Maxxis Assegai Tyre
The Maxxis Assegai - World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar's signature tyre!
While this tyre may not make you ride quite like Greg Minnaar, it's going to absolutely rip up those downhill runs with more grip than you ever thought possible.
Some of the best aspects of various tyres such as the DHF, DHR 2 and even the original High Roller have been combined to make this monster of a tyre that excels in all areas - other than fast rolling. If you are looking for that then this likely isn't the tyre for you. This is the kind of tyre that is going to do it's best to find grip anywhere!
The Assegai features tall and well supported side knobs that bite aggressively into corners and provide grip on wet rocks and roots. An extra lug/tooth has been added between the centre and side knobs to give a more consistent transition when leaning the bike over. The influence from the DHR 2 ensures that hard braking is taken care of too.
Who's this for: Riders who prioritise grip above all else, even at the cost of rolling resistence. Trust me, this is a slow tyre in a straight line on smooth trails, but pin it wide open in something nasty and it gives the grip and confidence for speed you didn't think was possible.
Suggested terrain: Greg made this tread pattern to be incredibly versatile and be able to tackle anything a World Cup DH course can throw at you. Therefore this tyre will excel in anything save for hardpack, where it is overkill.
Which wheel: Greg uses it front and rear for his downhill bike, however most people will find it a bit slow for the rear tyre.
Rim width: Maxxis state that WT tyres only work with 30-35mm rims. However we have tested them as narrow as 27mm.
Confused about compounds and casings? Not sure what you need? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Maxxis Tyres!
- 27.5, DH, Maxx Grip - 1254g
- 27.5, DD, Maxx Grip - 1225g
- 27.5, EXO+, Maxx Terra - 1050g
- 27.5, EXO, Maxx Terra - 1005g
- 27.5, EXO, Dual Compound - 1090g
- 29, DH, Maxx Grip - 1334g
- 29, DD, Maxx Grip - 1305g
- 29, EXO+, Maxx Terra - 1125g
- 29, EXO, Maxx Terra - 1075g
- 29, EXO, Dual Compound - 1220g
Pros: Insane amounts of grip and support in a wide variety of terrains.
Cons: Very heavy. Slow rolling in smooth and hardpack trails.
Ratings & Reviews
Best tire ever!
This is the best tire I have ever had, it rolls a little bit slow but it does have the most grip on any tire I have ever had.
Confidence inspiring grip in corners
What can I say...put a 29x2.5 on my Strive and a 27.5x2.5 on my partner's Remedy 9 (both upfront) and it is pretty mindblowing how much of a change it has made when pointing the bike downhill. My partner, who is still gaining some MTB confidence, is blown away by how much more confident she feels riding due to the grip, especially in flat corners when she really has to lean the bike over (which has always freaked her out). As for myself, I noticed it most in rock gardens, where you can just point and shoot at a line and the bike just goes, where the DHR II just didn't quite do the same.
Does roll slower up hills, so I'd be hesitant to put it on the rear unless it was for a pure shuttle bike.
10/10 would recommend.
The grippiest tyre there is!
This tyre will provide you with all the grip you could ever need!
Super grippy in corners, it is confidence-inspiring!
This tyre absolutely shreds .... Need I say anymore!
Grippiest tyre ever
by jacob farrugia
If your a Downhiller like me then you’d want the grippiest trues you can get, The maxxis assegai eats minions for lunch.
Now my go to front tyre!
I got one of these to fit to a 29" 30mm wide Raceface rim, tyre was an easy fit, didn't even need levers just hands. Perfect tubeless setup and holds set air pressure for ages. Love the grip, provides lots of feedback and even more confidence when charging hard into corners. A good tyre for loose over hard surfaces. I'd fit one to the rear if I could get one in 2.8".