The benchmark that all other descending focused tyres are measured against, the Minion DHF celebrated its 20th birthday in 2021 and is still the go to front tyre for countless riders. Providing fantastic cornering traction and predictable handling in mixed terrain, the DHF really shines when the trails are dry/damp and a touch loose. Pair with the Minion DHRII on the back for easy, confidence inspiring traction.
EXO is the lightweight Trail sidewall from Maxxis and uses a cut and tear resistant fabric insert along the bead to reinforce the tyre to give good puncture protection without adding too much weight. This makes EXO an excellent choice for Trail riding or lighter Enduro riders.
The EXO+ sidewall is a step-up in puncture protection from the EXO, but not as protective as the heavier DoubleDown casing. Giving a good balance between weight and rigidity it’s a popular choice for Trail and Enduro Riders.
DoubleDown is Maxxis’ heavy duty sidewall for heavy duty Enduro and DH application. The only casing tougher is the wire bead DH casing. DoubleDown is a 2 ply construction with a bead insert giving incredible stability and support, allowing riders to run lower pressures without risking puncture.
MaxxGrip is Maxxis’ softest, tackiest rubber compound set and as the name suggests, provides the maximum amount of grip. However, a soft, grippier, tyre typically won’t last as long as something with a slightly harder compound.
Maxxis’ MaxxTerra compound set gives a good blend between longevity and traction. While not as soft as the full traction but fast wearing MaxxGrip, a MaxxTerra tyre will last longer and roll slightly faster while still providing good levels of traction.
Dual Compound Maxxis tyres use a harder rubber than is found on their 3C offerings (MaxxTerra and MaxxGrip). This translates as a longer usable lifespan for the tyre as well as faster rolling speed. However, a harder rubber compound also means less available traction meaning Dual Compound tyres are most commonly seen on the rear wheel.
We're a small shop with a big history. All of our Guides, Coaches and Shop Staff are here to help you get exactly what you want and what you need. And if you're not sure about which new bike you want, pick up the phone, drop us a message or come and ride with us. Most of our bikes are available to hire and demo on the famous Tweed Valley trails.
The best gear, in one of the best riding locations on earth
All of our stock is hand picked by our Guides, Coaches and Shop staff to provide you the best performance, the best value and the best experience out on the trail with the lowest environmental impact available.
Based on Innerleithen High Street in the Tweed Valley our shop lies in the shadows of the infamous Golfie. AnEnduro World Seriesvenue and legendary in the UK mountain bike scene as one of the most prolific and exciting mountains to ride in the UK. The Tweed Valley and the 100+ km of trails that stretch out from our front door have proven to become a meca for gravel, MTB and road cycling and our staff are out, rain or shine experiencing it all. We're set up to provide you the best advice and select the products to stock that are the best value, best to ride, most eco friendly and will last you the longest out on the trail. Because that's exactly what we look for in our own gear too.
Our business began as Dirt School in 2006, a mountain bike coaching company set up to deliver the best learning and support a mountain biker could ever want. From World championship wins to the award winning BASE college course, we've experienced and forged it all. Our evolution led to the formation of Tweed Valley Guides and now Tweed Valley Bikes too, allowing us to help you buy the right equipment, and be able to ride with you on the best trails and help you learn how to get the most out of it. Our shop has genuinely grown from the trail.