Specialized's New Helmets Can Text For Help After a Crash

Nov 28, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Specialized
That small rectangular sensor contains a gyro and an accelerometer that work together to detect a crash.


If a mountain biker falls in the woods, do they make a sound? It depends, but if that mountain biker was wearing a helmet with Specialized's new ANGi technology, a crash would automatically notify their emergency contacts via text, and send out their GPS coordinates.

ANGi stands for Angular and G-force indicator, and it's a tiny device that will be a standard feature on many of Specialized's 2019 helmets, and available as an upgrade on others. The small waterproof and dustproof unit contains a gyroscope and an accelerometer, which allows it to detect direct blows to the head, along with potentially dangerous rotational head movements that can occur without the helmet being hit.

If any of this sounds familiar, it's likely because early versions were created under the name ICEdot. Specialized acquired ICEdot in 2017, and brought aboard Chris Zenthoefer, the company's founder, to develop ANGi and the new Specialized Ride App.

One of the goals behind the new technology was to integrate it as seamlessly as possible. Chris Zenthoefer likened it to an airbag in a car – you typically don't think about it at all, but when it does its job you're thankful for its existence.

With ANGi, lifting up the helmet is all that's required to activate it. The next step is to open the Specialized Ride App, make sure the phone and helmet are paired via Bluetooth, and then tap a button on the screen to start a ride. That's all there is to it.

If a crash occurs, a countdown timer will pop up on your phone and an alarm will sound. The amount of time before contacts are notified can be set between 15 and 90 seconds, with 30 seconds as the default setting. If that countdown isn't canceled a text message will go out to notify the emergency contacts stored in the Ride App that there was a potential accident, along with the rider's GPS coordinates.
ANGi
Specialized's Ride App is required to pair with the ANGi sensor.

What if you crash in an area without cell service? That scenario is even more likely for mountain bikers, but as long as you have an active data signal at the start of the ride you can enter an expected ride duration into the app. If for some reason you don't finish within that timeframe, a text will be sent to your contacts that includes your last known location.

There's no fee to use the ANGi feature - all that's required is a free download of the app. The ANGi sensor is powered by a CR2032 battery, with a claimed run time of 6 months.


Specialized

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Specialized
MIPS SL was designed to be as light and comfortable as possible while still functioning in the same manner as the original MIPS liner.


More MIPS

ANGi isn't the only new safety feature available on Specialized's helmets. MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) will now be available throughout the lineup, including a version called MIPS SL that was developed specifically for Specialized.

MIPS, which uses a low friction layer to allow the helmet to move 10-15mm in any direction in order to reduce the amount of rotational force that reaches the brain during a crash, isn't exactly new, but Specialized say they were waiting until enough third-party testing had been done to validate the effectiveness of the technology before implementing it.

Helmets equipped with ANGi sensors are available now, including the Ambush and Dissident mountain bike helmets. In addition, all other 2019 Specialized helmets have a mounting point for attaching an aftermarket ANGi sensor, which sells for $50 USD.





182 Comments

  • + 431
 Can it also delete my browsing history just in case?
  • + 37
 ^^ Asking the important life questions. He gets it. Big Grin
  • + 35
 Ctrl + Shift + N

(you're welcome)
  • + 15
 You can delete the browsing history but what you really need to do is smash the hard drive into tiny pieces. And then burn them. And then bury the pieces at sea. I'm not sure this little widget can do ALL that...
  • + 1
 Bleach Bit can
  • + 6
 @veero: just take the hard drive with you, if it's that bad of a crash the smashing will be done for you...
  • + 95
 @nyhc00 : Wife opens phone after his death and finds huge amounts of E-bikes in the browser history ! Wife falls to her knees balling uncontrollably!
  • + 1
 Best... comment... ever.
  • + 4
 f*ck deleting my history... Will it burn my entire house down if I don’t make it back from a ride?
  • + 4
 @rockchomper: Wife also trolls pinkbike account to see you've been slagging off E-Bikes in the comments, starts to tell her friends you crashed because "you really had a lot going on, and you just wouldn't talk to her about it'

