Maxxis Minotaur 380 Tire

Minotaur 380

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.

User Reviews (13)

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Ev   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2007]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Hutchinson Python
Maxxis Crossmark
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Jeff Wu   Racer [Mar 06, 2002]
Strength:

super light!
climbs faster than anything else

Weakness:

sketchy on downhills
weak corning traction

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

Similar Products Used: Panaracer Trailblaster
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ry   Cross Country Rider [Feb 15, 2003]
Strength:

Lite (380 gr), durable, long lasting knobs

Weakness:

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

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Roger Hart   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2006]
Strength:

Light weight

Weakness:

Wearing out

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.

Similar Products Used: Fire XC, Hutchinson Pythons, Specialised Team Control and Master, WTB Velociraptor, Michelin Wildgripper
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Matt Stephens   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2003]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Michelin Wildgrippers, Continentals, WTB tyres.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
John   Cross Country Rider [Mar 23, 2000]
Strength:

Super Light
Super Fast
Super Sweet

Weakness:

None

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.

Similar Products Used: Velociraptors
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Clydesdale Dave   Racer [Sep 18, 2003]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: Kenda Klimax Lite, Maxxis Wormdrive
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Scott   Racer [May 20, 2004]
Strength:

Very Light, Good traction on soft surfaces

Weakness:

On hard packed single track tire drifts and squirms, SCARY


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.

Similar Products Used: Michelin Jet-S , Michelin Comp S lite, Kenda Karisma
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
MountRealRider   [Apr 29, 2002]
Strength:

Light

Weakness:

Can get you killed! Expensive!

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!

Similar Products Used: all kind of race tires
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Darrell   Racer [May 11, 2002]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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!

Similar Products Used: Michelin Comps, Specialized Rockster S-works, now there is a good tire...
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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