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  1. Hi all, are the Cairbull helmets for sale on takealot any good? https://www.takealot.com/cairbull-alltrace-mtb-cycling-helmet/PLID65657399/reviews/1?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1PSDBhDbARIsAPeTqrcdgE2krUkdlcJPPsYZjdgidNxFFrDwsmgsLJAYikxLil95GnBItBwaAmccEALw_wcB&colour_variant=White&gclsrc=aw.ds&size=M Looking at a trail helmet with more coverage at the back, peak and looks cool (poser alert ) What other alternatives are there that are around the R1000 - R1500 mark? Thanks
  2. Debuted by the INEOS Grenadiers at Strade Bianche, the Wasabi features adjustable airflow channels and a moisture-wicking Merino wool lining - for every ride, whatever the conditions. Download attachment: wasabi2.jpg Click here to view the article
  3. 9 March 2021 - Chiuduno, Italy: Premium Italian helmet manufacturer KASK today reveals a sneak peak of its latest addition: the Wasabi. A high performance cycling helmet designed to be worn in all seasons by road, gravel and cyclocross riders, the new model made its first public appearance at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, 6 March. Featuring an adjustable airflow port that allows the wearer to easily increase or decrease ventilation depending on conditions, the Wasabi offers optimal comfort and thermoregulation. This neat feature, combined with a Merino wool lining by REDA, Italian styling and a highly aerodynamic profile, makes the Wasabi an exciting new introduction to KASK’s existing range of premium cycling helmets. Worn by and developed in collaboration with INEOS GrenadiersFollowing close collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers in the design and development of the Wasabi, eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the new model making an appearance by the team at the Strade Bianche on Saturday. As the rest of the 2021 season unfurls, the Wasabi will accompany the likes of World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna, 2020 Giro D'Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and exciting new talent taking on multiple disciplines, Tom Pidcock, for the INEOS Grenadiers’ upcoming pursuits - earning its credentials as a helmet fit for world-class riders. Adjustable airflow, optimum aeroThe Wasabi ensures temperature regulation like no other helmet, thanks to its adjustable airflow system. With the push of a finger, a centralised vent can be opened when conditions start to heat up, or closed when things cool down for a 1.5℃ internal temperature increase, when ridden at the same speed. With less than one watt lost between the helmet vent being opened and closed at 50km/h, wind tunnel testing confirms the Wasabi is one of the pro peloton’s fastest helmets - second only to KASK’s Utopia. Thanks to these impressive aerodynamic and ventilating features, coupled with a premium merino wool lining made by Italian wool mill, REDA for protection against uncomfortable temperatures, it is no surprise that the Wasabi is quickly becoming a firm favorite amongst the INEOS Grenadiers. KASK’s premium touchThe Wasabi comes equipped with KASK’s tried and tested Octo Fit head retention system - a mechanism that allows both vertical and horizontal adjustment for the perfect fit. Despite the helmet’s advanced adjustable ventilation system, it weighs just 290g in a size Medium. Safety firstAs a manufacturer at the forefront of helmet design across multiple sporting disciplines, KASK strives to develop class-leading helmets that have been subjected to rigorous testing far beyond the mandatory industry standards. Ensuring that all KASK helmets offer the best possible protection against rotational impacts is fundamental to this principle. As such, the Wasabi has been rigorously tested against both linear and rotational impacts at an independent laboratory, striking flat and angled surfaces. When it comes to safety, KASK makes no compromises. Diego Zambon, General Manager at KASK says: The Wasabi is the result of continuous and careful innovation that we are committed to as a brand. We are excited to introduce to our collection a helmet that is truly designed to be worn in all seasons and terrains, and we look forward to watching how its active ventilation and thermoregulating capabilities meet the demands of road cyclists, gravel and cyclocross riders everywhere. AvailabilityThe Wasabi will be available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. A full selection of colorways and availability will be announced soon. Check out the full range of KASK helmets here.
