Fly Racing Werx Carbon Helmet - First Look

Aug 4, 2016
by AJ Barlas  
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Fly Racing have been increasing their involvement in the mountain bike world for awhile now, most notably with racers such as Bernard Kerr and Elliot Jackson. With a lot of years and a great amount of experience in the moto world, the brand has jumped into the mountain bike full-face helmet game with their all-new Werx Carbon.

The premium full-face market in the cycling world consists of a few options, most notably Troy Lee Designs' D3, Fox with their Rampage Pro, and the newer 100% Aircraft; the competition is stiff. The designer of the Werx Carbon, Jerry Lathrop, has put his twenty-plus years of moto and bike helmet design experience into Fly's new lid in an effort to have it join that group.

Fly Werx Carbon Details

• Carbon fiber shell
• EPS liner
• MIPS version available
• Removable cheek pads
• Adjustable visor
• 22 vents + 4 intakes in brow
• Anodized alloy mesh vent covers
• UClear audio compatibility
• Six color options
• Sizes: XS, SM, M, L, XL
• Weight: 950g w/ MIPS, 930g w/o MIPS
• MSRP: $449.95 USD w/ MIPS, $379.95 w/o MIPS
The Werx Carbon has a number of key features, including a carbon/kevlar shell, EPS liner, six adult sizes, and there's also a MIPS version that comes in at $449.95 USD and weighs less than most popular helmets, at 950 grams. The non-MIPS model costs $379.95 USD and is said to weigh 930 grams. Fly is also planning a later release of three youth sizes; that doesn't often happen in the premium helmet market. The helmet's EPS liner is pre-shaped to accept Bluetooth mics and earphones and it is one of the lightest helmets on the market.

Regarding the Bluetooth compatibility, Fly is working with UClear Digital Audio Systems. UClear can be used simply for listening to your favorite tunes while riding, but the benefit of the system is really the ability it gives riders to communicate with others while on the trail. The system is voice activated, and we see it being especially interesting for coaches and bike park instructors, or even patrol, with the ability to chat with others around them. The UClear system costs quite a bit to add - about $400 USD - but for those that have a need, it could be a valuable tool.

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The mic is ready for Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Images for Fly Racing Werx Carbon Helmet - First Look
The alloy vent mesh of the Werx helmet. Production helmets will have anodized black mesh.

The weight of the helmet, at 950 grams, may not seem important to many, and we admit being skeptical of the helmet's safety when initially hearing how light it is. Interested riders can rest assured, with the helmet passing CPSC1203, CE EN1078:2012 + A1:2012, AS/NZ2063.2008 and ASTM F1952-15. In fact, Fly noted that the helmet's main focal points during development were safety first, weight, then airflow, and it looks like they've done a darn good job at reaching each of these.

How did they achieve the low weight without negatively affecting the impact safety of the helmet? It's pretty simple and one of those, "why didn't they think of that before" moments. Fly chose to go with an anodized alloy mesh at each of the helmet's air vents rather than the usual steel mesh. They say that this move saved a relatively significant amount of weight and allowed them to keep the EPS and rest of the helmet's shell untouched, making it possible to still pass impact tests. The MIPS version of the helmet weighs in at about 70 grams less than the nearest MIPS-equipped competitor, the POC Cortex DH.

It's also worth noting that weight reduction isn't just for the sake of it. A lighter helmet creates less force on the neck during an accident, further helping to minimize injury - provided it meets other safety standards, which the Werx Carbon does. This is especially important when looking for a helmet for a young whippet, and Fly will provide three youth sizes of the Werx Carbon in the future.

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There is a lot of airflow through the front of the helmet, making it comfortable on warm days.
Images for Fly Racing Werx Carbon Helmet - First Look
Both a MIPS version (shown here) and a non-MIPS model will be available.

The Werx Carbon also features quick-snap removable cheek pads, something that is becoming more common in bike helmets over the last few years. This style of pad makes it possible to remove them without the helmet being taken off, making it easier to take the helmet off and prevent neck injuries after the crash. They are also a part of the helmet's fit, and those with a narrow jawline can opt to buy a smaller set of cheek pads to customize this.

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One priority that's very noticeable when out riding in the Werx Carbon is the focus on the helmet's comfort and airflow. Though very subjective given the wide variety of shapes and sizes that we homo sapiens come in, the helmet felt very nice when we slid on. While on the trail, we found there to be plenty of airflow, noticeably more than previous helmets we've owned and ridden in. Most of this is thanks to the well-designed intake vents across the brow and front of the helmet, but we also noticed the unique, L-shaped cheek pads further adding to the comfort.

These pads run along the jawline rather than over the whole cheek and prevent the helmet from pushing your cheeks into your teeth. The shape of the pads also allows for a more room around the face and as a result, there's even more airflow. Despite the near 30C heat in Whistler for the launch, we were relatively comfortable with the Werx on.

