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Maxxis Minion DHF Tire

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The standard

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The Good:

Wears well
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.

Plenty of grip

The Good:

Running the 26x2.5 and haven’t had any issues with slipping. They wear really good as long as you don’t ride a ton of pavement

The Bad:

Not the lightest but great traction is a good trade off

Overall Review:

very good tire but on the expensive side

Gold Standard in Tires

Gold Standard in Tires
The Good:

Grip, Casing Options, Weight, Tubeless

The Bad:

Runs narrower than competitors

Overall Review:

             This is truly the gold standard of tires, There are multiple on the market now that have a similar tread pattern for a reason, it works! These tires, regardless of the carcus, width, or on front or rear are stellar. From my experience they are predictable even when leaning to the side knobs. Some other tires get vague in this area, but these do not with the open area between the center and outer knobs. Their wear is on par as to other tires and to what I would expect. Maxxis tires do seem to run a bit narrow in width in comparison to their spec is the only negative thing I can think of. Work great on hard pack, loose over hard pack, and even in wet conditions that are not too muddy.

The gold standard of DH tires.

The Good:

Braking, acceleration, cornering, price.

The Bad:

cornering knobs always fall off

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.

good tires

The Good:

grippy, consistent, light, roll fast

The Bad:

nothing really

Overall Review:

i really like these tires theyre the best tires ive used

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.


Product Maxxis Minion DHF Tire
Riding Type Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Wheel Size 26", 27.5" (650b), 29", 27.5+, 29+, Other (24")
Tire Width
  • 2.3 inches
  • 2.35 inches
  • 2.4 inches
  • 2.5 inches
  • 2.6 inches
  • 2.8 inches
  • 3.0 inches
Tubeless Compatible Tubeless Ready (TR) available
Bead Folding and wire bead options available

3C MaxxTerra
An intermediate compound configuration used in select mountain tires. 3C MaxxTerra is softer and offers more traction than 3C MaxxSpeed, yet provides better treadwear and less rolling resistance than MaxxGrip.

3C MaxxGrip
Ues the softest rubber compounds to offer the ultimate in grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications.

Super Tacky (ST)
A special low-rebound, high-traction compound used in select tires.

Dual Compound
Two compounds used within the tread to offer lower rolling resistance and increased cornering grip.

Single Compound available


A cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of select mountain tires. This densely woven fabric is also lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tire remains unaffected.

EXO+ Casing (pre-2022)
120 TPI; combines SilkShield and EXO protection materials for improved tread puncture protection. The SilkShield layer runs from bead-to-bead with a layer of EXO along the sidewalls.

EXO+ Casing (2022 update)
60 TPI; with butyl insert around the bead, for more protection and support (50% more puncture resistant and up to 20% less prone to snakebites compared to the previous generation).

DoubleDown (DD)
The next step in the evolution of the dual-ply tire casing for enduro racing. Two 120 TPI casing layers reinforced with a butyl insert provide the support and protection of a downhill tire, but in a lighter package.

Downhill (DH)
Two layers of 60 TPI casing material are used from bead to bead, providing additional protection and sidewall stiffness for downhill applications.

  • 1 lb 11.1 oz (769 g)
  • 2 lb 10.7 oz (1,210 g)
  • 2 lb 0.7 oz (926 g)
  • 2 lb 13.5 oz (1,290 g)
  • 2 lb 3.2 oz (999 g)
  • 3 lb 0.5 oz (1,374 g)

Directional ramped knob design, designed for the often loose and muddy conditions of aggressive all-mountain terrain

Wide Trail (WT) options are designed to optimize the tire’s tread layout for a 35mm inner rim width and are proven to work over a 30-35mm range, depending on the rider’s preference.

* Full specifications listed in images above

  • $74
  • $95
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