Interview: Greg Minnaar Talks Tires, Career, & Pinkbike Comments

May 14, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  



Greg Minnaar has been riding and racing World Cup DH longer than many people have been riding bikes. With the three World Championships, three World Cup Series Overall championships, and 75 World Cup DH podiums over the course of his career, the 37 year old from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, is one of the winningest racers of all time. A member of the revered Santa Cruz Syndicate team, Greg's experience and attention to detail is a valuable resource for product engineers in the development and testing process of new products, whether it's a new bike or, a signature tire.

I recently caught up with Greg in Santa Cruz, CA, to get some background on the design process for his new tire, the Maxxis Assegai, along with some additional insight into how he went about making a career out of riding bikes, and advice he has for the youngsters.




Tell us a little about the tire...when did you start designing it? How involved were you with the process and what was the inspiration for it?


We started working on it in October of 2016 in Finale Ligure at the EWS race. It only took a few hours for me to convince the guys at Maxxis. I was pretty involved; the entire process was fairly simple, we didn't trace another tire, just combined current designs. The concept for the side knobs came from the High Roller, one of my favorite tires, that was the idea behind it. There are also traces of the Minion and DHR.

I brought the lugs up a little bit to get a good spread of rubber and work well in all conditions. The center knobs are existing Maxxis knobs, just a little bit taller. There's enough meat on the tires to give good traction in muddy bits, wet rocks, roots, handle well in corners and go back into the dry and dust. It's designed to be slow and gradual when turning. When you're racing and riding you don't really want the tire to break traction and then grab again. It's designed to hold traction throughout turning and give traction without slipping.
Minnaar drawing of the Assegai
One of Greg's preliminary drawings of the Assegai.

How many prototypes did you go through before arriving at the final process?


We didn't really go through many. There was a lot of discussion, but we came up with what we wanted and it was this. I didn't want to create all of these molds and then change it. This was the first one, they (Maxxis) came up with this and I told them, "This is great, let's go with this."


Is there one place in particular you had in mind when you were thinking it would work best?


For me, it was when you're riding a dusty trail and then you go into the forest and it's slimy, hard pack dirt, I'll just freak out. So I thought that's one of the places that I would like the tire to work best. If you can grip on that then you have a good shape to the tire and then when you get into rocks and roots, you'll be more consistent. It all came from that. I wanted it to be more aggressive like a mud tire, but a mud tire struggles in the hard pack. If you have the spread of rubber to cater for the hard pack, that's where the mud tire really sucks...it sucks because of its big spacing. If you have the spread of rubber right, you can run a taller knob because it's going to grip regardless, so we made the knobs a bit taller.


Photo Forrest Arakawa
Photo by Forrest Arakawa

Did you design the Assegai as more of a front or a back tire?


I didn't really specifically design it as a front or rear tire. I made it as a tire that I could put on at a track like Mont Sainte Anne and it just work well in the rocks and roots there. As a rear tire, the braking is really good and there's a lot of traction all around.

Why did you call it the Assegai? Being it's a signature tire, why not have your name on it?


I'm not really someone that wants or needs my name on the side of a tire. We went through quite a few names for the tire. We wanted something that was South African, something that related to the tire. This Zulu spear was probably the most fitting.

So for obvious reasons, did you take into account the comments section on Pinkbike?


(Laughing) I figured that Pinkbike may not like it, from the comments, yeah...I think it's great. It just seems like those guys are obsessed with guys' asses. Haha, no, I think it's really funny. I don't take any offense to it. It's good fun. I do enjoy the comments though.


Photo Duncan Philpott
Photo by Duncan Philpott


27.5" vs 29" - Is wheel size driving course design, course design driving wheel size, or is that all irrelevant?


Development of bikes and the size of riders is driving 29" wheels. I don't think it's dependent on courses.

How much of your own money would you pay to guarantee you wouldn't break a wheel or flat during a race run?


