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Trail Version of Greg Minnaar's Tire Reviewed

Maxxis Assegai DD & EXO+ Tire Review

Words AJ Barlas
Photos AJ Barlas
Date Sep 17, 2019

For much of 2018, I impatiently waited for Maxxis to release the more trail-friendly Assegai tires. Earlier this summer I finally got my hands on not only a set of Double Down Assegai's but also the new EXO+ version of the new tire. Needless to say, I’ve spent most of the summer riding Assegai tires – with a healthy dose of Minion DHF, Aggressor and DHRII tread as well.

Highlights:

  • Greg Minnaar’s signature tire
  • Available in Downhill, Double Down, EXO+ and EXO carcasses
  • Available in Maxx Grip, Maxx Terra, and Dual compounds
  • 2.5 WT for 30–35mm inner rim widths
  • Weight: DD Maxx Grip – 1,313g / EXO+ Maxx Terra – 1,110–1,141g
  • MSRP: 65–90 USD
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The Assegai is a meaty tread that offers meaty traction.

Details

Releasing the Assegai with only a DH carcass made sense, given the tire was designed by the winningest downhill racer of all time. Now you can get EXO, EXO+ and Double Down versions. Maxx Grip only is available in the DH and DD carcasses while the EXO and EXO+ options are available in Maxx Terra or Dual compound. I’d like to see a Maxx Grip version in the EXO+ casing though, for those who don’t need a burly casing like the DD up front but still want maximum traction. A Double Down in the longer wearing Maxx Terra would be good for rear tire use where the EXO+ casing isn't enough.

There is only 29 grams difference between the DD and the DH carcass, but the 120tpi casing has a more forgiving and comfortable ride in rough terrain. Compared with the classic DHF, the Assegai weighs an extra ~77 grams in the DD while the EXO+ of the DHF and Assegai weigh about the same. Tires with the same carcass, size and compound do vary from tire to tire, so consider the differences with room to wiggle.

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The long awaited Double Down Assegai. It's close to the weight of the DH version but more comfortable on the trail.

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And it's available in Maxx Grip. There's no Maxx Terra for anyone who wants a more sturdy, durable wearing compound as a rear.


The Assegai was developed with the G.O.A.T.; Greg Minnaar. Greg wanted his signature tire to perform in a broad range of conditions and terrain. It needed to fill the gap between a dry tire like the DHF and a wetter conditions tire like the Shorty. Side lug inspiration came from the original High Roller, with elements of the DHF, DHR II, and the Shorty also contributing. One night while on the road, Greg drew sketches and forwarded them over to the engineers at Maxxis. From there he let them work their magic.

An intermediate lug was added to the design to provide a more positive feeling when transitioning to the cornering lugs. Greg wanted to remove the moment of weightlessness in the transition in favour of gripping throughout. He left the design of the lug with the engineers at Maxxis, but Greg provided feedback for the rest. Looking at the Assegai, the influence of the DHF is clearly visible. Less visible is the influence of the cornering lugs from the original High Roller. This is mostly thanks to the updated siping and adjustments made to provide support with the taller lugs. All of the lugs on the Assegai are taller than those of the Minions or the High Roller II. The engineers at Maxxis needed to update the corner lugs to keep the profile of the tire in check.

Maxxis Assegai Tire Sketch

Greg Minnaar's early sketch of the Assegai. The influence of the DHF, DHR II, and Shorty are pretty clear and the note for the High Roller side lug shows his preference there.

The EXO+ casing fills the gap between EXO and Double Down. Most racers will still be better to reach for a Double Down or DH tire, but many trail users will benefit from the new EXO+ tire. In fact I won't be surprised if many 2020 trail bikes come spec'd with EXO+.

EXO+ tires still feature the EXO protection in each sidewall of the tire but have an additional layer of what Maxxis calls Silk Shield. This layer sits deeper in the construction layers of the tire than EXO and wraps the entire way around the tire, providing an additional protection layer at the sidewalls and throughout the tread.

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Deadly…

Riding the Assegai Double Down and EXO+

Coming from the DHF and DHR II EXO setup I'd used through the winter, I started off on the EXO+ casing to minimize the change. The EXO+ offers a subtle increase in support, remaining comfortable while providing more protection. Jumping up to the Double Down, there’s less feel through the tire and the stiffer carcass transfers more feedback to the rider. As you might expect, moving to a DH tire takes this change a step further. With the EXO+ now in the lineup, Maxxis has a great, incremental change in feel throughout the range. Changing compounds affects the feel as well, and the slower rebound of the Maxx Grip tires further dampens trail feedback.

