We see Minnions on a load of freeride/DH test bikes and it’s easy to see why. The tread is a lower, more rounded pattern than the High Roller, which means it starts to slide earlier than the High Roller, particularly in the wet.
It’s a controllable release, although when it’ll go isn’t always as predictable.
The lower knobs and rounder profile make it relatively fast, and it rolls into corners very smoothly, making it a great choice for drier/more manicured descents. The sticky Super Tacky compound comes into its own in rocky conditions, making it a great bouldering tyre too.
As with all the big Maxxis tyres, pinch and point puncture resistance is good and it’s super stable at low pressures. There’s a new 3C triple compound too for a staggering £53.99. Otherwise, the pricing is very aggressive, which offsets rapid wear rates, and there are enough sizes and types to suit everyone. If you run the tyre at UK races you get the extra benefits of back-up and advice from Superfly Si (of www.descent-world.co.uk ) and his Maxxis tent of wisdom.