100%, Rhinomed and Vee Rubber - Interbike 2015

Sep 14, 2015
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2015


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.


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Metal mesh so you don't suffer from the dreaded poke-through.
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The back of the Aircraft has a unique shape that sets it apart.




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?


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Nose candy that makes you go faster?
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A Rhinomed employee shows what the Turbine looks like when it's up there.

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.
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The left and right paddles can be adjusted independently via a tiny ratchet system.

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.




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Vee Rubber's Trax Fatty is available in three plus-sized widths.
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Ramped and relatively low knobs should see the Trax Fatty roll reasonably well.


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.


MENTIONS: @ride100percent / @VeeTireCoUK




85 Comments

  • 198 0
 The nose device has a lot in common with Mirena, Both 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 5 years.
  • 2 12
flag Fix-the-Spade (Sep 15, 2015 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 So these nose pieces can cause uterine perforation?! FDA might wanna be checking that out.
  • 1 3
 Yeah, needs e-something with wireless control, though...

Anyway, my brother swears by BreatheRight; never used it myself, though.
  • 1 0
 So..... the Rhinomed Turbine is a less comfortable copy of BreatheRight.... If you were around when the BreatheRight fad happened you know how long that lasted. Probably is more useful as a medical device for people with some kind of restriction or sleep apnea and other such issues.
  • 1 0
 This Rhinomed thing looks like a pretty unhygienic and uncomfortable thing to use. The BR strips never had heard of them before and I like I said never used them myself, so wouldn't if/how good/bad it is, but at least it's for external use. And you're probably right about applying mainly for septum deviation and such conditions.
  • 91 2
 I choose to breathe through my mouth when I'm pedaling hard.
  • 44 0
 But with this...you can do both. 200% airflow for twice the performance, f*ck yeah!
  • 100 2
 I just tried to breathe through my mouth and nose at the same time... And you just did right this second too!
  • 17 1
 Its more efficient/healthier to breathe in through the nose and exhale with your mouth... yeahhh I never do it. This nose plug is a neat idea though.
  • 12 0
 As someone with sleep apnea and asthma, I'm willing to give this a try. If it mitigates the sound of my wheezing on climbs... bonus.
  • 34 5
 They should make some enduro specific wax straps to remove excessive nasal hair as it prevents me to use such device.
  • 10 6
 I rely on nature to decide how and when I breathe, it's worked out okay so far......
  • 4 0
 And you will look like Graham Agassiz !
  • 12 0
 They're currently working on the "Rhinoschlong" which is designed to do the same thing for mouth-breathers.
  • 11 0
 I'm gonna hold out for the Electric version, with a fan, that actually forces air Into your lungs so you no longer need to breath, and your mouth becomes an exhaust vent!
  • 4 0
 @reverend if you keep wheezing, you won't need a bear bell
  • 1 1
 Breathing through your nose is only efficient up to a point then you need to switch to breathing through your mouth. This device delays the switch by opening up your nose. Is that worth those ~28 bucks? Not to me.
  • 4 1
 Looks like it would be difficult to blow a snotrocket with that in there. I blow about a dozen per ride, so looks like a no go.
  • 1 0
 I'll just stick with a FARMER BLOW and keep pedaling!
  • 42 0
 I just pulled some boogers out of my nose while reading about the nostril thing. I can already tell the difference.
  • 7 0
 This comment made my day Smile
  • 24 0
 I love it when a company like 100% steps outside their comfort levels and makes something new. And that something looks like it was descended from the Gods of Mountain Biking
  • 14 0
 I was just thinking that buying a new helmet wouldn't hurt, I'm 100% going to get the Aircraft
  • 4 0
 It looks like Darth Vader from the front!
  • 1 1
 And these pictures are only the stealth black one, on their websites all the color ways are on point!!! they look so sick, all I need now is 400$
  • 1 1
 Thats cheaper than TLD's ol brain bucket.
  • 2 2
 But, does it have the ASTM DH certification? That's the selling point for me. We'll know soon
  • 26 2
 Nobody nose how effective the turbine would be until they try it.
  • 11 1
 I get the sents that it might be good
  • 3 0
 Certainly not an innovation to be sniffed at.
  • 4 2
 you get the *sents*?
  • 1 1
 "After all, the more air you can get in, the fast you can go." Boom!
  • 1 1
 @xeren "sents" *sense
  • 5 1
 @Steezwhip oh, i thought you were making a nose pun, and meant to write "scents"
  • 1 0
 @xeren that is what I meant to do man
  • 20 2
 That black aircraft is sexy as hell, and are you telling me I need that tiny piece of rubber to do what my nose is supposed to do, jeezus stop slacking nose!
  • 11 0
 VEE Rubber...for when you want to roll reasonably well. Maybe.
  • 1 0
 & pay more than other proven options to do so(until they go on clearance because no-one bought them.) I've specifically heard those TraxFattys are weak sidewalled, but honestly 27.5+ tires are a problem no matter who you go with, good options just aren't there yet.

