Vee Tire Co.’s new Flow Rumba (no, I don’t think it was named after the dance) has been designed as a do-it-all downhill tire that they say is “made with over 80% of downhill terrain in mind.” The relatively closely spaced lugs look like they might make for a fast rolling tire, but also one that’s probably not suited to thick mud – check the Flow Smasher pictured below for those mucky conditions. The Rumba is built with Vee’s 52/48 ‘Tackee Compound’ that they say is among the softest and slowest rebounding available, and that sticky rubber is laid over either their Enduro Core (1-ply combined with Apex) or Gravity Core (2-ply and Synthesis for three layers) casing, depending on your needs.
The Flow Rumba isn’t yet available in huge widths, but the 2.35” size can be had in both 26” and 27.5” diameters. Weights range from 1,150-grams to 1,250-grams.
A mud-specific tire can make all the difference in the world if you take the time to mount them up, but you probably have to be spending a fair bit of time in the muck to justify using them. The Flow Smasher is that kind of tire, however, with tall lugs that are widely spaced to penetrate and clear the goo. The same 52/48 Tackee Compound from the Flow Rumba is used to build the Smasher, but it’s only available in a single 27.5” x 2.4” size and in the hefty Gravity Core casing. Claimed weight is 1,250-grams.