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BUELL’S RETURN: THE FUELL Erik Buell was an engineer at Harley-Davidson who started Buell Motorcycles in 1983 with a desire to bring the H-D motor into the world of performance sport bikes. The bikes were known for their very unique look and innovative spec that included aluminum frames that housed the gas, belt drives and perimeter disc brakes. Looking to expand their customer base beyond the heavy highway haulers they were most famous for, in 1993 H-D bought a controlling interest in the company, selling the Milwaukee V-twin-powered sport bikes under the Buell name. However, in 2009 Harley ceased production of those bikes entirely in 2009. Although Buell is best known for his eponymous motorcycles, a little-known fact is that back in the mid-’90s he designed a downhill bicycle using an under chassis pull-shock design similar to that used on his motorcycles for another American two-wheeled icon; Schwinn. Ever the creative and passionate two-wheeled enthusiast Buell is now about to launch a collection of electric bicycles and motorcycles, having teamed up with Frédéric Vasseur, the owner of the company that makes the chassis for Formula E race bikes. These are the two people you want to team up to make an e-bike! The bicycles, called Fluid, are both dual-battery bikes; one a Class 1 and one a Class 3, with a claimed range of 125 miles, and—get this—a recharge time of 30 minutes on a standard charger! They’re carbon belt-driven and should be pretty quiet. They’ll start at a reasonable $3295 and should be available late this year. The motorcycle, called the Flow, has a very modern design. There will be two versions of it; one with an 11-kW (15 horsepower) motor and one with a 35-kW (47 horsepower) motor. Like most e-motorcycles, there’s no gearbox. Unlike most e-motos, there’s no chain or belt, either. They’ve gone with a rear hub motor, cutting out the need for a normal drivetrain, likely offering even less maintenance than a regular electric motorcycle. There is 50 liters of internal storage, nice for commuters who want to ride to work and carry all their stuff. The bike will start at an affordable $10,995, about 1/3 of what the Harley-Davidson Livewire will cost. According to their website, they’re offering financing options that favor usage over ownership. It is expected to start shipping in early 2021. www.fuell.us/ THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Buell’s Return: The Fuell appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
If you’ve ever walked the tent city that is the Sea Otter Classic’s product expo, you’ll notice a wide popularity gap among the exhibitors. On one end is the guy pushing, for example, lactic-acid muscle rollers or bicycle theft insurance or elliptical exercisers or some such nonsense. You walk by and try not to make Read More The post Ride Concepts Expands its Flat-Pedal Lineup and Finally Clips In appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
The BikeRadar Podcast is back, with Episode 5! This month tech ed Tom is joined by senior writer Jack and tech guru Seb to discuss the finer points of bicycle design, the cross-pollination of technology from mountain bikes to road and the ever-changing world of social media. While we’ll keep listing our new podcasts here, don’t forget to subscribe to them via your favourite podcast service so they get delivered straight to your listening device as soon as they’re published. You can, of course, find our episodes on iTunes and Spotify. BMC’s 2010 TeamMachine is one influential bike! Matt Pacocha As ever, leave us comments, questions and suggestions! We want your feedback Given this is only episode 5, we’re still new to this Podcasting malarky, so, if you have time, we would really appreciate your feedback. We’ve created a very simple, very short, totally anonymous survey, so if you have a spare minute, please let us know your thoughts! Much like the people in this image, we’ll take your feedback on board. All the links you need Lugano Charter – UCI technical regulations – it’s quite the read… We’ve designed the bike of the future! The ultimate guide to rear suspension systems 10 of the best road tyres, lab tested Social media links There are loads of riders to follow on social media, but as mentioned in the podcast, here are some of our favourites. On the road side of things, Taylor Phinney, Marianne Vos, Lachlan Morton, Lizzie Deignan, and Greg van Avermaet are good follows, as are EF Education First and incredible photographers Ashley Gruber and Jered Gruber. We also find Cat3Memes, gravel_tryhard, Feedzone News and Bicycle Pubes worthy of a giggle or two, from time to time. We’re fans of State Bicycle Co’s Riding Fixed, Up Mountains, With Pros YouTube playlist (as well as our very own!) When it comes to the world of dirt, there are dozens worthy of a follow. Pro riders, such as Brendan Fairclough, Olly