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Maxxis Minotaur 380 Tire

3/5 (13 Reviews)
Weight : 380 grams MSRP : $54.99


Product Description

Extensive research and development in our labs and on professional race courses around the globe has resulted in the Minotaur 380-gram tire. Sharp edged knobs with wide spacing provide less rolling resistance and superior traction when compared to traditional tread designs. Superior predictability as a front tire, where traction and maneuverability are crucial. Also excels as a front-rear combination where loose terrain demands penetration for both tires. Self-cleaning tread also resists mud packing. For the ultimate in hard-pack performance, mount the Minotaur 380 up front with the Maxxis Wormdrive 430 in the rear. The Minotaur 380 was designed and developed by Maxxis International.


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ev a Cross Country Rider from Alberta

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2007

Strengths:    +light weight
+hooks up well on smooth, flat, straightaways
+rails surprise corners with ease


Weaknesses:    -nervous/twitchy on anything technical
-does not hold a line easily


Bottom Line:   
These tires are obviously and XC racing tire. They hook up well on smooth straightaways. They work surprisingly good in the muddy sections that are encountered (but if you know a race or ride is going to be almost all muddy, switch to something else)
When you drop the hammer, these tires respond!
Unfortunately, at that speed the tire gets nervous/twitchy on bumpy/rooty trail.

It climbs decently, but on downhills I was scared for my life.

Basically, these tires are great for XC racers who run a different tire depending on the course. If the course is smooth, and fairly dry, then this is your tire. Overall, its a good XC tire..but it's not for you if you're bike has over 80mm of suspension or weighs more than 24 pounds.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Hutchinson Python
Maxxis Crossmark


Bike Setup:   Cannondale Rush 1000

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Roger Hart a Cross Country Rider from Gloucestershire UK

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight

Weaknesses:    Wearing out

Bottom Line:   
Got these cheap and suprised how well they grip given the very open tread. Don't have the problems most people have mentioned and have ridden them through hard rooty single track, gravel and loamy soils and even rock gardens without a flat (yet).

The rear does wear out pretty quickly though but its a fast and light weight racing tyre which is much more grippy than you might suspect - compare well to all the tyres above.

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Favorite Trail:   Afan Argoed

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Noahs Ark

Similar Products Used:   Fire XC, Hutchinson Pythons, Specialised Team Control and Master, WTB Velociraptor, Michelin Wildgripper

Bike Setup:   Sworks Epic, Easton, Mavic, Middleburn, Thomson, Hope, etc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Scott a Racer from Pickering, Ontario

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2004

Strengths:    Very Light, Good traction on soft surfaces

Weaknesses:    On hard packed single track tire drifts and squirms, SCARY

Bottom Line:   

Early season races in wet/soft conditions this tire worked quite well. As trails dried and became smooth and fast this tire became hazardously twitchy, Felt like a loose wheel on ice. At 380 grams the weight is GREAT, but for a tire that is dependable AND light,I'll go back to the Michelin Comp S Lite at 460 grams skip dessert and break even.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came stock on RM Vertex

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Jet-S , Michelin Comp S lite, Kenda Karisma

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mountain Vertex Team,Shimano XTR, Spinergy

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Robert Brink a Cross Country Rider from Rockville MD

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2004

Strengths:    Light..weighs in at 380 grams!!

Weaknesses:    Not durable..alot of roll in the corners..unpredictable
ride!


Bottom Line:   
Bought these tire looking for a good all purpose tire that
hooked up well in all terrain...They looked good
and came in at a weight that I could live with..The problem with the tires was felt immediately..the lugs on the tires are to soft..on hard corners they just give up..on the flats you seem to "squirm" along...After 2 rides on my favorite trail I had already torn the lugs off the back tire..Not the best tire for the buck..If you are looking for a good all purpose tire, look at the kenda...

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Favorite Trail:   Hardrock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Performance bike

Similar Products Used:   Kenda klimax lite..

Bike Setup:   Access xcl..Full xtr..Manitou mars

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Clydesdale Dave a Racer from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2003

Strengths:    Only running this in the front. Very Lightweight. Rolls great. Grips extremely well in most conditions.

Weaknesses:    Pinch flats easily...has a narrow "sweet spot" between grippy and bouncy. For me it seems to be 42-44 psi. in the front which is enough pinch flat if you hit an unexpected rock...good riding technique will prevent this.

Bottom Line:   
NOTE: This review compares this tire to other ultralight XC race tires...sub 500g tires. In general, it's a great racing tire...especially for lighter riders. I'm currently running this in the front with a Maxxis Wormdrive in the rear. This setup replaced a pair of Kenda Klimax Lites becuase I wanted more grip. My rationale was that the Wormdrive would slip before the front...oddly, they both grip like 500+g knobby tires. The wormdrive only slips when it's wet and you are out of the saddle...it's a great setup. This is a nice combination. I don't think the front Minitour will ever slip. Other reviews which call this tire "squirrelly" are running their pressure too high...others claiming excessive pinch flats are running the pressure too low. I recommend pressuring them up to 52 lbs, ride through some technical, rooty sections then back off the pressure until it feels good. If you like low pressures...avoid this tire. The nice thing about the Klimax is that it is predictable at high pressure though it slips.

