The Minion DHF may be a classic tyre for Maxxis, but this 29×2.6in size is brand spanking new. In fact it’s so fresh, that it isn’t even on the Maxxis website yet. They are on the way though – stock is due to arrive in the UK (and elsewhere around the world) in late January.
2.6in tyres are quite the flavour of the moment. A trend we predicted a couple of years back, the 2.6in tyre width (for both 27.5in and 29in wheel sizes) has been growing momentum due to its Goldilocks-ness that sees it strike the difference between regular 2.4/2.5in tyres and bigger 2.8/3.0in plus tyres.
In terms of handling you get a nice big footprint on the trail for more traction, along with a high volume carcass that can be run at lower pressures without suffering from the same wobbliness and vagueness that you can get from bigger plus tyres. As for frame designers, it’s also more favourable to build a bike around a maximum tyre width of 2.6in, than it is to go up to the full plus width of 2.8/3.0in.
If you’re interested to read more about this new trend, make sure you check out our 2.6in tyre mini-group test feature from earlier in the year.
New 29×2.6in Options
In that group test we reviewed the 27.5×2.6in Maxxis Minion DHF tyre. Here we’ve got the 29in version, which will soon be available in three different flavours:
- Minion DHF, 60tpi Casing, Dual Compound EXO/TR – £49.99
- Minion DHF, 120tpi Casing, 3C MaxxTerra EXO/TR – £59.99
- Minion DHF, 120tpi Casing, 3C MaxxTerra EXO+/TR – £64.99
For those wanting more bite again, those three options will also be available in the Minion DHR II tread pattern (and if you’re wondering about how the Minion DHF and Minion DHR II compare to each other, check out our comparative review here).
The tyre on review here is the middle option that features a 120tpi casing, 3C MaxxTerra rubber, and EXO reinforced sidewalls. Despite their lack of aftermarket availability, I’ve been riding a set for the past three months while fitted to a 2019 Scott Ransom 900 Tuned that we’ve just recently finished testing.
Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.6in Tyre Features
- Designed for All Mountain, Enduro & Downhill
- Size: 29×2.6in (also available in 27.5in)
- 3C MaxxTerra Triple Rubber Compound
- 120tpi single-ply casing
- EXO reinforced sidewalls
- Also available in 27.5in diameter
- Claimed weight: 1015g
- RRP: £59.99
Being stock equipment on the Scott Ransom, the 2.6in Minion DHFs came fitted to a set of Syncros Revelstoke 1.5 wheels that feature alloy rims with an internal width of 30mm. The rims come pre-taped from the factory, and the Minions set up tubeless easily with a floor pump. After a month of riding though, the beads had relaxed enough that the fit became a little looser. I was still able to air them up with a floor pump, but I had to scrape the dried residue sealant from the beads before I could establish a clean seal.
Both tyres came in near enough to the claimed weight at 1030g each. Perhaps surprisingly for a Maxxis tyre, they also came in at bob-on the claimed width, measuring 2.6in wide across the tread. I’d expect them to balloon a little further on a wider rim.
The 2019 Scott Ransom is actually meant to come spec’d with the slightly heavier EXO+ casing on the rear, but those weren’t quite production ready so I had the regular 120tpi EXO casing fitted front and rear on the Ransom. From a testing perspective, this did mean I was able to get a more thorough experience of the same tyre in two different applications.
Mounted up to the 170mm travel Ransom, the 2.6in Minion DHFs look properly tough. The jumbo-sized tyres have a very big volume, and that allows for decently low pressures – I had the front set at 16psi, and the rear set at 18psi.
That low rear tyre pressure was made possible by running a Vittoria tubeless tyre insert, which I fitted prior to departing for a few weeks riding around places like Lake Garda, Finale Ligure and the Sierra Nevada range. For those interested, you can check out our review of the Vittoria Air-Liner here.
On The Trail
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|Product:||Minion DHF 3C MaxxTerra EXO|
|Tested:||by Wil Barrett for 3 months|