Maxxis Minion DH 26 x 2.7
Measures out to 2.25" wide (outside to outside of knobbies) and 2.25" tall (rim edge to top of knobbies). Compare with a Intense DH 24 x 3 measuring 2.5" x 2.5". So a hair smaller all around.
I didn’t get a weight, but Maxxis says it’s 1320gm. I compapred it my Duro 26 x 3" and it did seem lighter.
How does it ride?
Well, my goal was to find a tire that was similar to the Intense DH. I wouldn’t say that the Minio is similar, though the Minion does has a consistent hard knobby edge like the Intense and Gazz Jr. The first thing I noticed with the Minion is how fast and light it seems, like quick even, so not sure if it’s because of the weight and volume or tread pattern.
In dry and wet conditions, traction was comparable to the Duro and Intense. I initially ran it high pressure (18#), then lowered it (14#), but found I was hitting the rim on hard impacts, so I put it at 16# and it felt good. I’m 200#. I could see bumping up or down by 2# depending on air temp.
Sidewall strength is higher than the Duro as evidenced by the tire holding an edge on off angles, esp when I’m starting on a sidehill. So less sloppy at low pressures than the Duro, though still not quite as firm as the Intense. The Intense and Gazz Jr really have the best sidewall design for muni, but sadly neither is made anymore
In comparision to the TRY ALL Stiky, this tire has more width, more volume, and more sidewall strength, so I’d vote for the Minion over the Stiky.
The Minion didn’t seem to be any worse with crowns than other tires I’ve tried. Rebound was good, though the lack of volume compared to the Duro was telling; it is a smaller tire. The ride was good overall, though at times it felt like a tractor tire as it doesn’t have as clean a centerline as some other tires. Overall it is one of my new favorites as I felt like my riding was stepped up a notch by riding the Minion over the Duro.
The best thing about the Minion: They are still being made!!!