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Favorite Trail:   Tanasi

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   maxxis.com

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Klimax Lite, Maxxis Wormdrive

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer-X, Chris King Hubs and Headset, Mavic 517, Thomson Seatpost and Stem, Maxm MX1.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Matt Stephens a Cross Country Rider from Llandrindod Wells, Wales, UK

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2003

Strengths:    The tyre is good if you only go in a straight line. Its quite good in a little bit of mud (in a straight line), low profile means that its easy to bike on the roads.

Weaknesses:    This tyre goes all over the place on the road, i've nearly crashed into lots of cars around fast corners, as is just doesn't want to turn. In the mud around corners is still rubbish. The worst place has to be in rocky dry conditions, i've already had a crash with them. They hate cornering, and just want you to go straight. They are truly evil tyres.

Bottom Line:   
These tyres are the worst tyres i've ever had, they too thin, have no tread, they always puncure. I wouldn't buy them, i've already sent an e-mail to marin saying how poor they are. I wouldn't buy them unless i was a slow rider and only go in straight lines on flat ground. Very very poor.

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Favorite Trail:   Kona 100

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Wildgrippers, Continentals, WTB tyres.

Bike Setup:   2002 Marin Mount Vision, with Hope M4 disc brakes (185 disc in the front), DMR V12 Magnesium pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ry a Cross Country Rider from LA, CA

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2003

Strengths:    Lite (380 gr), durable, long lasting knobs

Weaknesses:    Not so good while going downhill and cornering on SoCal fire roads with dry, loose, gravelly conditions.

Bottom Line:   
Given the super light weight, the traction you get is still excellent. The rubber is hard and last long. This tire has increased my climbing ability big time. However, cornering in loose conditions will require more concentration and weight shifting to maintain traction...actually, this tire has forced me to learn better cornering technique. Bottom line: this is the lightest tire that I found that works well in most conditions. The weight benefit IMO far outweighs the the minor loss in traction.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Bike Setup:   Maxxis minataur front, Specialized Mt.Baldy rear.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Robert a Cross Country Rider from SoCal

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2002

Strengths:    Weight.. Weight.. Weight

Weaknesses:    Frequent Flats... "Squirelly" as hell...

Bottom Line:   
Rode these tires as part of a new lightweight XC YETI that I built. Was never able to get used to them. Flatted more in the first week than I had the entire previous year on Velociraptors. Got tired of fixing flats. I started to think it was the bike. Then I switched to the Panracer FireXC and won't look back. Even with the additional pound of rotating weight.

These are defintely lightweight and for racing on flat, hardpack XC courses with no highspeed downhill, they will be great. (I will keep them for that pupose only)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Velociraptors, FireXC, Specialized Ground Control

Bike Setup:   Yeti AS-R, RS SID SL, XTR, FSR Carbon Cranks etc...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Darrell a Racer from Denver Co.

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2002

Strengths:    Uh, Uh, I learned how to be a better crasher, and how to handle a bike that was out of control. They are light though, if nothing else.

Weaknesses:    These tires add a whole new meaning to riding. I put them on and road them for 7 miles and took them back off when I got home. They wonder all over the place, suck in corners, and have bad rolling resistance. I now know why I found them at the bike swap.

Bottom Line:   
If a light tire and great rolling resistence is what you are looking for. Look no further than the 1.9 Specialized Rockster S-Works, Not the Pro but the S-works. If you like riding out of control then the Maxxis 380 is the perfict tire for you!

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Velo Bike Swap.

Similar Products Used:   Michelin Comps, Specialized Rockster S-works, now there is a good tire...

Bike Setup:   Don't matter, they still suck.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by MountRealRider from Montreal

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Can get you killed! Expensive!

Bottom Line:   
380 grams Minautor: I used it as a front tire like recommended, and it freaked me out. Makes all kind of loud popping noises when riding it, weird things happens, inexplicable crases, slips without warning, probably never gonna ride it again! Do not buy it, better have 50-80grams more on the front than ride this!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   all kind of race tires

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F2000SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by paddy h a Racer from winnipeg

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2002

Strengths:    weight...clear mud well, corner well..fellow racer is on his second second season with his with little signs of wear

Weaknesses:    not sure how long they'll for the price

Bottom Line:   
if your a reasonbly light-weight cyclist(150lbs or less)who appreciates serious performace minded compontents, these tires will serve you well

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Favorite Trail:   ????

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Olympia

Similar Products Used:   quite a few from other brands

Bike Setup:   01 Norco Fireball....i work in a shop...you can count on the fact that its been modified heavily(and is feathery-light)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Wu a Racer from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2002

Strengths:    super light!
climbs faster than anything else


Weaknesses:    sketchy on downhills
weak corning traction


Bottom Line:   
Lightest tire I've ever ridden. Makes me climb faster. Great for non-technical courses with lots of climbing.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Taiwan

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Trailblaster

Bike Setup:   Dirtworks Cannibal w/ Mozo XMO fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento, CA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2000

Strengths:    Super Light
Super Fast
Super Sweet


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Really good and fast tires. DO NOT buy the 380 gram version unless you just got money to burn. Thess tires lead me to a 5th place finish at Sea Otter.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt ones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Velociraptors

Bike Setup:   Ventanna, Mach 5, XT

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