Video: Commuter Bike Freeride with Kelend Hawks

Jul 29, 2020
by Tannus Tires  


His reputation precedes him: locals around Bellingham know what Kelend Hawks is capable of on his enduro bike, when he’s pointed down any of his favorite trails. Many don’t know what he does with the rest of his time, which includes antics like commuting to work on skinny tires, pointed down chutes of loam.

Kelend uses Tannus Armour tire inserts in all of his bikes, including the bike he rides to work. Armour uses Aither 1.1 technology, a proprietary material derived from Tannus’s airless road tires, in conjunction with a traditional tube. Though using tubes may sound like a step backwards, tubes allow the Aither foam to sit directly under the tire casing, something virtually no other insert offers. It’s what gives Armour its nearly 360 degrees of flat protection and its unique planted and confident feel.

Kelend enjoys his work as a welder for a high-performance custom boat manufacturer. He also spends part of the year as a fisherman in various areas off the coast. He’s a proud dad of two kids who enjoy spending time on his top tube while he rides on one wheel.

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Video: Branson Kendall (@branson_kendall)
Photo: Scott Osborn (@scottosbornphoto)


30 Comments

  • 17 1
 Kelend is such a rad dude! after spending a day riding with him, i understand that any part that survives on his bike, is a part worth owning on mine, these insert included.
  • 6 0
 I wish I could whip my DH bike half as far as he whipped his gravel bike.. Geez
  • 4 0
 Great guy!
and the one in one of my favourite movies:
www.pinkbike.com/news/searching-for-the-limit--transition-scout.html
  • 5 0
 Another rad edit Tannus and Kelend!
  • 4 0
 Hell yeah, love seeing a road 34 sticker on that gravel shred sled!
  • 4 0
 And the award for coolest dad goes to..........
  • 2 0
 If you want to recapture that feeling of being a kid, a dope enduro bike is worse than riding some bike that is completely unfit for the task. Latter might be more fun.
  • 2 0
 Sweet vid! Well timed, I've been after something to protect the wheels on my, um... "road bike"
  • 3 0
 Kelend and Tannus FTW!!!
  • 2 0
 What a beast!!! Absolutely unstoppable
  • 1 0
 Working with Kelend on this edit almost made me want to buy a commuter bike, but then I remembered I hate going uphill.
  • 2 0
 Right on Kelend that was rad!
  • 1 0
 Hah the marshalls told me my specialised globe hybrid was not suitable for Rogate Bike Park, still rode it though Smile Smile
  • 2 0
 Diggin the Hawaiian shirt
  • 1 0
 Cool but don’t think your average jo could ride a CX bike down a DH track and survive
  • 2 0
 Hey y’all hiring more welders?!
  • 1 0
 Well crap.. now I want a new fishing boat instead of a new bike after seeing this.
  • 1 0
 Nice work Kelend and Tannus. Digging the vintage transition rig. Stoked to get a little shotgun cameo at the end too.
  • 1 0
 yes cx bike shreds and mac rides. what a great edit
  • 1 0
 Stick with the full sus. The man definitely has skills tho
  • 1 0
 Was he actually keeping his bikes in that open shed?
  • 1 0
 Nice dude and awesome rider!
  • 2 0
 sick video
  • 2 1
 Would kill for one of those pilot house rigs! What brand name/company?
  • 1 0
 Velocity Marine?
  • 2 0
 NTG Fab, building Aliotti Enterprises boats
  • 1 0
 And I thought i was cool riding Fromme on my Cross bike.
  • 1 0
 Pic with the kid up front is cool.
  • 1 0
 Totally agree! We have it printed out in our NZ office as inspo
  • 1 0
 The Village! I love our hood

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