The Maxxis Minion DHF was designed for the often loose and muddy conditions of aggressive all-mountain terrain. The secret is Maxxis' Supertacky compound with low-rebound but high traction, to help you keep the rubber side. This front-specific tread pattern incorporates ramped knobs for low rolling resistance and channel-cut knobs to increase gripping edges, giving straight-line control and precise cornering.
Strengths: 3C compound is soft and grippy above 35 degrees F
Weaknesses: At cold temperatures these tires become stiff and lose their grippy-ness, very much like "summer only" tires for cars, they should come with a warning saying not to use below 35 degrees.
This review is for the 2.5" 29er 3C EXO tire. I bought these as a fat and knobby tire that would get me through snow and slush. I hoped that the super soft compound would stay soft in freezing temperatures. However, at -5 degrees F they turned hard as plastic. Plastic tires do not grip anything. At temperatures above 25 degrees they did okay, but the rubber is still much softer above 35 degrees. As a test I left my continental race kings with the black chili compound outside and even at -5 F they were still soft. I think as a snow tire, I would have been better off with black chili compound or other compound that stays soft in the cold. I do think they will be a ton of fun in the summer though.
Yes, these tires are heavy in this size, but I wouldn't have expected different for such a massive tire. Oh, and they were really easy to mount tubeless on my Stan's Crest rims. On the 21mm internal rims width, the casing width was 58mm. The outer knobs are 63mm wide.
Strengths: This review is for the 2.35 single-ply foldable maxxpro DHF. I use it as a front tyre on my hardtail coupled with a Panaracer Fire xc on the back.
The DHF performs as promised, offering tons of grip around corners and especially rewards a more aggressive approach. When it lets go it slides predictably and soon finds traction again. I've ridden with it on rocky terrain, very loose conditions, hardpack, even thick mud, and only the last seemed to challenge it's grip when pushed. It still clears gloop well if you don't go too slow. Rolling resistance is small for such a knobby tread, but I wouldn't run it on the rear for xc rides. The casing feels quite supple and absorbs trail chatter effectively when run at lower pressures. Breaking traction is excellent weight is reasonable too.
Weaknesses: Size is nowhere near 2.35, mounted on a 19mm internal width rim it measures ~2.1in. Sidewall is on the light side, best suited to xc/trail use. On wet slippery rocks and roots the hard rubber is not optimal, the softer version would be a better choice.
Exceptional aggressive xc/trail front tyre, esp on the dry side of things. Misleading size label though.
Bike Setup: 26" hardtail, set up with a bias towards the fun side of xc
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2012
Strengths: Great cornering grip. Brake well (not as good as h rollers) and have little rolling resistance. Never got a puncture using 27 f 30 psi r
Weaknesses: Size is out a little. Side knobs begin to tear after a while. Weight is fair.
This review is for 2.5 ST minion 2 ply. While you are cornering fast, you do have to really lean into the tyres to get them to grip, sometimes they hold, let go, then grip again. No complaints for the almighty minion!
I've had Kenda Nevegals on my bikes since they came out, I decided to try the Maxxis DHF tire as everyone raves about them. The sidewall ripped on the first serious ride, Oh well back to the Kenda Nevagals which have never torn a sidewall.
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2012
Strengths: A good tough tire that does well on hard pack and soft stuff. Rolls well and provides the perfect amount of feedback when inflated to a certain point (depending on your weight).
Weaknesses: Poor traction at speed in loose conditions:tends to push the front at mid lean during turn in. You have to keep leaning in to get the outer knobs to hook up. This gives it a drifty feeling, which isn't at all bad as a rear, but sucks in the front unless you like to push and scrubbing speed as opposed to turning.
One more thing: Behaviour at and beyond the limit. As you pass through that limit the tire gives no feedback. You'll hear it sliding before you feel it. And you better hope you do one of those fast enough else you'll end up on your head before you know it.
Wether or not this is a good tire just may depend on your riding style. I come from street bikes (motorcycles) and I expect the front to be predictable and consistent at all lean angles. The DHF isn't that tire.
If OTOH you like to jam the bike into the corners with both ends sliding and a foot on the ground, then you wont' notice the shortcomings mentioned above.
Favorite Trail: TNT Loop, Chunky, Small Intestine, Powerline, Angry Pirate, Blue Velvet, Crank it Up, Big Creek GA
Duration Product Used: 1 year
Purchased At: Bike shop
Similar Products Used: Nevegals, Excavators, Specialized Enduros, OE Felt tires.