I reckon the EXO+ casing is ideal for heaps of trail riders in the PNW, or anywhere trails are rich with root and rock. It also offers better support on bermed trails, so riders who enjoy stuffing the back wheel into corners and pushing it hard may prefer the EXO+. For really aggressive riders, the Double Down is still the way to go. The level of protection it offers wheels and the added support can’t be achieved with the EXO+. They’re different horses for different courses.

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A rear Maxx Grip Assegai after eight rides in dry, abrasive conditions. In the winter, I'd happily run the grippy fella out back too…

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But I'd like more out of my summer tires. The shorter life rubber is a trade-off we have to accept if we want all the traction.

Compound may be a deciding factor for riders who deal with wet roots and rock but moving to Maxx Grip means hoofing the heavier Double Down or DH tire about. Besides the obvious difference of the Maxx Grip being slower rolling, having a shorter lifespan and more traction, I found another difference. The firmer Maxx Terra compound combined with the taller lugs tended to get unpredictable on really rooty or rocky sections of trail regardless of whether it was dry or wet. This caused a few near misses but on another occasion, it bit me. Without warning, I lost control of the front wheel while barreling across a series of rock steps that narrowed between trees. It sent me into one of the trees, which proceeded to shoulder check me back to the rocks that continued down the trail. Trees can be jerks. When I've had that random experience before I got lucky and saved it, or had more room to get away with it.

I’ve never experienced the same unpredictability in these same sections of trail on the DHF or DHR II Maxx Terra tires. Heading back in on the Assegai DD with Maxx Grip also presented no issues. Initially, I thought perhaps the EXO+ carcass was bouncing around, making it unstable, but after spending time on DHF and DHR II tires with the same Maxx Terra compound and EXO+ casing, I don’t believe this is the case. It seems the taller lugs with the firmer compounds squirm on hard surfaces like rock and root beds.

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The Maxx Terra Assegai doesn't get on well with very rocky terrain or big root clusters and I repeatedly found myself in trouble with the tires.

In conditions where roots and rock were less prevalent, the Maxx Terra Assegai performed as I would expect and was predictable. Cornering in these situations was great with the tires rarely breaking loose. The side lugs combined with the transitional intermediate lugs give a great permagrip feel, where the Minions and others with a larger channel tend to take a moment before engaging the side lugs.

As I found with my first impressions of the Assegai, the level of stability is excellent. They grip so well in corners that it’s hard to break them loose and in the rear, it can be a bit much. Braking traction is also excellent and when dropping anchor, the Assegais bite in tenaciously while remaining composed and steady. A downside to the tire is the rolling speed; there’s heaps of rubber and especially in the case of the Maxx Grip, that makes them slow. Switching the rear to either a DHF or DHR II has been a good mix and in super dry conditions I’ve had good experiences with the Aggressor. Troy Brosnan’s new Dissector tire could be the perfect fit too, but I need more time on that before making that claim.

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Those corner lugs combined with the small intermediate lug make for an incredibly predictable and positive feeling tire.

Comparing Rubber

When considering tires several good options are available now. I find the Assegai similar in use and grip to the Schwalbe Magic Mary. They both serve a wide range of riding conditions and offer heaps of grip. The Magic Mary has never felt great in loose over hard conditions and for me, the Assegai takes the win here. In the wet, the Assegai doesn’t shed mud as well as the wider-spaced square blocks of the MM, and while the Maxx Grip compound provides plenty of grip in these situations, some will want a clearer tread. When the dirt has more clay content the MM may be the better option or even a Shorty.

The WTB Vigilante has a similar feel to the Assegai, thanks to its redesign shifting the intermediate lugs of the tire. It’s a great tire but I’ve found the Maxx Grip Assegai provides more grip in the wet. Placement and possibly the smaller size of the intermediate lugs make it feel more positive in the dry too. The Vigilante falls between the Minion DHF and the Assegai in terms of cornering feel and the Assegai is better under heavy braking. It’s a great tire too but if front wheel traction is priority number one, I’d sling a Maxx Grip Assegai on. I'm about to start testing the Verdict and Verdict Wet tires from WTB and will offer a similar comparison.

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There's less space between the lugs of the Assegai but Maxxis have done a great job to make sure it still grips and doesn't dance around.

