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  • 3C Maxx Terra/EXO/TR, 27.5x2.5 ($63.95)
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Item # MXX004T

Meet the new Minion.

Unless you recently returned from a vacation to Mars, you've noticed the "wider is better" trend taking over the mountain bike world. Maxxis is getting in on the game with its new Minion DHF Wide Trail 3C/EXO/TR 27.5in Tire, which despite its name isn't actually wider than the original Minion, but features a tweaked tread pattern that's designed to offer better grip when mounted on wider rims.

By changing (slightly) the location and orientation of the knobs, Maxxis was able to direct cornering force straight into the edge knobs at smaller lean angles, so you get the killer grip of the classic Minion without having to lay your wide-rimmed ride all the way down and risk washing out — a distinct possibility with traditional tires mounted on wide rims.

The tread isn't the only part of the Minion WT designed to improve traction. It's tubeless ready, so you can run it at lower pressures to improve grip, and comes in both 3C Maxx Grip and 3C Maxx Terra editions, the former of which is harder and more trail-friendly than the softer, DH-crushing latter.

Both tires feature Maxxis' EXO casing, which is pliable but made to take a rocky beating, so you don't end up with sliced rubbers after shredding the pointy rocks and sharp-edged drops of trails like Moab's Porcupine Rim. Also of note is the DHF's comfort on soggy trails, which is in contrast to the DHR's jones for hardpack, loose dirt, and dry trails.

Tech Specs

3C Maxx Grip, 3C Maxx Terra
27.5 x 2.5 in
tubeless, clincher
[max] 50
Claimed Weight:
[3C maxx grip] 980 g, [3C maxx terra] 945 g
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Sticks like glue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I haven't been on Maxxis tires in years, but oh my these are amazing. The WTB I came from are great in the CA conditions, but out here, I seemed to get flats every ride due to the thin sidewall. I picked these up and was blown away. Yes, I have used Maxxis in the past, but the wider tread with a wide carbon wheel, helps you feel like you are glued to the soil. Amazing tires, you won't regret picking up a pair


    After running Hans Dampf, DHR and DHFs on my front I've finally settled on the DHFs. You gain a little extra weight and resistance on the climbs but for me it's worth the trade-off. The tire just grabs corners like none other, and I've had good luck with the durability as compared to the soft rubber offered on the Hans Dampfs. If you're willing to work a little harder on the ups for the added confidence on the downs I'd highly recommend this tire.

    Air volume

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you are running a wide internal diameter rim then this is the tire you need. The WT maxxis tire are meant to be mounted on rims with a internal width of 29mm or more. These tires don't work as well on rims that are narrower than 27mm. WT tires have a great sidewall. 2.5 in tire give you that added traction that you may be looking for.

    Sweeeeeet Tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've only used these for a couple rides now, but am loving them so far. In the past few years I have also used the High Roller II, Ardent 2.4s, Hans Dampf, and the normal Minions.

    I bought these wide trail tires to mount on my Mercury X1 rims which are 26mm ID. So narrower than the intended audience for this tire, but the more round profile appealed to me. Thus far my theory has proven correct that the round profile means less rolling resistance and still the incredible cornering traction I would expect from a Minion. I paired this tire in 2.5 with a 2.4 DHR wide trail in the rear. I have thoroughly enjoyed the High Roller as well so it's hard to pick a favorite. For all out traction and romp-ability the Minion takes the cake for sure, but the High Roller II does offer near comparable traction with some narrower/lighter options which can be good on the uphill. I plan on using my current set up of Minions for lots of XC rides and climbing, but don't expect climbing to be as quick as last summer when I had Ardents front and back. The increased confidence (and therefore fun) on the downhill is a worthwhile trade-off to me.

    How would you say these compare with the Hans Dampf, aside from the weight difference?

    Hey Parker, sorry for the slow response. Personally in my rocky terrain I found that the Hands Dampf had better traction, but suffered considerably in longevity. This Maxxis has less traction on rocks, comparable or better traction in soft dirt, and in my experience they've lasted many more miles. If I rode somewhere with more wet/rocky/rooty terrain I would consider trying some more Hans Dampfs, but here in Utah I've been very content with the DHF.

    Is it a bad idea to ride this large a tire on an i9 AM rim? I think it is 31mm outside, 26mm inside. Recommendations? I do like high volume tires, but I don't want it to be too wide for my rim.

    Hey Kendrick-

    You should shouldn't have an issue with the tire being too wide for your I9 wheel. Depending on where you plan on running the tire, you may want to check for clearance spec. (More so for your chain stays and bb)

    Let me know if you have any other questions. I would be happy to help.

    Trevor L - Bike Sales


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    Avg. ride time: 57m per week
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    Just got back from Fruita/Moab; love it!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I had continental trail kings before; went with this mounted on my IBIS 741 and all I can say is that its a whole different riding experience. Its being used as a front tire. There is no end to the grip in the corners. Its made for the extra wide 741's so if you have wide rims this is the tire to get. Yes the price is painful for bike tires but its the only tire I will use now. Held up well to the rocks of moab/fruita. Its not really a 2.5 but its still a large volume tire. I rode with 20 psi.

    Avg. ride time: 5m per week
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    Wider is better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The 2.5 width is noticeable and gives me the added traction I prefer. Would recommend to anyone that isn't a girly-man.