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Maxxis Minion SS Tire - 27.5in

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    • EXO/TR, 27.5x2.30
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    Enduro always wins.

    The classic Minion is the standard-bearer for burly enduro/DH tires, but the new Maxxis Minion SS 27.5in Tire takes that legacy in a slightly different direction. Just look at it—the rugged side knobs are still prominent, so you know you can count on killer grip in loose corners, but the center knobs are bunched tightly together and ramped pretty aggressively, so the rolling speed is unparalleled in a tire that’s this grippy. Enduro riders get the best of both worlds: killer traction on the way down and minimal rolling resistance on the way back up.

    It’s no surprise that the Minion SS comes fully prepared for tubeless deployment, with a foldable bead, rugged 60 TPI casing, and dual-compound rubber that let you run grippier pressures without sacrificing any durability or opening the door to burps and pinch flats. It’s meant to be ridden hard, too, so EXO sidewall protection won’t crack under the pressure of gnarly high-risk pushes to the finish line.

    • Item #MXX004G

    Tech Specs

    Compound
    dual
    Size
    27.5 x 2.3 in
    Type
    clincher, tubeless
    Protection
    EXO
    TPI
    60
    PSI
    60
    Bead
    folding
    Claimed Weight
    745 g
    Recommended Use
    enduro
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited

    Tech Specs

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    Good for what it is!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this new tire after slashing a gauge in another tire which I really did not love. So I figured I had been hearing so many great reviews I would give this a go. I was skeptical to try this tire as I've never run a semi-slick for MTB. This tire was appealing because for years I've trusted Minion DHF and DHR's but wanted something fast rolling for hardpack conditions. This tire has the characteristic aggressive Minion side knobs, with low ramped center knobs for ultra-low rolling resistance. In the future I will go back to my DHR- I just like the way it rolls, and rolls without making funny sounds. The funny sounds is a whirling/ whizzing due to the knob difference in sizing.... it drives me personally nuts. BUT overall this is a great tire- it's just not my personal favorite or 1st choice.

    Awesome for hardpack and slickrock!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I was skeptical to try this tire as I've never run a semi-slick for MTB. This tire was appealing because for years I've trusted Minion DHF and DHR's but wanted something fast rolling for hardpack conditions. This tire has the characteristic aggressive Minion side knobs, with low ramped center knobs for ultra-low rolling resistance.

    These tires work super well for hardpack, loose-over-hardpack, and slickrock. It's a perfect tire for Southern Utah/Moab. The side knobs bite really well so this tire corners confidently like other Minions. I was concerned about breaking power with those small center knobs but on the proper terrain this tire brakes well. And of course, as designed, this tire rolls really fast! It seems to wear pretty well too, after several months of consistent riding there is still plenty of tread life left.

    I would not recommend this tire if you ride a lot of muddy, silty, or sandy trails. As mentioned, it's best used for hardpack, rocky terrain, and loose-over-hardpack to minimize rolling resistance.

    Better than those yellow minions.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had been looking at this tire for a couple weeks but didn't have a need for it. As I was getting my 2016 Felt Compulsion 30 ready for a trip to Moab, I sliced open my Schwalbe Rock Razor and was forced to get a new tire. I loved the Semi-slick pattern of the Rock Razor, but wanted to try something different. That is where the Minion SS stepped in to save the day.

    I have been a Maxxis fan for a few years now. I ran 2.4 Ardents on my old bike, and my wife is currently running a 2.4 Maxxis Ardent front and rear. I have never had any problems getting them to set up tubeless so I figured this would be a good tire.

    When I first got the tire I was surprised with the size of the side lugs. Those things are huge! Now when they tire was actually on the wheel, they didn't seem so out-of-place so that was comforting. Just like any other Maxxis tire I have used, I put it on the wheel, put in some sealant, and boom, it beaded right up. No issues at all.

    Now normally I would not recommend getting a brand new tire before a 3-day bike trip, you should ride what you know, but I don't regret getting this tire one bit. Our trip was to Moab so this tire was perfect for all the hard-pack and slickrock riding we did. It grips like crazy going up steep climbs, does't skid when coming down, and really grips in the corners. I love it! It also makes a difference when trying to get speed on a 6" trail bike. The tire rolls smooth, quick, and grabs when you need it.

    For the riding I was doing that weekend, and living in St. George with a lot of sandstone and hard-pack, this tire has been awesome. I don't know about other terrain types, but for me it has been perfect. The 2.3 size is a good size for a rear tire, and knowing that I have EXO protection gives me peace of mind.

    If you are looking for a Semi-Slick tire that doesn't break the bank, the Maxxis Minion SS has your back all day.

    Best of two worlds

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is what happens when a burly downhill tire and a lightweight, fast rolling tire have a baby. You get a tire that has a low rolling resistance through straight sections and it really holds its edge when you lean the bike sideways.

    If you have any questions on this product, I will be happy to help you out. I am usually in the office Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 11:30am-9:30pm you can request me on by phone (1.888.276.7130 ext. 4646) during those hours. You can also send me an email @ dmyers@backcountry.com at any time.

    Where have you been all my life

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This tire is what I have been waiting for for a while now. I was running a Ikon last year, and loved the slide that tire provided. This has similar characteristics, but as soon as you lean it into the side knobs, this thing grips! I've had great luck with it so far the past month riding in Utah, the only issue is steep, loose over hard climbs where I tend to lose traction. I am excited to get this thing out on the Park City Trails this summer!

    squirrely

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Fast roller, but squirrely through the esses. Imagine a Crossmark with fat side knobs. We'll see how long I run this during the winter. Might have to shelve it until things get dry on the trails again.

    Unanswered Question

    Is anyone riding these on wider wheels? I'm running wheels with a 31.6mm inner width. Not super wide, but I still want to make sure the casing doesn't get too square on the SS.