The first day had the usual July bike-park conditions, with super dry, dusty and slightly blown-out trails. Oddly enough, upper mountain had a few random spots of greasy mud, which had us questioning how weather works. We rode pretty much every trail on the mountain that day, and I immediately felt comfortable with this new Assegai up front.
Dusty berms? Check! We started off by riding Ninja Cougar, which is a trail filled with super tight berms, over and over and over again. Even though this was our warm-up lap, I was immediately warmed up to the Assegai. I already knew how the Minion SS works in dusty corners (they work awesome) but I was unsure how the new Assegai would do. Well, it works awesome as well! I kind of figured that it would, since it's front knobs are super tall in stand in line together, but just after the first trail I was already pumped on how the tire worked. Later on in the day, we of course rode plenty of other trails with huge berms, and the Assegai let me seriously dive right into the corners. I felt as if I've known the tire for longer than 30 minutes!
Dusty rock faces? Check! After the warm-up lap, we hopped on some black tech trails, which are littered with rock slabs. In the summer, these things will get some dust sprinkled on them and become slightly slippery. Luckily, I went with the MaxxGrip rubber compound on the front Assegai. MaxxGrip rubber is the stickiest rubber Maxxis makes, and I would give the MaxxGrip compound the credit for the slick slabs as I'm sure it was mostly the sticky rubber gripping the rocks rather than the Assegai's tread pattern.
Steep, loose gnar? CHECK! After a few laps, we headed straight for our favorite trail in the bike park, Goat's Gully. This trail is an old-school, steep, gnarly tech-trail rated as a double-black diamond. The trail immediately starts with a steep chute covered in sharp rocks which leads you directly into a pincher corner at the bottom to aim the rider right towards the next section of trail. With a MaxxTerra Minion DHF, I typically have to brake quite a bit through the chute so I don't blow the corner at the bottom. Well, with the Assegai I was able to let off the brakes in the chute and then yank them right at the bottom to load my weight into the front tire, where the Assegai held the ground and shot me right into the next section of trail. Was I immediately impressed by this? Yes. Yes I was. Somehow, Goat's Gully had somewhat of a stream running down it at parts, so I got a taste of how the tire worked in mud. HOLY CRAP. The Assegai might have a "digital dirt conditions recognition system" built in, because it transitioned from dry to wet insanely well. More on that later in Day 2.
In regards to rolling speed, it rolls pretty decent! I think it's pretty comparable to a Minion DHF as the lugs are all pretty tightly spaced, but it definitely rolls better than any mud-spike like the Shorty or Magic Mary.
Overall, Day 1 gave me a good feeling of just how much I can trust the front tire. I checked the weather report for the next day, and it was showing rain, so I was pumped to see how the tire setup worked in all-out mud.