Maxxis Minion DHF 3C TR 29×2.5in tyre review

Grippiest 29er rubber available

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £49.99 RRP | AUD $79.95 | USD $84.00
Maxxis Minion DHF 29x2.5 Kev 3C Exo TR tyre

Our review

The grippiest 29er front tyre available, but adds noticeable height and weight
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The Minion DHF from Maxxis is the grippiest tyre you can currently get for the front of a 29er, and that’s not just because of the triple-compound rubber recipe in the same ‘grooved arrow centre and right-angled shoulder block’ tread as the 26in DHF.

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What really gives this tyre an edge is its performance at lower pressures. Even at 20 to 25psi it holds its shape at aggressive cornering speeds while others fold and fumble grip. It’s stable on relatively narrow rims such as Mavic’s CrossMax STs. Even our most mental testers haven’t torn it off or burped it. The tubeless-ready design blows up easily without a compressor too.

At over a kilo it’s not light. Just fitting a front adds obvious effort to get moving and it’s tall enough to noticeably alter geometry. The great news is that a proper 2.3in version (unlike previous undersized Maxxis rubber) should be here soon for all-round riding, but if gravity is the gravy on your riding roast, the 2.5in is unbeatable. If you really want reinforced stability there’s a dual-ply downhill version too.

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This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Minion DHF 29x2.5 Kev 3X Exo TR Tyre (13)
Brand Maxxis

Weight (g) 1220
Additional Features 3C max grip triple compound
Bead Folding
Threads Per Inch 60
Tyre Width Sizes Available 2.5 In