Product Preview – Maxxis Colossus and Minion FBFront & FBRear – By David Glover


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Last year Maxxis announced they would be adding some more big rubber to the fat bike scene, a snow specific tire and a pair of front and rear specific trail tires. The Colossus, Minion FBF, and Minion FBR, all available in 26 x 4.80 with EXO protection available. A slimmer 26 x 4.0 Minion is also in the works. The Colossus tire looks to be a solid winter tire with tall, widely spaced knobs. This pattern is designed to keep the tread clear of packed snow so the tall knobs can dig in.

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Maxxis used a special rubber compound that is supposed to stay pliable in freezing temperatures. The tire looks like will hold up on the trail as well with EXO protection to help keep your sidewalls in tact.

The Colossus Measurements:

Weight – 1599 / 1569 grams

Bead to Bead (flat) – 245 mm

Tread to Tread (flat) – 136 mm

Casing (mounted to 80mm rim) – 114 mm

Tread (mounted to 80mm rim) – 121 mm


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The oh so popular Enduro/All-mountain/DH Maxxis tires, the Minion front and rear, coming to the dark side is great news to us fatties that like to shred year round. Both tires share the same aggressive side knobs for cornering. The center knobs are where the two tires differentiate. The Minion FBF is the front specific tire. It has long parallel running knobs to help keep your front wheel planted in corners while keeping the rolling resistance down. The Minion FBR is the rear specific has wide paddle knobs to keep you moving in the right direction in all conditions. The sidewalls look to be nice and thick on the EXO version, which is something I am very excited about.

Minion FBF and FBR side by side

Minion FBF and FBR side by side

Minion Tire Measurements

Weight – Rear – 1632, 1680 grams – Front 1604 grams

Bead to Bead (flat) – Rear – 251 mm – Front – 260 mm

Tread to Tread (flat) – Rear – 128 mm – Front – 133 mm

Casing (mounted to 80mm rim) – 110 mm

Tread (mounted to 80mm rim) – 114

Photo by JR Johnson

F&R (l to r)  Photo by Eric Dabbert


I’ll be out and about the desert and mountains here in Moab throwing these tires down some hills. Be back soon with more info.






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6 Responses to Product Preview – Maxxis Colossus and Minion FBFront & FBRear – By David Glover

  1. JP May April 1, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    114mm on 80mm rims sounds more like 4.6″. Does anyone know if the FBR would fit out back on a Beargrease?

  2. Joms April 21, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    Fits on my mongoose argus 2015, front and rear ok, BUT i can feel auto steer even when tires are all on 20psi

  3. Joms April 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    By the way m using maxxis fat tubes 4 to 5.0 size, presta valve, using the argus on trails and road

  4. ErvSpanks April 25, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I’ve been riding the Minions for a bit now and so far they’ve been sweet. To and from my local trails on streets @ 12psi works real well, no self steer. On the trail I air them down a bit and they ride awesome! Best Craigslist find ever!

  5. Barnaby Ang June 6, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    Fits my bucksaw on margelite rims
    There is chainrub on the lower part on the 42t cog.
    But it was solve by using a bionicon C Guide.
    Rides sweet use it all year long. No more skinny bikes for me.
    Like they said once you go fat there is no turning back

  6. Wsquared October 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Minion 60 tpi 4.8s came stock on my fat bike. Without a doubt, the worst rolling resistance tires I have ever ridden. I felt like the tire casing was really dragging even when pumped up to 12+ psi. Switched to Jumbo Jims and it’s so much better it’s like a different bike. I realize the Minions have more aggressive knobs, but it’s not worth it. Maxxis tires dont do well at rolling 30-40 extra watts a pair just to pedal them down the trail is a waste.

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