Autopsy reveals, it was a stick.
  • + 0
 This guy gets it
  • - 1
 Agree
  • + 26
 We all know you watch your "step sister" on pornhub. But seriously, whats up with all the "in the family" titles? I know they are not related but the titles are creepy...... Relaying this message from my step mom.
  • + 6
 @Boardlife69: I think you're over thinking the plot.
  • + 3
 @ReformedRoadie: Do you have any spare tissue paper I could borrow?
  • + 6
 I almost thought it was April 1st as I wasn't aware of Specialized making anything that cheap.
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: sounds like you're pretty familiar with what's out there
  • + 1
 @preston67: No comment.
  • + 1
 Can it detect whither too send medical help or a bodybag?
  • - 1
 pedo...
  • + 0
 @Reelchef67: It’s all fun and games until someone has to be an a*shole.
  • + 58
 No headbanging to Slayer while wearing a Specialized helmet then... - On a serious note this is great! I spent half the summer riding around BC on my own. There was always that fear in the back of my mind of the serious consequnces of a big slam. A great idea with a genuine chance of saving a life!
  • - 14
flag RedRedRe (Nov 28, 2018 at 13:05) (Below Threshold)
 It is not a great idea, it is just a copy of this:
site.icedot.org/site/?fbclid=IwAR3mGuJeU6QVsIPpZCcPmaQiQ6SqqIE5xtQ5j9fgnT-FI0zfudJf5ZdAmjM

It only works where if your phone has reception...
Stick a receiver to your head... no cancer concerns at all...
  • + 2
 Does it work if its passed through a bears digestive system? But suppose doesn't matter if your bear poop by that point anyway.
  • + 29
 the text is... "I've fallen, and I can't get up!"
  • + 16
 Does anyone know how the sensitivity of this device compares to Garmin’s “incident detection?” I actually tried it on my Edge 820 but had it go off a couple times in the gnar without a crash, and once or twice when I took a minor spill on an Enduro stage and didn’t want to go fishing for my phone. This would feel way more useful if it really only goes off with legit impacts.
  • + 18
 According to Specialized it's much less likely to create a 'false positive' due to the fact that it's helmet mounted, and there's both a gyroscope and an accelerometer - riding in rough terrain shouldn't set it off.
  • + 6
 My thoughts as well. I turned my incident detection off after I couldn't get my compression damping dialed in on my Float DPS.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer: I’m guessing that having the monitoring on the head vs the bars would help reduce the false positives as well. Was thinking about icedot for a while, and it would be nice to see this available for non-Specialized helmets. I love my Super DH too much to switch.
  • + 3
 Also due to mounting location.... with the exception of headbanging to slayer while riding as mentioned above, I would expect your head to be far more stable than a bar or wrist mounted GPS through rough terrain.
  • + 5
 @DrPete, you can buy the device aftermarket, and although Specialized can't technically recommend it, it should work on your Super DH as long as you figured out a way to mount it securely.
  • - 1
 In my experience, the incident detection is absolute garbage. I have to completely disable it on my MTB because i get so many false positives that I can barely ride, and when I road ride it triggers all the time. For example if I drop my water bottle and stop suddenly to pick it up, it triggers, and I have to scramble to turn it off. I can't wait to try ANGi though, as it looks much more thought out.
  • + 1
 I've gotten text from garmin when a bike was leaning against a car and fell over.
  • + 5
 @DrPete: Precisely. Mounting it to the helmet does provide that benefit. Cheers.
  • + 6
 @vernonfelton: Vernon's back on PinkBike! Now for more more cheeky humor please... Wink
  • + 1
 My experience with Garmins incident detection is rather positive.. It goes off every now and then on harsh braking, but then the device is mounted on my bars and I can cancel it super easy... Looking for a phone in the backpack tho... I think this would actually cause me sending more false alarms. But then maybe its super dialed.
Anyway I recommend any kind of incident detecting device, it helped me when a close family member went otb on a solo ride Smile
  • + 1
 @mmm2ppp: it is relatively easy to disable but I never did get to where I could do it without stopping, and the terrain where it usually went off was a terrible place to stop. And even for us lowly sport class weekend warriors it sucks to have to stop during a stage to keep your phone from sending an SOS to your friends and loved ones.
  • + 5
 @railin: Would love that. With this project out of the way, I should be able to actually write words not related to product again. Who's up for haikus about rainy day rides? Oh...nobody...okay, well, dammit.
  • + 1
 @DrPete: You can buy the icedot aftermarket... it's it's own company. Bell was actually talking with them at one point. It will work just fine with your SuperDH.
  • + 2
 @vernonfelton: maybe a dirty limerick about e-bikes?
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: icedot appears to be sold out right now, but I'll keep an eye out. Wasn't sure if they were going to be indefinitely sold out because they were going away. If there's really a new version coming I'll keep it in mind. Massive size and short battery life kept me away from the original.
  • + 3
 @DrPete, @onemanarmy, ICEdot is going away - those won't be back in stock.
  • + 0
 @mikekazimer: 1. Thanks, and 2. I hate when companies don't put information like that on their websites.
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer: According to Specialized they invented the mtb.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: What is the difference between Ice dot which has been around and installs to any helmet and this new tech?
  • + 1
 @Jsmoke: icedot you basically have an id number. You fall down and get knocked out. Someone can access the system and get all of your health information from it. This is what Bell's been using for years.

