Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR II Plus 27.5x2.8in tires

New plus-size Minions go full-on moto

Maxxis's heralded Minion tires have set the bar for downhill and aggressive riding performance for years. In response to the ever growing plus-size bike market, and likely to thankful screams of aggro riders everywhere, Maxxis now offers the Minion DHF and DHRII Plus 2.8in tires.

Just like the seasons, I think whichever bike I mount these to is about to change
Just like the seasons, I think whichever bike I mount these to is about to change

Maxxis Minion Plus spec overview

  • 27.5 x 2.8in
  • 3C Maxx Terra compound
  • EXO Protection
  • Tubeless ready
  • TPI: DHF – 120;  DHR II – 60 
  • Weight claimed: DHF – 980g; DHR II – 1,040g

So many acronyms

Looking at the sidewall of either tire reveals a pile of acronyms for Maxxis's technology. The first one, 3C, denotes the tread compound. 3C is Maxxis speak for a harder, longer lasting base layer and two progressively softer layers on top in order to optimize traction and stability. 

Lots of tech in these massive treads
Lots of tech in these massive treads

These tires feature the Maxx Terra, which falls in the middle of the three different configurations of 3C. In order of rubber hardness and resilience they are: Maxx Speed, Maxx Terra and Maxx Grip.

Next up is EXO Protection. EXO is found on the sidewalls and is an extremely cut-resistant and abrasion-resistant material. The ride is mostly unaffected though since the EXO material is lightweight and highly flexible. EXO Protection is a must for sharp, rocky trails where the chance of sidewall cuts and knicks is likely.

TR is for Tubeless Ready. They're not full-on UST (Universal Standard for Tubeless) so they do require sealant of some sort. 

Wide casings, huge knobs, and loads of volume make them look like moto tires
Wide casings, huge knobs, and loads of volume make them look like moto tires

Holy knobs, Batman

Mounted on 36mm wide (internally) rims, the Minion Plus tires look massive. And awesome. Huge, full-sized monster knobs in the ever-reassuring Minion tread pattern lend a sense of turning your bike into a motorcycle. These tires are aggressive and did I mention, look awesome?

Big, bad side knobs are present
Big, bad side knobs are present

Boasting all those knobs, and knowing how a regular 2.3in Minion rolls, I'm going to take a wild guess and say rolling speed won't be a strong suit. But also seeing and knowing those things, plus feeling the genre-defining 3C rubber, I'm thinking these tires will hook me to the trail like a millennial to a smartphone. Also knowing what plus tires are capable of in terms of line choice, they conjure up images of riding with all the finesse of performing surgery with a chainsaw.

The DHF on the left, and the DHR II on the right
The DHF on the left, and the DHR II on the right

Are these plus-size Minion tires overkill? Yeah, probably. Do I care? Not in the least, I'm stoked to see what they're capable of. 

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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