(Laughing) Oh, I don't know...Hmm, I figure at least 100k, it's worth at least that.

You've had a long and successful career. For those coming up and trying to make a career out of it, what advice or words of wisdom would you give?


I just really enjoy bicycles generally. If you're going to ride, ride BMX, ride downhill, ride it all, it doesn't matter. I take a break from downhill every bit then I get excited every season to race. Just enjoy it, just keep going at it.

How do you balance risk and reward? Have you changed your riding as you've gotten older?


I have gotten older, I am old. I haven't changed anything. I see this line and want to hit it up...just send it. I still like to risk it. I walk the track, check it out, hit it all on the first run. It's a balance though...I think I have the balance figured out.


Photo Forrest Arakawa
Photo by Forrest Arakawa



152 Comments

  • + 151
 Don't you dare judge my ass obsession Greg!
  • + 43
 Seriously, don't take away the one thing we're great at
  • + 44
 But there is one major point he misunderstood. Just because I'm an Assegai don't confuse me for someone who likes "guys' asses".
  • + 58
 Continental Der Arschloch, Kenda Small Cock Eight, Schwalbe Butt Buster...
  • + 13
 @WAKIdesigns: Onza a$$'quila
  • + 8
 I guess Ass-Guy means something different in South Africa.
  • - 9
flag enrico650 (May 14, 2018 at 13:54) (Below Threshold)
 Looks like this interview is more like Damage control on the tire name Debacle.
  • + 19
 If it's good enough for Cosmo Kramer, then it's good enough for me
  • + 13
 Asses for the masses, tits are for kids!
  • + 3
 Assguy=spear.....I mean....."Spear" ..ehem
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: and how could you overlook the CST Rock Hawk!?
  • + 3
 @scary1: you mean like Wrigley’s Spermmint? Once you hear it you cannot unchew it
  • + 2
 @scary1: Come on guys, who doesnt like to "Spear" a good ass while making tribal grunting sounds?

I'll show myself out.
  • + 1
 Assegai in the back, as in a spear in your rear? I'll get my coat..
  • + 2
 He really is the 40 year old virgin.
  • + 1
 @Waldon83: He stopped short! That's my move!
  • + 3
 @Waldon83: "Hey Ass Man!"
  • + 1
 Back that thang up,,, it's actually good cross training. I take it very serious you got bunns Hun butt the workout is purley for riding benefits!
  • + 1
 Man, this guy's assumptions... I do not have an obsession!
  • + 1
 @number44: I believe the correct term is "obsassion"
  • + 82
 GOAT get's thrown around a lot, but Minnaar has to be one of those riders who has it all. Great results, big time wins, and a great personality. The guy is pure class, and incredibly focused. He brings an F1 mentality to mtb just like Gwin and other greats. Good stuff GM!
  • - 101
flag RedRedRe (May 14, 2018 at 12:26) (Below Threshold)
 Goat got called goat when he won 1 race more that peat. This year gwin will possibly pass minnaar. I see a lot of kids getting confused... whos the goat now? F1 mentality to mtb? Plz
  • + 22
 @RedRedRe: cough cough 75 podiums
  • + 1
 How?
  • + 3
 @RedRedRe: why so bitter? chillax.
  • + 10
 "I see a lot of kids getting confused"
Yeah, I'm the same. My little boy crying himself to sleep not sure who the GOAT is.... walking past schools and there are full blown mini person fist fights amongst yells of "Minnar!" And, "NO... GWIN!"... Long queues out of councillors full of children with confused looks....
  • + 9
 I hate the term GOAT. No one is the greatest ever...but many were at the top of their game for an extended period...and very few for such an extended period. You cannot compare Greg and Gwinn - they are both great and should both be respected equally. What makes greg great for me is not the number of wins or his 3 Worlds titles...its the fact that he has been on the podium consistently his entire career which has spanned competing against Vouilloz, Sam Hill, Peaty and Gwinn..all at their prime
  • + 3
 GOAT huh?? Read much? American professional cyclist who competed in multiple disciplines in road racing and mountain biking during a successful career that spanned twenty years. He is regarded as a mountain biking icon and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991. He is a true all-rounder, having won major national and international titles in four disciplines.
John Tomac...
  • + 82
 But if you ever put your name on a tire, Maxxis Mingnarlys would be something I would put on my bike.
  • + 6
 Seconded. Assegai is pretty sweet though
  • - 133
flag funkzander (May 14, 2018 at 12:38) (Below Threshold)
 why dont call it THE APARTHEID if they wanted to keep a south african theme
  • + 23
 @funkzander: Stupid comment is stupid.
  • + 122
 @funkzander: And what do you suggest we name a german tire? Certainly nothing negative in your country's history...
  • + 17
 @funkzander: Says the guy from where? (no offense to normal people meant, we all have history good and bad)
  • + 22
 @funkzander: comes from a German. Gold Smile