  4. BH60SE Road Cycle Helmet What do you worry about most when you ride out to meet your friends on a Sunday morning? Not how many Strava trophies you’ll get, or who will be first over the morning’s steepest climb. Not whether you’ll get a puncture, and certainly not whether your local coffee shop will have stock of almond croissants. No, if you’re one of South Africa’s estimated 40 000 recreational road cyclists, chances are you worry most about being hit by a car. Your anxiety is not unfounded. The most recent statistic from the Road Traffic Management Corporation is scary enough to make you hang up your bike and never ride it again: In 2016, 451 cyclists were killed on South Africa’s roads, and it seems that the situation hasn’t improved much since then. But you’re not going to hang up your bike. You’re going to keep on riding, because little else compares to the sense of all-round satisfaction that your Sunday ride delivers. What you can do is invest in gear that will decrease the chance of a serious accident. Research has highlighted three key factors: wearing a helmet, visibility on the road and limiting rider distractions. The new Livall BH60SE ticks all of those boxes in one sleek, stylish package. It’s a smart helmet with extraordinary features that will redefine the way you think about cycling safety. BH62 Road Bike Helmet Light it up There are three rows of integrated LED lights on the back of the helmet. You can set these lights to flash, alerting motorists to your presence, or you can control the lower two rows using the wireless handlebar remote and signal your intentions when you’re about to make a turn. Crash alertConnect the helmet to your smartphone via the Livall app, and a designated contact will receive a message and a GPS location in the event of a crash. This warning is triggered by a three-axis gyroscope built into the helmet, which senses harsh impact or sudden deceleration. There’s also an SOS button: Push it for five seconds and an alert will be sent to your emergency contact. Easy communicationWith a built-in Bluetooth speaker above each ear, you can safely listen to music or turn-by-turn navigation while you ride, without affecting your spatial awareness. You can also have a phone conversation, thanks to the wind-proof microphone that muffles audio interference at speeds of up to 60km/h. If any other members of your cycling group have a Livall helmet, you can even chat to them using walkie-talkie function. Handy if you get dropped! It’s also a pretty great helmet…Smart tech aside, the BH60SE offers all the protection your brain deserves. It’s made from EPS foam and meets all mandated international safety standards. The aerodynamic design looks great, and the 24 vents offer excellent ventilation. Amazingly, Livall has managed to keep the weight to only 278g, marginally more than the energy bar in your jersey pocket. BH62 Road Helmet | BH60SE Road HelmetThe range also includes a kids’ helmet, a mountain bike helmet and a cool urban helmet for commuting, all of which feature Livall’s award-winning smart safety features. For more information, visit us at www.livall.co.za Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Download the free Livall Riding app and start tracking your performance data* Android | iOs *Livall helmet not required
  5. http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2015-Smith-Overtake-road-xc-bicycle-helmet04.jpg http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2015-Smith-Overtake-road-xc-bicycle-helmet01.jpg smith road/xc helmet http://www.wigglestatic.com/product-media/5360086866/POC-Cortex-Flow-Helmet-Full-Face-Helmets-Bohrium-Red-2015-PO-51831.jpg?w=1500&h=1500&a=7 its old but still sexy as hell POC cortex flow http://cdn.kingbarcelona.com/img/zapatillas-mtb-spiuk-16m-rojas.jpg spuik rojas 16 mtb shoe http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/item-images-large/mavic-crossmax-mtb-shoe-212755.jpg mavic crossmax mtb shoe http://i.imgur.com/zpA6Rae.jpg soomom racing vest http://www.bicyclebuyersguide.com/uploads/company_131/1380653269.jpg royal enduro vest
  6. Hi I want to buy a helmet only from another country (irland) and ice seen lots of talk on forum but its all from 2016 and non of its a clear answer. I only have the money the helmet cost and shipping Some people are saying if you use DHL you get charged a standard R150 If not what's the customs 30% or 25% Thanks a lot
  7. For those of you who may have missed the PureMotion Sports Black Friday Sale, fret not - we're keeping our pricing as is for the entire week. That means you'll still have the opportunity to bag some killer Morvelo kit and stylish POC helmets. Christmas is around the corner so these awesome deals will provide you with the ideal opportunity to finish your shopping and maybe even spoil yourself too... Go on, you know you want to! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50% Off Selected Baselayers Morvelo KOM Baselayer - R500 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25% Off Selected Bibshorts Morvelo Unity Evo Bib Short - R1500 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 50% Off Selected Jerseys Morvelo Kuler Black Jersey - R750 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20% Off Covert Baselayer Morvelo Covert Baselayer Ambush - R1000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14% Hydrologic Rain Jacket Morvelo Men's Hydrologic Rain Jacket - R2500 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20% R.A.D. Shorts Bundle Morvelo R.A.D. shorts bundle - now only R1840! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  8. Morning Hubland, Looking for these. Who might stock?
