Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 26x2.5 Tire
The Minion DHF is the standard by which all other downhill tires are measured. The DHF incorporates ramped knobs for low rolling resistance and channel-cut knobs to increase gripping edges, giving straight-line control and precise cornering.
I asked my LBS to order me some tubeless capable, but NON-beaded DH tires a couple months ago, and instead they ordered me the steel-beaded DHF. While the thing weighs a freaking T-O-N, it's almost comical how well the thing fricken grips the ground. First time heading down a run that was the type with like sand thrown on top of blue-groove, I was getting smacked in the face with what I thought was thousands of gnats or other no-see-ums. Turns out these thing grip SO MUCH better than EVERY other tire I've ever run, the front was grabbing buckets-full 'O sand and tossing 'em up in the air, which my face was subsequently plowing through. The side knobs bite just as well. I miss(riding a 'new' bike with OE Specialized Butcher/Purg combo) throwing my bike into a turn(ANY turn), and worse-case the thing would slide -uber predictably- a little bit before hooking up and movin' out. You obviously pay for that level of traction in the form of them not being the fastest rollers. I'm giving them ALL the cookies however, 'cuz these things are in a different solar system than their competition with regards to what they're made to do, and therefore shouldn't be penalized because they wouldn't be the optimum choice for a weenie, errrr, uhhhhh, I mean Cross Country bike.
This is an excellent, durable tire. You can ride this as hard as you want and throw the worst rock gardens you can imagine at it and they don't cut or tear.