THROWBACK THURSDAY: COLIN BAILEY, FATHER OF THE MAXXIS MINION

A fast downhill racer and designer of what might be the most popular and successful tire in mountain biking

Photo by John Ker/Mountain Bike Action

THROWBACK THURSDAY: COLIN BAILEY, FATHER OF THE MAXXIS MINION

Colin Bailey started racing mountain bikes when he was 8 years old in Southern California. He ended up having a 25-year racing career with multiple podiums, a national championship and a few World Cup downhill podiums.

“When I signed with Team Maxxis in the year 2000, the tires at that time were not that great. I approached Maxxis at that time to see if they would be interested in looking at a few drawings I had done for a new tire design, and they said yes!

Growing up I was always cutting and modifying my tires just for fun to see if I could make them work better. Over the years I had a good idea of what worked and what didn’t based on the current designs.
So, when Maxxis said yes and they were open to look at some designs, I sat down with my dad, who at the time was a computer draftsman. He was handy with CAD software, and together we drew up what eventually became the Minion.

I submitted the drawing to Maxxis, and they were blown away by the technical drawing and decided to move forward with it. It went through a few different small iterations and eventually ended up as what you see today. I got paid a very, very small amount for the design. I wish I would’ve gotten royalties, because I would be a millionaire.

I believe the Minion is one of the most successful tires in mountain bike history and also the most copied tire ever.” —Colin Bailey

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