  9. Hey Looking for a helmet for my little Kittel. He is now 3 and his boet Swift is taking his current one. So far I like the Bell Sidetrack, although it does look lank Enduro. Anyone else got something for toddlers/kids?
  10. The KASK brand is distributed by NSquared, in Cape Town, who clearly have a fetish for Italian styled products as they are also responsible for plying us with quality products such as Fizik, Vittoria, Santini and De Rosa (I have yet to have the pleasure of trying a De Rosa out). A helmet can be subjective as head shape, head size and thickness of hair will all have bearing on the overall experience, so I chose a few criteria upfront to evaluate the helmets; these being weight, comfort and adjustability, price and performance. Rapido – “Light Value” The first of the three models I tried was the Rapido which is KASK’s entry level helmet. The Rapido weighs 220 grams (medium) which is a tad lighter than similar helmets in this price range. This helmet floats in at around the R1000 mark and offers incredible value and comfort. The tightening dial is easy to use even with thick gloves and didn’t loosen while riding. The inner harness is fitted with a pivot that pulls the harness under the back of your skull, so the tightening effect pulls the helmet onto the head and prevents the helmet from moving up off the head, as often happens when a rider changes their head position while riding. The 24 vents spread over the helmet give sufficient in and out air flow to keep your head cool.On the ride the Rapido is light and the chin strap sits in a comfortable position, but this should be the case for all helmets if they are fitted correctly. On other helmets that I have tried in this range there tends to be excess wind noise around the vents particularly on faster descents, but the Rapido does not boast too much of this. The low fit on the head meant I didn’t look or feel like a mushroom – BONUS! The internal padding was also a pleasant surprise for a helmet in this range as it offers proper comfort and the required absorbency.It comes in six different colours, but accents are easily applied. I am really impressed by the Rapido, it punches way above its price range and offers huge value and still looks every part Italian design. Mojito – “All-rounder” Midway through the KASK range sits the Mojito which weighs 220 grams for the medium that I slung on. The 22 vents kept my head cool and, like the Rapido, it sits low on the head so you don’t get the feeling that your heads wants to over balance to one side. The same pivot system on the Rapido is fitted on the Mojito, but comes with additional padding on this model and also pulls the helmet down onto the head for a more natural and comfortable fit which is again controlled by an easy to use dial at the back of the helmet, albeit this dial dresses up a bit with the Italian colours. The straps follow the industry norm, where two separate straps thread through an adjustable clip, KASK step this up nicely by attaching a soft leather strap which definitely adds an element of comfort over the standard Nylon type strap.Sufficiently padded on the inside, the helmet is comfortable and although primarily designed for road use I wouldn’t have any issue using it while mountain biking. From a design perspective the helmet fits into the mould of most helmets in this range which is a little disappointing as I would have expected a little more flair, but this doesn’t really affect the performance as such, but I did find this particular helmet a little less comfortable than the Protone which is reviewed below. Coming in at around R2500 upwards this model should fit the more serious riders’ needs and budget, and should fulfil a dual purpose role both on the road and MTB. Protone – “Balanced Comfort” The last of the three that I tested, albeit the first that caught my eye based on looks, is the Protone worn by team Sky in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year. I was super eager to get this on my head and out on the road. In the hand, the medium Protone weighs 230 grams, but on the head it feels as though it weighs nothing and I found myself making sure it was still there on the odd occasion. The cage at the back was small but with a manageable dial for tightening the adjustable pads on the left and right that pull in under the base of the skull for protection and the configuration options make for a super comfortable fit.Once again, as with the other helmets, the padding was sufficient and soft with plenty absorption to prevent sweat streaming into your eyes. This is a professional level helmet with safety and protection not compromised for the sake of Italian design. The ride experience was awesome with little to no noise around the few vents and you just feel more aerodynamic when you get low into the drops. What stood out for me is the design of the chin strap around the ears as just about 90% of helmets have the stock standard dual Nylon strap that feeds into an adjuster and then continues under the chin, these often get twisted or adjust themselves resulting in rubbing on or under the ear. The Protone has a single strap that runs front to back around the bottom of the ear which sits comfortably. The chin strap itself, as with the Mojito, is a soft leather strap which just improves the overall comfort level. The biggest problem I have with the Protone is that I really want one and that’s going to cost me around the R4000 mark which is a tad pricey, however for the price you are getting a high level of safety and protection in a helmet that has great aerodynamics and in my opinion also looks ... Bellissimo. KASK Safety KASK advertise a technology called MIT which marries an outer polycarbonate shell to the inner polystyrene inner which provides additional safety, not really too keen on playing crash test dummy, I am going to take their word for it, but the helmets feel strong and sturdy and in my opinion can be worn with all confidence.KASK Technology:
