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Minion DHF Wide Trail Dual Compound/EXO/TR Tire
No single tire can be a perfect match for every trail surface, but if there's one we'd say comes close, it's the Maxxis Minion DHF. Excelling on everything from fast sun-baked singletrack and blown-out silty corners, to wet rocks and slippery roots, the Minion DHF Wide Trail Dual Compound/EXO/TR Tire is a staple for a wide range of aggressive terrain. It's been around in various sizes and casings for many years, and for a good reason—it just works. Here at the office it's our go-to front tire for the dry and loose conditions found across Utah, but we keep it on for the slightly wetter early-spring and late-fall riding as well. For aggressive trail and all-mountain riding the Minion DHF is a worthy companion for the front of your bike, but it works well as a rear tire too.
The Minion DHF has pronounced tread, but the center knobs are ramped to keep the rolling resistance low. For such a burly tire it rolls impressively well. The side knobs grip adeptly on loose berms and flat hard pack turns alike, inspiring confidence in cornering. Alternating rows of the knobs are channel-cut to increase the surface area under load, further improving straight line control and overall traction.
This version of the tire has a Wide Trail casing, optimizing the tread profile for 30-35mm internal width rims. It uses the Dual Compound rubber, which is harder than 3C but also lasts notably longer. This is a single-ply casing with EXO sidewall protection to fend off flats from rock slices. It's one of Maxxis' lighter weight versions of the DHF, but still offers substantial puncture protection.
- A tried and true tire for aggressive trail & all-mountain riding
- Tread excels on dry, hard pack, loose, & even wet conditions
- Ramped knobs preserve your rolling speed
- Channel cut knobs widen under load to increase traction
- Wide Trail casing optimizes tread profile for wider rims
- Dual Compound rubber rolls fast & wears slowly
- EXO sidewall protection resists punctures from rock slices
- Item #MXX007E
- Q & A
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Minion DHF is a proven design and one of the best front tires out there. The tread pattern grips well on a variety of surfaces: hardpack, medium, loose, and even mud. Some tires have soft/tall knobs that grip well in loose dirt but tend to feel squirmy under load, especially on high speed hardpack and while cornering. Not the Minion DHF. The knobs have a large surface area and provide tons of support, especially in the corners. Yet they still dig in really well when conditions are loose.
Also, the durability and puncture resistance is really good. For a while I tried different tires from Schwalbe and Vittoria but I keep coming back to the Maxxis Minion DHF as my go-to front. This particular model is the Dual Compound rubber which is harder than the 3C compound. Dual compound lasts a lot longer but doesn't grip quite as well as 3C, still really good though. I got almost 6 months of consistent riding out of mine before deciding to replace it. The 2.5in Wide Trail lets you run lower pressures than the 2.3in version for better grip, albeit with more rolling resistance.