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Images for Fly Racing Werx Carbon Helmet - First Look
The helmet's cheek pads are easily removed, and they click back into place with secure tabs.

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The color selection.

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The top of our turquoise/orange colored MIPS-equipped Werx helmet.
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Plenty of padding in the back of the chin piece.

The Werx Carbon will be available in six colors, going from very bold all the way down to a stealthy looking matte carbon with black details for those that like to play it more low-key. Pricing starts at $395.95 USD for the non-MIPS model and $449.95 USD for the MIPS version.

MENTIONS: @FlyRacing


  • 87 3
 Why are so many dudes on here just out to 'spot the marketing ploy'?

Unless we all pony up subscription fees for the incredible content we get here for free, pinkbike's gotta earn dollar bills somehow.

Yeah yeah, some articles are shameless self promotion....but so what. Go read something else.

To end, I bid everyone happy trails, and bring on MSA!!
  • 29 9
 Some can't deal with the URGE to buy new products so they blame the mental discomfort on other people.
  • 4 2
 Do you think those advertising dollars encourage or inhibit a fair review process?
  • 4 1
 @chrisingrassia: no. they probably just pay money to get the product in front of PB. there are so many new products out there that they can review, a kickback from one of them just gets them to the top of the pile. its cutting the line, not corruption.
  • 3 0
I like to think Pinkbike does its best to stay unbiased. Generally they say what they do and don't particularly like about a product. At the same time it would be pretty tough when riding a $10,000 bike to have many negative things to say about it. I can see why most of the bikes they test they seem to like and at 10 G's it better be amazing! Oh and nice looking helmet.
  • 3 0
 @chrisingrassia: I don't think it's too influential. Last thing they want is to write a review about something saying it's the best ever and then everyone giving exact opposite feedback. That ruins any credibility the site and authors took so long to build. I work in marketing and trust me there is nothing more powerful than positive word of mouth from customers... no paid advertising can beat that.
  • 16 2
 Nice, I think FLY "gets it" with some of the gear they've brought out lately, Also glad they've included a none-MIPS option, not quite sold on that principal yet.
  • 2 0
 What does the MIPS stads for?
  • 10 1
 @gapos999: Multidirectional Impact Protection System. It is designed to reduce the chances of a rotational injury caused by the friction between the helmet and the ground. They achieve this by adding a thin polycarbonate layer inside the shell that is able to break free and slip upon impact. It's debatable as to how effective it is and as there is no ASTM standard for performance and testing for this system just yet, no two MIPS helmets may perform the same in the designed capacity.
  • 7 0
 Is there any comparative analysis of helmets in terms of safety? It's nice that there are some standards, but I think my 700 gram Met Parachute passes most, if not all the same standards as this helmet, however, I wouldn't trust the Parachute helmet for downhill. But I have no rational reason for this. It's just that most "real" downhill helmets cost more (not that the Parachute is cheap) and look/feel like they should be safer.

I've often read "it's your head, spend some money to keep it safe" but is there anything out there (besides vague marketing speak) that can tell me if that money I'm spending is actually making me safer?

Why not have multiple levels of certification or some sort of comparative analysis? I know it's not a simple thing to evaluate safety, especially for the head/brain, but multiple impact level ratings (I.e. this helmet allows for X deceleration under Y impact but helmet b only allowed for Z deceleration under the same impact. Both are "safe" but X should theoretically prevent more injuries under larger impacts). I know it would be tough, but having some relative analysis should bring competitive improvement to safety.

I say this being in the market for a new full face. While I can assess what I'm getting in terms of features and how much those are worth it to me. I'm finding it hard to assess relative safety.
  • 7 1
 Problem is, linear test impacts don't replicate real world impacts, there is no correct scale of safety for helmets because you cant accurately test for something that is infinitely variable (nature of impact).
Lets say you have a crash and your met parachute completely disintegrates around your head because of its relatively basic construction, but this in turn means the forces have been dissipated and you are left unscathed, then lets say you have the same crash in a $500 top of range helmet that may have come out undamaged but the forces transferred to your brain could have left you concussed.
Which one on paper would have been the safer helmet?
  • 4 0
 @bluumax: All very true. But they have figured this out for other fields (car impacts). I'm not saying they should have all the answers, but it has to start somewhere. Why not start defining a safety issue (concussion and/or laceration and or/skull fracture) and define the forces that go into it and start providing multiple levels of protection based on analysis of those forces. I guess I am hoping that we could start having helmets at least partially compete based on some objective measurements that theoretically are safety related, and in the process actually make helmets safer and consumers more informed.

