Minion DHR II Tyre Test Results
The go-to MTB and DH tyre is understandably well-reviewed by professional publications.
Single Track World
“This has to be one of the best cornering tyres I’ve used – it is utterly reliable and sure-footed on a variety of trail surfaces. The combination of those slightly wider DHF cornering blocks with the deeper centre tread gives tonnes of traction, even when the rocks are big, loose and surrounded by scrabbly dirt or mud.
Braking traction is noticeably better than the Minion DHF. Point the bike down a nasty steep chute, and those short, wide and siped centre blocks pinch and bite the trail with more available edges than the DHF. The steeper and looser the descents, the more useful the in-built braking traction of the DHR II is – both on the front and on the rear.” – James Vincent, SingleTrackWorld.com, February 2019
Outdoor Gear Lab
OutdoorGearLab.com ranked the Minion DHR II 2nd out of 24 tyres:
“As you’ve probably already surmised by our glowing review of the Minion DHR II, we’re pretty big fans of this tire. We think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option for a rear tire for aggressive everyday trail riding. The combination of cornering confidence and pedaling and braking traction is hard to beat.” – Jeremy Benson, OutdoorGearLab.com, November 2018
Mountain Bike Rider
A go-to UK-based magazine for mountain bike riders, MBR awarded the Minion DHR II the MBR Editor’s Choice 2019 with a total score of 10/10:
“Maxxis Minion DHR II WT arguably offers the most grip of all Maxxis models suitable for mixed conditions, and works fine year-round. With its blocky tread slabs and pronounced shoulder channel, the Minion is a mountain bike classic and a regular winner of our group test. This year, Maxxis has developed a brand new casing option called EXO+ with a toughness and weight halfway between thicker Double Down models and thinner, standard EXO versions.” – Mick Kirkman, MBR.co.uk, December 2019
Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine
Enduro-MTB.com awarded the Minion DHR II “The best enduro all-rounder 2018”:
“This tire was originally designed to be used on a back wheel but is also an impressive front wheel option with outstanding braking traction and good lateral stability. The profile with big ramped knobs and staggered side-lugs can dig deep enough into the ground without concern over tire squirm. This makes it work well in both dry/rocky conditions and on soft terrain exceeding the grip threshold only at a late stage and offering great control. The grip of the 3C is great and the wear is relatively low.” – Christoph Bayer, Enduro-MTB.com, October 2017
VitalMTB.com rated the Minion DHF II a glowing 5/5 in their tyre test:
“Let’s be honest, Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR II tires might be the most popular setup out there. Rightfully so, as you’ll be hard-pressed to find a negative review or a person unwilling to run them.
Maxxis has once again found a way to make their tires even better with the addition of EXO+. With only a negligible increase in weight the tires perform better in all scenarios with improved durability. Maxxis product designers have the confidence to keep what is great about timeless treads and the foresight to make updates to make them even better. Regardless of where or what you ride, your favorite Maxxis treads can be paired with the perfect casing for your needs. We expect EXO+ to become a hit among all-mountain riders worldwide.” – Joel Harwood, VitalMTB.com, June 2019