Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12.00pm
By Guy Kesteven, Mountain Biking UK
The ‘DH Front’ tag and bewildering range of options might put some riders off the scent, but in terms of fit-and-forget hardcore performance for price in any condition nothing beats the Maxxis Minion F.
The design has been around for ages and like a lot of the best grippers comes straight off the downhill circuit. Unlike most noticeably grippy tyres, the mid-spaced alternating semi-directional-split and square-slope-fronted lugs roll well enough for efficient year-round use. They hook up as reliably on the back as the slower-rolling dedicated rear version, so we always run a pair of fronts as preference.
While the carcass is more like a 2.25in than a 2.35in, it keeps weight acceptable even in the more economical wire-bead version. The 60a rubber compound means you won’t struggle for speed on climbs or harder surfaces. It’s robust for its size too, with bigger sizes and downhill dual-ply options for belligerent riders
It’s the cornering performance that makes the Minion truly outstanding. There’s no clever dual compound but the L-shaped and siped square tyres rail superbly, with none of the grip gap or mid-lean lurch of Maxxis’s very popular High Roller. Any slide is very predictable and surfable too, with the Super Tacky version perfect up front for real turn-and-burn Mavericks.
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