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Maxxis Releases the Assegai

Greg Minnaar develops a new tire

Ask any UCI Downhill World Cup fan who the two most dominant male racers are and they will likely answer Greg Minnaar and Aaron Gwin. Last year Gwin released a signature tire with Onza. This year it is Minnaar’s turn.

Enter the Assegai. Working with Maxxis, Minnaar took elements from the DHF, DHR II, Shorty and High Roller and combined them all in a greatest-hits tread pattern. Down the middle Minnaar combined the DHF’s footprint with the DHR II’s slightly faster rolling characteristics and aggressive braking attributes. Moving toward the outside of the tire, Minnaar also added an extra lug to make transition from center tread to side knobs smoother and more consistent as the bike is pitched. Once on the side knobs, Minnaar used almost identical lugs to the High Roller. What about the Shorty? How does a mid-spike fit into all this? Minnaar took his new tread pattern and made it taller, using the Shorty as a reference for height.

The Assegai will initially only be available in a downhill casing. It comes in 27.5×2.5- or 29×2.5-inch sizes, has a Wide Trail casing, a folding bead and is tubeless compatible. The Assegai is available now for $90.

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