Over the last several months we’ve run Assegai tires on everything from downhill bikes to enduro bikes and even on some of our favorite eMTBs. The first few rides on a fresh set of Assegai tires always yields the same response, “It’s like these tires are literally clawing the ground while you corner!” Enter a corner late, jackknife that front end, do whatever you want and you can feel these tires digging in. One of our favorite things to do is enter a corner and just manhandle the front end, turning the front wheel sideways and dipping it over.
Traction is most definitely the name of the game when it comes to the Assegai. Traction is a good thing when you want it, but it also tends to mean resistance when you don’t. No matter the casing or compound, the Assegai tires roll slow. If you are a downhiller looking for confidence and every bit of traction you can find in the park, then these are some incredibly impressive tires. If your downhill racing is flatter or requires some pedaling, you may want to opt for a tighter packed, or faster rear tire at the very least. If you’re an enduro racer or spend nights in the garage looking for ways to save time and get more efficient, this will not be your tire of choice.
Maxxis and Greg Minaar have done something special when it comes to creating a tire that finds traction. And we don’t mean normal traction, we mean earth churning, soil rousing traction that has you questioning how you just made that corner. Whether going up, down or sideways, this tire will offer a very composed, predictable and safe feel. Nothing is free however and the downside to having all that traction is paid for when it comes time to pedal or coast. The rolling speed of this tire is slow, like really slow, so if you’re looking for a race tire, it may not be the way to go unless conditions warrant it. For us, this will continue to be a tire we look forward to riding and carving into oblivion, especially when we’ve got a motor helping us out.
Price: Starting at $65
Weight: Starting at 1,005g
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