Jill rounding a dual slalom gate

Assegai Debuts at Sea Otter; Kintner Wins DH, Dual Slalom

With the introduction of a new tire that’s already heavily in demand, popular giveaways, and record attendance, Sea Otter was an unqualified success for Maxxis. Maxxis’ sponsored riders also did their part to make the festival a success for the company, with victories for Jill Kintner plus three additional podiums for other Maxxis-sponsored riders.

Greg Minnaar’s new signature downhill tire, the Assegai, is proving almost as popular as the rider himself. Named by Minnaar after a spear used by the Zulu tribe in his native South Africa, the Assegai combines the best of Maxxis’ downhill tires to provide unparalleled traction and confident handling on roots and rocks. (Check your local bike shop for availability.)

Interest was high among visitors to the Maxxis booth, who dropped by to get an Assegai-themed giveaway: a bottle opener shaped like a spear. Guests also picked up Maxxis-themed koozies, fenders, and stickers, and a crowd of nearly 100 gathered for the raffle of a set of Assegai tires, custom “Minngnarly” t-shirts by Atlanta artist Noosh Studios, and Backcountry Research Mutherload straps.

Kintner topped the Sea Otter podium twice, taking wins in both women’s dual slalom and women’s downhill. Norco/Red Bull/Shimano rider Kintner was joined on the dual slalom and downhill podiums by Anneke Beerten of Alchemy Factory Racing Team, who took second place in both events. Katerina Nash of the Clif Pro Team took second place in short track cross country, and Josh Carlson of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team earned third place in enduro.

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