LEM Spyne Helmet
The Spyne is LEM's new $150 USD all-mountain and enduro half lid. It uses a micro-adjust fit system, a Fidlock buckle, and LEM's GelMotion technology
for the management of high and low-energy impacts, and rotational and oblique impacts. The Spyne has removable, washable, anti-microbial inner padding, 15 vents for ventilation, an indexing visor for on-trail adjustment and goggle stowage, and is E-bike compatible, Class 1 and 2.
• 15 vents
• GelMotion technology
• Micro-adjust fit system
• Goggle storage + adjustable visor
• Fidlock buckle
• Sizes S-M-L
• 6 colors
• MSRP: $150 USD
• More info: www.lemhelmets.com
Abus CliffHanger Helmet
Abus says the CliffHanger is a deep-fitting half-shell-style helmet that gives that extra needed protection to the back of your head when riding on the trails. The $199 USD helmet uses MIPS and has 14 vents for air circulation, eight inlet vents located in the front and sides of the helmet to bring in cool air and six rear exhaust vents draw out the heat. Abus incorporated the Zoom-Ace retention system into the CliffHanger that they've been using on their road helmets and the helmet includes a “Ponytail Outlet” feature for riders with long hair. There is also a new TriVider strap adjustment system, a magnetic Fidlock clasp, and a multi-height adjustable visor that allows for eyewear and goggle storage. The CliffHanger is also compatible with lights and cameras.
• 14 vents
• Zoom-Ace retention system
• Ponytail Outlet
• TriVider strap adjustment system
• Magnetic Fidlock clasp
• Compatible with QUIN crash detection sensor
• Sizes S-M-L
• MSRP: $199.99 (With MIPS)
• More info: www.abus.com
The CliffHanger is available in 9 different colors and 3 sizes in most markets around the world. It can be purchased with or without the MIPS multi-directional impact protection system. In addition, the CliffHanger is QUIN-ready, meaning that you can upgrade your helmet with the QUIN crash detection sensor (sold separately). The new Abus CliffHanger starts shipping on October 24th, 2022.
Sweet Protection Bushwacker 2Vi MIPS Helmet
Sweet Protection says that the new Bushwacker 2Vi MIPS helmet offers improved coverage from the original Bushwacker. It features Sweet Protection’s 2Vi technology platform and includes MIPS Air for protection against rotational force. The Bushwacker 2Vi MIPS helmet is designed to integrate well with Sweet Protection eyewear and passes CPSC 1203, EN 1078 and NTA 8776 (e-bike) standards. The helmet is available in small, medium, large and extra large, and is available in five colors: dusk, matte black, matte white, nani and woodland.
Bushwacker 2Vi MIPS Details
• MIPS Air
• Sizes S-M-L-XL
• Adjustable visor
• 5 colours
• MSRP: $250 USD
• More info: www.sweetprotection.com
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I actually didn't know this before the PB comment section taught me. It will affect my future buying behaviour. ABUS, contrary to what is stated in the title of this page, is not a lesser known brand here in NW Europe. THey are one of the biggest brands in locks and helmets for commuters, and gaining more presence in cycling sports.
Never getting any of my money, and going to let everyone I know about these dingdongs. What the actual f*ck???
Hyped that Pinkbike will turn down any ABUS ad dollars going forward, too!
You dont want to support one company ,thats fine by me, I do the same but if you turn a blind eye on most other manufacturers ,you should keep it to yourself.OR AT LEAST CALL OUT PINKBIKE FOR TAKING THE MONEY AND PROMOTING THEIR BRAND !
Are all those things you mention true? Probably, but until someone can prove a specific brand is benefiting from it, it's hard to vote with your money. That's not the case with arbus.
Let’s just keep all our mouths shut so someone like you doesn’t get their feelings hurt on a bike website.
Where have you seen this?
But I would go as far to say that stop buying something even if only based on some accusation is not cancel culture. That's simply exercising your right of preference as a consumer. Cancel culture for me is actively firing or excluding someone based on dubious accusations.
In this context, rather than simply choose to buy something else, cancel culture would be trying to force the retailers to drop Abus
The other day, a buddy who I influenced into riding with a FF after that crash, rang his dome hard off a jump on some local trails. Needed S&R. Bad concussion, but thankfully all is well. And from the marks on his helmet (he can't remember anything past the lip of the jump), face impacted hard.
So like I'll never ride in some old car that just has lap belts, I'll never ride trail with a half-shell.
If you are jumping or riding sustained downhill perhaps an actual DH full face is warranted?
Now that breathable full face helmets are easy to find, I cannot see myself riding trail with a half shell.
Thankfully, I've not had a huge head impact story like yours (fingers crossed). But I've heard too many like that to ignore it (two acquaintances this year alone with huge concussions, and broken noses due to slamming face first).
At this point, I feel the $200-300 for a breathable full face is well worth the greatly reduced risk (and associated costs) of smashing out some teeth, a broken nose, or eating through a straw for a while due to a broken jaw. Or, at least it is to me now that I pay my own health care costs, and have to support the family.
I haven't dug enough to find the full test standards, but there's some more info here: helmets.org/ebike.htm.
Stupid pointless standard. I go faster down some hills in lycra than I do in my car or on the motorbike.
The regular bicycle helmet tests are supposed to simulate an impact at 20 km/h. That's basically the speed your head reaches during a fall from a standstill.
gotta love Christianity
Fixed it for you.
E-bike compatible riding socks next?…
The NTA standard referred to here is the one designed for high speed pedal-assist (45 km/h) bikes which in NL are officially classified as mopeds, including license plate and mandatory helmet use (remember that legally there is no obligation to wear a helmet on a leg-powered or 25 km/h assisted bicycle). This is also why there are no 45 km/h mountain e-bikes for sale. They wouldn't be allowed on the trails.
VT testing is useful because it shows when a helmet does well on all their tests and scores low, or when a helmet does particularly poorly in one, or some of their tests (it'll score higher and get fewer stars).
It's worth considering that, as of now, all the first 98 helmets on Virginia tech bicycle are rated 5 star. According to VT's ranking system, all those helmets fall into the best category- at least 70% reduction in likelihood of concussion versus not wearing a helmet. The lower the helmet's score the better it's done on their tests.
FWIW I pick my helmets based on:
Fit (not many of those VT 5 star helmets fit me and only a few fit me well)
Is it certified? (Is my insurance and my race insurance cover OK with this helmet?)
Will I replace it when it's damaged / aged / overheated / chemically damaged? (can I afford to replace it when needed)
How high does it score on VT?
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