Wilkins, Cécile Ravanel, Wyn Masters, Kaos Seagrave, Kade Edwards, Rachel Atherton, Loose Dog Lewis, Yoann Barelli and Amaury Pierron are great. We also like Squids on Tour, Mad Dog Boris, Sven Martin, Manon Carpenter and Ben Cathro. Finally, if you really want to follow our stable of accounts, look out for BikeRadar, MBUK Magazine, Cycling Plus, Jack Luke, Seb Stott, Aoife Glass, Joe Norledge, Mildred Locke, Matthew Allen and Tom Marvin. How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes, alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 – Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 – MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 – The BikeRadar Podcast – How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 – The BikeRadar Podcast – SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers
At BikeRadar, we aim to inspire and inform our readers, not scare them off the roads. We think the dangers of cycling are often exaggerated, and that’s why we don’t feature daily car-vs.-bike stories that only serve to engender a siege mentality that pits road users against one another. Nevertheless, we felt this video by Phil Gaimon was worth sharing for its grim yet important message. 6 months on, first ever pro cycling rap video remains only pro cycling rap video This sub-6kg disc Canyon is a weight weenie special and a usable bicycle Gaimon (that’s “guy-mon”) is probably the chillest cyclist on Youtube, a former pro now known for his highly entertaining “Worst Retirement Ever” antics. Here he recounts the story of a terrifying near miss and makes it very clear how he wants news of his eventual death reported. In the wider media there’s an unfortunate trend of implicitly exonerating drivers or blaming victims with careless use of language. Deaths are described as “accidents” even when aggression is a factor, while headlines run along the lines of “cyclist killed in collision with car” rather than “driver runs fellow human being over”. The punishments for drivers who kill can seem almost comically lenient in some parts of the world, if indeed the perpetrators are punished at all. We sincerely hope none of you ever have the misfortune to be involved in an incident of this kind on the road and that Gaimon’s prediction of his own demise isn’t proved to be accurate. His video rather bluntly highlights a real problem with the reporting of cycling deaths; one that we think deserves more attention.
I recently completed a canoe trip with my dad and brother to celebrate Papa Luke’s 60th birthday and, in the comments of an Instagram post about the trip, I was alerted to the existence of this charming pedal-powered open canoe. The canoe was constructed by Rob Trowell, and both the contraption and the video make it probably the most wholesome thing I have ever seen on YouTube. The remarkably well made amphibious craft is propelled like a regular canoe on open water (I too was devastated that Rob had not crafted some kind of performance pedalo) but, when taken onto dry land, three wheels are fitted to create a canoe-cum-recumbent… thing. We’ll call it the canoe-cumbent. Watch this bike live its best life as a two-wheeled cup holder The Safety Avocado is the most delicious way to improve your visibility Propulsion for the canoe-cumbent comes from a crank positioned in the bow, which drives a Shimano Alfine internal gear hub. This is in turn connected to a pair of wheels positioned on either side of the boat in a paddle steamer-like arrangement. Braking is delivered by a set of Avid mechanic disc brakes attached directly to the wheels’ axle. Steering is provided by an ingenious setup that is (I think, tell me if I’m wrong) best described as a closed-loop pulley system. This is controlled by levers that are, charmingly, made from brazed copper plumping piping. I can’t imagine the canoe-cumbent would be much use on anything but surfaced roads and paths, and I dread to think how it would handle in any kind of sharp corner but, speaking from (very recent) experience, I find myself oddly compelled. With the canoe-cumbent, this sort of nonsense could be a thing of the past! Jack Luke / Immediate Media As I’ve discovered, dragging — or portaging to use the correct term — a canoe overland is a fairly hateful experience. While this particular build seems best suited to an unladen expedition, for day-to-day canoodling, it looks like a right hoot. One less car and all that as well, eh? Lastly, as silly as the whole thing may seem, there’s absolutely no denying that it appears to be extraordinarily well made and if you can watch the video without smiling, you officially have no heart. As an aside, we actually have a history of reporting on pedal-powered boats here on BikeRadar. Highlights include the Schiller Sports X1 and the more recent e-assisted Manta5 Hydrofoiler XE-1. With so many options out there, a group test must surely be inevitable!
