Maxxis introduced Greg Minnaar's signature downhill tire, the Assegai, in 2018, and this year we get the Dissector, Troy Brosnan's model. Intended for dry and loose conditions like you'd see in Brosnan's home country of Australia, it'll be available in downhill and trail configurations at 2.4" wide, and in both 27.5'' and 29'' diameters.
Maxxis says they started working on the Dissector with Brosnan back in early 2018, with the goal of finding the ''right balance of rolling speed, cornering traction, and braking traction.'' They also say that it takes design cues from their Rekon, Minion DHF, and Highroller II, and it's easy to see those three different tires in the Dissector.
• Intended use: DH / trail
• Width: 2.4'' WT
• Size: 27.5" or 29"
• Casing: DH (butyl insert) or EXO
• Compound: 3C MaxxGrip or 3C MaxxTerra
• Weight: 800 - 1,206 grams
• Availability: Now
• MSRP: $75 USD for EXO, $90 USD for DH
• More info: www.maxxis.com
Troy wanted a fast-rolling tire, hence the Dissector's considerably ramped center lugs, but each one also has a square-edged backside for braking bite. Staggered, C-shaped corning lugs are said to ''reduce vagueness when transferring from the center tread to the cornering tread,
'' and an open channel between them and the center lugs should help keep it from getting packed up. That's laid over their Wide Trail casing that'd intended for rims with a 30 to 35mm inner width.
Interestingly, Maxxis recommends only using the Dissector as a rear tire on the back of a downhill bike, and to pair it with something more aggressive up front. Conversely, they say that it'll suit both ends of a trail bike.