Lighten up fiatpolski
  • + 46
 @slo-town-cyclist: Continental Final Solutions. You'll never need another tire again.
  • + 4
 @funkzander: Wow - you win the comment DH: 'Race to the Bottom', so I guess you got that part right.
  • + 21
 Oh Jesus, Americans moralizing again, what the fk do you know about Apartheid?! I see that slavery& racism guilt is strong in collective consciousness of your country. Dude made a stupid joke... lighten the fk up... this is a bike site, not FB Guild of Social Justice. Get some Rectal Randall love
  • - 27
flag krumpdancer101 (May 14, 2018 at 14:41) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: there should be some guilt when talking about slavery and racism. I don’t know how you even can justify yourself when Sweden is known for pushing the racism problems under the table and saying that it’s really not a problem when it’s coming to the light more and more every year. All you have to do is google swedens race problems and you can find bunches of info. You all won’t even create a law to protect racism because if you did then that would mean there is RACISM in your country.
  • + 22
 @krumpdancer101: I’m originally Polish (lived 24 years 1h drive from Auschwitz) you virtue signaling bum presenting yourself as a vanguard of the opressed, not buying that sorry. It’s internet, you have nothing to lose, sorry not a tiniest point for heroism for you. You may as well defend the right to live for Falkland oysters. And racism in Sweden, Bejesus... you are talking way out of your arse, do yourself a favor and deal with your own problems before you take on the world. Here’s a word for you Hitler! Have a nice offended day,
  • - 55
flag krumpdancer101 (May 14, 2018 at 15:23) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: That’s fine I understand if you want to hide your country’s problems. Kind of funny now that your countries been called out you switched it up to being from another country and then want to throw in how you were close to a concentration camp like I’m supposed to feel sorry for you. I think you need to stop trying to act like you’re intelligent and maybe learn the correct use and definition for some of the words that you used. Anytime you’d like to learn English as an American I’ll be more than happy to teach you. Or than maybe you’ll tell me how our language came from slavery and how we don’t want except that LOL. It must hurt you to stop and think how America has been through so many tragedies but yet we always come out on top. Can’t say the same for you. Keep being a bunch of socialist because it keeps showing the rest of the world why it doesn’t work. Wait let me guess you’re not one of those either.
  • + 26
 @krumpdancer101: hahaha the ignorance is strong with this one. As a frequent traveller to both the USA and Sweden, there is A LOT that the US could learn from Sweden. Sweden has one of the highest qualities of life in world for a reason. But i'm guessing you've never travelled anywhere close to there.
  • + 24
 @krumpdancer101: I wouldn't be lecturing people about correct English with a post like that.
  • + 7
 @krumpdancer101: Do you find krumping helps you be looser on the bike?
  • + 17
 wow i’m so stupid. i thought there was no way this comment section would turn ugly.
  • - 20
flag krumpdancer101 (May 14, 2018 at 16:06) (Below Threshold)
 Keep cheerleading
  • + 10
 @WAKIdesigns: "You may as well defend the right to live for Falkland oysters". This bit of idiocy had tears of laughter from me. That was a solid bit there, WAKI. Thanks for always being yourself, internet points be damned Smile
  • + 7
 Or G.O.A.T., Greatest of all tires.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: in America, most haven’t learned that humor is an appropriate coping mechanism, it isn’t worth your breath. Dry humor isn’t much of a thing here.
  • + 4
 @funkzander: LAME. Coming from a German that's rich.
  • + 7
 @SonofBovril: that's why I thought it's funny, if it was any other nation, it would be lame to say it. Come on, you must admit, there's value in someone serving himself on the table. We had a German dude in the office who used to live in South Africa. I was barely keeping it together as he was telling the story: we had a big nice house down there but we had to move back to Germany after Mandela came to power (is that right? wonder why). Then we tried to go back but people that used to help us with cleaning now lived in the house (really? khyhy pfffpkhm...) so we bought a part of it back but they made us feel unwelcome anyways (no you don't say, HOW AWFUL!!!). And then he said it: It was my uncles house originally, he first moved to Argentina after the War then to SA... I had to go to the toilet to laugh it out, there were too many people around, and my straight face muscles were done.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: That comment was gold.....Jewish to be exact.
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 @funkzander: says the guy who’s parents were probably nazi’s. What did you talk about at the dinner table?
  • + 4
 @krumpdancer101: no offence but being American and criticising Sweden for being racist is showing a serious lack of self awareness. Swedish racism wouldn’t even qualify as racism in America.
  • + 3
 @thenotoriousmic: oh really? And your relatives were probably colonialists, beating the sht out of peasants in India Big Grin No hard feelings but I love it when Europeans or Americans bash other Europeans or Americans for using a trigger word they have NO FKNG relation to, as if any of you had any fkng idea about Apartheid.