We’re just a mere week into the Tour de France and there’s already been some bonkers action from Alaphilippe, who at the time of writing was just still holding on to the yellow jersey. With more action to come, it’s still anyone’s guess who’s going to win the whole event or even hold on to the yellow jersey on a day-to-day basis. It’s exciting stuff watching The Tour, so check out our guide so you don’t miss a single second of the action. Specialized’s World Cup-winning Demo 29 finally hits the market How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Elsewhere in the cycling world, we’re enjoying a World Cup doubleheader of XC, XC short track and downhill that kicked off last weekend in Andorra on the impossibly technical terrain over the mountains just outside of La Massanna. In the XC, we saw Nino Schurter take the win by a mere 2 seconds over Mathias Flueckiger, while Anne Terpstra beat Jolanda Neff by a big 36-second margin. The Short Track champions were Henrique Avancini who pipped Schurter to the post and Alessandra Kelle beat Neff by a tiny margin. And in the insane downhill competition, a determined Loic Bruni and the ever-successful Rachel Atherton won the weekend’s racing in the elite categories. It was quite spectacular. This weekend, then, the World Cup circus returns to Les Gets after a 15-year hiatus. The last time the world’s best set wheel to dirt during a top-level competition on the famous Mont Chery hillside was at the 2004 World Championships when the winner in the men’s was Fabien Barel — who was awarded the gold medal after Steve Peat crashed out in a cloud of dust on the last turn. This marked the starting point in Peat’s career as he chased the elusive World Champs title. How and when to watch the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup and World Championships So, who’s likely to win this round? War is waging for the overall lead in both the men’s and women’s races and it’s still totally up in the air about who is going to come out on top. Looking at previous form from the Crankworx events at Les Gets you might want to put money on Troy Brosnan and Rachel Atherton for the wins. Unfortunately, Rachel Atherton ruptured her Achilles tendon during Thursday’s training. This blows the women’s race wide open and it could be Marine Cabirou’s time to shine on home soil. Make sure you tune in to Red Bull TV on 12, 13 and 14 of July to watch all of the action from Les Gets — I’m certain it’s going to be an incredible weekend with some of the best racing this season has seen yet. In the tech world loads of new kit has recently been launched including bikes from Juliana and Santa Cruz, RockShox’ Reverb has been updated and BMC has gone to town producing more new bikes than you can shake a stick at, such as the Roadmachine and the XC-tech-inspired, soft tail URS gravel bike. So what delights have we got in this week’s edition of First Look Friday? Keep scrolling to find out! Manitou Mezzer Pro enduro fork The Mezzer is a good looking fork. Alex Evans Staying true to Manitou’s rear-facing arch design, the brand new Mezzer looks like a burly and capable enduro-focussed fork. Weighing 2,067g for the 180mm travel 29-inch wheeled version, it features 37mm stanchions and a Hexlock SL2 15mm axle that, Manitou claims, should help to keep the fork mega stiff. The classic rear-facing arch has been machined out to save weight Alex Evans There’s a fully-adjustable Dorado Air spring that should help you tune the ride feel along with high- and low-speed compression adjustment and low-speed rebound adjustment that are all externally tuned. The air chamber has a system called Infinite Rate Tune that lets you adjust how progressive the fork is, and how much mid-stroke support it has using a third air chamber without sacrificing small bump sensitivity. They feature both high- and low-speed compression adjustment Alex Evans The fork’s available in 27.5- and 29-inch versions and has between 140mm and 180mm of internally-adjustable travel in 10mm increments. There are also four offset options, two for each wheel size: the 650b models come in 37mm or 44mm while the 29er forks are available with 44mm or 51mm offsets. There’s external low-speed rebound adjustment and the fork uses a 15mm axle Alex Evans The fork’s black legs and chrome graphics certainly look striking and I can’t wait to bolt a set to my test bike and give them a thrashing. $999.99 Buy now direct from Manitou Red Bull Spect Fly sunglasses These Spect glasses look like they’ve been inspired by other iconic models Alex Evans Departing from its drink-focused business plan of promising to give you wings — or at least a sugar- or caffeine-fuelled buzz for 20 minutes – Red Bull is now branching out into the hard and soft goods markets. The Spect glasses are a confident attempt to mix both casual and sports-specific glasses into one package. The wire arms help to secure the glasses to your head. Alex Evans Red Bull and Spect formed their partnership back in 2016 and have now developed this range of glasses and goggles together. The Fly sunnies here feature a dual temple system that helps to secure the glasses to your head with two pre-formed wire arms that loop over the back of your ears. The wire arms are retractable into the glasses so if you’re just chilling at the pub you can slide them away — but as soon as you intend on getting rowdy on or off the bike slide them back out. You can extend or retract the wire arms at will Alex Evans The lenses are polarised and have an anti-reflection coating, so you should be able spot the fastest lines out on the bike or the quickest way to the bar. The dual temple system is available in plenty of different styles so if these Oakley Frogskin and Rayban Wayfarer inspired glasses aren’t your thing, fear not. £135 / €150 Buy now direct from Red Bull Hayes Dominion A4 hydraulic disc brakes The Dominion brake levers look smart Alex Evans Although it’s not new to Hayes’ brakes lineup, the Dominion A4 boasts a 4-piston caliper, adjustable lever reach and pad contact position and specially-designed disc rotors that claim to help reduce noise and vibrations. The Dominion is an enduro-focused brake that has been designed from the ground up to produce excellent levels of power. Hayes claims it does this by having a structurally rigid design, a Kevlar hose and a dual-port bleed system to help you get the best bleed possible. The brake lever uses cartridge bearings and the lever’s master cylinder has the smallest amount of dead stroke possible before the brake’s pistons actuate. There’s an aluminium piston with a piston glide ring to insure smooth actuation. The caliper is good looking and has some nice features Alex Evans The caliper features a system to help align it correctly with the disc called Crosshair, which uses small grub screws that you can tighten to align the brake and they use DOT 5.1 fluid which is widely available. $229.99 Buy now direct from Hayes Pro Bike Tool Torque Wrench Set There are 12 individual tools in the set and a 100mm extending bar Alex Evans Every budding mechanic aspires to build up and eventually complete their toolset, but this can come at a great monetary cost, especially if you’re wanting to fill your toolbox’s draws with Silca kit. A torque wrench is a great bit of kit to own, too. It’ll help stop you overtightening bolts, rounding heads out or stripping threads. Are cheap and good mutually exclusive? The Pro Bike Tool torque wrench set seems to indicate they aren’t. Alex Evans Enter Pro Bike Tool. Its budget-friendly torque wrench is adjustable between 2Nm and 20Nm, comes with an extension bar and 11 tool bits that include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5 and 2mm Allen keys and Torx 10, 25 and 30 heads. The wrench uses a 1/4-inch square driver which means it’s compatible with other socket sets. The ratchet is driven using a 72-tooth cog. The torque wrench looks great. Alex Evans The set feels well made and is fairly weighty and robust, but only years of hard use will be able to show any weaknesses. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the wrench in my man cave soon. £57.99 / $59.99 Buy now direct from Pro Bike Tool BiSaddle ShapeShifter EXT Stealth saddle The carbon railed model is pretty pricey! Alex Evans Our behinds are all different shapes and sizes. That’s just a fact of life, right? BiSaddle argues that it’s going to be quite a difficult task to find a seat off the shelf that’s perfectly suited to your derriere and that’s why it’s gone to town by making an entirely adjustable saddle. The width, angle and profile of the seat are all easily altered thanks to the saddle’s split shape design. In addition, each of the saddle’s component parts are replaceable, so if you damage them or they wear out you can buy new ones. So, what’s the benefit? Well, you’ll be able to find a saddle that suits your needs perfectly and one that, if your needs change, the saddle can be adjusted to reflect those new demands. And what’s the ultimate aim? To ride in complete comfort without any numbness or soreness that can be caused by a seat. The wings are as close as they’ll go, making the saddle as narrow as possible Alex Evans The seat with its wings adjusted outwards Alex Evans The saddle might look kinda strange but we’ve been assured it’s comfy! Alex Evans Okay, so it’s a bit pricey but can or should you put a monetary value on your private bits’ happiness? $349 Buy now direct from BiSaddle
