Do you know the easiest way to tell your rear tyre needs replacing?
Put on a really good grippy front tyre and you will find out, as we did with the new Maxxis Minion DHR II trail tyre.
The Maxxis DHR II is a tyre that gets a whole lot of grip and as soon as we threw it on our bike we noticed how loose things had been getting on the rear. Borrowing technology from the DH range of tyres, the DHR II uses the same aggressive pattern as the downhill version (Maxxis DHR II – Downhill) but shaves over 500 grams by going single-ply on the sidewalls to come in at a very, very respectable 782 grams (on our scales).
Yes, it is a little slower than a less aggressive tyre but the extra confidence it gave us to get over the front of the bike is well worth the slight loss in rolling speed. In some senses you do actually get the best of both worlds. You do get all the super grip of a DH tyre, without all the weight. Sure, the DHR II doesn’t come in the Super Tacky compound that the full DH bigger brother does, but that also means you get more wear and a faster rolling tyre. A tyre like this is more for people who want to ride faster on the corners not faster in a straight line.
Another notable was the softness of the ride feel. The larger and softer knobs did help to take the edge out of the smaller rocks on the trail and that gave us even more confidence to ride faster.
We had no issues installing them tubeless to Shimano XT UST rims and ran them at 28psi as a front tyre only. Burping was never an issue and no flats or cuts occurred during the test period.
We highly recommend this tyre as a fantastic front tyre and perfect for adding more confidence to your cornering. Due to the rolling speed it’s best matched with something less aggressive on the rear however if you ride gravity non-stop, but not gnarly DH, then this tyre will be perfect front and rear.