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WTB's Vigilante is a great tire with similar ride qualities but it doesn't have the same stopping power and compared to the Maxx Grip, isn't as sticky.


Concerning the previous version e*thirteen tires, I’ve found the Assegai can handle more aggressive cornering before breaking loose. The e*thirteen also features a large channel between the center and side lugs which created a noticeable moment of float before properly weighting the side lugs. Their height meant that they came into play earlier, but for aggressive riders, it also meant they broke out earlier. I haven’t spent any time with the new e*thirteen but if a suitable rear tire casing and compound is available, they could match well with an Assegai Maxx Grip out front.

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Maxxis has done it again, with the help of the best DH racer of all time.

Verdict

The Maxxis Assegai is my new favourite multi-use front tire. There, I said it. I'll happily run the Double Down Maxx Grip on my front wheel for the foreseeable future. If I were to run a Maxx Terra compound, I’d lean toward the classic DHF over the Assegai. In the dry I had no issues with the DHF MT, it rolls well, grips well, and is predictable. The Assegai MT isn’t so predictable thanks to the taller lugs but the softer MG doesn’t suffer this problem.

I want the most grip possible from my front tire and the Assegai MG delivers. That extra grip means a slower rolling speed but it’s a trade-off I’ll happily take. Using the Assegai as a rear tire provides heaps of braking traction and cornering grip but it's slow. In the rear, I happily trade some traction in favour of greater rolling and durability. For that reason, I’ll stick with either the DHF or DHR II, or Aggressor in the dead of summer.

More info on the Assegai is available on the Maxxis website.

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Comments

luisgutierod
+2 grambo AJ Barlas
luisgutierod  - Sept. 16, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Yeah, I think there should be a MT DD versión.. However, maxxis is telling us to put another tire unless you are riding val di solé... The same for aggressor, there should be a MT DD.. Its a good profile in 2,5 but you touch you brake in wet rocks and root and you go 180 in a heartbeat...

When are you reviewing the Wild Enduros? I could not handle magix version, talking about treacherous rubber compounds...

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D_C_
+4 grambo Ron Chang JVP Metacomet
DMVancouver  - Sept. 16, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Maxx Grip in EXO+ would be awesome. The 1300 g DD I’ve been lugging around on my trail bike is exhausting, but I’m spoiled with the grip and don’t think I can go back to anything else.

Thanks for the great review and interesting perspective on the drawbacks of the harder rubber.

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AJ_Barlas
+3 grambo Metacomet Shinook
AJ Barlas  - Sept. 17, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Thanks man. Yeah, fingers crossed for an EXO plus MG in future. It could be the real workhorse front tire for many riders.

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cooperquinn
+3 grambo werewolflotion AJ Barlas
Cooper Quinn  - Sept. 17, 2019, 8:23 a.m.

Agreed. MG DD is a bit of an anchor. Its a penalty I'll pay in the winter when its wet, but hard to justify in the summer.

This is NOT a fast rolling tire. If you're rolling down pavement, you can hear it turning energy into noise.

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JVP
+2 Cam McRae IslandLife
JVP  - Sept. 17, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

This. DD is too much if you like longer rides and you're a mere mortal.

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Shinook
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Shinook  - Sept. 17, 2019, 6:18 a.m.

I haven't had a chance to try the DD MaxxGrip version of the Assegai, but I did have a EXO+ MaxxTerra version for a while that I did not get along with at all. It felt a lot more unpredictable than the Vigilante I was on previously did, especially on surfaces like you mentioned and especially in corners. I had a few close calls with it, not just on wet roots and rocks, but on loose surfaces. The only time it felt better was on hardpacked surfaces, where it seemed like the knobs didn't fold as bad as the Vigilante. I'm glad that wasn't just me that had issues with it, though.

I'll have to give the DD MG version a shot at some point, glad to hear that one is better. I like the WTB tires, but I've kindof fallen out of favor with the Trail Boss in favor of the Aggressor 2.5WT and I prefer to run the same brand front/rear. It's also real easy to find Maxxis tires around here, but getting WTB options is impossible locally.

Have you tried the Wild Enduro Gum-X3D? I have one sitting downstairs I haven't tried yet and am curious how it compares.

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AJ_Barlas
+1 Shinook
AJ Barlas  - Sept. 17, 2019, 7:45 a.m.

