex when loaded hard

  • Knobs could stand to be taller


The Vee Tire Co Snap WCE MK2 is a tire designed to offer the highest level of performance for elite level competition across a wide range of trail conditions, with the “MK2” featuring a tread pattern that was specifically redesigned to work best in its 2.5”-only width offering. The Snap WCE MK2 uses Vee’s softest FULL 40 compound, with a 40a durometer rubber used throughout with slow rebound to offer high levels of damping and traction.

Vee Tire Co. Snap WCE MK2 Mountain Bike Tire Review

Compared with the original Snap WCE, the MK2 features slightly smaller knobs with larger gaps and a more pronounced channel, which should aid in its softer soil performance and offer more ultimate bite. The knobs in the center alternate in pairs, with heavy ramping on the leading edges of one pair and a subtle ramp on the other. The side knobs alternate between larger rectangular knobs and smaller L-shaped knobs, with a long tapered outer edge down onto the tire sidewall to offer support to the knobs under hard cornering loads.

As a gravity racing-focused tire, it’s no surprise to see the Snap WCE MK2 is available in only their DH Core and GXE Core casing options, and in a 2.5” width only for both 27.5” or 29” wheel sizes. The GXE Core features a 1.5-Ply construction using a 90 TPI carcass material, which is given a B-Proof Nano puncture resistant band and small Apex sidewall inserts, tipping the scales at 1200g for the 29×2.5” size. The DH Core has two plies of tougher 72 TPI casing from bead to bead; an apex insert on each bead area which extends further up the sidewall; and a Synthesis Sidewall for increased abrasion resistance, raising the weight to a healthy 1390g in 29×2.5”. These retail for a comparatively reasonable $70 and $75 respectively, representing large price savings compared with some of the competition.

Vee Tire Co. Snap WCE MK2 Mountain Bike Tire Review


As conditions transitioned from a relatively dry period of summer in the Tweed Valley, Scotland, where I had been running the Attack FSX on both ends, I found myself first with the Snap WCE MK2 on the front of the RAAW Madonna only in the GXE Core casing. As the Fall rain set in and trail conditions deteriorated further, the DH Core casing Snap WCE MK2 went on the rear, in pursuit of improved mud clearing properties – an area where they excelled. Over the following few months, I stuck with this tire combination and faced the whole range of conditions from some unexpected dry (but not dust) through to serious slop and found myself comfortable with the performance of these tires regardless. That said, I’m wasn’t ever blown away.

As with the Attack FSX tires, the Vee Snap WCE MK2 tires offered a reassuring fit on the rim and held air well without sealant seeping through the sidewalls. I began with the same 24 PSI in the GXE Core front tire and 26 PSI in the DH Core rear tire as I’d ran in the Attack FSX tires, but ended up upping this by 1psi on each end to help the knobs drive into the terrain below. The Full 40 rubber combined with the fairly wide tread spacing feels to drag slightly more on the climbs than the Attack FSX, but they’re not painfully slow in the sticky gravity tire realm.

Hardpack conditions are not the strong suit of the Snap WCE MK2, with the float generated by the pronounced channel necessitating some committed tipping-in, which then highlights the tendency of the relatively small shoulder knobs to fold when pushed hard. A relatively small braking edge limits the ultimate ability to latch on and slow down too, with the rear more inclined to lock up than some. In these instances, the Attack FSX proved to be a more reassuring tire, and the same went for rock slabs.

Vee Tire Co. Snap WCE MK2 Mountain Bike Tire Review

So, evidently, they are not an ultimate tire in some instances, however when the soil became slightly more broken up – whether in loam or mud – the Snap WCE MK2’s began to improve. Small and sticky knobs do a reasonable job at penetrating and holding in the softer soils, but they’re not the deepest and so don’t quite hook up as well as an Maxxis Assegai; WTB Verdict or Schwalbe Magic Mary. The float zone wasn’t as apparent in wetter conditions, but I’d certainly have welcomed some slightly taller knobs all around to increase their bite a bit further, albeit with an inevitable penalty to the rolling speed. I’d expect dusty conditions to be met with the same reasonable positivity, but not exceptional traction.

With less rubber between the ground and the carcass than the Attack FSX, the toughness of Vee’s tire casings was put through a more stringent test, to which it passed with flying colors. I didn’t manage to harm the GXE Core on the front nor the DH Core casing on the rear, impressed by their durability through some seriously jagged rocky testing conditions at times. It’s clear that Vee has done a stellar job on the durability front with the carcasses, and the Full 40 rubber compound stands up comparably to the likes of MaxxGrip or Addix Ultra Soft – that is, not incredibly well, but not exclusively to be saved for a race day.

Compared to a tire similar in its tread layout – the Schwalbe Tacky Chan – the Snap WCE MK2 falls short in terms of ultimate traction across most situations and doesn’t offer the same level of reassurance when pushing as hard as possible. That said, it feels to roll faster and retails for a good chunk less, so it’s certainly not a tire to be discounted.

The Wolf’s Last Word

Sitting in the middle of the road between their Attack FSX dry conditions specialist and a more dedicated mud tire, the Vee Tire Co. Snap WCE MK2 may not be a standout performer in any particular scenario but proved to offer good traction in intermediate conditions. I’m surprised to see it hailed as a tire for the world’s best downhillers though, with the tendency for the side knobs to fold making me think that they may struggle to feel confident when loading it as hard as they do. For less aggressive riders however, these may just be worth a try.

Price: $70-$75

GXE Core 29×2.5”: 1200g
DH Core 29×2.5”: 1390g (avg)



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