Somewhere between plus sized and XC skinny, between puncture prone garbage and prohibitively expensive race tires, there is a happy trail rubber medium. We call that place the 27. 5in Maxxis Minion DHF WT Wide Trail EXOTR Tire. The Minion WT is 2. 5in wide, so it doesn't have the prohibitive clearance issues that plague 3in plus size tires, and it's got a hit of sidewall protection to keep it rolling through all mountain terrain. Despite not measuring in the 2. 8in range, the Minion WT still accommodates the current trend of wider rims with a tread pattern designed to sit fat without the risk of the shoulder knobs migrating onto the center rolling surface a distinct possibility with narrower tires mounted on wide rims. This preserves the rolling speed and cornering grip that keeps us coming back to the dual compound Minion party, and makes the DHF model's reliability on soggy trails that much more appealing. Sitting fat also equates to more air volume, which in turn makes for a plusher, less flat prone, and higher traction ride all of which properties are further boosted by running the Minion tubeless. This particular Minion also features Maxxis' EXO cut and abrasion resistant sidewalls, which are supple enough to maintain trail feel but tough enough to take a rocky beating so you don't end up with sliced rubbers while shredding some pointy rocks and sharp edged drops.