Pepsi* challenge – High Roller vs Minion DHF (*other fizzy gear is available)
When you get to Morzine you’ll find it about a 50/50 split on people running HR’s and Minion’s that are in the Maxxis camp anyway…
Personally, I’d run the HR up front and the Minion F out back on both bikes. HR’s are slightly better in softer conditions than the minion, Minion is slightly faster rolling.
And unless it’s REALLY muddy in Morzine (which can happen), just stick with that… Swamp things are great if its rained constantly for days and you’re trying to race down the DH tracks, but otherwise don’t worry too much as HR’s in particular grip pretty well in most conditions.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I think they’re pretty comparable tbh. HR seems better when it’s soft, Minion faster when it’s dry. Minion once it loses grip doesn’t seem to want to get it back, but on the plus side it’s pretty damn hard to make that happen in the first place. Oh and Minion seems to wear better/grip better when worn. Both overrated in 2.35 dualply if you ask me but ymmv. (by the time I want a dualply I also want a bit more tyre)
You can of course easily get completely contradictory opinions, loads of people think Highrollers are faster. Haven’t a clue why.
I recommend buying the one you like the look of. Or, Clutches 😉Posted 6 years ago
So, whats the difference/ similarities between 2.35 42a Super tackies dual ply in both tyres?
I’ve been using the Minions front and back recently and I think they’re good, but I also have a set of High Rollers which I think may be a bit draggier.
Me n Mrs Cheeze are off to Morzine next month and I’m wondering if I should splash out on another set of minions or share out what I got.
(I’m also anticipating some mud but I got that covered with some Swamp Things and Schwalbe Black Sharks or wtf they’re called)
I know the PDS massive swear by either, but I’d like to know which you prefer a la Pepsi challenge?
(and please dont say ‘use advantage or some other shizzle, this is a straight fist fight between HR and Minions.)
Cheers.Posted 6 years agoFieldMarshallSubscriber
Used HRs front (ST) and back (62a i think) in Morzine 4 years ago and they were fine in wet and dry. Last year I used Minion F front (ST) and back (62a) and preferred the Minions. 2.5 front and 2.35 rear first time. 2.7 front! and 2.5 rear last year.
My friend used HRs both times. We matched each other for speed both times.
However as said above HR seems to let go earlier, but grips again quickly. Minion harder to get to lose grip but once it’s gone it’s gone.
So draw your own conclusions from thatPosted 6 years ago
Wow, thanks all for your opinions, very varied too!
I think Mrs Cheeze needs a bit of confidence-inspiring grip on the front, so maybe a Minion FR and then I’ll bung a HR on the rear (As she does tend to drag the rear brake when pointing down)
That of course leaves me with the same combo. I wouldn’t say that I was a DH fiend, but I have been impressed overall with the Minion for GP use (and a day up the Q’s with Sharky and co.)
Anyone else want to chip in?Posted 6 years agomboySubscriber
I wouldn’t say that I was a DH fiend, but I have been impressed overall with the Minion for GP use (and a day up the Q’s with Sharky and co.)
T’was me camping with Sharki and qwerty in the tent next to you by the way… On the Maverick.
Anyway, your chosen tyres will be perfect for use in Morzine, either Minions or HR’s or any combo will be more than good enough. To be honest though, I’d look to use something a fair bit lighter weight for XC riding in the UK, you don’t need the incredible grip (and drag) that Minions or HR’s have for normal use IMO, and using a tyre half the weight makes a massive difference on how much effort you have to put in to get up the climbs. They’re both awesome tyres, for good reason, but for XC use they can be a bit overkill. And though many people will argue that bike weight doesn’t really matter that much in the grand scheme of things, rotational weight has more of an effect than anything else.Posted 6 years agoandysandesMember
This post comes up every year on every forum. The best basic advice is maxis and dual ply. Its not even worth thinking about non.dual ply, even for xc out there because if your riding any technical decents you’ll get pinch flats e.g jacky Chan in les gets for.anyone.who knows it.
Personal pref after a couple of.seasons guiding in the alps was a super tacky hr on the front and a 60a on the back (other wise the rear tyre would be done in 4 days).
Bare in mind it rains in the alps especially in August highrollers are your rubber of choice in all but the wettest conditions (oooer missus)Posted 6 years agodans160Member
Using the new fancy 2.5 Minion DHF 3C things for both trails and DH. They’re very good and roll well enough. They seem quite predictable and haven’ let go yet. Used High Rollers a couple of years ago and thought they were good also but not as fast. I run about 28psi in the front and 30 or 32 psi in the rear depending on what I am up to.Posted 6 years agolungeSubscriber
In my experience the difference is this:
High Roller – Grip then slide, but the slide is very predictable. They work best when they are leant over a long way and seem to suit more aggressive style. They arguable brake better than a Minion but this is pretty marginal.
Minion DHF – Grippier but when they do let go the slide is less predictable and harder to catch. They don’t need to be leant over quite so much as there is less of a gap between the side knobs and the centre knobs. They role a little quicker than HR’s as well.
I prefer Minions as I am not gnar enough to get the best out of HR’s, but in honestyn neither are a bad tyre and both will do a job in the alps if you go dual ply, 2.5, supertacky front, Maxpro rear.Posted 6 years agobudgierider67Subscriber
I’m in a similar position to the OP.
Reading this, I think a High Roller rear & a Minion front will suit my riding for a trip to Les Arcs in Sept. My rims will limit me to 2.35 & I will follow the advice and get the dual ply 60a so they last the distance.
Are all dual ply tyres wire bead or are there two types?Posted 6 years ago
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