The Good: Braking traction, high volume, weight, cornering grip
The Bad: Not much wrong to be honest
I've done about 1,000 kms on this tire, all in the dry and with it on the front only, enduro style and set up tubeless with Stans (Evo Pacestar 2.35x26). Personally I rate Maxxis Minion as a benchmark and I think the comparison will helpful guide for other riders, I usually use a Minion FR 2.35 EXO maxxpro for reference (old style, pre TR).
HD vs Minion
- Rolling resistance - Similar
- Braking traction - HD superior
- Off-camber grip - Minion Superior
- Fist sized rocks on trail composure - HD superior
- Light over cornering/carving - Minion Superior
- Dry ruts - HD Superior
- Weight for size - HD Superior (700g is sweet) (single ply pretty narrow older Minion 2.35 also 700g, HD physically much larger)
- Carcass/volume - HD Superior (it's massive like a balloon)
- Higher pressure traction (32psi and over) - similar
If someone could genetically clone the HD carcass but put a Minion tread pattern it with whatever makes the HD stop, it would be a real winner. Also Maxxis need a talking to, their new TR Minion FR 2.35 is too heavy for real trail work, mostly suitable for freeride/DH, handing the market to Schwalbe. Dear Schwalbe have our goose that lays our golden eggs, love Maxxis. All being said if you carve hard the Minion slips less and bites harder, however the braking grip of the HD can save your neck. Both are great tires with no clear winner. On trails and running tubeless I prefer the HD, if was doing a day with an uplift service then Minion.