Bike Setup: Felt Q520, Specialized Big Hit SPEC, Mongoose Khyber Elite, Mountain Cycle 9.5
a Cross Country Rider
from North of Santa Fe
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2011
Strengths: Stick like glue on any surface! Reasonable weight. Excellent braking and cornering. These are my favorite tires by far, and i have tried quite a few!
Weaknesses: Sizing is incorrect, but not really a big deal. Just know what you're getting! 2.35 = 2.10, 2.5 = a tall 2.35. No lost chilis.
By far my favorite tire. I always end up coming back to these no matter what else i try! As other reviewers have said, there is a dead-spot when you are leaned over a few degrees...but this also makes the tires very fast when you're sitting upright. Don't be afraid to lean into these tires, they will take it!
I am running the DHF front and rear. It works well for both. The 2.35 clears the small rear triangle on the Blur LT very well. The Exo sidewall and 3C compounds are nice and only cost a little more. These tires work very well in the southwest, and in almost any conditions! They shed mud reasonably well and don't wash out in sand. I haven't tried them in snow yet, i'm sure they'll do fine.
No problems setting these up tubeless. I would not bother with the UST tire, it isn't necessary.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2011
Strengths: this review is for 2.5 EXO 3C Cross country foldable DHF tire. Very good grip, excellent in rain, wet roots
Weaknesses: none. What if Maxxis makes a version in high volume, like Advantage?
During the dry season I used Advantage 2.5 front and back. As it started raining here on North Shore, my front tire started side slipping quite significantly on wet roots. I really like Advantage and was a bit reluctant to try Minion DHF. I put it first up front and side-slipping pretty much disappeared. Today I replaced the rear tire and noticed that the rear tire would not spin going over an obstacle but bite into it and go over.
There tires are very good. Don't waste money experimenting. This is the only setup I plan to use from now on. Both DHF 2.5, EXO, 3C. It cost me more than $200 to figure it out. Save your money!
from UK and China
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2011
Strengths: -Much faster than a Nevegal
-Off camber grip
-Anti puncture durability
-High speed stability
Weaknesses: -A little heavy
-A little slow
-Tad sketchy at slow speed
-Tad narrow for size
-Leaning grip average (unless going fast)
This is a review for the single-ply 2.35 version.
I couldn't really find much difference between running DHF/DHR, DHF/High Roller 2.35 and DHF/DHF. Although the DHF/DHR combo seems to climb better and have better slow speed off camber grip than the DHF/HR and DHF/DHF, but these were more possibly stable at speed but the High Roller was not as good on the climbs, and I hated it on the front.
In conclusion I would say a DHF/DHR or DHF/DHF is an ideal combo for an aggressive AM or freerider that doesn't mind a bit of extra weight and slow speed sketchiness to have a reliable tire that works best when going downhill quickly and won't puncture easily.
4 out of 5 as I'm hoping the Minion 2 will have more leaning and braking grip.
I have the single ply minion DHF exo in 60a and have tried to like them for 6 months now, and they just suck. I will say they are pretty good for a cross country tire, and they roll pretty well, and other than that they are just sketchy. They slide out way too easy on wet wood, They bounce all over the place (a vary harsh ride) and they slide out without warning. I have riden some softer durometer minions, and they are great. I would assume that most of my complaint relates to the 60a durometer. Super sketchy for downhill.
Weaknesses: Vague straight-line stability, lack of feedback
These tyres hook up around corners like nothing I've ever ridden before (Super Tacky double wall DH version 2.5 width). However, they have an amazing lack of control and feel in a straight line. I feel like I am out of control sometimes.
I've had them up at Thredbo in the damp and they had plenty of grip on the wet wood and roots, the braking traction is always amazing everywhere wet or dry. I've also had them on Mt Stromlo ('09 world champs course) in the dry. They are just sketchy when the bike is upright and pointed straight ahead - I don't understand it.
I expected the super tacky compound to wear very quickly but after some shuttling and lift riding and general fun they hardly show wear at all.
To get any feel at all through the bike I settled on 17/20 psi. I keep expecting to ding my rims, but nothing so far. Those sidewalls are seriously meaty!
My bottom line - if they hooked up on the straight ahead like they do leaned over hard they would be the perfect all-around tyre. As it is, I'm going to try something else next time.
