Working with Greg Minnar, Maxxis have announced the introduction of a brand new tyre to the lineup. The Maxxis Assegai is a cross between the DHF, DHR II, a High Roller II and a Shorty making an aggressive tyre suitable for wider rims.
The tyre will be available in a dual ply downhill casing version in the first instance with a lighter enduro/trail versions later. The tyre is available in 27.5 and 29er sizes and will be 2.5" wide using Maxxis' 'Wide Trail' design, optimised for 30-35mm wide rims.
The Maxxis Assegai is initially available only in a downhill-spec -- naturally. Other features of the Assegai include:
- 5 x 2.50 and 29 x 2.50 sizes
- Wide Trail casing optimized for 30-35mm wide rims
- Maxxis’ legendary 3C MaxxGrip rubber compound
- Dual-ply casing with butyl sidewall inserts for stability and durability
- Tubeless compatibility
- Folding bead
Minnar had this to say about the design:
“My idea was to design a tyre around some of Maxxis’ iconic tread patterns. I started in the center by combining the Minion DHF and the Minion DHR II. The reasoning behind this was I felt the surface area of the DHF rolls well and gives you a good footprint on hardpack, greasy turns as well as confidence on wet roots and rocks. The DHR II added faster rolling speed and more aggressive braking.
Then I worked on the ‘extra’ tooth to give you more support when leaning the bike over so there’s a consistent feel all the way onto the side knobs. And that leaves me talking about my all-time favorite tyre -- the High Roller. Maxxis engineers and I came up with a remodeled High Roller side knob with very similar characteristics to the original. But with the support the extra tooth gives you, you have the ultimate wingman when cutting hard on a flat turn.
Finally, I took the height of the knobs from the Shorty. The knobs are well-supported, so the extra height aggressively bites into loam and dry, dusty conditions.”
The tyres are likely to be in stock in the UK later this year, we will update you with a price and availability as soon as we know the details. In the meantime, the DH casing version will retail at $90 USD so you can expect a price of about the same figure in pounds.
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