Maxxis Minion Tire

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

User Reviews (12)

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lew242   [Nov 17, 2014]
Strength:

Off-camber grip, grip at speed, hard pack, loose over, durability, tread life, predictable drift.

Weakness:

Lowish volume, medium braking grip, heavy, still narrower than advertised.

Review for 2014 Minion DHF 2.3 TR version

So here we are in 2014 and tire technology has moved on. Tubeless ready has become a buzzword, and competitors have lighter weight tires designed for the AM and Enduro market segment. The Minion has long been Maxxis' best selling tire, and for good reason, it's great, not perfect for everyone, but maybe a majority.

You can't help feeling that is all partially by accident as the tire was marketed as downhill specific front wheel only tire, yet it's way too narrow to be a DH tire unless it's a 2.7, and is equally good on the rear, IMO better than DHR and DHR2 and quite excellent for trail and enduro riding. Yet it seems Maxxis have only beefed up the sidewalls and changed the bead to make the tire tubeless ready and renamed it a slightly more honest 2.3, but in reality it's still a 2.2 on my rims.

It's easy to understand why you wouldn't want to change such a good tire as a Minion, but really that tread pattern is a world beater and if you could just increase the width and volume maybe like a Schwalbe Hans Dampf a bit and try to keep the weight under 750 grams you'd have a tire that could still be a great contender. As it is Maxxis seem to be losing market share or their tires are ending up more on training bikes, and people are switching to other brands for racing. Seems Maxxis need to up their R&D budget.

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4
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5
nuno_machuqueiro   [Jul 16, 2012]
Strength:

review for the single ply 42a 2,35
great grip
ligth

Weakness:

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

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4
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5
john1970   Weekend Warrior [Mar 20, 2010]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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: Panaracer XC Pro 2.1
Maxxis Iginitors 2.35
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5
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5
dnwilson314   Downhiller [Nov 22, 2009]
Strength:

Great Traction and Tread Design

Weakness:

Weak Sidewalls, lasted 2 rides before shreading out...

Don't buy these tires if you are a hardcore thrasher and in a place with lots of rocky descents...

Similar Products Used: Bontrager Big Earl, Kenda Nevegal, Nokian
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1
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2
NicHolmes   Cross Country Rider [Oct 09, 2009]
Strength:

Corners like a Mountain goat on steriods! Fantastic grip and magic under heavy breaking!

Weakness:

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!

Similar Products Used: Maxxis Skelter
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5
VALUE
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5
MAT   Downhiller [May 23, 2006]
Strength:

freakin awesome tires grip like grazzzzyyyy they wont skid out even if you tried.

Weakness:

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

Similar Products Used: high roller
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5
VALUE
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5
Terri.   Racer [Dec 30, 2005]
Strength:

pretty lite and strong...

Weakness:

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
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3
VALUE
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2
Bud Budinski   Weekend Warrior [Jul 26, 2005]
Strength:

sheds mud pretty well, grips like a monkey joe on steroids, sidewalls are really nifty

Weakness:

price

i have the dhf and dhr minions and they r the best tire ive ever used in loose conditions. id u r an aggresive trail rider or downhiller these r 4 u.

Similar Products Used: none, my old tires sucked
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
gonzostrike   Downhiller [Aug 27, 2004]
Strength:

[b]Review is for 2.35 Single Ply version.[/i]

Traction, volume, low weight, decent rolling speed, very predictable cornering

Weakness:

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
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Mountain_Scooter   Weekend Warrior [Jul 30, 2004]
Strength:

Dual ply wall, almost rideable without any air! Great tread pattern, front and rear specific designs. Very little rolling resistance. Sheds mud well.

Weakness:

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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4
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