Therefore you all deserve medals for signalling that you are not racists by ragging a guy down, openly, courageously standing by indigenous South African people. Hey you know what? I am a #notracist, #nothomophobe. #notrapist #notintellectualpropertythief and I hope some women will now give me credit for being a #notpolygamist (even though unwillingly). I think we should all get papers proving being not racist, it's like a posh thing for keyboard warriors. There should be a test, you pay for a course, do a test, get certificate and it says next to your FB, Pinkbike, Insta, Twitter, whatever profile name "Certified not racist" or "certified not misogynist". It will save you lots of time by trying to prove it in such a clumsy manner
  • - 3
 @WAKIdesigns: no we liberated Europe, invited pretty much everything including the internet and the language you and most of the world uses. Thank my ancestors in the comments please.
  • - 1
 @thenotoriousmic: lack of self awareness??? yea sure. there is racism in the whole world. if you think your country doesn't have some you are kidding yourself.
  • + 0
 Don’t forget that the sun never set on the British empire that’s a lot of savages we civilised right there.
  • + 2
 @krumpdancer101: everywhere has racism except your racism is on another level to most of the civilised world if you can call America civilised that is? Civilised in places... fair description of America right?
  • - 2
 @mikealive: such a shame all these fake accounts needed to try and drum up support.
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 @thenotoriousmic: oh Jesus, you can't see that you got into a rabbit hole and just go deeper and deeper getting covered in more and more of rabbits shit? Well, maybe you should thank Germany for engaging French enough so that they didn't run you over? Maybe you should thank Swedes and Norwegian Vikings for engaging Danish Vikings enough so they didn't run you over? Listen, how about you thank Moon for creating tides on Earth? Or God for creating the Whole Universe? Don't fk with me when it comes to history or existential terms. You play exactly same game as trumpdancer. Let's get along. Hardtails suck Big Grin
  • - 6
flag krumpdancer101 (May 15, 2018 at 4:39) (Below Threshold)
 @arrowheadrush: lets see i served my country as a marine 99-03 and have prob seen more of the world then you have ever wanted to and been places that would keep alot of you up at night. so all of you are welcome for helping keep you safer Smile
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: the vikings are our descendants. They didn’t stay segregated and so is everyone else if you go back far enough. Nationalism is stupid. It’s just a line on a map it’s not even real. That being said though all Germans are nazis and all Americans are fat and stupid. Wish this wasn’t true but it is. Haha
  • + 6
 @krumpdancer101: so you served as a Marine and end up as an online snowflake triggered by someone mentioning Apartheid? I guess you didn't see much. Cannot imagine Jocko Willink reacting the way you are.
  • + 3
 @thenotoriousmic: my thoughts exactly. Ok done fkng with people now. Have a nice day. Until next geopolitical discussion on why the world is fkd, who fkd it and how do each of us knows how to fix it.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Guys, please stop this discussion now! This is a bike board. I have to apologize for this idiot @funkzander for posting such a bullshit. We have a lot of such morons in Germany, and the limits are pushed. I can't stand it anymore...
  • + 3
 @yoobee: how do you know he's a moron? It's fine. Maybe he is not German, it's just a flag he put next to his profile? Why all this assuming bad intentions? Warner joked with Greg about him owning a gold mine as an assumption EVERYONE with a bit of sense of humor could possibly have about a famous white South African. I laughed, many people laughed. It's all good! Let's do Keyboard love! I am in the toilet passionately licking your username on my phone ATM
  • + 7
 @krumpdancer101: Everyone knows Waki is a polish, he just got chased out for excessive trolling. He applied for asylum, Sweden mistook him for WikiLeaks, and let him in.
  • + 4
 This is why we cant have nice shit on PB. Greg (one of the nicest guys in all of MTBing) makes ONE mention of the PB comment section and BOOM, we go straight to Nazis and who can we offend next. Its your fault you stupid humans. There, I said it. #offendeveryone
  • - 6
flag krumpdancer101 (May 15, 2018 at 6:47) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: yep we have fox holes in the military not rabbit holes so try again Yoda speaker.
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flag krumpdancer101 (May 15, 2018 at 6:49) (Below Threshold)
 @thenotoriousmic: yep and BRITS have bad teeth don’t forget.
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 @krumpdancer101: As an American and from a family of service members using that argument makes you look like a jarhead through and through.