  11. The KASK brand of helmets, as worn by Team Sky, is fast growing in popularity and I had the pleasure of donning three different models from the KASK stable over a number of weeks. Click here to view the article
  12. Hi everyone, So I have a helmet (Bell event XC mips) that I'm rather fond of. It's the black/white model as I couldn't find the plain black model in stock anywhere when I purchased it. Does anyone know/recommend anyone who would be able to paint/wrap it to make it plain black? Does anyone have any recommendations to doing this or not? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
  13. Good evening all Hubbers!! As I won't be going anywhere this festive season, I have decided to spend my last energy of 2016 on my bike, getting the "base" in for 2017. On these early morning rides I have spotted many commuters, those folk who cannot afford vehicles or a taxi fare to get to work. What worries me most about these commuters, other than the state of their bicycles, is the lack of protective head gear or any lights, and I cannot sit here and preach to my peers about them having to buy expensive gear and not do something about getting these commuters some affordable helmets and front and back lights. For those who are more experienced in the donations and collection area, how do I go about starting this initiative? I know some people might be skeptical to help, but let's think about it this way - you perhaps cannot relate to him in a social way, but he is using the only tool he knows and can afford, a bicycle, to get to his place of honest work. Why potentially lose a hard working South African in an accident that could possibly have been avoided with some lights, or prevent horrible injury with a reliable helmet? Thanks all, looking forward to hear from you all!!
  14. As mentioned in Part 1, I decided to split the shootout in two parts. The first had a focus on the more all mountain helmets that feature more coverage at the expense of some extra weight. Part 2 here is all about the lighter trail lids. While they may not feature quite as much protection as the AM variety, the trail oriented helmets are lighter weight and will usually be better on a long day's ride or even stage events. The candidates Fox Flux The Flux hasn't seen many changes over the years. It has been a stable choice for riders that are looking for a reasonably priced helmet that offers more than your typical XC coverage. It's relatively light weight also makes it a choice for some XC riders too, along with its huge vents that provide ample ventilation. Manufacturer's specs Deep rear EPS profile for additional coverage 20 large vents for maximum airflow and temperature control Detox™ retention system to dial in the perfect fit Removable visor Weight: 360g (claimed) Price: RRP R999 Giro Xar The Xar is Giro's top of the line trail helmet. It was first conceived to offer the all mountain scene a Giro option with more rear and side coverage. That torch has been taken up by the new Giro Feature (though at a lower price point) and the Xar now sits firmly in the trail side of things. It is light enough to be used by XC and marathon racers and gives enough coverage to use on any trails that don't require a full face. Manufacturer's specs P.O.V.™ adjustable visor w/ 15° vertical adjustment In-mold - EPS liner, polycarbonate shell Roc Loc® 5 Fit System 17 Wind Tunnel™ vents, internal channeling Weight: 340g (claimed) Price: RRP R2490 Bontrager Lithos Perhaps not the first name that comes to mind when searching for your next helmet, but Bontrager has steadily being producing helmets for a variety of cycling applications. The Lithos is their entry into the trail/all mountain segment. As with all the helmets featured in the shootout, it has further coverage in the back and sides and keeps the weight down so you can comfortably ride all day with it. Manufacturer's specs In-mold composite skeleton Micro-Manager - Fully-adjustable fit system AgION fit pads - Moisture-wicking antimicrobial pads LockDown strap dividers Internal, recessed channels manage airflow for 19 vents Removable visor with 10° of adjustability Weight: 310g (claimed) Price: RRP R1599 AestheticsIn contrast to Part 1 of this shootout, these three helmet are not as district in their design as the first three. They certainly have a more traditional look to them, possibly making them more accessible to the majority of riders. While it has been around for a number of years, I still think that the Fox Flux just beats the Giro to the aesthetic win. It's the big purposeful vents and more distinguished rear and side coverage that makes it look more built for performance. Now, if it just weren't for that rear spoiler at the top of the Flux; it'd be great if it was a removable feature, because it's a bit garish. Unfortunately with the Giro, we narrowly missed out on getting the much better looking blue colour, and instead got the matte black with green and white decals. It detracts a bit from the shape of the helmet, making it look less solid than it is. I would suggest looking at the solid blue option if you feel