If you purchase the one that has the sensor impact and auto notification on it... it's essentially the same tech as this. Least that's my understanding.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Glad you’re back! Really missed your writing on this site.
  • + 4
 @fattyheadshok: Ah, well, you know...gotta be straight-up, today I'm just responding in an official manner to questions about a product I worked on, but my hope is always to carve aside time to write things that are simply fun and to (if the editors at PB are down with it) stink up the joint with an essay or something completely unrelated to products. I dunno...daisies or rocket launchers or my love for my shoe dryer (it's that time of year in the Pacific Northwest). Thanks for the kind words.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Vernon! Where have you been!?
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: So this is where their "Brain" technology went after it failed so hard on their S-Works Epic bikes
  • + 1
 @deserat: He's Specialized.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: how about flow trails and the mass extinction of rocks and roots? Where are the environmental scientists when you need them? Maybe bees are more important but rocks matter too and roots support the trees. We all know trees matter.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: A proper flow trail is built to follow the flow of the mountain. You do not need to cut all of that stuff out or cut down a bunch of trees to make a quality flow trail...
  • + 2
 @onemanarmy: I agree, but tell that to the people building these autobahns.
  • + 2
 @deserat: I took a marketing job at, you guessed it, Specialized. I do the mountain bike marketing and, at this point, some of the equipment marketing. Since I have a background in helmets, I wound up working on ANGi (nouns and verbs only...the actual science is led by Chris Zenthoefer, the founder of ICEdot) and a team of engineers. I just interview them and translate the engineering geek speak into normal human speak--that's pretty much my entire job at the company. I interview engineers, learn what they aimed to do with a new product, ask uncomfortable questions about what they actually did to achieve those goals and then I just write that down and figure out how to express that in videos. When we have press launches, I now get to yell at the other journalists to "Get in the f@ckin' van!" That's a perk of the job. So, ayup, that's where I've been.

