Assegai

    Assegai

    • Trail
    • Enduro
    • Downhill

    Greg Minnaar’s signature tire – the Maxxis Assegai – provides tenacious, predictable grip across the entire profile no matter the lean angle. The Assegai can be used front and rear for a surefooted feel or as a front paired with a faster rolling rear tire.

    • Rubber:
      • Dual compound (best for dry, hard conditions)
      • 3C MaxxTerra (best for mixed conditions)
      • 3C MaxxGrip (best for soft, wet conditions)
    • Casings:
      • 60 TPI + EXO (general trail use)
      • EXO+ (heavy duty trail use)
      • DoubleDown (enduro use)
      • Downhill (DH race, bike park, gravity)
    • Wide Trail (WT) sizes are optimized for 30-35mm inner width rims
    • Tubeless Ready specs are denoted with a “TR” in the tables below
    • Bicycle technology explainer

    Category: Trail, Enduro, Downhill

    Recommended use: All trail, enduro, and downhill conditions

    Recommended installation: Front

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    Performance Ratings

    Rolling Speed

    Cornering Control

    Braking Traction

    Specs

    Part #
    Size
    ETRTO
    TPI
    Bead
    Weight (g)
    Compound
    Max PSI
    Tech
    Color
    Application
    27.5
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00017200
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,389
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3CG/DH/TR
    Black
    DOWNHILL
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00473100
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,389
    3C MAXX GRIP
    3CG/DH/TR/E50
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00163200
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,008
    3C MAXX TERRA
    50
    3CT/EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00163300
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,041
    DUAL
    50
    EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00172400
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,070
    3C MAXX TERRA
    60
    3CT/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00308200
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,139
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3CG/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.50WT
    TB00097500
    27.5X2.50WT
    63-584
    120
    FOLDABLE
    1,286
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3Cg/DD/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.60
    TB00195500
    27.5X2.60
    66-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,087
    DUAL
    40
    EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.60
    TB00202400
    27.5X2.60
    66-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,121
    3C MAXX TERRA
    40
    3CT/EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    27.5X2.60
    TB00202700
    27.5X2.60
    66-584
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,189
    3C MAXX TERRA
    40
    3CT/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29
    29X2.50WT
    TB00064500
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,480
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3CG/DH/TR
    Black
    DOWNHILL
    29X2.50WT
    TB00473000
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,480
    3C MAXX GRIP
    3CG/DH/TR/E50
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    TB00435500
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    WIRE
    1,567
    DUAL
    50
    BIKEPARK/DH/TR
    Black
    DOWNHILL
    29X2.50WT
    TB00308100
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,219
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3CG/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    TB00172500
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,136
    3C MAXX TERRA
    50
    3CT/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    TB00163100
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,117
    DUAL
    50
    EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    TB00163000
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,082
    3C MAXX TERRA
    50
    3CT/EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.50WT
    TB00097400
    29X2.50WT
    63-622
    120
    FOLDABLE
    1,370
    3C MAXX GRIP
    50
    3Cg/DD/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.60
    TB00202900
    29X2.60
    66-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,263
    3C MAXX TERRA
    40
    3CT/EXO+/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.60
    TB00203100
    29X2.60
    66-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,199
    3C MAXX TERRA
    40
    3CT/EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.60
    TB00195600
    29X2.60
    66-622
    60
    FOLDABLE
    1,163
    DUAL
    40
    EXO/TR
    Black
    MOUNTAIN
    29X2.60
    TB00235200
    29X2.60
    66-622
    120
    FOLDABLE
    1,419
    3C MAXX GRIP
    40
    3G/DD/TR
    Black
    DOWNHILL
    Available Technologies

    Available Technologies

    3C MaxxTerra

    Maxxis’ 3C MaxxTerra is an intermediate triple compound configuration used across our mountain tire line. The 3C MaxxTerra compound offers more traction than 3C MaxxSpeed, yet provides better treadwear and less rolling resistance than MaxxGrip, which makes it ideal for trail riding in all conditions.

