Many people view Maxxis as that company that rolls out tenacious downhill tires. While there's no denying the appeal of the company's well known gravity-oriented meats like the Minion and High Roller, Maxxis has always had an expansive line of cross-country treads.

Here's a quick rundown on the design and philosophy behind Maxxis' Aspen tire, courtesy of race legend Geoff Kabush and his Scott-3 Rox Racing teammates Derek Zandstra, Amanda Sin and Mikaela Kofman.