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Maxxis Minion DHF Tire

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    Featured Review

    “The standard”

    The Good: Predictable Wears well Versatile Reasonably priced

    The Bad: Not the fastest rolling Packs up in sticky mud

    Overall Review:

    The DHF has been my go-to front tire on my trail bike (2.35 single ply) and I've used it extensively as both front/rear on my DH bike (2.5 3C). To me the most important part of a tire is predictability--and that predictability is why I keep running the DHF year after year.  It may be that there are tires more suited to a particular condition, that are lighter or roll better.  However, I don't change tires based on conditions except to switch to spikes when things are really muddy.  For me, the DHF works well enough in any condition, although I'd say its at its best in mixed loose over hardpack (what I ride most).  It isn't the greatest in thick sticky mud as it's not as open as some designs and will pack up, but even here I know what it's going to do and can make it work.  As a rear tire I find it drifts (you guessed it) predictably.  I usually run 25-30 PSI for DH and I can't remember the last time I got a flat.  Bottom line, it's a super solid tire that is good to great at nearly everything.  Well worth checking out if, by some crazy chance, you haven't yet.

    “The gold standard of DH tires.”

    The Good: Braking, acceleration, cornering, price.

    The Bad: cornering knobs always fall off weight

    Overall Review:

    The DHF are definitely a go to tire. They are widely available and frequently on sale. Cornering is top notch and they definitely have that playful drift zone a lot of people talk about. What they lack in grip on the muddiest days, they make up for pretty much everywhere else. They definitely excel as a bike park tire or versatile race tire.

    One problem I always have is cornering knobs falling off. On several of my tires after a month or two, a large amount of the knobs are ripped off or close to it, even when most of the braking knobs are almost entirely intact. Still they are longer lasting than alot of the super soft competition. The weight is also slightly heavier than some of the competition, but it makes up for it with compound durability.

    “Its a Minion, what more is needed?”

    The Good: Everything, it isn't one of the most widely used and best kow tires on the market for no reason.

    The Bad: I can really think of none, this tire flat out does it.

    Overall Review:

    Overall if you are looking for a tire that can really handle aggressive riding, provide reliability, and last you for a good amount of time; then this is it.

    “Best front tire out there”

    The Good: The tire is amazing at cornering. The side nobs dig in and stick. It is fast rolling and they last quite a long time. It performs great in almost all conditions and it inspires confidence.

    The Bad: My 2.5 with 3c is pretty heavy. I have also they corner great as a back tire but are a bit sketchy when it comes to braking.

    Overall Review:

    The minion dhf is probably the best front tire out there. nuff said.

    “No better tire on dry/damp dirt.”

    The Good: Braking traction, cornering traction, off-camber grip, fast rolling, great rock and thorn protection and great even for trail and enduro depending on tire type.

    The Bad: Too heavy or aggressive for XC, light trail and DJ (but not designed for those), slow on the road and sometimes dangerous in severely wet weather and weird on some kinds of gravel (and not designed for those either).

    Overall Review:

    These should be the default tire for anyone into any serious riding, especially on the front. On the rear you could go for a faster rolling tire if the conditions are dry, but you can't go wrong with it front and rear. You may find an equally good tire aggressive trail/DH tire, but it's probably is a copy of this tread.

    “Minions All the Way”

    The Good: - cornering - predictable - the best hardpack / medium / and loose front tire on the market - also works well on the back - lightweight - roll well - awesome grip

    The Bad: - ummm, what?

    Overall Review: This tire cannot be beat. If you ever wonder why you see so many amateurs and pros running this tire, throw one on the front of your rig and see why. It's everything you want front a front tire (and for some, even on the back too!). Maxxis tires are a step ahead of the rest.

    “Amazing tire for loose, dry conditions”

    The Good: The Minions track and brake well in loose, dry conditions. Very predictable at any speed. The 2 ply casing can handle the sharpest and roughest terrain. The 42a duro is ridiculous but lasts a short time. 3C duro is appropriate for non race applications.

    The Bad: Price. The price listed is inaccurate.

    Overall Review: Simply, the best tire for dry, loose conditions. Period.

    “Best tires ever”

    The Good: these tires grip everything in the dry and the wet, i wouldnt use anything else. ive had this tire 2 and a half years and its hardly worn down

    The Bad: nothing really bad to say about it

    Overall Review: this has to be the best downhill or freeride tire ever made
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

    Specifications

    Riding Type Trail, Freeride, Downhill
    Sizes 2.35, 2.5, 2.7
    Tubeless Compatible UST models available
    Bead 2.5 and 2.7, wire only. 2.35 wire or folding
    Durometer 42, 60 and 3C
    Sidewall Single ply or 2 ply DH casing
    Weight

    2.7: 3 lb 1 oz (1.4 kg)

    2.35 Foldable: 1 lb 8.7 oz (700 g)

    2.5: 2 lb 10.3 oz (1.2 kg)

    Miscellaneous Prices vary by size
    Price $59.00
    More Info Maxxis website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry