Canondale’s Systemsix road bike, and Giro’s Aether MIPS and Bell’s Z20 Aero helmets are among the top quality cycling products available locally from Omnico.
Giro’s Aether MIPS helmet offers high level of protection with comfort, low weight and extreme ventilation. Giro’s Aether MIPS helmet was “born from the desire to advance the state of head protection while delivering comfort, low weight, and extreme ventilation needed for elite-level racing,” explains the brand, locally available from Omnico.
“The demands of professional-level road cycling helmets are unique and intense: protection must be accompanied with comfort, low weight, and optimal ventilation,” says Giro Helmet Product Manager Scott Junker.
“And, through the testing and validation performed in The Dome, we’ve long been convinced of the efficacy of MIPS [Multi-directional Impact Protection System] to reduce rotational energy. So we invented a new integration of MIPS that allows us to improve rotational energy management while truly optimising comfort and ventilation.”
The two-part dual-density Nanobead EPS foam liner inside the helmet can rotate independently of the head and helmet’s outer shell, thus managing a wide range of impact energies. The proprietary MIPS Spherical technology also keeps the helmet comfortable and the internal channels provide cooling airflow. The outer shell’s not just a pretty silhouette: it has an added shatterproof AURA reinforcement.
The rider can easily and quickly adjust the fit with the Roc Loc 5+ Air fit system’s 3-way fit tuning.
Giro’s Artex and Seyen helmets also feature MIPS technology.
Along with Syntax, all three feature Coolfit anti-microbial padding, a full hardbody wrap, Featherweight webbing with the Slimline technology, and the Roc Loc fastening system.
Artex also features a removable visor, and Syntax a Thermoformed SL Roll Cage reinforcement and is compatible with a BucklePonytail.
Compound and Verce (ladies’ helmet) are trail-inspired, offer deep coverage, and have full Hardbody shells. Compound also features quick-dry padding and Verce has plush padding for comfortable fits.
The above five helmets all have an in-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner.
Lead the pack with Bell
Bell’s Z20 Aero helmet “provides real world performance for riders who want to lead”. It delivers “uncompromising performance, innovation, fit and comfort” and has a drag-defying shape, progressive layering and integrated MIPS.
Some of the features in the brand’s new helmets include No-Twist Tri-Glides, X-Static padding, Sweat Guide (makes sweat drip off the front of the helmet and not onto the rider’s glasses), MIPS technology, fit systems and removable visors.
Cannondale fastest on market
Cannondale’s Systemsix road bike promises to “take anyone interested in going faster anywhere”. It is also distributed in South Africa by Omnico.
SystemSix is “the lowest-drag, most efficient, all-around fastest UCI-legal road bike on the market today,” says the brand.
By only using a disc brake, not rim brakes, engineers were able to lower the drag between frame, fork and wheels. “Precisely truncated airfoil profiles in the frame, fork and seatpost maintain air flow attachment across important yaw angles and minimise drag, while delivering world-class stiffness and ride feel.”
The bikes’ HollowGram KNØT64 wheels combine the comfort and feel of larger volume tires with the aerodynamic efficiency of the fastest wheelsets in the world, while the KNØT SystemBar provides the low drag and sleek look of a one-piece bar and stem, with the adjustability and convenience of a two-piece system. It has a full 8” pitch adjust and the stem length and bar width can be changed, which makes it easy for the rider to find the perfect position.
“Fast and convenient Speed Release thru-axles and easy-to-service internal cable routing, the SystemSix is a full tilt, fully integrated road racing machine. Riders will climb faster, descend faster, sprint faster and draft easier on the all-new SystemSix.”