Here in this review we are going to riding the Maxxis Minion DHR II downhill tire. The tire is the only component of the bike that makes contact with the ground and for that reason is a very important piece to the puzzle in feeling confident and in control of your bike. Feeling confident while riding means you get to have more fun! A good set of tires will give you traction in places you otherwise wouldn't, allows you to corner with more authority, and slow down with more control.
It is important to note that the tire tested here is a downhill specific tire. The demands of a tire while riding at the highest speeds and over the most rugged and raw terrain are high. Maxxis downhill tires have proven to be one of the most puncture resistant and well rounded packages on the market. In this review, we are going to be focusing more on the tread pattern specifically, along with the size and shape of tire.
Remember Maxxis offers the Minion DHR II tread pattern in a variety of sizes, with everything from 26", 27.5", 29", plus sized options, dual compounds, 3C compounds, EXO protection, Double Down casings, and more.
Maxxis Minion DHR II Tires Mounted And Ready For The Trail
Max Morgan Riding the DHR II at the Fort William World Cup in Scotland
Max Attacking The Track at the Leogang World Cup - Photo by Dave Trumpore
The take home message here is that the DHR II is a very composed and confidence inspiring tire. There are no surprises with this tire and that is exactly what you want while riding. The size and shape of the tire volume seems to work great with the 30.5mm internal width Industry Nine Enduro 305 rims. Great braking performance and seemless transfer from center knobs to cornering knobs. There is a reason this tire is chosen by some of the world's fastest racers like Greg Minnaar, Luca Shaw, and Charlie Harrison. The DHR II tread pattern can be found in a multitude of sizes, rubber compounds, and casing configurations.
Max Morgan is 25 years old, and lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Max grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and started racing downhill at the age of 15. He has now been racing professionally for the last 7 years, competing in the U.S. Pro GRT series and UCI World Cup series. Check out Max's rider spotlight here!