    Diagram of Maxxis 3C MaxxTerra technology

    3C MaxxGrip

    Maxxis’ 3C MaxxGrip compound uses the stickiest, slowest rebounding rubber we offer in a mountain bike tire. This high traction compound is the same one used by our top World Cup Downhill and Enduro World Series athletes and is now available in a variety of casing configurations to cover all riders.

    • 3C MaxxGrip + EXO casing = Light duty trail riding in wet/slick conditions
    • 3C MaxxGrip + EXO+ casing = All-around trail riding in wet/slick conditions
    • 3C MaxxGrip + DoubleDown casing = Enduro racing and e-bikes
    • 3C MaxxGrip + Downhill casing = Downhill racing and long travel e-bikes
    Diagram of Maxxis' 3C MaxxGrip technology

    EXO

    EXO is a cut- and abrasion-resistant material added to the sidewalls of many Maxxis mountain bike and gravel tires. This densely woven fabric is lightweight and highly flexible, ensuring that the performance of the tire remains unaffected. Choose EXO Protection for enhanced durability for gravel, XC, and light-duty trail riding.

    EXO Cutaway for web

    EXO+

    EXO+ is Maxxis’ medium-duty puncture protection option suitable for all-around trail riding and light weight e-bikes. We begin with a durable 60 TPI casing, add in our legendary EXO puncture protection layer in the sidewalls, and top it off with a small butyl insert around the bead. The tough casing and EXO material ward off damage from rocks and roots, while the butyl insert protects the tire from pinch flats and helps prevent rim damage.

    EXO+ Cutaway for web

    Double Down (DD)

    DoubleDown (DD) is our casing solution for enduro racing and e-bike use. Two layers of our lightweight 120 TPI casing material are combined with a butyl sidewall insert to create a highly durable tire with more trail feedback than a Downhill casing tire. DoubleDown tires are marginally lighter than their Downhill counterparts, but it’s really the difference in “trail feel” that sets the two apart. Some riders may prefer the highly damped ride provided by a Downhill casing tire.

    DoubleDown Cutaway for web

    Downhill (DH)

    As the name implies, Maxxis’ Downhill casing tires are designed for extreme use in all gravity applications from downhill racing to bike park riding to free riding to long travel e-bikes. A Maxxis Downhill tire is made with two layers of our durable 60 TPI casing material along with a large butyl rubber insert that extends from each bead into the sidewall. The butyl insert helps prevent pinch flats, protects the rim from impacts, and provides additional sidewall stability.

    DH Cutaway for web

    Tubeless Ready

    Tubeless ready tires provide the rider with many benefits: the ability to run lower air pressures, which improves traction; lower rolling resistance when compared to a tube-type tire; and less chance of flatting because there is no tube. Tubeless ready tires are denoted by the letters “TR” on the sidewall.
    Tubeless ready tires must be mounted to tubeless compatible rims and require the use of a liquid sealant to maintain pressure. Liquid sealants have the added benefit of sealing small punctures. Be sure to check your sealant regularly and refresh as needed as it will dry out over time.
    Liquid sealants should only be used in the following types of tires: tubeless road, tubular, and tubeless ready. The use of liquid sealants in any other Maxxis tire will void the warranty.
    Tubeless Ready Maxxis Shorty bicycle tire.

    Wide Trail

    Wide Trail (WT) construction optimizes the tire’s tread layout and profile on today’s modern, wider rims. Historically, tires were designed around older, narrower rims which can create an overly square tire profile, leading to suboptimal performance. Our Wide Trail (2.40-2.50″ width) tires are optimized for a 35mm inner rim width but are proven to work over a range from 30-35mm inner rim widths, depending on the rider’s preference.

    Diagram of Maxxis' Wide Trail construction for trail, enduro, and downhill

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