You're not exactly known for NOT being racist, sexist, violent psychopaths. It's people like you that keep me up at night.

I look forward to your childish death threats.

Or do you have the sense in that jar to solve a problem without a gun, your fists, or anger?

I doubt it.
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 @LoganKM1982: thanks i am a marine through and through. ahhhhh so marines are racist sexist psychopaths?? yea sure buddie. you sound young dumb and like someone who has only served themselves and plays with themselves.
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 @krumpdancer101: Capitalization, guy. Have you heard of it?

And no. I know many Marines that are the most exemplary human beings I will ever meet. I've known men that were at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal. I was raised by such men. I still have a footlocker in my house that was at Omaha beach. I have a flag on my wall from a man who, a real man, who did the right thing for the right reasons.

You are a disgrace to any branch of the service.

And yes, stereotypes can exist for a reason. What are the three terms you use for fellow female Marines? I know what they are, and I know that if any of them were ever used to refer to any of my daughters there would be blood.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: to be honest i prefer the minion SS ... you see what i did there....need to grab another bucket of popcorn
  • + 3
 @funkzander: I just picked up a new trials hub from Tune, it's called Waffen SS. I'm running for a pint of Franziskanner, Wurst wurst wurst!
  • + 0
 @LoganKM1982: im the disgrace but i served??? you make me laugh. who's the violent one talking about they would get blood? your a little boy who talks big on the net.
  • + 2
 @krumpdancer101: dude you're a grown man who feels the need to fight someone you describe as a little boy through the internet. i thank you for your service. beyond that, grow the f*ck up.
  • + 0
 @krumpdancer101:

"I'm the disgrace, but I served? You make me laugh. Who is the violent one talking about how there would be blood. You're a little boy who talks big on the net."