the same. There is a fairly clear runner-up in the aesthetics here. The Bontrager Lithos is not a looker. The clear coat exposing the foam beneath looks a bit unfinished, like they didn't add the shell to the outside. It is by far the most understated too, which isn't a bad thing. But the squarish shape isn't the most appealing. The Lithos tends to sit fairly high on the head too, where the Giro has more of an XC fit and the Fox makes strides to be more all mountain. I prefer more aggressive designs, and because of that the Flux takes the win. ComfortIt was here that the three helmets were most closely matched as all three offered all day riding comfort. The Bontrager grabbed some points here for the most comfort. The padding was the most supportive and had the least hard spots on the head. It was a bit heavier than the others, but the padding more than made up for it. It also sat very comfortably, even if the aesthetics of it weren't that great.I found the Flux to be a bit of a mission with the straps. It's great that they are not fixed at the back so the clamp can be centred, but you had to make sure the strap was flat before you put the helmet on. If you didn't then it felt like there was something stuck at the top, which quickly got irritating. The Xar was a bit more comfortable than the Flux, with the Fox exposing more hard spots on the head. The Xar did have pretty thin padding, though, which wasn't ideal None of the helmets offered any padding for the retainer systems at back, but the Lithos does have a softer plastic that actually helps quite a bit. The retailer on the Flux was particularly hard, not offering the comfort you would like. FeaturesThere's nothing fancy about these three helmets like GoPro mounts or magnetic do-hickies. They all feature removable padding and retainers system at the back. Stuff you would expect. Only the Bontrager and Giro have adjustable visors, with the Fox only having a removable one.Let's take a look at those visors. While the Flux may not have the adjustability of the others, it doesn't detract too much from the ride. It was never in the way, and worked well shading the sun. The Xar's visor was adjustable, but wasn't as accurate as the Lithos. Bontrager was smart with this, and instead of making the visor have freedom to move up and down, it uses a guided fixed position system with 4 options. This means that it will stay in places better than most other designs, and that you can feel it moving up to where you want it from the clicks. There are two different types of retainer systems used in these lids, a ratchet style and a twist style. The Giro's is the most accurate and offers the most adjustment, but the knob is quite small and the twist is pretty hard. Tightening it with gloves on could be fiddly at times. The Bontrager Lithos' system was much larger, but not quite as accurate. I found that it never quite got tight enough so the helmet was totally secure and wouldn't move on my head. Unfortunately for the Flux, these twist-type systems completely outshone the ratchet system it uses. It was difficult to get the ratchet to evenly use space from both sides, as it usually would take up all the slack from one side, then from the other. It made for a fairly uneven adjustment at the back. In the endThis matchup was far more closely contested than Part 1. The Flux, Xar and Lithos are all very good helmets and each holds its own. Styling wise, it was a close call between the Xar and the Flux, with the Flux just beating the Xar to it, though other testers thought otherwise. In the comfort department the Lithos took the cake. It's padding sits a lot better on the head with minimal hard spots to be felt. There wasn't any one feature that stood-out against the rest for these helmets, but the Giro's retainer system worked the best, even if it was a bit fiddly to use.All in all, it's quite difficult to make a solid decision on a winner. All of these helmets suit their purpose quite well and it really comes down to personal preference to make a decision. That the Fox Flux is less than half the cost of the Giro Xar and a whole lot less than the Bontrager too, makes for a very tempting proposal. The retaining system and straps may change your mind though. If comfort is your main priority then the Lithos is your choice. While, if you're looking for a more XC oriented lid and price isn't a factor, the Xar should be high on your list. Take a look at Part 1 - Bell Super, POC Trabec Race, 661 EVO AM
  15. When I go into most bike shops it's seldom I will see a helmet that is not suited to the road or XC purposes. There's countless options of them out there. It's not often you see something with some rear and side support – more focused on the trail and all mountain side of things. I set out to see what I could find that is readily available in South Africa. This is Part 2 of our helmet shootout, focussing on trail lids. Click here to view the article
  16. Hi Folks, I'm looking at getting a MET helmet but would like to try it on/physically see it before I actually purchase it. Does anyone know of any shops in Johannesburg who stock them? Google aint helping out much here & I even contacted the distributor but no luck. Muchos gracias in advance
  17. 24 vents allow maximum flow-through ventilation in the newest cycling helmet from Rudy Project, the Airstrom. Incredibly lightweight, easily adjustable and sharp looking - these are all defining characteristics of this highly crafted helmet masterpiece. Demo Model (Box not included) Size: Small/Medium BUY NOW!
