Despite its name, the Maxxis Minion DHR II is not just for downhill and it’s not just for rear wheel use. It rules everywhere. Prepare yourself for something of a shameless love letter to a bit of rubber…
- Brand: Maxxis
- Product: Minion DHR II WT 2.4in tyre
- From: freewheel.co.uk
- Price: £69.99
- Tested by: Benji for 5 years
Three things I liked
- I can finally get on with my life
Three things I’d change
- Could be cheaper
- Nope. That’s it.
My name is Benji. And I am addicted to rubber. I used to change tyres all the time. I used to change my bike’s front tyre more frequently than I trim my fingernails. I used to enjoy it. Changing tyres that is. Not trimming my fingernails. But then something happened.
I can’t really pinpoint what it was. Possibly it was pandemic related. During the infamous year of 2020 I rode my bike a lot. An awful lot. Much more so than normal. I’m sure most of you did the same, where possible. During that time I didn’t really mess with my bike very much. I just rode the bejesus out of it. According to The Evil Orange (Strava) I did pretty much twice the mileage of a typical year.
I guess that’s what happens when you can ride a lot. You don’t have to scratch the itch by doing some bike fettling. You just spend every possible spare moment out there on the trails.
There was also another side-effect of the pandemic bike boom. Lots of folk I know got (back) into mountain biking. And what do beginners do after they’ve been mountain biking for a few weekends? They start to wonder if their tyres could be better (which, almost always, they most certainly could be better than the sketchy XC OEM rubbers oft found on bikes). So they ask their more experienced riding peers for tyre advice. Peers like me.
Eventually I realised that the answer they wanted to hear wasn’t a ten minute long diatribe about the importance of specific tyres and how their current tyres were basically a joke.
Apparently they just wanted me to name one tyre to run. All year. Front and rear.
Well, here it is…
I’m not even joking. Nor being facetious. Just want a freaking tyre that works well everywhere all the time? Get a Maxxis Minion DHR II in 2.4in WT flavour. Heck, get two.
There are a few different versions of the DHR II in terms of compound and carcass. If you know your tyre nerdery, you already know which to get. MaxxTerra DoubleDown for rear, paired with a MaxxGrip EXO+ up front maybe?
If you don’t want to get all nerd about it. Or you just want a surefire will-be-okay-everything DHR II then get then MaxxTerra EXO+.
You will be fine.
How does the Minion DHR II perform on the trail?
It’s easiest to just tell you where it doesn’t work: it clogs a bit in the sort of mud that clogs up anything. It’s also not as fast-rolling tyre as a tyre that will kill when you ask it to handle anything interesting.
If you’re predominantly interested in a tyre with loads of braking grip, climbing grip and crazy capable cornering (and why wouldn’t you be interested in that?) then you’ll love what this tyre does.
It’s even one of the more friendlier tyres for mounting up tubeless. And holding air decently in between rides.
Maxxis Minion DHR II overall
As most of you will know, the Maxxis Minion DHR II is not a new tyre. So why I am reviewing it now? Because great things get forgotten and they need to be shouted from the digital rooftops again.
I won’t pretend that I run a pair of Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres front and rear for 365 days of the year. I’m a bike journo and tester. I run all sorts of things and I do still do quite like slapping on a set of really specific mud tyres for when I feel like it, or really need it.
But I am genuinely heartfelt when I recommend the Minion DHR II as the simple choice that actually works incredibly well on everything.
They are so good that here at Singletrack World we’re going to start putting them on all our test bikes. To level the playing field. To act as control tyres. Once a useful numbers of test rides have been done on the test bikes’ own tyres, we’ll be swapping them out to some Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4in WT tyres.
Mountain bike tyres really are that important.
|Product:||Minion DHR II|
|Tested:||by Benji for 5 years|
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