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Spotted: Prototype Maxxis DH Tire

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While we were doing a bike check on Angel Suarez' DH bike this afternoon in Rotorua, we noticed that he was running a Maxxis Assegai tire with a bit different look to it. There was an obvious "Test Pilot" hot patch that we haven't seen before and then more discreetly, the letters "ZK" next to a shield. There wasn't a lot of information available from the mechanics and the Maxxis staff here didn't even know what it was - they seemed a bit curious themselves. One source we spoke to said that there were a few select teams on these tires and that they had a different and stronger belt of reinforcement in the sidewall to prevent punctures. We'll post any more info as and when we get it.