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The reference downhill tire.

If you know downhill, you know the Maxxis Minion DHF 3C 26x2.5 Tire, simple as that. The longstanding benchmark has seen countless other tires try to take it off its pedestal, but it remains the mixed-to-dry conditions go-to for riders and racers in the know. And if you’re just getting introduced, DHF stands for Down Hill Front, but in reality, you’ll see this tire mounted up front and rear, anywhere that steep fall lines and loose conditions require a tire that you can trust.

This particular version of the Minion is built on Maxxis’s dual-ply gravity casing, which employs a butyl insert to maximize flat-resistance. The 3C nomenclature means that there are three compounds employed in the creation of this tire—a firm compound for the base of the knobs, a softer compound down the centerline, and the softest rubber finding its way onto the sideknobs. With a stiffer base, the knobs deform less, providing a harder bite than the full Super Tacky version. The softer sideknobs grip like rabid dogs when you get leaned over, while the firmer center knobs roll fast and have a longer wear life. The meaty center knobs dig into loam, moon dust, and anything short of full-on peanut butter mud. And the lack of intermediate knobs opens up more real estate for the side knobs to grip, which is part of the reason that they’re so widely favored among World Cup racers and local hotshots alike. These being a race tire, you shouldn't expect these to hold up to 100 days of bike park laps, but when traction is key, there are few tires to rival the DHF.

The Maxxis Minion DHF 3C 26x2.5 Mountain Bike Tire is available in one size, and in the color Black.

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5 5

DHF 3C go-to downhill tire

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Coming off Specialized Butchers and very excited to get more rides on these DHF's. Can't comment on long-term durability but I expect they'll hold up longer than the Super Tacky version.

The dual-ply sidewalls feel durable and will report back on long-term durability and how well these hold Stan's (on slightly beat stock wheels).

5 5

Epicly tacky and grippy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Installed these after ripping some WTB Vigilantes apart. These tires pretty much will seal on any rim with Stan's, they have such a heavy duty thick bead. Pretty much as close to bombproof as you can get. Do beware they are pretty darn heavy. Never had a leak in them after riding Tahoe every weekend for 3 months.

4 5

The only tire for Down Hill.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave as a gift, and as far as I know, it's the only tire for down hill. Exceptional tread and durability. Worth it.

5 5


These tires are amazing. I actually have them on a trail bike even though they are primarily made for downhill. They give you some extra bite on the climb, and on the downhill it feels like your on rails. Even in loose dirt these are extremely easy to control. I have done some of my best riding on these tires. Even though they are pretty expensive, they are worth it.

4 5

Still awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires are still the best Ive found for running on the DH bike.
The triple compound is nice, and I find it wears fairly even depending on trail type. Definitely the main draw back is that they are quite expensive