It certainly sounds like our experiences with the MT is similar and that we’re not alone, Shinook. Give the MG a spin, it’s night and day different and there’s heaps of grip available in all conditions with that one. 

Haven’t tried the Michi yet but I’ve been keen to and have been mentioning trying them since my WTB tire review last year. It really is time I chased those down.

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Timmigrant
+9 Tjaard Breeuwer grambo Jerry Willows Kenny IslandLife AJ Barlas DMVancouver Timer Shinook
Tim Coleman  - Sept. 17, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

I wish Maxxis would improve their compound and casing options. They seem to make all the grippy tires in the tougher casings only, and the harder tires in the lighter casings. This makes no sense as most folks want a grippy front in a lighter casing since it wears slower and takes less abuse. Then for the rear tire a harder compound in a tougher casing. The DHR2 in Double Down MaxxTerra would be the perfect rear tire for me.

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Shinook
+1 IslandLife
Shinook  - Sept. 17, 2019, 11 a.m.

I agree, I don't really want to run a DD in the front, I'd much rather have an EXO+ in MG up front but that isn't available. 

I wonder if it has something to do with the construction process and, for some reason, the softer compounds can't adhere to lighter casings properly?

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luisgutierod
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer PeterO David Fournier
luisgutierod  - Sept. 17, 2019, 11:38 a.m.

DHF EXO MG exists...

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D_C_
+2 David Fournier AJ Barlas
DMVancouver  - Sept. 17, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

It does in 27.5 but not in 29.

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Tadpoledancer
+2 Magnus Nilsson luisgutierod
Tadpoledancer  - Sept. 17, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

I have a 29” DHF EXO MG on my bike. It exists. Not exo+ though as far as I know.

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Magnil
+1 DMVancouver
Magnus Nilsson  - Sept. 18, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

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Timer
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer
Timer  - Sept. 17, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

It's not just maxxis, schwalbe is guilty of the same tactic. Can't get super soft rubber in a lighter casing and there is no fast rolling Speedgrip tire in a super gravity casing.

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Kenny
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Kenny  - Sept. 17, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

So true. My new bike came with these exo+ maxxterra assegais. 

I debated between selling them as new takeoffs or slapping them on my hardtail. The sad thing is if they were maxxgrip they'd be a sick hardtail winter tire. I struggle to determine what the intended use case is here. 

Drier climates, I guess...

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schyawn
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schyawn  - Sept. 17, 2019, 1:49 p.m.

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grambo
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grambo  - Sept. 18, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Maxxis' website is confusing, but I am running a 27.5x2.4WT DHR II DD MaxxTerra in the rear right now and it's awesome. When I look at the website I see a 2.4WT DD "Triple Compound" but it doesn't spell out MaxxTerra. I think I ordered it from either TBS Bike Parts or one of the German sites.

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andrewbikeguide
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AndrewR  - Sept. 21, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

I disagree with the harder rear tyre compound theory/ advice. I dislike (intensely) a back tyre that does not grip to the same level as the front tyre I just successfully rode across something. 

I fail to understand why a so called $10 saving or an extra 5-10 days wear would be worth the additional risk of losing the rear tyre and potentially crashing. 

Continental Black Chilli Apex Protection works for me in its various tread patterns for carcass strength, feel, side wall slash resistance and overall the longest lasting, fastest rolling stickiest compound I have found.

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ron-chang
+1 Timer
Ron Chang  - Sept. 17, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Thanks for the informative and great review, AJ.  When comparing the MM and assegai, were you comparing MG to addix ultrasoft?  And do you think addix soft is any better than MT?  Thanks.

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AJ_Barlas
+1 Ron Chang
AJ Barlas  - Sept. 23, 2019, 8:46 a.m.

Hey Ron. I was pitting MG to the US MM. The MM Soft is still softer in my experience than the MT of Maxxis, but it's been a while since riding the soft MM.

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IslandLife
+2 Tjaard Breeuwer Cam McRae
IslandLife  - Sept. 17, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

This is a great review... everyone I come across on the trails or at races that has an AssGuy, and I ask for their opinion always says the same thing ("most grip I've ever had man, wayyy better than a DHF everywhere!")... really??  So it's nice to see a balanced review.

I'm also one who doesn't need DD or DH on the front, get along pretty well with EXO but would love an EXO+ in MG.  Looks like I'll stick with the DHF... which honestly in the 2.5 WideTrail MT is pretty great, but would love to see it in a MG.