Strengths: Corners very well as a front tire. Durable (60a version), mounts tubeless with no problems.
Weaknesses: The case sizing is too small. I d hesitate to run these at low pressure as a rear tire because the sidewalls are a little thin. (Single Ply version)
I use the 2.35 as a front tire. I really like the cornering ability it has over my previous choices. The 60a version is quite durable over the "Super Tacky". The weight is very good for a tire that size. But it isn't really 2.35 after all.
I mounted them on 19mm inner width rim and it measures 2.15.
from Colton, Oregon, US
Date Reviewed: February 22, 2011
Strengths: For a front tire, it is all point and shoot.
Weaknesses: None. This tire is designed for a specific purpose. It is not a good tire if you want long rides on concrete. It will wear fast and hummmmmmmmmm.
The tire is a little expensive but total worth it. It is a very sticky tire and goes where you want it to. Also due to the pattern and the soft material it works in all condition. So far snow, ice, mud, hard packed blue grove and rock gardens this tire has impressed me every time.
Bike Setup: 2009 Kona Dawgma. With lots of upgrades
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2011
Strengths: Pure grip. Mounts up tubeless easily.
Weaknesses: Not much, could be lighter, could be wider, could be faster rolling but for the intended purpose it's perfect.
This is a review of the 2.35 minion DHF super tacky 42a, single ply, wire bead.
As everyone else has said they come up small, maybe a 2.2 on a good day.
For the last two years i've been riding the uk trail centres and as they are mainly wet rock i've been looking for a suitable tyre. Previous tyres have been a compromise between weight, rolling resistance and grip. Well this time i decided that grip was a higher priority than weight etc.
Setup tubeless and running 25psi this has to be the grippiest tyre i've ever used. The front wheel is now rock solid, i don't know what you have to do to get this thing to slide. I hammered it in wet conditions at coed Llangdegla and it was as if the trails were dry. I was really giving it some stick and it was just tons of awersome grip. I didn't get the so called "dead spot" that others mention. Maybe the lower pressure stops it and i wasn't afraid to lean it over either. I didn't notice the extra weight, rolling was good and i only noticed the softer slower compound when trying to ride on the flat at XC speeds. It cheap, £21 ish, so not a problem when it's time for a new one. I don't know if it's the softer compound or the tread pattern or both, but it's so good i don't care. I not parting with it.
Bottom line is if you ride the uk(welsh) trail centres and have had enough of sliding around this is the tyre you need. If it's all about the decents or you lack confidence then you don't need to look any further. I'm dreading riding without it. An awersome tyre. Highly recommended.
Similar Products Used: Eskars, advantage, aspen, high roller, tons of XC tyres.
Bike Setup: 09 enduro, stans Arch rims. High roller on the rear.
from Ellicott City, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: August 30, 2010
Strengths: INCREDIBLE GRIP UPHILL! INCREDIBLE GRIP DOWN HILL! Digs so deep I'm surprised the EPA hasn't banned them for tearing up more land in the USA. This tread pattern rocks!
Weaknesses: NONE! An environmentalists worst erosion nightmare. Expensive but worth the grip man. They will tear up the environment anywhere they go because they dig.
Bottom line is there is no better tire on the market. The industry says it. Maxxis says it. It's their best selling tire. Too many people use it to not believe it. It comes standard on the best downhill racing bikes in the world inclucing Intense, Foes and any other top brand racing bike. The pro's use them and so should you. The 60 durometer one's are the stiffest nobs you will find. They grab hold of mud and dry conditions and hold. I never slip uphill, wet or dry. It's that simple man.
Similar Products Used: Maxxis Helter and Skelter tires.
Bike Setup: Gary Fisher King Fisher 1, modified w/8 inch fork, 7 inch Fox shock rear, Raceface Evolve DH Crankset, all Sram X-0, Sun MTX 33 rims, Hadley Hubs, and maxxis minion max pro 2 ply 2.50's wired bead 60 durometer.
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2010
Strengths: awesome grip, nice look
Weaknesses: none so far
never used anything like it( and i tried some tires before), when u got used to the awesome grip u will definitely ride faster! if you're not the breaking kind, get the DHF on the front and back like sam hill did...
BUY! NOW! DO IT!!!
ps: don't listen to the xc-douches, like already said, if you don't know how to ride it, don't critisize...
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