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Maxxis Minion DHF EXO/TR Tire - 29in

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Description

Worthy.

Something of a fixture on the trails in the past few years, the Maxxis Minion, in all it's various iterations, has been living up to its name famously since its creation. Nimbler than its Highroller II Sibling and scrappy enough to stay standing through loose, white-knuckle sections of trail, we'd reach for the 29in Minion DHF EXO/TR Tire gladly on days that challenge us to stay engaged through every mile.

As we mentioned, the Minion comes in different combinations of compounds and casings; this version is equipped with a dual compound rubber construction to give it speed on smooth singletrack or the occasional fire road, with dependable grip and traction when the going gets rougher and switchbacks appear. To give you the confidence to take on bumps and bruises and a few bigger-than-intended hits, this Minion also comes with the reassurance of Maxxis EXO protection beefing it up.

Finally, a collection of squared off, ramped knobs are responsible for grabbing onto the trail and digging in, arranged strategically to give you traction while cornering without slowing you down too much on the straightaways and descents. The Minion's far from the speediest tire in existence, but it's not trying to be the fastest. Staying efficient on the smooth stuff and being ready to dive in when things get messy is the Minion DHF's mission, and it does so with aplomb.

  • Prepared to push the limits of your trail frame
  • Dual compound construction adapts tire to terrain
  • Ramped, square knobs dig in and hold on
  • EXO protection prepares the tire for bumps and bruises

Tech Specs

Compound:
dual compound
Size:
29 x 2.3 in, 29 x 2.5 in
Type:
tubeless
Casing:
single-ply
Protection:
EXO
TPI:
60
PSI:
[2.3in] 60 PSI, [2.5in] 50 PSI
Bead:
foldable
Claimed Weight:
[2.3in] 925 g, [2.5in] 1015 g
Recommended Use:
trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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DHF is life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Minion is the only tire I run right now, and will probably stick to it until they figure out something better. Love it in all conditions.

Avg. ride time: 3h 10m per week
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NO OTHER 29" TRAIL FRONT TIRE

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The title honestly says it all. This is the only front tire i have confidence in on my 29" trail bike. The 2.5 width offers amazing traction, and rolling capabilities. I've put this and many other tires through the wringer, but time after time I find myself ordering this tire.

Excellent Rock-Throwing Front Tire!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I hear rocks hitting my frame I know this tire is grabbing the gnar! I have had 0 punctures on this tire in over 500 miles and love it. The cornering traction is very confidence inspiring. I would recommend this tire as a go to front for trail mt biking.

Perfect Front For Any Bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always prefer a beefier front tire with a slightly faster rolling rear. Durable and grippy.

Ol' Faithful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After trying and being disappointed by other tires, I keep coming back to the minion DHF for front wheel traction and dependability. It's confidence inspiring, weight is within reason, and doesn't feel horribly slow for how knobby it is. I also personally think the 2.5 width is just about as perfect as it gets for all around aggressive trail riding. Definitely will be overkill for some I suppose so luckily they offer a 2.3 option for folks with other priorities.

I pair it with either a DHR, High Roller II, or Ardent rear depending on mood/conditions. All of those work great for their intended uses. DHR being super aggressive riding where maximum brake traction is needed, HR II for all around riding with solid compromise of traction and rolling resistance, and the ardent for maximum speed as long as you can sacrifice some traction and durability.

All of my opinions are formed entirely around my experience riding in Utah and the surrounding rockies, so dry and rocky terrain. Mud, loam, and roots are not common here. The few times I've had these tires on such terrain though.. I found them to be incredible in loam/soft dirt, ok in mud not perfect, and mediocre on wet/slippy roots. Then again, are any tires great in mud and slippy roots? Maybe... I have no idea.

so far so awesome

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

running this tire (2.5) in the front combo-ed with a aggressor 2.3 in the rear. awesome combination for an enduro- trail bike set up. rolls plenty fast and hooks up so well cornering.

How do you think this setup would work on a rigid single speed on loose over hard pack with rolling hills?

beefy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

inwas playing with tire combos so i got the minion 2.5 to go on the front of my rip nine carbon. it fits with plenty of room on a non boosted fox float 34, with a mud guard. its heavy but its a tank and grips like a sumbitch. the stiff sidewall alows for less psi, i tried 20 and it ran over everything in its path with no problem. I also bought the ardent in both sizes, i opted for them to save a little weight, they perform great.

Thinking of getting one for my front on my Ripley 29. Good to know I can run it at 20 Lbs or less with these 938 rims. I think I'll move the Noby Nic to the rear

Favorite Front Tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tire for all conditions. Solid cornering knobs and sturdy sidewalls make this my go to tire for Utah. Not the fastest rolling tire, but for a front tire I'd rather have grip than speed.

Monster Traction

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is a reason these are the most copied tires out there. Where all of the copy cats fall short is on the tire compound. These are not the longest wearing tires you will own, but they will offer the best traction / longevity ratio out there, they set up tubeless pretty darn easy, and they can rail corners in most conditions like they are on rails. I have run these as a front and rear in the past, and am currently running this in the 2.5 WT option up front with the Aggressor 2.3 in the rear for what has been my all time favorite setup.
Mounted to i9 Enduro 305 wheels on my 2017 Stumpy 29.