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Happy medium.

Somewhere between plus-sized and XC-skinny, between puncture-prone garbage and prohibitively expensive race tires, there is a happy trail rubber medium. We call that place the 27.5in Maxxis Minion DHF WT Wide Trail EXO/TR Tire. The Minion WT is 2.5in wide, so it doesn't have the prohibitive clearance issues that plague 3in plus-size tires, and it's got a hit of sidewall protection to keep it rolling through all-mountain terrain.

Despite not measuring in the 2.8in range, the Minion WT still accommodates the current trend of wider rims with a tread pattern designed to sit fat without the risk of the shoulder knobs migrating onto the center rolling surface — a distinct possibility with narrower tires mounted on wide rims. This preserves the rolling speed and cornering grip that keeps us coming back to the dual-compound Minion party, and makes the DHF model's reliability on soggy trails that much more appealing.

Sitting fat also equates to more air volume, which in turn makes for a plusher, less flat-prone, and higher traction ride — all of which properties are further boosted by running the Minion tubeless. This particular Minion also features Maxxis' EXO cut- and abrasion-resistant sidewalls, which are supple enough to maintain trail feel but tough enough to take a rocky beating so you don’t end up with sliced rubbers while shredding some pointy rocks and sharp-edged drops.

  • A true all-mountain tire built for almost any trail
  • Mid-width balances plush cushion with trail feel
  • Blend of compounds for fast-rolling and confident cornering
  • Tread profile is low in the center and grippy on the shoulders
  • Reinforced side walls resist cuts

Tech Specs

dual compound
27.5 x 2.5 in
tubeless ready
[max] 50
Claimed Weight:
945 g
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Topgun - best of the best

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Along with the masses here, you just cannot beat the Minion. I have gone through a few of these and they are great. I REALLY like the 2.5 inch front. If you have not dared to try the 2.5 width, do it. It really helps traction in corners and going down, without giving up any performance like the 2.8 and 3.0 tires do.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Minion tires The DHF tire rolls fast, is not too heavy and offers amazing cornering traction. If you prize braking traction over speed, I would grab the DHR II instead, but for the weight, speed and traction complete package, this tire is a top choice. There are a reason that even athletes sponsored by competing companies will run these tires with blacked out graphics.
They are dependable and they work.

I would highly recommend going to the Double Down Casing if you are riding sharp rocky terrain, particularly as a rear tire. But the standard EXO casing is tough enough for average riding.

I typically ride dry, loose over hard pack, Utah trails.

Other Tire Experience:
Kenda Nevegal, Tioga Psycho Genius, Continental Trail King / X King / Mountain King, Specialized Butcher / Purgatory / Ground Control / Slaughter / Fast Track, Bontrager XR4 / XR3 / XR2, WTB Weirwolf, and some other I have probably forgotten about.

Will this tire have enough clearance on a 2015 SC Bronson with the Pike fork and Ibis 741's? Had the WTB Breakout 2.5 on front and clearance became an issue when I upgraded rims.

I have mine mounted to a 30mm inner diameter rim and have enough space on my Pike that clearance for the fork would not be an issue. I am not positive about the Bronson chain stay clearance though.

Minions: best tire of all time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Maxxis Minions, in my opinion, are the greatest tire of all time- especially the DHF. The tread pattern grips extremely well across the board. You will corner with absolute confidence and never have any issues with braking traction. If you slide out on these tires, you're pushing it too hard, and that's how it should be.

The knobs are aggressive but they are ramped at the front and flat on top so honestly these tires roll pretty well for such burly tires. You won't find another tire that grips this well and still rolls decently.

These tires are a bit heavy, but it's worth the sacrifice if you are looking for maximum grip in all conditions: loose, hard pack, and even slop. They are best for hard pack to loose/dry conditions, but do pretty well in the sloppy wet stuff as well.

This is the Wide Trail (WT) version, optimized for wider rims, but it still works fine on standard rim widths. It works perfectly on my rims with 25mm internal 30mm external width. The Wide Trail pattern just means the side knobs are pushed a bit further out on the tire, which I love because you can push corners even harder.

Buy this tire, and never buy another tire for the front. I've run other tires in the rear where it doesn't matter quite as much. In most cases I will never run anything other than a Minion DHF in the front if I can help it. It's that good.

Avg. ride time: 4h 38m per week
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Beefy Wide Tire for Wide Rims

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Threw this as my front tire on my Mojo 3. The wheelset I have on the Mojo 3 is the Ibis 742's which have a 41mm outer / 35mm inner rim width, pretty much the ideal rim that these tires were designed for.


- Chunky Tires that you can trust just laying into corners on. I've ripped XC singletrack, flowy berms, and a bit of DH chunk and these have been confidence inspiring on all.

- They're say wide, but not bigger than 2.5". The tire profile is designed to work with wide rims. Its sorta a chubby tire, but definitely would not call it even close to what plus size tires are.

- Rubber seems soft and grips great (have heard they do even better in wet environment, think PNW) but seems to have held up in terms of durability so far. I can be notoriously rough on my tires and the sidewalls on these haven't even been scuffed yet.


- I cannot emphasize how much of a pain it was to get the tire on the rim. Seriously. I am hoping these are as durable as they seem, I will not be a happy camper if i have to take these on/off on the regular.

- Not exactly the fastest rolling, but I didn't buy these with that intention.

If you have any questions of whether this tire would be great for your bike or what to pair it with, don't hesitate reaching out directly to me!

Beefy Wide Tire for Wide Rims

Best tire ever

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My rim is 25mm od not 35 as the max the tire is designed for. The tire is a bit of work to bead up the first time but worth any effort. I ride soft and sometimes soft and wet dirt with rocks galore. The gripp is endless. The cornering amazing. Lay the bike on its side and it keeps a line. It doesn't try to climb out of ruts on its own like a narrow sidewall tire might. It just tracks true and grips. You will notice a lot of rolling resistance on the flats and hills. This isn't easy to push around like the 2.3 but the added stability is worth the effort. I have ridden it on 30 mile rides on dirt roads and loved it.... just won't break any speed records, accept down hill. Buy it, ride it, you will love it too!

How wide of a rim do you need to use this tire? Does it have to be one of the new extra wide rims?

I've used them on 25mm rims with great performance, they're better on 30mm rims though.