The Maxxis Minion DHF is by far one of the most popular front tires out here in Southern California. For soft, loose, or rocky terrain, you will have a tough time finding a tire that can handle it better. Our customer Dustin seems to agree and has been running the DHF for years. Check out his review and see why he is such a fan!
Sometimes when you find something that works, you just have to stick with it. I've been running the Maxxis Minion DHF for YEARS as my primary front tire. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better front end tire. I've run this in the 26" and 27.5" sizes and had amazing results every time.
Like most Maxxis folding bead tires, these are extremely easy to mount up. I've never had to use a tire lever, although that could vary depending on what type of rims you have. I've always run these tubeless with either Stan's or Orange Seal. These tires can often be seated with just a standard floor pump, although on occasion I get one that is a bit more stubborn to seat. When that's the case, I simply use my special pump that has the high-pressure chamber. (tons of pumps with that feature now) Once the bead seats in place, I then deflate the tire, leaving it seated, and remove the valve stem to add sealant. Beyond that, there's nothing special needed to get this tire mounted up.
While this tire may work well as a rear, I've only ever run it in front. The directional center lugs are ideally suited for a front tire. The side lugs are large and bite very well. This tire excels in loose and loose over hard conditions. It also performs well in loamy conditions. Even wet, this tire still bites quite well. Moving over off-camber wet roots, the tire tracks true. It's very predictable and it doesn't take long to figure out exactly where the breaking point is when cornering. Because of this, you can push to the proper limits while cornering. The 3C compound provides excellent traction and the EXO casing is bulletproof.
As a front, I can easily get a couple of seasons out of this tire. That would likely not be the case as a rear. This tire wears well and I typically replace once the side lugs start wearing down or tearing away. I weigh about 150lbs and ride mostly aggressive and rocky trails. I can't recall ever having any type of flat while running this as a front. I usually run it at about 25 psi.
If you want an extremely durable front tire that hooks up great, rolls well and overall kicks butt, look no further.
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