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POC and Volvo develop car-bike helmet crash test
Bike helmet and accessories brand POC and car manufacturer Volvo have developed the world’s first car-bike specific helmet crash test at Volvo Cars’ safety research facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden. POC was founded in 2005 and entered professional cycling with Garmin Sharp in 2014. The company has provided helmets, kit and sunglasses to the team, now EF Education First , over the past six seasons of the partnership. The brand has had rider safety at the forefront of its product development in cycling, following its AVIP (attention, visibility, interaction, protection) mantra. The project and research expand on current international helmet safety testing standards, which often sees a helmet impacting a blunt anvil at various speeds and angles. The POC-Volvo testing, through Volvo’s existing testing rig, launches a crash dummy head wearing a helmet towards the hood [bonnet] of a static car at a number of speeds and angles for various measurements. ...
POC wins two design awards for its 2019 range
Since Swedish brand POC entered the cycling space it's created a range of some of the techiest road and mountain bike gear on the market. And continuing with this trend, the brand has bagged two more designed and innovation awards. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review POC launches new Ventral Air helmet OMNE Air Spin helmet It wasn’t all that long ago that POC launched its top of the range Ventral Air helmet, and now the brand has debuted a new mid-range road lid the, OMNE Air Spin. Looking eerily similar to the Oakley ARO3 road lid, POC says the OMNE features an ‘optimal liner density’ where certain zones on the helmet have been beefed up to keep your brain happy and healthy in case of an impact. Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under In a similar vein, the OMNE Air will come with POC’s Spin pads. Short for ...
Cycling Plus May issue is out now!
It’s a Bike of the Year takeover in May’s edition of Cycling Plus , as the testing team selects its favourite steed of 2019. 75 bikes in all were tested, making it the magazine's most thorough test yet. The big hitters of Giant, Cannondale, Specialized and BMC have been the most recent winners, so the victor this year may come as a surprise… Rather than price points, this year’s test set about answering common queries such as “I want a bike that can go anywhere”, “I want a bike that’ll make me faster” and “I want a bike for climbing.” For all the answers, check out the full monster 50-page test in mag. Despite the colossus that is this year’s Bike of the Year, there’s still plenty elsewhere. There's a grouptest of eight spring outfits from the likes of Endura, Castelli and Gore, and tests of new kit including Shimano’s ...
Week in Tech: 3T Exploro Speed, Enve alloy hubs, Poc Ventral Air
New Exploro aims for greater versatility. Enve's alloy hubs help its wheels hit lower price point. CeramicSpeed has pulleys for gravel, and more. Read the full article at Week in Tech: 3T Exploro Speed, Enve alloy hubs, Poc Ventral Air on VeloNews.com .
New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour
While it’s often the new bikes of the WorldTour that garner the most attention, it’s the shoes and accessories that offer the most variance and opportunity for personalisation. With a handful of new helmets, shoes and small items seen in use for the start of the season, this gallery wraps up many of the tech … The post New lids, kicks and gear from the 2019 WorldTour appeared first on CyclingTips .
POC’s new Ventral Air: Better than the Octal
Want some of the aero benefits and narrower form of the Ventral with the wide open ventilation of the Octal? Launched in the hot sun of the Santos Tour Down Under, the POC Ventral Air aims to do just this and more. And yes, it replaces the Octal as the Swedish company’s most breezy road … The post POC’s new Ventral Air: Better than the Octal appeared first on CyclingTips .
POC launches new Ventral Air helmet
Swedish sportswear specialists POC has released a new helmet at the Tour Down Under . The new, highly ventilated and super lightweight lid will be used by the EF Education First Pro Cycling team at the WorldTour opener in Australia. Based largely around the POC Ventral — which was launched in March of last year — the Ventral Air has an increased number of vents to improve ventilation and cooling properties while retaining aerodynamics and stability. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review Best aero road helmets — 8 tested and rated POC says the 15 frontal ventilation ports and air channels within the helmet lining will improve the flow of air through the helmet at both high and low speeds, helping to keep the EF Pro Cycling riders cool in the 40 degrees Celsius temperatures expected in Australia this week. The POC Ventral Air also includes the company’s patent-pending SPIN ...
Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under
An unreleased POC helmet — that we suspect may be an updated SPIN-equipped version of the Octal — has been spotted at the Tour Down Under . The new model shares similarities from the brand’s Ventral model and is being used by riders on the WorldTour team, EF Education First Pro Cycling . The overall shape of the new POC helmet is almost identical to the POC Ventral , which was launched in March last year and joined an ever-increasing number of high-end, semi-aero race helmets. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review New lightweight Specialized climbing shoe spotted at the Tour Down Under The original POC Octal was first released over five years ago , and aside from introducing multiple new colour options and a MIPS version of the helmet, the essential design of the helmet hasn’t been changed. MIPS is a helmet technology used across the industry to reduce ...
