Team Maxxis rider Colin Bailey designedThe Minion DHF duringThe 2001 NORBA NCS downhill season. Utilizing provenTread concepts such as ramped knobs for low rolling resistance and fore-to-aft channel cut knobs for straight line control and precise cornering,The Minion DH F is yet another example of Maxxis ongoing commitmentTo product development. Designed by our European Racing Development effort,Team Maxxis-MSC. FRONTTIRE M301 directional, ramped knob design REARTIRE The Minion DH R features
Strengths: review for the single ply 42a 2,35
Weaknesses: punctures every ride
must uses much pression not to puncture.
this version is ligth and grippy , but you must use 35 plus not to pinch every ride
on dry and loose conditions must use under 35 psi to pass from good to fantastic , but then cames the punctures
a Weekend Warrior
from Boston MA USA
Date Reviewed: March 20, 2010
Strengths: I recently switched my bike from Panaracer XC Pros to Maxxis Minions DHR and DHF 2.35 60a tires and there was a very noticeable improvement in handleing especially in rocky terrain. They perform well in most conditions. I ran the tires through rocks, over roots, through mud, and on hardpack without any problems or loss of control. I run the rear at 40 psi and the front at 37 psi on Mavic XM719 rims using standard tubes.
Weaknesses: None so far although I have only used the tires on two trails.
The Maxxis Minions are a good all-around tire in the 2.35 size. If you want a similar tire, but with slightly less rolling resistance try the Maxxis High Rollers.
Similar Products Used: Bontrager Big Earl, Kenda Nevegal, Nokian
Bike Setup: Trek Session 7
a Cross Country Rider
from South Africa
Date Reviewed: October 9, 2009
Strengths: Corners like a Mountain goat on steriods! Fantastic grip and magic under heavy breaking!
Weaknesses: Tarmac kills it!
I have never been able to outbreak anyone into a corner like I can with these tires! Lean in and dive on the breaks close the forks up 100mm and the tire doesnt even think about giving way!
Tire has never washed out ever on trails. Just handles really well! Seems to throw mud pretty well too, except when you ride through continuos mud, then it seems to hold onto it.
It truelly is an epic tires for single track riding. I know most will say its a bit heavy for cross country, but hell when I come whistling past you over the rough stuff into that corner I couldnt care less about the weight! They are a must try tire! And in South Africa they pretty cheap as well!
Bike Setup: Giant XTC Team, Rockshox Revelations 140mm, Full XT, RaceFace cranks, Juicy 3 Discs.
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006
Strengths: freakin awesome tires grip like grazzzzyyyy they wont skid out even if you tried.
Weaknesses: none that i can think of.
the bottom line is i recomend these tires to anyone and to stick with maxxis they obviously know what they are doing and they are insane tires ive been riding for 5 years downhill and these are the best performing tires ive ever had
from Leduc Alberta Canada
Date Reviewed: December 30, 2005
Strengths: pretty lite and strong...
Weaknesses: doesn't shed mud very well, treads have worn down fast....a 5 inch long crack has appeared between the centre set of treads and the outers. about halc a centimeter deep.... where did that come from? and how long will my new tire last with that big crack.... wish it was double ply instead of single
Maybe it was freak that they cracked so fast..... I don't want to dish out another 70 bucks with the chance that my new one might crack after 4 months too. I think I will go for either double ply or something new.
Similar Products Used: I used kenda kinetics for jumping and trails too.... and they have lasted a whole lot longer
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Flow 3.0 '05
a Cross Country Rider
from colorado high country
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2005
Strengths: ummm, got a few sets for free?
Weaknesses: sidewalls are WeAk! heavy, too darn hard durometer minion single ply, 6o duro
somehow i ended up with a couple pairs of these good for nothing tires. i dont think i am over critical but these tires have continuously failed me. i have ripped holes in 5 sidewalls so far. i cant figure out where the weight is in these poor things. in no way can i recommend these tires. the full on dh versions are ok though if weight isnt a concern.
from Missoula, MT
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2004
Strengths: [b]Review is for 2.35 Single Ply version.[/i]
Traction, volume, low weight, decent rolling speed, very predictable cornering
Weaknesses: not always on sale for $20 apiece
The finest sub-1000gms tire I've ever used. While it's only a single ply sidewall, it's as thick as some companies' DH tire sidewalls ([i]i.e.,[/i] Tioga DH Pro). Nice cushioned ride without the weight of full DH casings. Excellent traction in all soils I've ridden in the Northern Rockies, very predictable cornering, outstanding control. I was lucky to find them at $20 apiece but would pay full MSRP if necessary for these great treads.
Similar Products Used: Tioga DH Pro 2.1 & 2.3; Kenda Kinetics Stick-E 2.35; Nokian Gazzaloddi DH 2.3; various WTB treads; Maxxis Mofo DH 2.35; Maxxis Minion DH Pro 2.7 Front
Bike Setup: Curtlo steel HT designed for 2003 Marz Z1FR QR20; various other bits; Rhyno Lite rims laced to hubs, etc.
a Weekend Warrior
from Edmonton, AB,CAN
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004
Strengths: Dual ply wall, almost rideable without any air! Great tread pattern, front and rear specific designs. Very little rolling resistance. Sheds mud well.
Weaknesses: Price, $80 CDN each. The dual ply is heavy, 1135 grams each. There is a single ply version for those who want less weight. This is a downhill/freeride tire, solid reliable performance without the fear of pinch flats and sidewall flex. Accelerates quickly.
If you don't mind the extra weight nothing is more durable or reliable with great performance.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain Slayer 30, Maxxis Minion 2.35
a Weekend Warrior
from San Francisco, Ca
Date Reviewed: July 1, 2004
Strengths: NICE BURNING EDGE ON THE SIDE KNOBS. TOUGH SIDEWALLS BUT NOT TO HEAVY.
Weaknesses: DOESNT LAST VERY LONG 4 TO 5 MONTH OR ABOUT 500 MILES.
THESE TIRES ROCK. YOU HAVE TO TRY THE FRONT TIRE ON THE REAR AND THE FRONT WITH A SLOW REZAY SUPER STICKY. THIS WILL HOOK YOU UP GLUE. HIGH ROLLER IN THE FROUNT IS AWESOME ALSO. BEST IN LOOSE DRY NASTY ROCK SECTIONS. MY FAVORITE TERAIN.
Similar Products Used: PANARACER, MOBSTER, HIGHROLLER,HUTCHINSON PYTHONS
Bike Setup: SC HECKLER, TURBINE CRANKS ISIS BB, THOMPSON STEM AND POST,WTB LAZER V SADDLE,SINGLETRACK WITH HADLEY DH HUBS,HAYES PLUS W CARBON AND TI,EASTON CARBON DH BARS,MAXXIS MINIONS, MANITOU SHERMAN FIREFLY
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