  18. So... I'm thinking of getting me a new lid. These are the two, and the two colour,choices I've narrowed it down to. Quite a price difference between the two, about 2:1 (Ambush being pricier).. but the Ambush is lighter and does offer a bit more protection.. They both look great.. struggling to make up my mind. what'd you guys think? Ambush:- Tactic 2:-
  19. ZUMAX is the seductive new edition of the popular cycling and mountain bike helmet, with graphic and chromatic variations that enhance the streamlined aerodynamic lines. The new graphics haven’t altered the exceptionally functional underlying features of this helmet with its excellent price/quality ratio. Demo Model (Box not included) Sizes Available: S/M Colours: White Silver Only 1 left To join the Rudy Project family follow this link: http://clearance.asg....co.za/helmets/
  20. If you're looking for a new helmet to help you beat the wind on your next time trial then this may be the helmet for you Rudy Project Syton Aero Helmet Performance cycle helmets offer unrivalled levels of protection with the absolute minimum of material. They are ridiculously light and feature a series of huge vents, designed to scoop up air and direct it over your head. On long, hot climbs, the difference is noticeable. Details: IN-MOLD TECHNOLOGY - The construction of this helmet is based on the new IN-MOLD architecture. This innovative technology is used to inject Styrofoam in the mold containing the cap in polycarbonate at very high pressure, merging the two elements to form a seamless rigid structure, more impact resistant and lighter than any other element produced.VENTILATION - The minimum number of Air vents are designed and positioned so as to ensure continous, optimum Air flow over the crown. Helmet has removable front Vent coversPERFORMANCE TAIL - The tails dual design creates a continous air flow over the crown and along the back and maintains the Syton's aerodynamic efficiency when the rider lowers the head to assume position that enables maximum exertionSAFETY REFLEX SYSTEM - Syton is equipped with Glow stickers which ensure visibility in low light conditionsRetention System - This system consists of a track with Micrometric closure, designed to ensure a snug fit and total comfortWEIGHT - 420 gramsDesigned for the special technical/professional requisites of time trials, Syton is the result of targeted research aimed at total air flow control. Size: M We only have 1 left Purchase yours here: http://clearance.asgsport.co.za/helmets/rudy-project-syton-open-white-blue-red/
  21. Known for its great ventilation system and protection, the Rudy Project Sterling is one of our most popular helmets. These helmets are demo models so they do not include the original box, which helmets usually come in. The helmets are not damaged though and are still in brand new condition. Indispensable for protection, fundamental for optimizing times: in a competitive event a helmet can make the difference, and also in terms of style. Therefore Rudy Project, an ongoing trendsetter for fashionable sports eyewear and helmets, is offering new and eye-catching chromatic versions for its cutting-edge model: Sterling. Not only a guarantee of style, but also top-level performance. In fact, the excellent ventilation is especially striking. It is ensured by 18 wide and well-positioned air vents, which channel the air flow inside the helmet while draining out humidity.18 VentsFastex SystemComfort Head RingRSR 7Free PadBug StopAdjustable Head Ring 3VisorWeight: 280 g (S-M) Sizes: Black Orange Fluo (Large), Shiny White Blue (S/M) To purchase your very own Sterling visit our clearance store: http://clearance.asgsport.co.za/helmets/
  22. Hello, my inner padding is in pieces on my Rudy Project helmet and now it's a huge search in finding a cycling store that supplies these things. I've been quoted R300 for them now, which I think is ridiculous. I can go buy a new helmet for R 950 on special now. Does anyone know a cycle store who sells these things for a reasonable price in the Western Cape.
