Maxxis Minion DHF Tire

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Minion DHF

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.

User Reviews (42)

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crfnick56   Weekend Warrior [May 06, 2016]
Strength:

Awesome grip
Super easy to setup tubeless

Weakness:

Aggressive tread so rolling resistance is more than, say a XC tire, but that is expected

So far I am really happy with this choice. Grip is awesome on the central PA dirt/rocks and it was a breeze to mount and get setup tubeless.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Travis McOuat   All Mountain Rider [Jul 23, 2015]
Strength:

Price is good, rolls pretty well on hardpack.

Weakness:

As a front tire the Minion slides out very easily on anything loose (I only rode dry conditions). It's so bad that I have had to scale back my descents after some serious close calls on loose sections. I have already ordered a new front.

This might be OK as a rear, my review is solely based on use on the front. Riding has been on hardpack, loose over hardpack, loose rocky terrain and packed rough terrain.

Any time a tire makes me nervous at typical speed, that's no good.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Kostas   All Mountain Rider [Jan 22, 2015]
Strength:

very good directivity ,maneuverability and steering grip at most surfaces and conditions.
Can go easily at low pressures (I tried up to 30psi) with no any puncture problems in heavy Greek rock terrain.
Very low weight for the class and dimension.
Very good braking and grip information.

Weakness:

Not the best for loose gravel and especialy wet loose gravel (but not bad)

I tested the Minion DHF 2.35" super tacky in a KTM Prowler AT3 as a front tyre.The tyre was that was I expected to be. In MOST conditions is a grate tyre. It is not the best tyre in wet gravel and in clearing from mud but it is over average in these conditions.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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panhands   [Jan 15, 2014]
Strength:

3C compound is soft and grippy above 35 degrees F

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
justwan naride   [Jan 12, 2014]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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Josh   [Dec 27, 2012]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
eastshorebiker   [Oct 10, 2012]
Strength:

Quiet and fast rolling.

Weakness:

Weak and very thin sidewalls.

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.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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Terrence Cox   Downhiller [Sep 25, 2012]
Strength:

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).

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Nevegals, Excavators, Specialized Enduros, OE Felt tires.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
crisco   Cross Country Rider [Nov 21, 2011]
Strength:

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!

Weakness:

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.

Similar Products Used: Ardent, Larsen, Weirwolf, Serac XC, Fire XC, Velociraptors, etc. etc.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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igorgoga   Cross Country Rider [Oct 30, 2011]
Strength:

this review is for 2.5 EXO 3C Cross country foldable DHF tire. Very good grip, excellent in rain, wet roots

Weakness:

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!

Similar Products Used: Advantage 2.5
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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