CHPT3 collaborate with POC for new helmet and sunglasses
David Millar's CHPT3 and Swedish helmet and apparel brand POC have teamed up for a special version of the Ventral SPIN helmet and new eyewear, inspired by Girona's Devisa forest
CT Recommends: Our favourite road cycling helmets
Looking for a new lid? In this installment of CT Recommends, tech writer Dave Rome shares what road helmets members of our team choose to use and why. Helmets are no doubt a subjective item, and what works for one head may not work for another, but the suggestions in this article may help to … The post CT Recommends: Our favourite road cycling helmets appeared first on CyclingTips .
Oakley ARO5 helmet review: Feelin’ hot, hot, hot
It perhaps shouldn’t have caught anyone off-guard when Oakley introduced bicycle helmets last year at the Eurobike trade show. After all, the eyewear icon had already expanded into snow helmets in early 2016, and given its long-standing position in the cycling world, it seemed to be a natural progression. Out of the three-model range, the … The post Oakley ARO5 helmet review: Feelin’ hot, hot, hot appeared first on CyclingTips .
POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review
The POC Ventral Spin is a comfy helmet with heaps of airflow, but boy is it expensive. And the looks are, well, decidedly POC. Best aero road helmets — 8 tested and rated Best road bike helmets: 16 of our top picks While POC, almost refreshingly, doesn’t boast any wattage savings or CdA figures, the Swedish company does claim that the design aggressively directs air through the helmet instead of around it. Also, POC claims the Ventral Spin is faster than its previous aero road helmet, the Octal Aero . In lieu of MIPS, POC employs its own SPIN padding that has rotational impact protection capabilities. It would appear that SPIN pads are lighter and don’t block ventilation the way a MIPS liner can. Putting it on is best done with the dial mechanism opened up all the way. Because the Ventral’s fit system uses a loop that surrounds the ...
Best aero road helmets – 8 tested and rated
At this point, most of us know the deal with aero road helmets. They offer “free speed” thanks to reduced drag, with the only real downside being the fact that they are usually a bit warmer on long, slow climbs. Best road bike helmets: 16 of our top picks Specialized S-Works Evade II aero helmet review Aero is bunk (unless you're racing) There are dozens of options on the market, so with some looking around you’re guaranteed to find one that fits you well and suits your aesthetic tastes. I hope this eight helmet test sets you well on your way. I did things a little differently for this aero road helmet test. Instead of heading to the wind tunnel, I started with a few assumptions: Each of these is faster than a more heavily ventilated model from the same brand Good fit matters more than ultimate aerodynamic prowess. Why ...
CycleVision Edge dual camera helmet review
Cycling safety is at the forefront of many riders’ minds in a way it really hasn’t been before. There’s a perception that riding on the road is more dangerous than ever, and incidents involving cyclists seem to be happening more frequently than in years gone by. With this in mind, it’s little surprise many cyclists … The post CycleVision Edge dual camera helmet review appeared first on CyclingTips .
11spd: This week's best new bike gear
This week on BikeRadar we've rounded up the latest and greatest cycling GPS units , looked at some new power meter pedals from SRM and launched a bike repair app in association with Haynes . Jack, Joe and Reuben show us how not to ride a winter 24-hour MTB race , while Ben and Josh have been double-wrapping their handlebars as they head off to Belgium this weekend for the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. But today is Friday and also Easter weekend, which means the majority of you have hopefully got today off work to go ride your bikes, spend time with your families and/or eat unhealthy amounts of chocolate. Regardless of your activity choice, we have put together the hottest products that have landed here at BikeRadar HQ this week for your perusal. Best hybrid bikes for 2018: a buyer's guide to find what you need Gravel ...
Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region
With mountain passes through the Jura range, quality local produce and stylish Swiss living – not to mention Europe's largest freshwater lake – Lake Geneva Region is well worth a stop on your cycling journey through Switzerland. The post Discovering Switzerland: Lake Geneva Region appeared first on CyclingTips .
Pas Normal Studio – Mechanism SS18 on the Emporium
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POC Ventral helmet review: Breezy and comfortable, but is it aero?
POC’s previous aero road helmet, the Octal Aero, was a curious little thing, essentially consisting of a standard Octal model but with almost all of the vents completely covered. It was reasonably aerodynamic and surprisingly well-ventilated at faster speeds, but a veritable sweatbox on the climbs. POC has now replaced that stopgap with a new … The post POC Ventral helmet review: Breezy and comfortable, but is it aero? appeared first on CyclingTips .
POC goes for light, fast and airy with new Ventral aero lid
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar Swedish equipment company POC has a new aero road helmet called the Ventral that sponsored pro team EF Education First-Drapac will be racing at Paris-Nice. Specialized S-Works Evade II aero helmet first ride review Giro Vanquish claims speed increases without ventilation sacrifice While a majority of helmet companies have embraced the MIPS liner, POC has its own rotational-impact protection system called SPIN. Instead of using a plastic liner like MIPS that moves slightly inside the helmet shell, POC's SPIN system consists of pads that sits against the head. POC claims that the sweat-absorbent pads offer a similar protection to MIPS, allowing the helmet to move a bit relative to the head in a crash. POC also claims that the SPIN pads don't block airflow like liners sometimes can. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com