You're welcome.
  • + 0
 @jtayabji: Damn the troll accounts are thick today.
  • + 3
 @krumpdancer101: you´re the one that poured most gasoline on this comment stream so well, that makes you a troll. I think you should do a TEDx, "How I served the world as a Marine, why racism is bad and where to find it". Get on Jocko's podcast, lead us!
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns: sure you can commentate it since that stuff flows so smoothly out your mouth.
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 @krumpdancer101: I see through righteous pricks like you in a matter of two comments, I eat your pompous arses and your high horses for breakfast, the only issue is that you get me gassy like Taco Bell.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: damn you eat the booty like groceries???
  • + 3
 @krumpdancer101: you hit rock bottom with that one
  • + 5
 Oh the irony of people judging each other based on the silly flag next to white name. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the trap and start acting like the people you’re declaring they’re directly related to.
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 @WAKIdesigns: haha you and your trolls have shown how week and pathetic you really are. Keep sitting around jerking each other.
  • + 3
 @krumpdancer101: you say that like it’s a bad thing?
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: he's a homophobe, push a bad person long enough and it will come out. I'll make a few calls and student junta from Evergreen will turn up at his home. Then they'll send Antifa and PETA on him since all homophobes are nazis and animal abusers
  • - 1
 @WAKIdesigns: haha antifa is all you can send???? you gonna need WAYYYY more than that.
  • + 5
 they’ve been training self defence officially but in secret... Blitz Krieg! They will cover your house in counter-offensive hashtags.
  • + 0
 we spray back Smile
  • + 2
 @krumpdancer101: well it's not me who would send antifa, it's the leftie super righteous front fighting for absolute tolerance. They get orgasms thinking of ripping toe nails from racists or burning misogynists alive. You'll get Triggasaurus on your arse like sht on velcro.
  • + 4
 Oh no, this thread was such a nice read but it finished so soon Frown
  • + 1
 @thenotoriousmic: poor Greg Minnaar.

I guess at least we're over the ass obsession thing. For now.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: he’s totally gay. Only gay guys say things like that. No one else cares.
  • + 1
 @funkzander: How about that new Schwalbe Aggressive Adolf?
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: ahahahaahahahahaha Rectal Randall and Angry Adolf
  • + 17
 Minion R, MINIONR MinnionARR MINR MINNAAR
  • + 4
 Minniaar
  • + 7
 @arphia: The Cretans had the Minotaar
  • + 4
 Am I the only one that thinks the "Greg" could be a good name."Great greg" if it was schwalbe
  • + 4
 @endlessblockades: Cooper had the Minicaar
  • + 4
 @kevin267: grippy greg
  • + 2
 Miignarr
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 @sickbicycles: are you testing names for YET another frame? Big Grin
  • + 13
 Sooo...sketch tyre on a napkin using elements of existing tyres. Submit to tyre experts. Have one made and then say 'Yeah, sweet as bru, let's roll with it.'

