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Unrelenting grip for stout wheels.
It's no secret that the industry is rapidly evolving, with wheel standards becoming increasingly wider for greater support and stability, especially across the rough stuff. Ideal for an internal rim width of 30 to 35 millimeters, Maxxis developed a line of Wide Trail Tires with a subtle redesign in knob profile for superb cornering grip at smaller lean angles and predictable traction when you're running a wider rim. It retains the notable characteristics of the original Minion DHF, namely the ramped center knobs for lower rolling resistance and straight-line control, combined with channel-cut gripping edges for cornering precision.
Another benefit of its voluminous 2.6 width is that you can run a drastically lower pressure for unrelenting grip and supple bump compliance when you're smashing across trail rubble and rock gardens. Since it's not a plus-size tire, the 2.6-inch volume doesn't come with a drastic weight penalty, so you won't feel like you're pedaling along with a lumbering behemoth of a tire. EXO protection reinforces the sidewalls from slashes and abrasion when you're ripping across formidable stretches of roots and rocks.
This particular DHF comes with Maxxis' 3C Max Terra compound, which is comprised of a harder base layer with progressively softer rubber on top for tacky grip and control, especially in slippery trail conditions. Seeing it's softer than dual-compound tires, you'll reap benefits in the grip department, albeit with a trade off in tread longevity and rolling resistance. We recommend setting it up in the front for heightened control without sacrificing much in durability or rolling resistance, which are both of greater concern on your rear tire.
- Wide Trail casing is ideal for running wide wheels
- 2.6-inch volume increases traction, bump compliance
- Ideally suited for internal rim widths of 30 to 35mm
- Revised knobs for predictable traction, cornering grip
- 3C Maxx Terra softer compound for tacky grip
- EXO protection from sidewall slashes
- Tubeless-ready for easy sealing
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- Q & A
DHF 2.6 = Rainbows and Unicorns
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love the DHF tire from Maxxis and feel that it offers a really good balance of weight, rolling resistance, traction and durability.
The 3C compound is a little softer and I find it to be ideal up front. The standard compound is a solid rear tire since it lasts a little longer and the added grip is not as important out back.
The 2.6 Model is $$$ I never really liked the 2.8 tire size in general and felt it was a little too squishy in hard corners or G outs. I have the 2.6 DHF setup front AND rear on my Pivot Mach 5.5. I am running wheels with a 30mm internal width and have 18 psi in the front and 20 psi in the rear.
This is by no means a long term review, but I am stoked right now and my experience with Maxxis in the past has been very positive.
Side note, in case you are wondering. I like the DHR II more as a front tire, but feel like it is a little too slow rolling for my taste and the Rekon 2.6 rear tire just didn't offer enough bite in the loose over hard pack dirt we have here in Utah for most of the summer.