I still write for some magazines, but for obvious reasons, I don't do anything related to gear anymore. I just scribble out tone poems about chain wear and bottom brackets. Same ol', same ol', really.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: You in Morgan Hill?
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: I split my time between Bellingham and Morgan Hill. I love rain, mud and trees. I hate traffic and, to be honest, people in general, which means I'm not exactly cut out for living full time in California (well, anywhere south of Humboldt County, at any rate). The company lets me work from home half of each month. No complaints there. Similar drill, in that respect, as working for PB or Bike. It's just a lot of days spent Skyping and looking out my window, but it also means I can wake up and smell the cedars. Sometimes the Internet is useful for things other than watching cats fight with light sabers.
  • + 1
 @vernonfelton: Word. If my company would let me do that I'd move to Montana right now. LOL! I have property waiting for me there.
  • + 9
 I'm self employed, so my free time is often (in fact mostly) midweek so I ride solo at least 2 times a week.
Although I ride with my dog, he's not great at using a smart phone.
I probably will buy one of these, as long as I can get an ok fit
  • + 16
 You are lucky it’s not a trail cat. If you’d get seriously knocked out, it would eat your fingers and bits of your face before anyone would get to you.
  • + 1
 I’m with you. My riding schedule is pretty much “whenever I can,” so riding solo is the norm.
  • + 2
 @DrPete: I did this for 10 years. I know the pain. At the same time it depends who you are to ride with. If you ride with someone only to perform an indirect licking of each others balls, to get mental support, communion, there are cheaper, more effective and less tiring activities to achieve that. Like watching a soccer game with friends shouting at the screen. If your buddies don't push you, make you make a good face to a crappy route, you are better of alone, even if it means 2h push after a second flat.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: that actually made me laugh... and the cat COULD use the cell phone, but chooses not to...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: LOL. most of my riding buddies are a little slower than me, so they push me in the sense of motivating me to not get caught, but you're right--solo workouts are some of the most productive. I also find I don't stop and hang out as much when riding solo. So I'm all for devices that help make things safer.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: you sure? www.vice.com/en_ca/article/jmbx78/dogs-love-eating-human-faces
at least cats would take longer...

aside: I ride solo mid-week with a dog, but I will take a pass on this device. I might turn on location services and share it with my SO when riding.
  • + 1
 @ReformedRoadie: I like it how Joe Rogan put it. When you have a dog and come back home late he's like: hey buddy, are we going to play? I wanna play, you wanna play? no? I am hungry but I want to play! The ball, here I brought a ball! And when you have a cat what welcomes you is: where were you... I am hungry... you know that if you have a heart attack I will chew on you within 10 minutes. You mean nothing to me. I thought I told you to give me food.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: my cat actually does seem happy when I come home (nothing like the dog's level of enthusiasm). But it could all be self serving.
  • + 1
 @powderturns: holy crap hahaha Big Grin
  • + 1
 @IllestT it looks like you can get it to clip on to other helmets too.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Try a Burmese Cat. Open front door and get mauled by overly friendly kitties saying welcome home. They also play fetch and like to supervise house work or any work from a comfy perch either on shoulders or behind ones neck.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Det heter FOOTBALL ditt kioskmongo!
  • + 1
 @AMGoran: football handlar om att gå ut och spela football. Att titta på football på TV eller gå till matchen utan att spela sen grundskolan kallas för Soccer. Det är Världens storsta, synchroniserad grupp runk
  • + 9
 A long time ago looked for something like this, not specifically on a helmet.
Found a decent Free alternative (for Android), a GPS App for Android like Oruxmaps using "SOS message": if no GPS movement detected within a specified interval (ex:15min) it automatically sends a SMS to designated emergency contacts with coordinates and a Google lin. There's a 30sec countdown where phone plays notification sounds if you want to cancel it.
  • - 1
 15 could be too long sadly
  • + 2
 @fracasnoxteam: right, but you can specify it....1,5,10,15 min...
15 works beat for me, lower would trigger it too many times
This is actually something I think should be made to work in Trailforks app.
  • + 1
 @fracasnoxteam: Better than never though is it not? And even if emergency contacts were notified immediately it does not mean that they will be able to respond right away.
  • + 7
 This is a good idea.
A better idea:
If you go riding solo. Text someone when you are riding and when you expect to b home.
There are plenty of zones I ride in that cell phones don't work.
Helmets a good idea but if your not in cell coverage it will make the rescue go much smoother if you let someone know where you are riding .
  • + 1
 But then you're still left with contacts who think you're dead when walking out of the woods with a tacoed wheel or some other ride-ending mechanical. I think the "better idea" is the ability to pair this device with the Spots, inReaches, and ResQLinks of the world. I use an inReach mini when I'm really out there because it still allows me to text. Does me no good if I'm unconscious, though, so having tech like this attached to satellite comms would be a huge leap.
  • + 1
 @DrPete: yes I thought that one out.
My text would read: I'm going to ..... trails ..... mountain. 11:00 am
If I don't text you before 7:00 pm . Rider down.
Also the hiking trails close to me have a kiosk at the trail head.
With a box and paper and pen.
If hiking solo it's mandatory to write where you are hiking and when your expecting to be back.
  • + 1
 @Sshredder: All those things would take way longer and make it more likely to be a recovery operation than a rescue, though. This kind of tech working without cell service would be a huge benefit.
  • + 2
 @DrPete: ok you put your faith in electronics that send receive signals to satellites .
I pith my faith in friends and family.
And search and rescue. They are very busy on the North Shore all the time.
God bless those volunteers they have saved hundreds of lives.
BTW if I do a solo trip in the back woods I have a survival kit.
People die from hypothermia not thier injuries.
  • + 2
 @Sshredder: I'm not sure why you're so against a device that would make the blessed volunteers' life easier. And at no point did I ever say you shouldn't have a backup, survival kit, etc.
  • + 1
 @DrPete: I would do both.
I probably don't have a tracker that is sat linked that can send a distress call because of cost.
Trail runners use these they are great . And expensive.
So the best excuse why I don't use one .
I'm more of a Dirt bag than a dentist. I'm cheap.
  • + 1
 @DrPete: How much does the airtime subscription cost for the inReach? I spent all summer riding a very dangerous trailhead with no cell reception and having satellite comm would be reassuring in the future
  • + 1
 I use strava live beacon, so my wife can check through a link where i am (or was last when there is no more signal).

