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I've got a single ply folding 2.35 Minion front- found it too tall and stuck it in the back of the shed.

I've read loads of reviews praising it and of course spotted loads of pro's running it as a front tyre.

Now I love my Ardents for summer use and for Autumn Ardent rear/Swampthing front and winter 2x Swampthings.

Should I give the Minion another go on the front? Maybe its me, I need to get used to it?
 

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IMO the Minion DHF is the best all around (AM to DH) tire ever made, and I've tried them all. As for the 2.35 being too tall, its actually a very small tire, 2.1 at max. My personal favorite is the new EXO 2.5 3C.
 

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IMO the Minion DHF is the best all around (AM to DH) tire ever made, and I've tried them all. As for the 2.35 being too tall, its actually a very small tire, 2.1 at max. My personal favorite is the new EXO 2.5 3C.
+ 1. Maxxis EXO 2.5 3c FTW!!
 

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Horacek said:
I've got a single ply folding 2.35 Minion front- found it too tall and stuck it in the back of the shed.

I've read loads of reviews praising it and of course spotted loads of pro's running it as a front tyre.

Now I love my Ardents for summer use and for Autumn Ardent rear/Swampthing front and winter 2x Swampthings.

Should I give the Minion another go on the front? Maybe its me, I need to get used to it?
Too tall? How so?

The Ardents are bigger/taller.

Worth trying the Minion again, and try various pressures. But it may not suit your riding style. It does handle differently than the Ardent.
 

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Too tall? How so?

The Ardents are bigger/taller.

Worth trying the Minion again, and try various pressures. But it may not suit your riding style. It does handle differently than the Ardent.
Yeah different stroked for different folks. Some people swear the high roller is an awesome front tire for turning and it is if you your fully committed to turns. If not you can wash out really easily. It can be a challenge finding a tire that works for you and the conditions you ride in, as it's a lot of trial and error. In addition , when you read the tire reviews, you have to be aware of what conditions the tire is being ridden in. If the people that are reviewing the tire lives and rides in BC, than that review may not be a good review for someone whos wants to use that tire somewhere else like california where it's mostly dry and loose. I also think it has a lot to do with proper riding technique than the actual tire. Thats something I am far from mastering as of yet. So skill level plays a huge part.
 

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Horacek said:
I've got a single ply folding 2.35 Minion front- found it too tall and stuck it in the back of the shed.

I've read loads of reviews praising it and of course spotted loads of pro's running it as a front tyre.

Now I love my Ardents for summer use and for Autumn Ardent rear/Swampthing front and winter 2x Swampthings.

Should I give the Minion another go on the front? Maybe its me, I need to get used to it?
Give it a try out back. Helps bring the tail around w/o unweighting as much, then hooks good.
 

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The minion dhf 2.35 is a bag o shite imo.

Had it on the front and found it too small and rounded - Then ran it in reverse on the rear - Then switched back to my ardent 2.4 front and highroller 2.35 rear!

Sell it, i got a decent price for mine!

For what its worth, i'm waiting for the new conti mountain kings to come out for use as an all round setup.
 

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**** Boy said:
The minion dhf 2.35 is a bag o shite imo.

Had it on the front and found it too small and rounded - Then ran it in reverse on the rear - Then switched back to my ardent 2.4 front and highroller 2.35 rear!
You sure you're not talking about the Minion R? Cause that is a rear specific tire and would suck on the front.
 

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how do the DHFs setup tubeless?
I've got two setup with the Gorilla tape/sealant method, and both have been working great, and sealed up easily. Just have to make sure to have the rim bed built up enough with tape/tube/whatever you use. Both on narrow-ish Mavic non-UST rims. Same experience with some Advantage 2.1 and 2.25 tires.

This is for the regular tires. I've no experience with the UST versions.
 

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I think the Minion DHF has a lot of great qualities in Socal dirt. Been using the 2.5 EXO tire (60d) front and rear. It is great at slicing and dicing, corners well, and has great climbing traction to boot. Rolls well too.
It has one horrible trait that I cannot seem to get around. The front tire has a tendency to occasionally wash out on you. This happened on trails that I can ride blindfolded, and not in corners, the front tire just completely disappeared on me, without warning, leaving me scratching my head as to what happened. Normally I don't blame equipment, but I just can't trust this tire as a front anymore. Maybe in the 3c compound things would be different, or in a downhill casing when you can run lower pressures (have to be between 35-40psi for the exo singlewall).
Anybody else experience this? It seems everybody and there mother bows at the alter of the Minion DHF. I want to be on board, because it has a lot of great traits, but it is back to the Ardent for me.
 

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Lacking front transition knobs can suck on trails where your not leaning the bike over. Even when you know it's gonna happen, the slide can be a bit random.
 

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Horacek said:
I've got a single ply folding 2.35 Minion front- found it too tall and stuck it in the back of the shed.
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If the front end feels tall or light after a change in tires, or fork or shock... for whatever reason... try lowering your bars a little, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch by moving spacers if possible without buying a lower rise bar. That will get your weight more forward and centered again in a familiar balance. Maybe bump your seat forward a very small bit too.
 

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I run the DHF 2.35 sticky front and back on the AM rig. I don't find them to be tall at all, but they're pretty slow. Still the best tire I've tried, nothing else compares for wet BC terrain. Ardents are commit to the turn tires, also good if you don't mind a short life span, the small outside knobs wear very fast.
 

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The Minion 2.5 3c exo is the best front tire I have ever used. I try other tires but always come back to the minion. If you don't like to lean your bike however, they may not be for you.

Other fronts I like are the Excavator (more consistent in lean but still good grip) and Big Betty. I worry about my rear tire a lot less than the front. I just like the rear to have a bit less grip for drifting around corners. Currently running and happy with a 2.2 trail king in the rear.
 
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