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
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".
Paper thin casing
Very disappointed in the EXO+ casing. Mounted one to front rim, one run, pinched and hole in top and in bead. Run second new one and a pin prick hole on the top that would not seal. Will definitely not be running that casing ever again. So weak!
First Exo+ casing I have tried. Steers well, feels stiiffer but still well damped.
This tyre is my new favourite front. Its feels different to say a DHF as there is no transition. Once you get used to that just let it rip! I have yet to wash out or loose traction with the tyre in dry and slightly damp conditions. Does roll a bit slower but hardly noticeable. Not an XC tyre anyway!
The perfect tyre
Quite simply the best tyre I've ever ridden. Never put on a new tyre and not needed a few runs to get used to it, threw these on and half a run down I'd forgot they were new tyres. Great consistant feel and grip. Will be hard pushed to try something different for quite a while.
One up on the DHF
by John Mulder
Awesome tyres. Usually run DHF's, but these are better. There is a continuity of grip, even if you don't lean the bike over as much as you should. Didn't notice that they roll any different to the DHF. Mounted easily on my 30mm rim.