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Don't be fooled by the "DH" in the 26in Minion DHF 3C EXO Tire title — it's designed with aggressive all-mountain riding in mind. To accomplish this, Maxxis uses its lauded Minion front tread pattern, pairing it with a 2.5in-wide, 60TPI casing, EXO protection, and 3C Maxx Terra rubber compound.

The DHF pattern incorporates ramped knobs to promote low-rolling resistance with channel-cut side knobs in order to increase cornering grip. Complementing this is Maxxis' 3C Maxx Terra, a triple compound design that focuses on versatility over maximum grip and lowest rolling-resistance. This provides the balance that all-mountain riders need to tackle everything from high alpine to loamy forest floors.

Adding to this tire's versatility, while also reinforcing its lighter casing, is Maxxis' EXO sidewall protection. This helps resist abrasion and pinched side walls out on the trail.

The Maxxis Minion DHF 3C EXO 26-inch Tire is a folding clincher and is available in a 2.5-inch width.

  • 3C Maxx Terra rubber compound
  • Ramped knobs for low rolling resistance
  • Channel-cut knobs for precise cornering
  • 60TPI casing
  • EXO sidewall protection

Tech Specs

26 in x 2.5 in
Claimed Weight:
1265 g
Recommended Use:
downhill, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:

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    I needed new tires for my cross-country bike and got the Maxxis Minion DHFs because most of the riding here in the Wasatch involves at least some steep and fast, plus the customer reviews were super positive.

    I've used them for three weeks or so all over the Wasatch -- DV, Canyons, the Crest, Bobsled, Corner Canyon -- and just got back from Gooseberry Mesa. I'm no expert mountain biker -- I thought SRAM was pronounced "ess-ram" -- so take my feedback for what it's worth.

    The Minion DHFs are burly as all hell.

    The only "con" is the weight. Perhaps the price on full retail, but good isht has never come cheap, and everybody knows Maxxis makes hella good tires.

    The "pros": The weight is off-set by the confidence I have that these will be super durable. The Minions feel ultra-solid in hand and look the same, which makes me think that the tire construction will not fail no matter how hard I ride; the multi-hundred foot drops you ride a few feet from on parts of the Gooseberry South Rim trail tested that theory. Personally, having a lot of confidence in my mtb tires translates into a funner ride.

    The tread is huge! Almost comical when I first got the tires. Reminds me of Kawasaki dirtbike tires. But on any trail with loose ground the tread cuts right through and bites into the firm stuff underneath; no momentum-killing rear wheel spin on steep, gravely switchbacks. The rubber is incredibly grippy on slickrock, too. And eventually, when the tread is half worn. they'll be like a new pair of ordinary tires.

    Pic is from the Gooseberry Mesa North Rim trail


    Back Tire clear

    Back tire was what i was really worried would not clear, but would ya look at that! It clears, looking forward to getting many rides on these tires. I'll post an update once i get a few rides on them. These have gotten many reviews so i'm sure i'll be adding to the positive vibes this tire has.

    Back Tire clear

    It's fits!

    These fit on my BMC but just barely. I previously had the Rocket Ron from Schwalbe and they were 2.25's i was concerned these would not fit on the rim but they got on there. These are 2.5's and i can't wait to rip around on them! The Mountains are calling and i must go! After a few rides the tire ride really soft which i liked a ton. Even when bombing down a dirt road the using this a back tire even though it's a DHF was totally fine. The feel and response was good and would recommend this product.

    It's fits!

    Grip it n Rip it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased these tires for my boyfriend who almost always rides cross country. He was fed up with loosing traction on the downhill, and didn't much care about the uphill becoming a bit more difficult with the larger DH treads. Suffice to say, he loves the tires! Work perfect on his circa 2010 Trek Fuel Ex 8.

    Only Tires I'll Use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have the 3C EXO 26x2.5 up front, and the 3C EXO TR 26x2.3 out back. These thing go around turns like they're on rails, and they last far longer than the Specialized tires I used to run.

    On the front

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Pair this with the Maxxis High Roller on the rear and let the Minion lead the way. This has improved my turning at high speed and control in the lose dirt.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 23m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    My Front AM Tire of Choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    New England or Utah so far haven't found any terrain this tire won't grip going up or down. Why bother trying something else when this works!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Holy Shit balls.. These things are getting so expensive. They are my favorite tire for my DH bikes. Front and Rear. I have seen many different tires being tried by many of my buddies because these things can break the bank when getting fresh rubber for your ride.

    DHF = Down Hill FAST

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Here it is: the king of tread. Often imitated, the Minion DHF works equally well on the front or rear wheel, and offers trustworthy traction, especially in the terrain of the mountain west. Loose over hard, soft and dusty, this is your tire. Look in the lift line next time you are at the resort...Minions are everywhere, and for good reason.