If the pointer stops moving and there is no pub at that location, then she knows there's a problem
  • + 1
 @heffernw: I want to say the subscriptions start at $25 or so a month. There are also plans that just let you use it seasonally and turn it off for the winter.
  • + 2
 @heffernw: Sorry-I forgot about the “safety” plan, which is $12 a month on contract or $15 a month to be able to turn on and off: support.garmin.com/en-US/?faq=Z0mdgyBwqaAHP4QLy78UcA
  • + 5
 When riding by yourself maybe just tone it down a bit and enjoy the ride. I get all the safety devices that seem to come out year after year...but to a certain degree I like to disconnect and get away from electronics. They do have their place....but old school no electronic freedom is still high on my list.
  • + 9
 Can it text ebikes to go f*ck off?
  • + 3
 YEA. Will 100% order one of these. Had a fall on the road bike a month ago and was knocked out for five minutes, smashed my collarbone in to Many pieces. If it wasn’t for the fact I was riding with a buddy home (not planned), could have just died. Awesome awesome awesome work Spesh.
  • + 3
 I'm not a huge fan of all this new powered tech being added to bikes. Batteries and screens have no place in MTB in my opinion. This however is not that and I think it is a fantastic idea! I don't always ride in remote locations by myself but when i do any extra safety gear i can have is always a good thing.
  • + 3
 Now to include G-force impact information and to pair it with the heart-rate monitor so when you crash, a record is made for the first responder. That would be critical information for first responders in the patient assessment.
  • + 8
 Yes and no... when it comes to head trauma, mechanism of injury is still king regardless of g measurement. If you're conscious and tell them you landed on your head at high speed, you WILL be screened for C-spine injury, concussion, and things like epidural hematoma and there's no g number from the sensor that's going to change that. Likewise, if you say you don't remember what happened, you're getting a head CT and all the rest no matter what, and there's no g number or heart rate that will change that. Heart rate may be nice info to have but wouldn't necessarily be as high-yield as you may think, again because your treatment when EMTs arrive will be based on where you are, not where you were, in terms of vitals. Where I DO think it would be awesome is for research, because if we were to demonstrate that the energy transfer of the average bike crash is x more than we thought and we should be more liberal with screening for traumatic brain injuries that would be useful in changing protocols for the future.
  • + 4
 I should say mechanism and symptoms are king. My mistake.
  • + 7
 But will it send nudes and /or beers?
  • + 2
 With a samsung phone you can press 3 times the unlock button and it will send GPS coordinates, front and rear camera photo and record 10 sec audio and send it to the number of your choice. Pretty usefull but you need to be conscious
  • + 2
 Never realized there was ever going to be a time that you need a cellphone compatible with your helmet. As far as I understand from this article, this one is not going to work with my Nokia 108. I'd wait for a company to release a helmet that when you crash, it ignites an emergency flare and/or smoke signal. Sure there may be downsides but as they say, safety first!
  • + 3
 It seems to me some things should be offered at zero or ner zero cost. Some things should also be utilized by all brands, not bought out by one to be monopolized.
  • + 0
 Give it time. Some one always has to do it first then the rest will follow
  • + 2
 @nismo325: We did and ICE became Specialized....
  • + 2
 Yes, there's a great development with the integration, the alarm... but $30/year ? + the $50 when you buy the helmet, that's $80 or $110more than the helmet without the system if you keep your helmet 2 or 3 years. We'll soon see jet helmets above $300 !

