I've got some rides with it as a front tire i the wet now. For rocky, rooty, loamy trails I'm pleased with it. On one of our trails where the mud is quite sticky the Assegai did not shed the mud very well. There was quite a bit of mud left on the tire even after a 3 km gravel road ride back to the car. My buddy's Magic Mary was sheddig the mud easier. So, good tire as long as your mud is not too sticky.
Can't compare directly to the minions as I haven't had them in the MaxxGrip compound and DH casing. But at least I can say thet the grip of my Assegai (Dh casing Maxxgrip), is vastly better than the High Roller 2 (DD Maxxterra) I have as a rear tire.
Anyone have some experience with the assegais in the wet now? I’m considering running them as my front tire on my ripmo for the upcoming fall and winter. Riding pretty steep natural trails for the most part. Some rock slabs and quite a bit of loam, roots and mud.
Cool! What are the trails like where you do your riding? I'll probably try this at some point with mine as well, but I'm positively surprised by the 66 deg angle after having been on 65 deg bikes lately.
Expensive, but they seem nice. Its pretty easy to get a discount on poc stuff at some point every year though so that might make them stomachable. Was the protection on top of the knee sufficient after all? You didn't mention it after the initial comment :)
If you compare the Ripmo and the Slash I'd say that the Ripmo has a more "modern" geometry. The headangle is decent for an all around bike, reach is longer and ST angle is steeper. I havent tried the Slash much, but my guess would be that the Ripmo is the better quiverkiller bike of the two, with better pedaling characteristics.
A plus with the Ripmo is that the headangle can be modified with anglesets if you want to experiment with geo. Also the seat tube lengths are really nice and short, so you can run long travel droppers and/or upsize to a larger frame should you want that. I'd say you get a pretty progressive bike if you take a XL Ripmo (493 mm reach, 76 degrees ST angle, 470 mm ST length) and slacken it out to whatever headtubeangle you would like (I guess around -2 degrees is about as much as it can be modified).
Haha, thanks. I've just gotten a Ripmo as my personal bike and I'm liking it a lot so far! Geometry seems pretty sorted as is, but will definitely mess about with an angle set at some point just to see what happens. I guess it will become pretty similar to the Sentinel at some point depending on how much the angle is changed,
Lovely review! For the riders who might benefit from a 51 m offset, would it not be easier to install an angle set to get that extra confidence in the steeps instead of going through the trouble of getting a 51 mm offset fork? I love the fact that this is possible on Ibis frames.