Assegai Tyre Test Results
If Greg Minnaar's involvement in this tyre isn't enough, look to the opinions of other pros.
Wide Open Mountain Bike
“Put an Assegai on the front of your bike and then ride all year, in any conditions, on any trails and it will grip for miles and give you maximum confidence. The end. They really are that good.
In pretty much every circumstance they have been predictable, confidence-inspiring and dependable. The Assegai would be my tyre of choice if I was building a bike and wanted a tyre to run all year in the UK.” – WideOpenMountainBike.com, September 2020
“No matter what conditions I rode the tires in, I felt a great amount of grip, control, and predictability. I would say the grip and predictability of the Assegai are what is most impressive. You can push this tire extremely hard in 90% of trail conditions while having the same breaking point every time.” – Worldwidecyclery.com, June 2019
Outdoor Gear Lab
“The Maxxis Assegai is our new Top Pick for Gravity Riders Award winner. This is not a tire for weight-conscious riders or those who earn all of their descents by pedalling; this is a downhill crushing machine. If you let gravity do the work and you’re looking for a tire with outstanding cornering capabilities and seemingly endless pedalling and braking traction, you’ll want to give the Assegai a try. Mount ’em front and rear on your long travel rig for an unbeatable combination for smashing downhill.” – Jeremy Benson, OutdoorGearLab.com, November 2018
“Somehow Maxxis have managed to pull out the best traits of their most popular tires to create something entirely different, yet very familiar at the same time. My initial impressions are all positive – this is an aggressive, grippy, and incredibly predictable tire” – Mike Kazimer, PinkBike.com, April 2018
Mountain Bike Rider
MBR.co.uk rated the Assegai a solid 9/10:
“From the first ride, the Assegai’s pure grip is unquestionable. There’s a less on/off and almost relaxed feel in turns compared to the iconic Minion DHR II, and the Assegai feels noticeably heavier and slower too – rolling everywhere a bit less sprightly in the same rubber blend.” – Mick Kirkman, MBR.co.uk, February 2019
“The profile is more rounded, with less of a gap between the centre and shoulder tread. This gives it a predictable feel when tipping the bike into a corner and carving through flat turns where it carries speed well and grips securely through greasy or loose conditions.” – Seb Scott, BikeRadar.com, March 2020