The ANGi sensor is a very good thing for our security while riding alone but I think it's too expensive to be used by everyone...
  • + 1
 i think 10€/year would be adequate price
  • + 0
 @oxentiel: The cost increase on new Specialized helmets will be between $20 and $30, depending on where in the world you are located.

That cost increase is not a result of ANGi, but rather the addition of MIPS, which is now an option on every Specialized helmet. A cost increase of 20 or so bucks is typical, across helmet brands, when they add MIPS to existing helmet models.

At this point, ANGi comes attached to Ambush, Ambush Comp and Dissident mountain helmets, right out of the box. The ANGi sensor is also stock on some of our road models, like S-Works Prevail II, Evade II and Propero. In the near future we'll have a grom-sized, ANGi-equipped Shuffle helmet.

The $50 quoted in the article is for riders who choose to buy an aftermarket ANGi sensor.

You can attach that $50 aftermarket sensor to the helmets we sell that have attachment points designed for the ANGi device, but which aren't equipped, right out of the box, with the sensor. We're calling those lids ANGi-ready helmets, as opposed to ANGi-equipped helmets.

Whether you buy a helmet with the ANGi sensor already installed or you simply buy the sensor, the first year subscription to the Ride premium app is free.

After that first year of use, the subscription to the app is, indeed, $29.99
  • + 0
 Yeah man, I wish the owner hadn´t sold the company because that means that they will only be available in specialized helmets and they can charge what they want... for somthing realted to safety... but ouh well... capitalism sucks that way haha
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer I'd wear one just so I personally know if I've hit my head hard enough for me to get checked out. Hit my head a lot of times... never gotten checked out unless I went unconscious... something like this would be a good motivator and/or reality check of the severity of an impact (with or without the text messaging)... with all the new developments in the severity of TBI, a device that also measures the force of your impact could be really valuable... seems like this is a start in the right direction of offering something that not only contacts OTHERS, but knocks some sense into the rider post-crash, right??
  • + 1
 If it's anything like Garmin, it'll register a 'crash' simply when you hit some bumps or a jump, then will block you from shutting it down while it texts your wife and tells her you crashed.
After it's done this 10-12 times(and you've subsequently notified the wife of the errors), you will ride off a cliff on accident, it will text the wife, she will ignore it as usual, and you will die of exposure/sun stroke/a bear/wolf/cougar eating you/ a closed-head injury.
  • + 4
 One of the very few technologies that is actually useful and not some silly gadget.
  • + 1
 For those worried about areas without cell service, a ACR ResQLink is a great purchase. It’s usually around $200-250, about the size/weight of a spare tube, and has no subscription fee. Still won’t help if you’re unconscious but a good backup for all other situations.