  23. After much searching I found 6 helmets that suited the bill. I decided that – because they loosely fit two different categories – I would split the shootout in two. There was a significant difference between the trail oriented and the all mountain (dare I say, enduro) styled helmets. The all mountain (AM) helmets had more coverage on the back and sides and carried more of a heft. I also thought that there would be a distinctly different buyer of these helmets than the trail oriented ones. Here are the AM candidates. The candidates Bell Super So if you were to go into your local bike shop, the Super is the one AM styled helmet that you would probably see. Bell coins the Super as their all mountain offering, to “split the difference” between DH and XC. It is available in a variety of colours, from bright green to matte black with a white stripe. Manufacturer's specs: Fusion In-Mold Microshell GoggleGuide Integrated/Removable GoPro camera mount Internal Reinforcement Lightweight Buckle Lightweight Cam-lock Levers Lightweight webbing Overbrow Ventilation Speed Dial Fit System X-Static Padding Weight: 390g Vents: 25, with 4 brow ports RRP: R 2,100.00 POC Trabec Race An unusual design out of Sweden, POC's Trabec is a design that you either love or hate. “The construction is similar to the trabecular bone structure that has excellent resistance and durability,” says the POC site. Depending which model you choose – the Trabec, Trabec Race or Trabec Race MIPS – the colour options vary. Manufacturer's specs: Size adjustment system Adjustable visor Aerodynamic ventilation channel system EPS liner Outer PC shell Aramid fiber grip Weight: 340g Vents: 16 RRP: R 2,700.00 661 EVO AM I was lucky to snag a pre-production EVO AM for a small amount of time, it being one of two in the country. It came in black and cyan colour scheme, which isn't a production colour scheme unfortunately. It's 661's first venture into the AM/enduro helmet segment, with their previous Recon fitting better into the trail category. Manufacturer's specs: Contigo foam liner MIPS option BOA FS360 360° adjustment system Adjustable visor with two mounting positions Fidlock magnetic closure Adjustable, anti-microbial padding Colors: Black, four other color options coming later Weight: 359 g Vents: 15 RRP: R 2,000.00 AestheticsIt goes to show how far helmet design has gone in the past few years, because these helmets vary greatly in their design and fit. But first, their design. Aesthetics come in two stages: 1) what it looks like on its own and 2) what it looks like on your head. On its own, the POC had a nice round look to it, having the cleanest and most solid look of the three. I personally found it attractive, but some find it odd looking. The paint scheme was a shouter, though you can get it in black with white on the back or reverse of the colours, and I would have gone for one of those options instead. I liked how it looked sitting there, but on a head it tends to sit a bit high, especially in the back. It's a smaller helmet to the others too, not giving as much coverage at the back. If you take the visor off of the Bell, it looks like a skating helmet with a bunch of holes. This clearly shows its heritage and purpose: as much protection without being full face and airy enough for long rides. Oh, and the visor to stop the sun. It's a good looking helmet, both on and off your head, and is the least obtrusive of the three. There is a variety of colour options and I went with the subtlest I could get. There is the option of an even more subtle matte black or if that's not your thing then you can look at the one with tattoo decals. In a way the 661 was the most unobtrusive looking of the three, but in a way the most aggressive. The visor has three vents in it to funnel air into the vents at the front of the helmet. The coverage does not go as far on the sides of back as the Bell, but like the Bell, it has heritage in skating helmets and it shows. The vents are much bigger and fewer than the Bell, and the sharper design of them gives a more traditional look to the EVO AM. There's no point calling a winner here, everyone will have their own aesthetic preferences. For me, though, I'd say the Trabec looks best off the head. I'd give the nod to the EVO by a small margin over the Super for on-head attractiveness. The 661 just has a purposeful look to it, perhaps because of the more aggressive design. ComfortEveryone may have different ideas on comfort, but between these lids, there was a clear winner. Trying on a helmet in the office is a completely different animal to riding all day with it. But when you put on a helmet and immediately say, “It's like little marshmallows on my head,” like one of our testers, you know it's got something special good going for it. This was the 661. The POC Trabec Race on the left had minimal padding; The 661 EVO AM was superbly comfortable; The Bell Super's X-Static Padding was