Maxxis Tires has been a leader in performance bicycle tires for quite some time. The Minion DHF is the most recognizable tire from Maxxis and has been a staple for many riders and bikes all over the world. With the trend of wider rims and larger tires continuing to grow, Maxxis introduced there Wide Trail (WT) casing tires that is optimized to be mounted on rims with a 30-35mm internal width. Here in this review, we are going to be taking a closer look at the Maxxis Minion DHF WT 27.5" x 2.5" tires in the 3C MaxxTerra rubber compound.
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The Minion DHF was designed for the often loose and muddy conditions of aggressive all-mountain terrain. The DHF incorporates ramped knobs for low rolling resistance and channel-cut knobs to increase gripping edges, giving straight-line control and precise cornering.
The Wide Trail design optimizes the tire tread layout and profile of the tire on todays wider rims. Traditional tires are designed with narrower rims in mind and when those tires are mounted to rims with an internal width of around 30mm or wider, the tire creates a more square profile. The new Wide Trail casing design focuses on larger lug spacing between the center knobs and cornering knobs that the traditional tires mounted on wider rims lack. Below are some visuals that walk you through the new WT design.
After riding the Maxxis Minion 27.5" x 2.5" WT tire for some time, we found more cornering performance with the Wide Trail design compared to the traditional 2.5" DHF in the same compound. While the differences are subtle, this just seems to be the evolution of the bike tire and is truly designed to be used with rims using a 30-35mm internal width. For most of us, the wheels we are riding right now have a wider internal width than what we would have been riding 5 years ago. Maxxis has stepped up and designed a tire for the wider rim trend, a trend that actually makes riding bikes more fun!
The Minion DHF has a dedicated channel between the cornering knobs and the center knobs that allows the tire to bite hard in the turns. That's we love the DHF and keeps us coming back for more!