Maxxis is celebrating 20 years of the Minion! The venerable Minion tread pattern has remained basically unchanged from factory rider Colin Bailey's original design (other than scaling knobs for different sizes) since 2001, an impressive feat in this industry. Over 20 years, the Minion DHF-and eventually the DHR II-became the reference tires for gravity and aggressive trail riding.
To celebrate, Maxxis is offering a limited production run of the Minion DHF (27.5/29x2.5 3C Terra EXO TR, $88 USD) with throwback graphics that give a nod to the OG heavy metal font of the original tire. There's more 20th anniversary-themed gear including custom gloves from Handup, socks, and fenders available as well. All items will be available on our US e-store on Monday, August 16 and tires should be arriving at retail locations worldwide in the following days and weeks. Quantities are limited.
Rider Braydon Bringhurst is getting in on the celebration with an edit called FLUID where he pays tribute to the Minions by riding them the way only he can.
Check out the @maxxisbike Instagram account. For the rest of August, Maxxis will be sharing throwback photos of the Minion in action from the archives of John Gibson, Colin Meagher, and Boris Beyer. Nearly every big name in mountain biking has sent it on a set of Minions, and there are some real gems coming.