Anybody who follows the Enduro World Series closely might recognise Fred. Known within the sport as the Godfather of Enduro, he is the man behind mountain biking's first ever enduro race, the Tribe 10,000 in 2003. Beyond this, he is also a seasoned traveller both with the bicycle and the motorbike, as well as the owner of one of France's largest distributors, Tribe Sports Group. Turning 50 this year, he is showing little sign of slowing down, celebrating that milestone by taking part in the BC Bike Race.
Zoobab is the artist of the three, a quiet man who is less well-known than his partners in Urge and usually prefers to stay out of the spotlight. Having worked in design in the mountain bike industry since the heydays of Sunn in the early 1990s, he has more than twenty years of experience working in the sport. He planted the seeds for Urge back in 1993, providing Francois Gachet a homemade helmet that he wore to World Championship gold.
Fabien Barel needs little introduction. A three-time downhill world champion, who later switched to become one of the world's top enduro racers. With an engineering background, he has been known for years for his meticulous attention to detail and applies this approach to developing Urge's helmets. What is maybe less well-known about him is that away from the track he is an astute businessman and Urge is one of a number of companies he is involved in.
I wound't want to see friction between the cool guys.
Either way, the A1 rocks!
Best half-shell I ever had, so comfortable and it matches the graphics of my bike!
Did I mention that I got it on sale?
keep up the good work TLD !
It may improve safety, it makes sense just give me a peer reviewed research to cover for that much hype, and I'm on it.
...that said I really like the design of the Aircraft.
I own an 80 euro Bluegrass, not saying it's bad, but it is affordable.
I'd like to think that troy lee consider themselves to be in the top 3...
On the subject of trail helmets,I once said to my lads many moons ago to pop on your lids if going out on your bmx's.they replied,"why?i told them about falling off and banging your head,their reply was"don't wear a helmet for tree climbing....I left it like that.
that was smooth guys
I still have the Sunn catalog from 1995 somewhere, with the superb drawings and logos made by he real zoobab.
Now I stole his nickname since I had to pick one for IRC chatting.
I do have the first Enduro helmet (brown color, not fullface), it is true that it is really hot in the summer, so I keep it for winter and other periods of the year.
I hope I will have the opportunity to meet the real zoobab once, I think he is showing up at Eurobike most of the years.
I'd be curious about the testing that they did that makes them 100% sure that their helmet is safer than everyone else's.
Also... they talk about not making a product for price point or just to fit a trend. Then they talk about how they have to make a MIPS style helmet because of marketing?
Mine fits perfectly and I rarely ride it without the chinbar. LOL!
Sure MIPS may be overly expensive but it is better than saying "yeah the old stuff is fine we're happy as we are"..
"The Urge Crash Replacement Policy allows an Urge helmet owner to get a discount on a new helmet in case of an accident.
A helmet up to 3 years old can be replaced at 50% off the recommended retail price. If the helmet model is no longer available, it will be replaced by the closest model in the current range.
The customer needs to get in contact with the Urge distributor in the country where the helmet was bought.
He would have to provide to the distributor:
- Pictures of the crashed helmet
- Information about the accident
- Proof of purchase of the crashed helmet
Then, in agreement with the distributor, he will return the helmet to the distributor along with the payment (cheque or else depending on the distributor requirements).
The new helmet will then be shipped directly by the distributor.
Our crash replacement policy is temporarily not available in the United States
Sorry for the inconvenience"
Breaks my heart but that OK. I'll replace it with TLD.
Haha! I had no choice to get my first gen enduromatic. Back then, the local bike shop laughed at me just asking for it... Since then, I have 3 Urge helmets all ordered over internet
I wonder if he is talking about the 100% Aircraft? I hope not......
They might fit & protect well, but I'm not putting one on my dome.
Likewise I have not tried Marmite only Vegemite.
Thanks fellas ????