Yeah, I know, the economics likely don't make sense to do this for MTB. Really, it is just that I feel like (and I'm not saying this is anyone's fault but mine) there is this weird pressure to spend more to be safer, and I feel like I am being had a bit, upsold into thinking I'm safer when I may or may not be. I just wish there was more information to make decisions upon.
  • 1 0
 @pcmxa: I get what your saying mate, id like to see it too, but the simple truth is if it were as simple as that there wouldn't be multi billion dollar companies (NHL, NFL) still scratching their heads on how to prevent concussions despite providing top of the range helmets and spending far more money on RnD than mtb companies ever could.
The truth is they haven't figured this out for other industries, and NCAP for automotive cant really be used as a comparison because it only measures the linear forces sustained and as we know this isnt an indication of how safe a helmet is.
  • 1 0
 I had the fun of a face plant with a met parachute, it works but it's weakness is a low chin bar so what happens is it deflects the impact into your eyebox. Post crash, cracked chin bar.goggle lens a big scrape.week long concussion.
  • 2 0
 Nothing concrete yet, but we are working on something with this in mind. Stay tuned.
  • 1 1
 I'm no scientist, buy my strong gut feeling tells me pic has the lead in this, no bs colors materials. Just seems they are focused on only one thing
  • 4 2
 @endurofactory. I had the occasion to experience instant karma kind of accident in my TLD D2. My front wheel went over the edge of a berm. Everything happend so quickly that I haven't even taken the inside hand off the grip. I hit the ground with my chin and got knocked out for a few seconds. I know since I remember a bang and then lying in the water pool in the middle of the berm, no recognition of tumbling, just my friends tyres scratching the ground hard braking. I saw stars in front of me and got up to get off the water and off the track. My lip was bleeding my head and teeth were hurting. It has to be mentioned that D2 has a relatively stiff chin piece, compared to many mid priced full face helmets out there. I do own Bell Super 2R but that event assured me that such helmets should never be used in situations involving high speeds, be it park or Enduro racing. Especially if I use lift to get me up. Why wouldn't I wear a decent fullface helmet? I cringe when I see people in the park riding in such helmets. Funny enough some of them wear full body armor. My biggest problem with protection on Enduro events is that they are often run on DH tracks where and often a dude in Parachute/Super 2R competes in DH with proper FF but puts two piece helmet for Enduro. Those 6" bikes don't really ride that much slower than DHbikes, they are less forgiving, while trees and rocks are just as hard. I don't even want to talk about people doing park/Enduro racing in open lids.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: totally agree with FF in park & Enduro
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I had a crash with the super 2r, its really not that super, I crashed pretty hard, I knocked my self out and woke up just when my friends put me in a save position and waited almost a minute till I woke up, I just remember waking up from the bed in my pj's and eating a bred, my second thought in the hospital wasn't how lucky I was wearing that helmet but that it is in deed just a regular half shell helmet. Now I bought big and went for something that is surly like a dime on my head, D3, nothing to neg about that helmet.
  • 2 0
 @pcmxa: They do this in German magazines. Using two different certification test measures, they try to asses a number based quality. But they themself state in the test description, that the tests are only measuring certain impact directions and hits and that some of the test are not fully trustworthy in any circumstances.
Here is a link to a 2012 test that is now free:
It contains a button to download the PDF (just look at the graphs or if you know some German, read the text). These tests get repeated every two or three years with the newest helmets, but stay premium content for a while...
I hope it help a bit. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 And another test from 2013 with some other helmets:

Again download the PDF.
  • 4 0
 Since nobody seems to be talking about it the weight of this helmet is insane! I got to try one of these on a few weeks ago at Fly's HQ and it is noticeably lighter than any other DH helmet on the market. Put my Bell Full 9 to shame. It's staggering how light this thing is.
  • 2 0
 May I ask how it fitted compared to your Full 9, considering a new full face but finding it hard to consider anything other than Bell because I have not tried on another helmet that fits as good!
  • 1 0
 I wasn't invited?
  • 2 0
 @Roguee: Helmet fit is hard to judge without trying it on yourself, everybody has such different shaped heads. For my very strangely shaped head I would still give a slight edge to the Bell, but only slightly. The Werx was by no means an uncomfortable helmet. If I was in need a few full face this would definitely be at the top of my list, even if it gives up a tiny bit in comfort.
  • 2 0
 If riding donwhill with your fullface is so boring that you need to listen to music while doing it then it might be time to look for another type of activity...
Or maybe it is for people using fullface in order to keep warm during the winter trainer sessions in their garage? Wink

It could be nice while sitting on the chair lift so but still, if you are in a nice ressort, just enjoy the view instead of listen to music while instagraming your latest trick and checking strava!
  • 1 0
 Helmet ratings are a murky subject, for street helmets you have DOT, ANSI, and ECE European standard, all of which differ on what they consider for impact safety. I specifically bought the street helmet I have for 2 reasons: it is ECE approved, which in my opinion is a more stringent and real-world biased testing standard; and it is the lightest helmet you can get, so the added momentum of the helmet is minimized in its effect. Don't ask how much it cost.

