Maxxis Minion F DH 2.35in mountain bike tyre review£29.99

Fit-and-forget hardcore performer

BikeRadar score4.5/5

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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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