It would be cool to see some kind of compatibility with Spot X or Garmin inReach devices too, so the sensor could send the alert even without cell service.
  • + 1
 you can use google maps share position feature... that is if you access to mobile coverage on remote just use the usual devices now I'm writting, I think this wasn't a problem when there was no phones!
  • + 2
 $2/Month for Strava Beacon is money well spent.. No more getting bombarded with texts if I'm riding for more than 17 minutes.
  • + 0
 Seems like another useful option for the market but the fee is deal breaker. I've been using Road ID's free app for years. It's not based on and "incident" but if you stop for 5 minutes it begins a noisy countdown before sending out messages to user specified contacts. It also allows contacts to track you real-time while you're riding. This has been out long beforr Strava's Beacon or Garmin's Incident Detection and is far more simple and less buggy.
  • + 1
 Surely too cheap if you have a £5000 bike. I would have thought the brietling rescue watch far more acceptable at £12k. I think as a child of the 80s I had 10p to call home.
  • + 3
 *Buys it*
*Rides to top of Credit Line*
*Sets estimated ride time to 3:22*
*Drops in for Hot Lap*
  • + 0
 Is the accelerometer in the phone sensitive enough to do this detection without an additional device? Seems like having an app in the phone would be preferable to another piece of hardware?
  • + 2
 The annual service should be free . They are already making money with your phone data.
  • + 3
 A good chunk of that fee goes towards maintaining the servers necessary to handle all of the messaging, etc..
  • + 8
 @mikekazimer: The alert functionality could be exclusively handled by the phone itself. That doesn't require server/messaging infrastructure maintained by Specialized. They purposely developed it so you must use the Specialized Ride app, a Strava clone. The real goal is to attract people to use their platform in which they charge for. It is the dream of every hardware (or hard goods in this case) manufacturer to achieve reoccurring revenue through software as a service.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer: All the messaging? How often do you actually get a call from a rider alone in need. I have once, and reality is he could have made it out on his own. This may save a life, but it isnt about maintaining servers to handle "all the messaging"
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 @mikekazimer: so, Specialized needs money to maintain servers?
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 I sure as hell hope this is removable. Go look at where they put it on the full-face. The fact that you have to be in cell-phone range AND you have to start your ride with their app every time you ride makes this useless. Imagine laying on the ground somewhere and thinking, hm, did I remember to start my app?... wonder if help will come.
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 @jefe You can, in fact, remove the ANGi sensor. While the system requires a cell signal to send texts (no getting around that point) you can still use ANGi on rides that take you out of cell range, though it does require forethought. You can use the time-based safety alert function. In essence, before you head out for a ride that you know is going to take you out of cell coverage, you set a time by which you expect to be done riding. Then you go ride. If you don't return to cell coverage within that time frame (if you, for instance, set the timer for 4 hours and you didn't. get back in cell range within four hours) your emergency contacts would receive a note that you are out riding longer than you expected and they'd also get your last uploaded GPS coordinates (the point at which you lost cell service). The idea is that if you do get in trouble somewhere remote, that your contacts at least learn about it and have a starting point with which to start looking.
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 it's a new "ICEDOT"... :-/
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 my sarcastaball league is suuuuper exciiited about this developement. we're going to be using these in all of our regular season games next season, check that, all games next season, and every practice too. check that, we're going to require all sarcastaball players to use these helmets 24/7.
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 If you desire to go off and not be heard from may it be adjusted for the amount of existential dread you have prior to a ride?
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 Interesting but I wonder what the volume of use cases is where something like this would have been helpful. Are there so many solo riders out there finding themselves incapacitated after a crash needing the assistance of automated SOS?
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 Might not get used often or even at all (hopefully) but that one time it does get used you'll sure appreciate it.
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 As an example, in June 2017 I took a backcountry Sunday evening ride, only the dog and I and in 90 minutes saw no one else on the trails. I had a significant crash on a pine needle covered bridge coming out of a higher speed turn, knocked myself unconscious and have no idea how long I laid on the ground until I came to, it took another 30 minutes before I could focus my eyes and wasn't seeing double. With five kms to the trial head it was dark by the time I got back to the car. If I hadn't come around or had been more disoriented I could have been there all night with serious consequences...much more careful now when taking those rides, I know something like this is a potential life saver and there's a Use Case for you.
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flag Trouterspace (Nov 28, 2018 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 Gotta feed on people's fears to make a buck these days.
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 There are certainly a lot of solo riders that don't want to find themselves in that situation....

