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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.

Tannus Armour is available at www.tannusamerica.com


Follow Tannus on Instagram: @tannusarmour

About Tannus

Tannus Tires is the world’s number one brand of airless tires and is an innovator of tire inserts. Founded in 2011, Tannus has sold more than one million units and has grown to 37 countries. Tannus athletes range from European Championship medalists and international track teams to global tourers and world cup downhill mountain bike racers.

Video: Branson Kendall (@branson_kendall)

Photography: Scott Osborn (@scottosbornphoto)


Tannus Armour tire inserts being put to use on Kelend's commuter bike.

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