It is a shame there is no worldwide standard based on not just testing but input from users regarding the most common impacts. You can't undo head injuries, and even the hard to diagnose concussions add up over time. I know I've had a few from moto and other sports, the dollar amount is the last thing I am worried about looking at head protection. It is good to see new technologies at least being researched, and FLY has a long moto history so they are coming in with historical data to back their tech.
  • 1 0
 Do Fly Still have those stupid lips out of the back of the helmet, at the entrance to the helmet at the back of your neck, that get caught on your neck brace and push the helmet over your eyes in the steep sections?
I have a Fly helmet and love it, just super annoying i cant use it with my neck brace, so gets left in the shed most days.
Cant see from these photos.
  • 1 0
 the Werx helmet definitely sits higher in the back than all the other helmets. I'm certain you wont have any problems with this helmet and a brace together. if you watch the video on the Fly website you'll see Bernard Kerr wearing a brace with the new helmet with no problems
  • 1 0
 I purchased this helmet a week before i was heading down to Queenstown N.Z to do gravity runs. I usually ride with my bell 3r with chin bar but thought no i want to protect myself a little bit more. Well this helmet saved my life. On the last run of the first day we just came out of a black diamond run. All amped. All tracks meet with the last home run style track. I rolled into this home run and on the first berm (which i have hit countless times that day) my front wheel washed in a rut and then bit. I went flying to the side of the bike and the handlebar spun and hit me in the side of the helmet. It split the helmet and managed to knock me out and give me whiplash. I came to laying on top of rocks and had no feeling from the neck down. I got lifted out of there and into hospital spinal ward. Thank f*ck i can walk again. The point of this story is if i had worn my other helmet i don't think the final outcome would have been so good. If you ride gravity, park or anything with decent, wear a full face. You're mad if you don't. I'm not saying buy this helmet but for me it saved my life. Safe riding guys.
  • 3 1
 i hope helmets get better and they develop some sort of axial loading protection,that's the main thing that scares me when I'm about to eat shit.
  • 1 0
 Click in an out cheek pads....last time i did that my tabs broke, not even 3 days old, cheek pad came undone, went to snap it back, an snap, it broke..boohoo... still love the helmet......... be safe now!
  • 1 0
 Fly really needs to work on there quality control. Their Default helmet wasn't assembled very well. Looked used.. Had to return 2 so I gave up on them. The price is good. Looks good.
  • 10 8
 Hmmm... An article on brain injuries and a helmet review on the same day... Coincidence? I think not...
  • 3 19
flag RedBurn (Aug 4, 2016 at 0:49) (Below Threshold)
 $$$$$$$ everywhere
  • 13 3
 @RedBurn: Jeez. Wind it in. How are we supposed to hear about product reviews, see new products etc if Pinkbike doesn't review them? Also, how are Pinkbike supposed to gain revenue without advertising and maintain the quality blog we all regularly check. Sick of these posts.
  • 4 7
 @matthewjam3s: of course ! Was a joke... Pb didnt receive any money we all know that. Concussion article is a lucky thing for FlyRacing thats all
  • 2 1
 To be honest I think it would be good if the helmet companies were in on the discussion ; Troy Lee , 6D , Fox , etc . It would be nice to know what improvements are being made every year to the safety side of the helmet rather than just the paint job and aesthetics. But yeah, I don't think there's a conspiracy to promote Fly going on here - if there was in sure they would have added a ton more info about safety features in the review !!!
  • 3 0
 I prefer the aluminum helmet with better components
  • 1 0
 Just hope that this one is good in the long term,to may helmets of them are faulty after just a few rides in the rain or on heavy use days where you swet a lot
  • 2 1
 I like it, now to find a shop in the uk with the matte black in xl to try on........
  • 1 0
 Fly helmets also actually "go on sale" ... You can pick up last seasons model for a steal usually.
  • 1 1
 helmets are not that important, NOT. This one saved my life but had huge concussion.
  • 1 0
 They forgot to mention the dissident... Awesome helmet and super comfy. Just saying Pinkbike...
  • 1 0
 The black/white one and stealth black are sick
  • 2 1
 cant see the helmet
  • 3 3
 Looks like a session
  • 4 1
 this is tired
  • 5 7
 does anyone else thinks this looks alot like a fox rampage carbon ?
  • 3 2
 Yup, particularly the view from top/rear. Mind you, the Rampage C is a great looking helmet so it's no bad thing to look similar.
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