Kenda Tires (Taiwan) - Canadian slopestyle rider Brett Rheeder’s accomplishments on the bike are many. Brett is a 7-time Crankworx champion, Red Bull Rampage winner and X-Games Gold Medalist with many other wins and podiums to his name over his 12-year professional career. Kenda is proud to sign Brett on as a sponsored rider for the 2022 season!
How do you feel about partnering with KENDA?
“When I was 14 and working part time at a bike shop, my tire of choice was the Kenda Small Block 8. This was a tire I rode for more than 5 years on all of my dirt jump and slopestyle bikes because it was the best tire available. That said, I’m excited to get back to my roots, not only riding the tires again, but actually working with the brand to continue developing the tires.”
What Kenda tires will you be using this season and why?
“I’m currently riding two Commencal FRS’s, one of them is a size large and is set up as a full downhill rig while the other is a size medium and is set up as a lightweight Freeride bike with a single crown fork and a hydraulic gyro. I’ve chosen the Hellkat for both bikes. The Freeride bike needs to be lightweight, so I chose the ATC casing because it’s lighter than the heavy duty AGC casing making the bike easier to maneuver in the air. For the DH rig I chose the beefy AGC casing for better protection on rough technical terrain. Both bikes are running a 2.4 rear tire with a 2.6 up front.
On my Commencal Absolut I’m riding the Booster for Dirt Jump and Slopestyle riding, although I have another set of skatepark / urban wheels that have the 3-Sixty mounted to. Both of these tires are light weight and have a fast-rolling tread pattern which is admirable for this type of riding. Both tires come in a 2.25 tire width and I run them both at 55psi front and back.”
Can you tell us what’s in store for the rest of 2022?
“Right now I’m currently getting back from two years of consecutive injuries with a different mindset than I used to have. I’ve needed to mentally step back and reevaluate the bigger picture and have had great success by doing that. Through this time I’ve also switched up lots of major sponsors including Commencal Bikes, Kenda Tires and Ohlins Suspension. So I’m taking my time to appreciate and learn about the new product I’m riding, as well as working with new people!
Earlier in the year I spent some time filming for a short and cinematic Fox Racing video that’s being released in the coming weeks. We also just wrapped the filming for a Kenda video that we had lots of fun shooting, this video is currently being cut together and can be expected for release within a month. Depending on how the season goes for me, you might also see me at the top of a contest venue later in the season.
One thing is for sure, I’m excited to build my skill back up to the level it once was, but with a fresh and new perspective on it all and am extremely grateful to be supported by my sponsors and being able to do what I love most, riding my bike.” - Brett Rheeder.