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Greg Minnaar's Signature Tire from Maxxis

Words Maxxis Tires
Date Apr 19, 2018

Greg Minnaar. The G.O.A.T. 

3 World Championship Titles
3 World Cup Overall Titles
21 World Cup Wins 
75 World Cup Podiums

And counting… 

Without a doubt, Greg Minnaar is the most dominant downhill racer in World Cup history. He’s also remarkably consistent and versatile -- a podium contender on any course, whether steep and technical or smooth and flowing. Simply put, Greg is fast everywhere. 

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When we approached Greg two years ago with the idea of creating a signature tire, he was eager to combine his three decades of racing experience with Maxxis’ unmatched engineering capabilities. Our engineers sent over drawings of some of Greg’s favorite tires: the Minion DHF, DHR II, Shorty, and High Roller. Greg then sketched out his ideal tread pattern, taking bits and pieces he liked from each. As he puts it:

“My idea was to design a tire 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 tire -- 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.”
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Such a potent tire deserves a potent name, which is why Greg chose to call his signature tread the Assegai. As a native South African, a name with ties to his home country seems fitting.

“I wanted something that sounded sharp and aggressive, and that’s how I ended up calling my tire the Assegai! The Assegai is a traditional Zulu warrior spear, the Zulu being the traditional tribe of KwaZulu Natal, the region of South Africa where I was born and raised.”
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The Maxxis Assegai is initially available only in a downhill-spec -- naturally. Other features of the Assegai include:

● 27.5 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

Pricing and Availability

● The Maxxis Assegai is available for order now (4/19) exclusively through QBP

● MSRP: $90 US 

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whatyouthink  - April 20, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

hold up, folding bead dh tire? i didnt think maxxis did that?


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