..does Colin Bailey know about this?
  • + 2
 "Roll with it"... I see what you did there Wink
  • + 2
 yes I do
  • + 10
 Ya, Maxxis Minaar wouldn't have lit the internet on fire. Greg knew what he was doing. #trollingmasterclass
  • + 2
 I think Maxxis Minnaar would have been the greatest tire name ever, but I really like how he said he didn't want or need his name on a tire.
  • + 4
 @derekbob: I'm glad he didn't go for the named signature tire. Imagine how Brendan Fairclough feels having to run 'G-Spec' brakes, forced to run a competitors signature component just because it's well made. Now think of how many people run maxxis, forced to have Greg's name all over their bike, just because they're the best tires.
  • + 1
 He knew what he was doing because what if something bad happened to someone's Maxxis Minaars. I could just imagine the comments then.
  • + 6
 English native speakers should chill out a bit and accept that there are more languages in the world, and they use similar sounds with a different meaning. I can come up with normal English words that would be pretty offensive in my language. E.g. 'cut' and 'lull' are the not so medical terms for female and male genitals. The word for 'whore' in many Eastern European languages is pretty similar to 'curve'. The German word that means 'Sir' is something like 'prick' in Russian. The list goes on and on. No need to get excited about a word that if pronounced properly wouldn't even ring a bell. Unless you are the kind of person who giggles every time somebody says 'assistant'. In that case I can recommend the 1990's MTV cartoon characters 'Beavis and Butthead'. They share your sense of humour. ('huhuh, he said 'member' ").
  • + 8
 I wish this was a longer interview!!! But HeyHo! Short and sweet. Cannot wait to see the big man show the young guns how its still done!!
  • + 5
 It seems it wasn t an interview actually but a maxxis Ad, so they make the important questions about the product 2 more to fullfill at the end.. Done.
  • + 10
 You had me at Greg Minnaar then you had me again at Pinkbike Comments.
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 You had me at...
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 GM is a Class act..
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 You know, they could have named it after the Cape Buffalo and called it the Maxxis Black Death...might have played better with the keyboard jockeys here ijs
  • + 2
 Lmfao "keyboard jockeyes" daum near killed me.
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 Holy bad ass photos PB
  • + 3
 Actually Greg is saying what the tire was designed or supposed to do. I would have liked to hear what it turned out be - how he liked the finished tire.
  • + 1
 Minnaar is one of my favorite riders of all time and the GOAT as far as I'm concerned! The Assegai looks like an awesome tire, but I am with the PB commenters on this one, Ass-guy is an odd choice for a name and a huge missed opportunity to call in the Minnaarion!
  • + 5
 will Maxxis make this in a trail tire version? maybe DD?
  • + 3
 This ass-gay story was fun until a goat entered the equation, now I'am not sure what to think about it Wink
  • + 4
 Is the Federer of DH
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 I want GM's signature on that napkin drawing more than i want to run the tires.
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 Once you get older and wiser you’ll understand that Assegai is not the same as gay’s ass Wink
  • + 2
 Surely, if he would ever design another tire, he'd have to call it "Tittegai".
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 I wouldn`t mind being run over by an assegai... send nudes
  • + 2
 can't help but read that in his accent
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 zulu spear....sure he's just trolling the trolls
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 Greg is unbelievably stylish on that last Darkfest step-up jump !
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 That red bike is 5010?
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 Blur
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 @parallaxid: tallboy lt
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 @parallaxid: Dammit, I meant Hightower LT. That's what he's been riding when off the big bike. But then I could be wrong, again... Razz
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 @cptmayhem: also not a Hightower LT. You can see the cable for the shock remote on the bottom of the TT. the only Santa Cruz that has that is the Blur.
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 @parallaxid: Well spotted!!!
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 Minaar going FULL DOWN-COUNTRY®
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 Greg is a class act !!
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 from one ass guy to another...
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 Sponsored advertising interview.... :/
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 Said it b4 it should’ve been “Minion DHM”
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 any idea on what kind of kneepads he is wearing?
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 didnt they just have this on here
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 „I think i have the balance figured out“ - i think he is right.
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 Yeah but unfortunately he didn't quite answer the question. As a more mature racer, his balance is different compared to a younger Ratboy (almost winning the Worlds). He balances the higher consequences with the time he can gain. Back when he was riding for Haro, he also competed at the RB Rampage. I don't think he has done that kind of riding since. Fair enough, Honda probably wouldn't have allowed him to throw that bike off a cliff anyway Wink .

Of course he's free to keep the actual answer to himself.
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 A real class ass!!

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