Also, sounds like they should just take the knob height down a touch and/or add a few transition knobs to the DHF = perfect tire??

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Magnil
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Magnus Nilsson  - Sept. 18, 2019, 7:16 a.m.

29x2,5 DHF EXO MG is available. Only two rides yet but seems good!

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danielshiels
+1 AJ Barlas
danielshiels  - Sept. 17, 2019, 1:07 p.m.

I'd given up on any casing lower than dd but am interested to try the + but no maxx grip is a let down. I've had similar experience with the shorty dd 2.5 maxx grip, you'd think it'd fold and squirm but the softer compound means it's not really the case so that up front for 9 months and the maxx grip dhf dd for the 3 dry months in the UK. Went to the 2.5  maxx terra dd High roller in the rear when it came out last year having always liked the 2.3 in the past on narrower rims and will run it all 12 months on the rear. It works so well I'm not sure I'd give it up.

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Jenkins5
+1 Cam McRae
Jenkins5  - Sept. 17, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

Tried these and found them grippy for sure, but super slow rolling....The new E13 TRSr in Mopo compound has been a nice balance between awesome grip (super good on wet rock and roots) and not so bad rolling resistance. For me the Assegai would be a good front tire only, but lack of Maxx Grip in a lighter casing is a deal breaker. Maxxis Double Down is also considerably heavier than the E13 LG1 EN tire (which is also dual ply)....

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JBV
-2 Ron Chang IslandLife
James Vasilyev  - Sept. 17, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

personally i think there's a lot of princesses in here in regards to MT vs MG compound issues. MT is a bloody grippy compound, plenty soft and sticky for most riders, on most terrain, in most weather, most the time. i see very little demand amongst the cognoscenti for maxxx grippp, let alone in a tire like the Ass guy.  it's a near perfect front tire, just as the M Mary is, compound be damned.

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luisgutierod
+3 JVP IslandLife Jenkins5
luisgutierod  - Sept. 18, 2019, 1:29 a.m.

There are couple conditions which really makes you justify maxxgrip.. Some people get away with MT as you say, you are right... But If you havent washed out your front tire on wet roots and slammed your head hard blaming it on both your lack of technique and not best tire compound its difficult to understand. Lots of weekend warriors want the most grippy best rolling and lightest possible tire for a reason...

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JBV
-4 Vik Banerjee Jenkins5 Ron Chang JVP
James Vasilyev  - Sept. 18, 2019, 10:01 a.m.

no compound finds grip on wet roots.

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JVP
+1 Ron Chang
JVP  - Sept. 18, 2019, 10:56 a.m.

Oh there's a difference. For the same price and no downside, why wouldn't we want the stickiest front tire?

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AJ_Barlas
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AJ Barlas  - Sept. 23, 2019, 8:51 a.m.

Totally. If MT was as grippy there wouldn't be a need for MG. There are also a heck of a lot of pro riders who run MG front and rear for the most grip possible.

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WalrusRider
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WalrusRider  - Sept. 21, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

While wet roots are probably the worst thing to ride on, some tires handle them much better than others. I've never used the Assegai but DHR2 in MaxGrip are pretty decent on roots. Continental Barons in Black Chili are the best tires I've ever used in wet and nasty conditions. They find grip on wet roots better than anything.

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useport80
+1 Tjaard Breeuwer
useport80  - Sept. 18, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

i went with the assegai because it had transition knobs and i thought it was going to be awesome, but my first 5 rides have been quite meh. feeling sketchy and what not. on yesterdays ride, i washed out my front wheel really bad 3 different times on a local trail that i ride 2-3 times a week. it is loose and dry right now, but still, im surprised im not getting along well with the tire. i really wanted to like it. 

i came from a 27.5 2.5 dhf exo maxxgrip and now on an 2.5 assegai exo maxxterra. 

all last night i beat myself up about "it's probably me and i messed up body position in those corners, how can i fix my body position? why am i not weighting the front tire enough? whats wrong with me?"

but after reading your review, maybe it's not me. 

i didn't expect maxxgrip versus maxxterra to be THAT huge of a difference.

i hope there's an assegai exo maxxgrip version coming soon

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AJ_Barlas
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AJ Barlas  - Sept. 23, 2019, 8:56 a.m.

Our experiences sound very similar, userport80. The MT in a DHF is great in the summer but with the taller lugs of the Assegai, it gets a bit squirmy on rock and root. The MG is sick though if you can handle the DD casing's extra weight. I'm currently happy with the DD. It had been a while since running a casing like this – a year or two – but it's really good and the protection is nice (I've still rimmed it a few times).

