100% Aircraft Helmet
100% has been teasing everyone with brief looks of their new full face helmet, dubbed the Aircraft, for awhile now, and the foreplay continues here at the first day of the Outdoor Demo. So while they weren't too keen on sharing any information today or tomorrow, expect all the details on the new lid by Wednesday, including weight, price (don't expect it to be inexpensive
) and all of the other talking points. For now, we can only state the obvious: it appears to feature a carbon fiber shell, has metal mesh over many of its vent openings, and it will obviously be designed to work well with 100%'s own goggles. A glance inside the shell didn't reveal any MIPS or MIPS-like setup, but that doesn't mean there isn't something tricky at work that's out of sight. Rhinomed Turbine
I'm going to ask that everyone try's to keep an open mind for this one. Rhinomed's Turbine breathing aid might look like an odd, yellow septum piercing once it's installed up into the rider's nose, but the company is claiming that it can make a massive improvement in how much air an athlete is able to take in. In short, the Turbine is a nasal stent that opens up the channels in your nose to allow air to pass through easier, and anyone who's worked hard on a bike will know that more air equals better performance. Rhinomed is saying that the yellow (there will be a less conspicuous colour option soon
) insert is up to thirty eight percent more effective than a nasal strip, and that athletes will be able to notice a difference instantly. Picture a flexible tube as one of your nostrils, and how a nasal strips acts on the outside of the tube to pull it open. The Turbine, on the other hand, goes up into your nose and gently expands the nostrils from the inside. Clever, but does it work?
There was only one thing to do: put it up my nose in the name of science. There are three different sizes available (each one is also adjustable), and a small cutout is held against your nose to tell you which one is best for you. I ended up needing a medium after trying unsuccessfully to stuff the large up my nose, but a funny thing happened once it was up there: there was a noticeable difference in how easy it was to breath through my nose, almost to the point where it felt like I had a slightly stuffy nose after I pulled it back out. Not going to lie, I wasn't expecting that. And while I could feel it up there for the first few minutes after I pushed it into place, I walked around with it in my nose for awhile afterwards and it quickly became unnoticeable for the most part.
So I know that the Turbine is not the sort of thing you'd usually see here on Pinkbike, but I can also see it being a useful tool for cross-country racers looking for any advantage, or for any rider who's going to be working hard on their bike in a competitive environment. After all, the more air you can get in, the fast you can go. Rhinomed is also about to debut on a slightly different version, called the Mute, that's designed to help limit snoring, and they've received FDA approval for both versions. A three-pack retails for $27.95, and Rhinomed says that a single unit lasts ten uses. They can't guarantee its cleanliness after that, and the tiny adjustable ratchet system can also break down, meaning that it works out to about $1.00 per use.Vee Rubber Pluses
Looking for something a bit different for your plus-sized machine? Vee Rubber had their Trax Fatty tires out in the desert sun, with the mid-sized but fat tire sporting a revised tread pattern that includes slightly taller knobs that are just 1mm higher than on the older version of the tire while also being longer. The update was made to match the upsized casing and how that would change the tire's ride characteristics, but the general knob layout has remained the same: tapered and ramped center lugs that are said to roll relatively quick for such a wide tire, while a row of diamond shaped transition lugs on each side provide a consistent feel. Rubber is a single compound, but both wire and folding beads are available. Widths for 27.5'' include 2.8'', 3.0'' and 3.25'', with them costing $90, $95 and $100 USD on the Vee Rubber website. No weights were provided.
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