Minion DHF in 29"
While it can't be denied that big wheelers are both here to stay and offer very different, and sometimes advantageous, ride qualities, the larger diameter hoops haven't yet found the same traction in the aggressive trail and all-mountain world. There are a few good reasons for this, but lack of proper tire selection is one of the most prominent - it doesn't matter how much the bike rips if you're having to stop to fix a flat every twenty minutes or are held back by unpredictable tires. This is changing slowly as manufacturers, both of tires and frames, realize that aggressive riders can also benefit from 29" wheels. A great example of what's to come is Maxxis' prototype 29" Minion DHF shown below, a 2.5" wide high volume tire that uses a tread pattern that has been proven to work well when pushed hard.
The tire shown above is still in the prototype stages of development, but what you're looking at is basically a Minion DHF tread that has been mated with Maxxis' new 2.5" wide Tubeless Ready (that's the 'TR' on the hot patch
) 29" casing. The carcass uses a single ply casing, making it ideal for those all-mountain types who aren't in the market for a boat anchor of a tire, along with a proper UST bead for easy tubeless conversion. We were told that this is one of the very first examples, but we can imagine seeing it being made available in other widths and multiple compound choices as well. The future is looking bright for big wheels.Minion DHR 2:
Maxxis also had the very first example of their prototype DHR 2 rear tire on hand, so new that it had yet to receive a hot patch on its sidewall. Maxxis had it out on display despite it being the only DHR 2 in existence at this point in time. Thankfully we skipped the Interbike Fashion show, unlike some of the other media outlets
, and were able to spot this hidden gem that was squirreled away with the standard production tires.
Taking a cue from many riders who preferred to run the DHF as a rear tire, Maxxis designed the new DHR 2 to make use of cornering knobs that are obviously very similar to what is found on the Minion DHF. The tire's crown knobs have also been completely revised when compared to the original, with the open central channel of its predecessor being closed off by braking lugs that span the width of the tire's crown. Keep in mind that the DHR 2 is still in prototype form, but it is clear to see that Maxxis is listening to riders and have responded with a promising looking new rear tire option. Watch this space for more information.
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