I for one find this super interesting and may just go ahead and pull the trigger. I ride aggressive shit solo all the time and rarely even remember to let friends/family know where I am in case they don't hear from me.
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 @mangochaos Would rarely be useful, but those rare few times it does come in handy would make it invaluable.

Another example: riding solo on a lonely fire trail the other evening and hit a kangaroo at speed. Held control, nothing hurt or damaged, but there are a hundred ways that scenario could have played out with me ending up broken and/or unconscious.
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 @caltife: sounds like the Roo could've done with a Specialized helmet, best throw him a Spec 2019 brochure when you bump into him next
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 @bikeorski4me: Article could have started with this account.
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 @joolz7: he might be a Trek fanboi but I can only try
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 If it can buy me a beer and drive me home after I've had 12 or 13 pints Add to Cart!!
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 Great, more retards out there not checking their ego at the door because SAR will come save them via their helmet.
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 "ANGi stands for Angular and G-force indicator"

Whats the N stand for? Angular n' G-force indicator?
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 Oh God. Here's my solution, "buy your shit before it gets even more stupid!"
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 Don't ride alone, get a friend, and you won't have to shell out for this stupid tech.
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 Spez helmets are super comfy. If only they made a full face with removable jawbar.
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 Strava, get busy, no need for helmet sensor..... Just incorporate into phone accelerometer
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 Ok so whenever I clip a tree branch I'll have to stop and pull out my phone. No thanks.
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 pretty much guaranteed not to have a signal up a mountain or in the woods in the UK.
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 Great idea of tech but not a fan of the propietary app and the fact that is sub based. Would love to see this with like a Garmin or as a colab with strava.
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 I hope it can wake me up from my knock-out sleep with a loud "Run to ze choppah!!!" call when the rescue team arrives.
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 E bikes, E droppers, & now E helmets
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 If I'm that hurt on the trail, just leave me there. Cycling makes me super happy, so I'd prefer to die doing what I love.
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 Riding with friends is always free, but may require beer bribes occasionally. Depending on your friends, the beer bribes may exceed the $30/year cost of subscription.
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 so what if i drop kick my helmet after i land a sick trick?
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 For PNW riders, now it just needs to solve the lack of cell coverage and frequent loss of GPS due to forest canopy in the remote locations where one would need it most.
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 I started to shake my head at this. Then I realized it would allow me to not tell my wife where I'm going.
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 It also texts Satan if youve been naughty! I knew spesh was evil!!!
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 That's amazing except when you ride in areas with ZERO cell service.
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 Dont' bother telling people here.... they just ride in their backyard.
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 Who says I want to be found Smile
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 This is exactly what I would need for my moto sessions.
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 Strava real time and Garmin inreach mini.
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 If thereis a way to make your partner worry more I'd like to know it!
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 nice feature if you are a regular solo night rider.
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 My bike call the cops if it's stolen
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 When do we get an E.E.G. to monitor zen riding brainwaves?
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 GPS coordinate? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!
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 This is just a way for specialized to gather meta-data on you
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 PS. there is no such thing as a GPS coordinate. Stay in school!
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 Just a copy of ICE Dot
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 couch cough, no surprise if you read the article..."If any of this sounds familiar, it's likely because early versions were created under the name ICEdot. Specialized acquired ICEdot in 2017"
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 Can it also wipe my bum?
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 Wow they copied ICEdot... Well done..!
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 OK so I see that Spacalised purchased them..
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