Minion DHF Tyre Test Results
Everyone loves our Minion DHF tyre. Take a look for yourself:
Rating the Minion DHF with and overall score of 5/5, here’s what Off.Road.cc had to say:
“The Maxxis Minion DHF is a household name in the world of mountain biking. It’s been seen on many a podium yet it’s brilliantly versatile for all kinds of trail and descending use. At its greatest in the dry, it’s still excellent in the wet and a predictable, capable performer right up until you’re axle-deep in mud.
There’s very little to grumble about with the Maxxis Minion DHF – it’s long been a popular tyre for good reason. It’s tubeless ready, confident in a wide range of conditions and terrains, and top in its class in the dry. If you’re looking for an aggressive yet useable, fit and forget tyre that works well either end of the bike, the Minion DHF should be your first port of call.” – Off.Road.cc, September 2020
Mountain Bike Rider
A go-to UK-based magazine for mountain bike riders, MBR scored the Wide Trail version of this tyre 10/10 and made it Editor’s Choice 2018:
“The Minion has always been a fast favourite in loose and dry terrain, but in the wet, didn’t bite as hard as more splayed-out treads in softer dirt. With increased air volume, this 2.5 can be run a few psi lower, upping comfort and conformity, and laying down more rubber, so grip levels have really ramped up. The WT weight is marginally higher, but there’s little evidence the tyres don’t roll just as fast off-road. With the MaxxTerra Minion slapped on the front wheel, continuous predictable grip is almost never-ending right up to properly wet conditions.” – Mick Kirkman, MBR.co.uk, October 2017
“After riding the Maxxis Minion [DHF] 27.5” x 2.5” WT tyre for some time, we found more cornering performance with the Wide Trail design compared to the traditional 2.5” DHF in the same compound. While the differences are subtle, this just seems to be the evolution of the bike tyre and is truly designed to be used with rims using a 30-35mm internal width. For most of us, the wheels we are riding right now have a wider internal width than what we would have been riding 5 years ago. Maxxis has stepped up and designed a tyre for the wider rim trend, a trend that actually makes riding bikes more fun! The Minion DHF has a dedicated channel between the cornering knobs and the centre knobs that allows the tyre to bite hard in the turns. That’s why we love the DHF and keep coming back for more!” – WorldwideCyclery.com
BikeRadar.com reviewed the Minion DHF with a glowing result of 5/5:
“The triple-compound 3C version offers the ultimate mix of grip damping and suppleness for all-round trail use. …the directional tread also reduces the habit that most plus tyres (even knobblier ones) have, where they twist and skate in softer/wetter conditions. Just like previous DHF tyres, it not only grips well in a full range of weather and trail conditions, it inflates tubelessly with benchmark ease, it rolls well, it shrugs off damage and works through a wide pressure range making the premium price worth paying.” – Guy Kesteven, BikeRadar.com, November 2017
Outdoor Gear Lab
OutdoorGearLab.com rated the Minion DHF 1st out of 24 tyres, dubbing it “one of the most popular tyres ever, and for good reason”, and gave the downhill bicycle tyre the Editor’s Choice Award:
“This supremely popular tyre won our Editor’s Choice Award for its confidence-inspiring cornering ability, trail tough EXO sidewall protection, and versatility in typical all-mountain riding terrain. With an unyielding, aggressive knob pattern this tyre knows when to hold and straight up refuses to fold. Run it on the front, back, or both wheels. The 3C Maxx Terra compound offers softer, grippier rubber on the edges for predictable bite and control when diving into a corner at speed and a harder rubber on the centre tread to help you accelerate out of the other end.
Bestowed with our prestigious Editors’ Choice Award, we simply lost count of how many times this tyre saved our chamois-padded butts. It has the ability to literally make trail conditions better. During a historic summer drought, the mountain bike trails got so beat up and sandy we started wishing we got assigned a rock climbing gear review instead. We were pretty much “over it.” Then we rode the Minion DHF.” – Jeremy Benson, OutdoorGearLab.com, November 2018
“No matter the trail conditions, the Minion DHF took it all in stride, and proved to be a standout performer on everything we exposed it to, from hardpack to sloppy mud. This wouldn’t be our first choice for bone dry, concrete-like trails, but as long as there’s some amount of give in the ground the DHF will get the job done. In wet conditions the tread compound proved itself on a number of slippery rock faces, sticking to the Pacific Northwest’s slimiest granite without faltering. While the MaxxTerra compound isn’t quite as flypaper-sticky as Maxxis’ Super Tacky MaxxGrip compounds, it did seem to strike a good balance between tackiness and rolling speed, and the tread wore evenly, without any major deformations or torn off knobs. Overall, the 27.5″ version of the Minion DHF is a worthy addition to the Maxxis tyre line, and is one of our favourites due to its stellar performance on a wide range of terrain.” – Mike Kazimer, PinkBike.com, May 2014