Colin Bailey Maxxis Minion DHF Design Appreciation

Colin Bailey is a former professional mountain bike racer who, with help from his father, designed the Maxxis Minion DHF mountain bike tire back in the early 2000's. The Minion DHF is arguably one of the most used and most loved mountain bike tires of our time. Often the "inspiration" for many other tires on the market, the Minion DHF is still spec'd on trail, enduro and downhill bikes some 18 years after Colin and his father shared the CAD-drawing of the celebrated tread pattern with Maxxis.

While Colin inquired about royalties on the design at the time, he was told no, but received a modest design fee from Maxxis, and never pursued the issue further. There is no animosity toward Maxxis with this fundraiser, as times were different for our sport and Colin could have chosen to push harder for royalties. He was very young and lessons were learned.

During Vital MTB's The Inside Line podcast interview with Colin  a few days ago, I joked with him about starting this gofundme campaign. He rolled his eyes and shrugged it off. I wanted to surprise him by making it a reality. He had no idea this existed until the podcast came out late on May 21st.

If you have ridden and enjoyed a Maxxis Minion DHF, please show your appreciaton by donating to this gofundme campaign. Colin will get some well-deserved compensation for helping create one of mountain biking's greatest tires.

We'll keep this running for a month and Colin will get whatever you decide to throw down!

You can see what Colin is up to these days as mechanic for Giant Factory Off-Road by following him on Instagram - @baileyslife_ 

-Thanks, Shawn Spomer of Vital MTB 



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