great too The EVO AM slotted onto your head so softly and solidly that it was in a different ball park to the others. There is no shortage of padding and because of the way it has been setup, your head doesn't touch any hard bits on the inside. The BOA 360° adjustment system was the most comfortable too, tightening around your head evenly. [blockquote]It's like little marshmallows on my head[/blockquote] The Bell Super was comfortable, no doubt, but there were some issues here and there. It was mostly just highlighted by how good the 661 felt. But in isolation, it was certainly a good fitting helmet. One particular niggle I found after long rides was the front padding. It was great initially, but tended to flatten and expose the hard parts of the helmet.The POC was the hardest of the three, with the least padding but also the lightest. It's a lot simpler looking inside and out and in some ways it works for it. When you first put it on it isn't the epitome of comfort but I found that on longer rides I tended to forget about the Trabec completely. This is a good sign for any helmet. I think it was down to its simplicity that it was easy to live with on the trail. One weird drawback of the padding was that it made a side-parting in my hair that was perfectly straight. FeaturesThe basic features of the three contestants are this: adjustable straps (you'd hope so), adjustable tensioners at the back, adjustable visors and removable padding. A lot of adjusting then - it's what you want in a helmet. We all have different shaped heads after all.The Bell Super takes the cake here, with more bells and whistles than the others. It comes with a dedicated GoPro mount on top, hooks that attach to the visor mounts to hold onto your goggles and a properly adjustable visor, where the other two are not quite up to scratch. POC Trabec's pinch ratchet system; 661 EVO AM's BOA system; Bell Super's Speed Dial Fit system The BOA system on the EVO AM wins for the tensioners, with distinct, little clicks. Bell also have a twist system called Speed Dial Fit System on the Super. It doesn't quite measure up in accuracy or overall adjustability. The Trabec's size adjustment system is a ratchet type, which you use two fingers to pinch together to adjust. While it works fine, it's also not as accurate as either of the twist type systems. The BOA system allows far greater tightening and doesn't just secure the back of your head, but your entire head. I have heard of people complaining about the knob catching on backpacks while riding, and 661 are apparently making it smaller for production. The Super and the Trabec both have the standard clip on their straps, but 661 have decided to opt out of that practice. Instead, the EVO AM has a magnetic connector that snaps together. They say it is easier to use with one hand. After some fiddling I was able to use one hand, but it takes some practice. I'm not sure if it's any better than a clip, but if you forget to strap your helmet on and need to mid-trail, it is easier to do while moving. The 661 EVO AM had a magnetic clip, easier for one handed moves Again, I don't see a clear winner. It comes down to your preferences. If you are going to move the visor, use goggles a lot and are always recording your rides then the Super is made for you. If, on the other hand you like fancier systems of adjustment to get the helmet strapped on then the EVO AM is the right choice. If simplicity is your game then get the Trabec. In the endThere's certain products that are known to be industry standards as it were. They may not be the best in the industry, but they are the standards, and are there for a reason. The Bell Super is the industry standard for AM helmets. The reasons being that it is the most readily available, Bell being a big brand. It is also a very capable helmet. The POC is the fancy exotic stuff. It's not the best, but by no means a bad helmet. Would I buy one? Probably. Would I buy one over the other two? No. If I were to choose it would be the 661 EVO AM. It is all around the better package. More comfortable, better looking (in my opinion) and the cheapest. How does that work? There seems to be a glitch in the system somewhere. Take a look at Part 2
  24. When I go into most bike shops it's seldom I will see a helmet that is not suited to the road or XC purposes. There's countless options of them out there. It's not often you see something with some rear and side support – more focused on the trail and all mountain side of things. I set out to see what I could find that is readily available in South Africa. Click here to view the article
  25. One of my colleagues who also rides is leaving the country to work at one of our foreign entities. Their management is looking for a shirt and helmet that are branded with the SA flag. Anybody got any recommendations on where to get good quality of either/both?
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