Minion DHF

    Minion DHF

    • Mud
    • Race
    • Versatility
    • Speed

    The Minion DHF is our most popular front downhill and MTB tyre which provides grip and control in loose and muddy conditions.

    • 3C compound structures available
    • Designed as a front tyre but suitable for the rear
    • Lightweight for ultimate speed
    • Tubeless ready
    • A go-to performance downhill cycle tyre

    Recommended installation: Front

    Pair this with the Minion DHR II on the rear for (proverbially speaking) unstoppable performance.

    Specs

    Tyre Size
    Rim
    Bead
    Technology
    Weight
    Application
    26
    26X2.30
    26
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    1.863
    MOUNTAIN
    26X2.30
    26
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    1.863
    MOUNTAIN
    26X2.30
    26
    FOLDABLE
    3C/TR/DD
    2.282
    MOUNTAIN
    26X2.50WT
    26
    WIRE
    ST
    2.48
    DOWNHILL
    26X2.50WT
    26
    WIRE
    3C
    3
    DOWNHILL
    26X2.50
    26
    WIRE
    2.7
    DOWNHILL
    27.5
    27.5X2.30
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    1.819
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.30
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    1.93
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.30
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    1.94
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.30
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3C/TR/DD
    2.37
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    2.083
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    2.083
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    2.161
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3CG/TR/DD
    2.557
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    WIRE
    3.064
    DOWNHILL
    27.5X2.50WT
    27.5
    WIRE
    ST
    3.064
    DOWNHILL
    27.5X2.60WT
    27.5
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    1.893
    MOUNTAIN
    29
    29X2.30
    29
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    2.039
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.30
    29
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    2.039
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.30
    29
    FOLDABLE
    3C/TR/DD
    2.524
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    29
    FOLDABLE
    EXO/TR
    2.26
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    29
    FOLDABLE
    TR
    2.766
    DOWNHILL
    29X2.50WT
    29
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    2.69
    DOWNHILL
    29X2.50WT
    29
    FOLDABLE
    3C/EXO/TR
    2.238
    MOUNTAIN

    Performance Ratings

    Mud Grip

    Cornering Ability

    Rolling Resistance

    Lightweight

    Puncture Resistance

    Who rides the Minion DHF?

    Martin Zietsman
    Professional mountain biker Martin Ziestsman has competed in countless racing series including; Scottish Enduro Series, Welsh Gravity Enduro Series, Tweedlove Enduro Series and EWS. He chooses Maxxis tyres and here’s what he has to say:

    ‘Maxxis aren’t regarded as the best gravity tyres in the world for nothing. They have a tyre for any and every trail condition. Maxxis gives me total confidence in my tyres, allowing me to hit trails with complete trust in my grip, knowing I can focus wholly on the trail ahead. It’s incredible knowing the limit of your speed is your ability and not your tyres…’

    Minion DHF Tyre Test Results

    Everyone loves our Minion DHF tyre. Take a look for yourself:

    Off.Road.cc
    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

    Worldwide Cyclery
    “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
    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

    Pink Bike
    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

    Minion DHF Tyre: User Reviews

    Sometimes the best MTB tyre reviews come from riders just like you.

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, February 2020:
    “This is my first time using a front tyre like this. It definitely makes me faster and more confident. Great tyre for downhill trail control. I would use a different back tyre.” 

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, December 2019:
    “Fantastic tyres, I have paired it with a DH2 on the rear and it’s been one of the best tyre combos I have used.” 

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, September 2019:
    “For me the best front tyre, lots of grip in all weather conditions!”

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, August 2019:
    “One of the best tyres: Amazing grip, puncture resistance, reasonable price, and a variety of dimensions.” 

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, June 2019:
    “Super grippy! Good climbing and cornering… Love them.” 

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, June 2019:
    “Great tyre, grippy, good rolling resistance, good quality, confidence-inspiring.” 

    Rider, ChainReactionCycles.com, March 2019:
    “Only had this on for a couple of rides on a Blur LT2 on a mix of hardpack / rocky tracks with some firm grass around the Malvern Hills. I am totally bowled over, came from a Crossmark II and the combination of a Minion DHF and DHR is just another world, I expected a difference but this is just awesome. Rolling resistance not nearly as bad as expected so I can’t believe I didn’t make the switch sooner. Also mounting it tubeless (first time for me) was an absolute dream, with Stan’s rims… These tyres come with my fullest recommendation!” 

    Technology

    Technology

    3C MaxxTerra

    An intermediate compound configuration used in select mountain tires. 3C MaxxTerra is softer and offers more traction than 3C MaxxSpeed, yet provides better treadwear and less rolling resistance than MaxxGrip.

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    3C MaxxGrip

    3C MaxxGrip uses the softest rubber compounds to offer the ultimate in grip and slow rebound properties for unparalleled traction in downhill applications.

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    Double Down (DD)

    DoubleDown (DD) is the next step in the evolution of the dual-ply tyre casing for enduro and downhill racing. Two 120 TPI casing layers reinforced with a butyl insert provide the rider with the support and protection of an MTB tyre, but in a lighter package.

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    EXO

    An extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of select mountain tires. This densely woven fabric is also lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tire remains unaffected. Choose EXO Protection for exceptionally rocky, treacherous trails where the chance of sidewall cuts and abrasions is high.

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    Tubeless Ready

    Tubeless downhill set-ups are a great way to shave some weight and spend more time in the bike park or shuttling hot laps on your local runs. Sealant-compatible rubber is used with the familiar Maxxis dual-ply 60 TPI downhill construction and butyl insert for support and rim protection in order to offer the benefits of increased grip and reliability. A Tubeless Ready bead securely locks to the rim and the foldable bead provides additional weight savings.

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