Heck, I know a shop that's gotten the Specialized bikes in, but guess what they still can't get in to stock? The tires those bikes are shipping with.
  • 9 0
 It says on 100% website that the new lid is $400.
  • 6 1
 you seems to be 100% about it.
  • 9 0
 It's like Boost for your nose!
  • 7 3
 God damnit I cannot wait to see the spandexers rocking the nose thing on trails and niners this year. I hope this catches on with that crowd, I'll ask if I can follow them on runs and I'll pretend I can't keep up because my air flow has my lungs gasping for more air.
  • 6 0
 "You're either the guy who does the cliffs in Utah or you're the guy that wears the spandex" -Kyle Strait...wonder what he has to say about bright yellow nose expanders
  • 7 6
 Are you ashamed of your fitness level that you laugh at spandex wearing XCers on 29ers?
  • 11 0
 No I'm ashamed that I drive a PT cruiser. Any other questions?
  • 9 0
 Yes, is that true that midgets have night vision?
  • 1 1
 Way to lump 29er's as this type....
  • 6 1
 I think the nose thing is interesting but for dusty trails in SoCal, that just means more dust getting up my nose.
  • 5 0
 Better to inhale through your nose where there is at least some filtering with hairs and mucous as opposed to just inhaling it all through your mouth.
  • 3 0
 You seem to negate the filtering aspect of the nostrils by using the device in order to increase airflow. It might have taken a million years of evolution for bikers producing more offspring than non-bikers to develop more open nasal cavities and an alternate filtering system. This goes right up there with hair removal products for automatic evolutionary advancement!
  • 1 0
 I'm thinking it's going to be more useful for people with certain nose shapes. My nose, for instance, get's very narrow at the bridge, & I've always had trouble getting enough airflow through there, which has caused me to always mouth breathe at a much lower exertion level than most people. Of course, I still can't ever seem to remember to give the breatheright strips a try. These would be cheaper at $1.00 a use though, right?
  • 1 0
 Great for Vegas too! Do they come with matching straws?
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx that is a good point. I guess at the end of the day no matter what though I will still have dust in my mouth and nose haha.
  • 5 0
 Don't expect it to be inexpensive.......said every manufacturer ever.
  • 6 1
 I would be open to try that nose thing
  • 7 2
 TBH a name like 100% sounds pretty cheesy, and I come from Switzerland.
  • 5 0
 Nose candy!!!!!!
  • 8 0
 I'd already called the police!
  • 15 0
 But you've got no limbs!
  • 2 0
 ... butt dialed
  • 6 3
 They make Fart Nice System, which is a small insert eliminating fart noise, while menthol keeps you cool at the same time reducing the odour
  • 1 0
 I have a new invention, The Flatu-lens!!! Know who it was that dropped the bomb with the odor tracking goggles
*******nose plug not included.
  • 6 2
 or you could just use breath right strip and there isnt shit up your nose
  • 3 0
 Thanks to Rhinomed I'll be able to cut like 12 seconds a week off my training schedule and get just as fast.
  • 5 0
 You had me at foreplay
  • 3 0
 Wasn't keen on the other colors but the black raw carbon looks so badass
  • 3 1
 I prefer sans ultra cheese 100% logo, no rubber in my f'n nose, no gloves... brown pow go!
  • 2 1
 no gloves?!? What happens when you crashing???
  • 3 0
 Im just here for the nose candy comments
  • 2 0
 as someone that suffers from the damage of 5 broken noses and a slightly crooked nose the turbine looks awesome!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Because of mine, one nostril is much smaller than the other one and can tend to close itself off under heavy breathing. I'm definitely gonna check some out for this snow season.
  • 1 0
 yep same problem here. the bone grew back all jacked up and basically closed off half a nostril
  • 3 1
 I'm buying that helmet for next season.
  • 3 1
 Hey, they ripped off Darth Vader's helmet!
  • 1 0
 helmet is looking great .. definitely want one if i didn't buy FOX a few months back
  • 1 0
 Is an idea or the helmet looks like a combination of tld and fox helmet? Btw looks awesome and rare the Rhinomed Turbine
  • 2 1
 38% more effective than a nasal strip.

Someone remind me what 38% of nothing is again...
  • 1 0
 my Girlfriend snores like HELLL!!! Where can I get these!!!! I need sleep!!
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one that sees just a different version of the specialized dissident carbon?
  • 2 0
 Ride like Louic Bruni
  • 1 0
 Helmet: Fox and Dissident had a child.
  • 1 0
 Turbine? "Ultraviolet" - the starting.
  • 1 0
 Can't say I'm impressed with this super hyped carbon helmet.
  • 1 0
 mama said neva stuff anythin up ma nose
  • 1 0
 Ninja DH anyone?Big Grin

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