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useport80
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useport80  - Sept. 24, 2019, 7:35 a.m.

im quite relieved im not the only person that ran into this issue. it started making me wonder if my riding got worse, or if my body position and weight distribution was off. i might go back to a 2.5 dhf mg.

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mammal
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Mammal  - Sept. 18, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Does anyone have much experience with the Assegai in a sticky mud setting? I was doing some Cypress DH laps with two friends who both ran Assegai front/back, while I was riding DHF. Weather was great, but conditions from the heavy rain two days prior, made thinks pretty gloopy (those guys maintain the trails we rode, so no bad juju here). 

Anyway, on all three runs, those guys' tires were packing up and stayed packed to the bottom, with them slipping through every corner like they were on a luge track. My DHF's were flinging mud constantly, and my tread stayed clear. I'm interested if anyone has had similar experiences with Assegai... I'd love to give em a try, because an all-weather champion of a tire is something I'm willing to invest in for the DH rig, but not if there's a huge caveat for sticky mud conditions. That could ruin a whole day of lift runs.

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Timmigrant
+2 AJ Barlas Mammal
Tim Coleman  - Sept. 19, 2019, 8:10 a.m.

The Assegai has less void area, and more prone to clogging with mud. I've experienced this as well. 

My favourite all round, all condition front tire is still the Magic Mary Super Gravity Ultra Soft. That said I still chose to race the Assegai on the DH bike this summer. The Assegai is great in dryer conditions, or in the wet so long as there isn't too much mud.

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VertigoCycles
+1 Jenkins5
VertigoCycles  - Sept. 18, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

I'm glad to get an affirmation of my thoughts on the MaxxTerra Assegai.  My first ride on them was after a rain and I went down in a burm thinking that maybe it was just all the embedded rubber from a month of dry weather.  Then it happened again.  I was in CA for two weeks after that riding around Santa Cruz where it was dry and dusty and the tires were great.  Back home in OR in the rain it was evident how completely sketchy they are on wet hardpack, roots and rocks.  After hitting the ground again, I swapped to a DHF in Maxx Grip in the front and handling was instantly better.  It's been raining for a few weeks now and on a ride last Friday I determined that the Assegai in MaxxTerra isn't even suitable on the rear during the rainy season...they skitter all over rocks and don't hold their edge in corners.

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grambo
+1 AJ Barlas
grambo  - Sept. 18, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Great review. When my 2.5WT DHF DD MaxxGrip up front is ready to die I'll probably try an Assegai DD MaxxGrip... and keep the DHR II DD MaxxTerra in the rear. Dissector rear would be interesting in the summer as well.

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LoamtoHome
+2 Tim Coleman Cam McRae
Jerry Willows  - Sept. 18, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

I love the DHR II but they wear out so quickly....  big fan of the Michelin Wild Enduro's in the rear (use the front), especially at about half the cost of Maxxis.

Another vote for Assguy Exo+ MG !

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awesterner
+4 Tjaard Breeuwer rybrentd James Vasilyev Cam McRae
awesterner  - Sept. 18, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

I've been rocking a Assguy EXO MT on the front all year.  Maybe I'm in a minority here ,but I'm quite happy with the traction.  For me it's more predictable then the DHF that I use to always run.  PNW, TransBC, wet, dry, Interior, Rockies, Coast. Pretty dam decent all around.  Sure I'd prefer a Max Grip version that wasn't DD, but overall, great in my books!

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rybrentd
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rybrentd  - Sept. 20, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

I'm on the east coast (NC/SC) but I have been rocking the exo+ MT all summer up front as well vs. the normal DHF exo MT (both in 2.5) and had a similar experience. I did slice the 1st one all the way through the sidewall and had to bin it but that was a freak occurrence. It's been dry all summer but the first thing I noticed was a massive increase in front braking traction especially on steep chutes. In wet hard pack clay the DHF just doesn't have the braking traction. To me it's a speed vs grip/braking traction tradeoff. I haven't tried any maxx grip tires yet but I may this coming fall/winter. Cheers!

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ehfour
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ehfour  - Sept. 19, 2019, 8:31 a.m.

Such a timely review! thanks for posting this

I, like most of the others on the forum are sadden by rubber compound choices, having said that......Im now nowhere nearer to getting a winter setup :)

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