Maxxis Assegai tire delivers big traction

Greg Minnaar-designed tire combines multiple tread profiles

27.5 29er DH Tires
2018 Maxxis Assegai

The new Greg Minnaar-designed Maxxis Assegai.

Maxxis has collaborated with downhill racing legend Greg Minnaar to create a new high traction tire, the Assegai. Before the jokes start, its name is derived from a traditional Zulu warrior spear. This tire combines tread patters from multiple popular Maxxis offerings, including the Minion DHF and DHR II.

2018 Maxxis Assegai

Maxxis Assegai tread.

The initial release includes models with foldable DH casing in both 27.5×2.5 and 29×2.5. Both use the 3C MaxxGrip rubber compound. These are dual-ply casings with butyl sidewall inserts for stability and durability. Claimed weight for the 29er is 1300g and price is $90.

Key Specs

The Maxxis Assegai is initially available only in a downhill casing — naturally. Other features include:

  • 27.5×2.50 and 29×2.50 sizes
  • Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm wide rims
  • Maxxis 3C MaxxGrip rubber compound
  • Dual-ply casing with butyl sidewall inserts for stability and durability
  • Tubeless compatibility
  • Folding bead
  • Available for order now exclusively through QBP
  • Price: $90

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About the author: John Bennett

With 210 lbs of solid, descending mass, John is a good litmus test of what bikes and components will survive out there in the real world. And with a good engineering mind, John is able to make sense of it all as well. Or at least come up with fancy terms to impress the group.

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