Vee Tires launches new Attack HPL gravity rubber option

Vee tyre co Attack HPL
HPL is designed for extreme downhill trails (Image credit: Vee)

Gravity riders now have a new front tire option from Vee.

Regarded as one of the best MTB tires, Vee has added the Attack HPL to its product portfolio, and it's a tire developed for secure grip on steep and technical trails, especially dry ones.

What does Vee mean by the HPL acronym? It deconstructs to ‘hard’, ‘pack’ and ‘loose’, which describes most summer trails with tricky loose-over-hardpack surfaces.

Vee is producing the Attack HPL in a single 2.5-inch size, for both 29- and 27.5-inch wheel diameters. Riders have a choice of two structures, either Vee’s 27.5-inch dual-ply Gravity Core or 29er single-ply Enduro Core. There's a weight difference of 200g between the two casings on the 29er Attack HPL and 190g on the 27.5-inch tires.

Vee employs its Top 40 rubber formulation, which is the tackiest it has available. The rubber durometer value is 42a on the tread blocks, which should provide generous contact patch grip on all trail surfaces.

The tread pattern is dominated by distinct sipes cut into the side knobs, and a ramped sequence of center tread blocks to facilitate secure braking in steep terrain.

Weight specification for the new Vee Attack HPLs classifies the 29er tires at 1350/1150g and the 27.5-inch versions at 1270/1080g.

Prices for both diameters are the same, with the differentiator being the casing choice. The HPL Gravity Core 27.5 tires are $70 and Enduro Core 29 tires retail at $65. Both tires are expected to be available from in Spring.

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.