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    Minion DHF/DHF or DHF/DHR for Downieville?

    I realize that there are probably a few boards that I could have posted this question on (Downhill/Freeride or Wheels and Tires), but I figured I'd start with the local fellas who are familiar with the conditions at Downieville.

    I'm considering trying out a pair of 2.35 Maxxis Minions for my trip to Downieville at the end of the month. It seems like I see a lot of people posting that they use the DHF on the front and rear. Can anyone explain why the DHF would be better on the rear than the DHR? Which combo might be best for the conditions in D-Ville?

    Thanks.

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    Yep, its a Tires forum thing, but while I'm typing...
    The "F" and the "R" really are mis-nomers. The F tread is geared towards the loose stuff whether wet or dry, and the R tread is geared towards harder-pack / rocks. Speaking to my LBS, they pointed out, "look at the pro's bikes...either 2 F's, or 2 R's...they don't mix the two. I picked up my mags and sure enough I see 2 F's all over the place, as you noticed.
    Its not that no-one mixes them. The R should roll faster (I think...could be wrong), and at d-ville its not like your pushing the limits of G-forces vs. loose soil they way you might at Northstar for instance, so maybe you could mix the two at Dville, where as at Northstar when I rode there I was loving my F's front and rear.
    And btw, the DH Minions I ran were way smaller compared to my Nevegals...so the 2.7 Minion was a hair smaller than my 2.5 single ply Nevegals. I think you might want the 2.5 Minion at least for the front, and if it were me I would do for rear as well....you need the volume to avoid pinchflats up there.

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    I used the dhF for N* once, Demo alot, and Pacifica a few times. Have not try Nevagal yet, but until then...Minion is my fav. tires. It can corner well.

    Only reason I switch now is that they wear out way to fast. I have the UST version which ain't the cheapest things. After a few wks at Shell, I saw significant tread tearing. So, keep in mind that u might have to replace them every season.

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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'll probably go with two DHF's.

    Thanks again.

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