They are pronounced ‘Ass-e-gai’ and now they are available to the UK market – stocks of Maxxis’ Greg Minnaar collaboration tyre Assegai are currently with distributors Madison and Extra UK.
Taking its name from a traditional Zulu warrior spear used by a tribe from Minnaar’s South Africa homeland, the Assegai is the latest addition to Maxxis’ DH collection, following a tread pattern designed by Minnaar. Coming in two sizes, 27.5 x 2.50WT and 29 x 2.50WT, the tyres have been created for a multitude of terrains and weather conditions.
Two years in development, the Assegai is tubeless ready with Maxxis’ 3C MaxxGrip rubber compound, dual-ply downhill casing and butyl sidewall inserts for stability and traction. The tall knobs punch through dust and loam to find traction, as well as offering support and confidence on wet roots and rocks, the brand said.
Maxxis UK bicycle brand manager Stephen Robinson said: “We’re really proud of the tyre, which combines three decades of racing experience from a downhill legend, with Maxxis’ unrivalled engineering capabilities. We had a fantastic reception from dealers and interested buyers at trade and consumer events, so we’re excited for UK customers to get their hands on this high-performance product and ride it themselves.”
The tyre also caters for the recent industry trend for wider MTB rims, with wide trail casing optimised for 30-35mm rims.