Minion Kevlar DH F+R
review from bikeradar
By Guy Kesteven
The Minion has been the downhiller’s favourite for years, and this lightweight version brings that ‘take all comers’ conﬁdence to the trail. Quite simply, the Minion blew us away with its performance on every ride we took it on. Great stuff.
This is a tyre that instils confidence in all conditions. It has excellent grip and traction, even in winter conditions. It's tough and great value for money.
The mid-height, multi-shaped tread looks slow, but actually rolls surprisingly well, and this single-ply Kevlar-beaded version is pretty light for its category. For a bit more speed two Minion Fs are a great combo.
Traction levels are superb, with the varying tread shape leaving no obvious gaps in grip, whether you’re hard on the brakes or rolling right over onto the shoulders. This lets you push it hard on loose rock or roots with consistent conﬁdence.
Tread sipes and decent spacing mean it clears quickly in ﬁlth, handling winter work as well as most winter-speciﬁc tyres.
While it’s not as bombproof as its double-ply downhill brothers, the Minion handled sizeable drops, random rock gardens and low-pressure use without complaint.