Team Ineos riders have been spotted swapping their sponsor-correct Shimano Dura-Ace wheels in favour of Lightweight Meilenstein Obermayer wheels for stages five and six of the Tour de France. The German ultralight, handmade hoops are also expected to be used in the remaining mountain stages of the 2019 race. Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what? Tour de France 2019: everything you need to know Lightweight’s Meilenstein Obermayer tubular wheels have a (frankly ridiculous) claimed weight of 935g, which presents a significant saving over the team’s usual Dura-Ace 9100 C40 wheels (1,355g, claimed). Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) is usually seen using Shimano Dura-Ace wheels. Here’s Egan Bernal’s 2018 Pinarello Dogma F10 wearing a set of C24’s at the 2018 Tour Down Under. Colin Levitch / Immediate Media Even the C24 — Shimano’s lightweight wheelset — comes in at 1,110g for the pair. 175g is a good chunk of weight to lose from a wheelset and could potentially offer an advantage in the mountainous stages to come. As well as a ridiculously light weight, the wheels also boast a slightly ridiculous price tag of around £4,900 (approx $6,150/AU$8,800 ) depending on which model you opt for. It’s also worth noting that, in 2019, aero concerns trump pretty much all else in pro cycling. For the team that prides itself on marginal gains to choose to use a wheelset with a decidedly old-school and not particularly aero-friendly V-shaped profile is significant. Is Lightweight a sponsor of Team Ineos? We’re not sure, although we suspect not. Before this, we understood Shimano to be the sole wheel supplier for Team Ineos. However, it appears the situation has changed. In response to a request for comment for this article, a Team Ineos spokesperson said the team “can confirm we will use wheels from two brands during this year’s Tour. Shimano remains our main supplier and they are a valued partner for Team Ineos”. This cagey response probably shouldn’t come as a surprise because infractions from sponsor-correct components are increasingly rare and, if they happen at all, they’re normally (badly) concealed. Top 5 Tour de France pro gear coverups Nonetheless, it has not been confirmed whether or not Lightweight will come on board as a long-term sponsor for the team or if this is a one-off arrangement for the Tour. If Lightweight is not sponsoring the team, buying a set of wheels for each rider (and their spare bike) at full retail value would have cost the team roughly £80,000. Marginal gains indeed! Do any other pro teams use Lightweight wheels? For the time being, no. While Lightweight wheels have a long history at the Tour — fans of mid-’90s racing will fondly recall the likes of Jan Ullrich riding them — they are a very small German brand that would have very limited marketing resources compared to the likes of Shimano. Either way, for the sake of nostalgia alone, we welcome the brand’s reintroduction to the upper echelons of bicycle racing. Fancy a set of the wheels for yourself? Why not buy some for just £5,678 from Sigma Sports!
Canyon has announced its lightest ever disc-equipped bike, the Ultimate CF EVO Disc. Claiming to weigh less than 6kg (how much less is not specified), the EVO’s build is exotic and expensive without pushing too far into the realms of show-bike weight weenie insanity. It’s a machine that you could conceivably ride day-to-day and, while it’s expensive, it’s some way off being Canyon’s highest-priced bike. Canyon’s most expensive bike ever — £11,799 of carbon exotica So what’s the deal with Canyon’s unique new Hover bar? Canyon Ultimate CF EVO Disc spec You’d ride a bike like this every day if you could, right? Canyon Frame: Canyon Ultimate CF EVO Fork: Canyon One One Four EVO Disc Groupset: SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD, 48/35t cranks, 10-28t cassette Wheels: DT Swiss PRC 1100 Dicut 25Y Edition Tyres: Continental Grand Prix TT 25mm Cockpit: Canyon CP20 one-piece Saddle: Selle Italia SLR C59 Seatpost: Schmolke 1k Carbon It’s light but it’s usable Canyon has form with weight weenie specials going back to the 2004 Project 3.7, which used heavily modified components to hit a jaw-dropping 3.7kg. Not so long ago, a disc road bike this light would have been inconceivable Canyon The latest EVO is arguably more significant however. Despite its weight (sub-6kg for a medium), its build consists entirely of standard, off-the-shelf components and it has 25mm clincher tyres, 12 whole speeds, and proper disc brakes. The frame is key to the weight savings, of course. Canyon claims that the EVO’s layup is the most advanced it’s ever used, with a combination of ultra-high modulus (UHM) and ultra-high tension (UHT) fibres making up a material that’s 10 percent lighter per metre squared than that of the rim-brake EVO. Canyon apparently saved a whole 7g by integrating the front derailleur mount and a further 3.5g (yes, really) by using titanium hardware in place of steel. The graphics are ultra-minimalist and claimed frame weight for a medium is a mere 641g excluding hardware, a full 144g lighter than the everyman Ultimate CF SLX Disc. Minimalist graphics mean minimal added weight Canyon Canyon loves to cite stiffness-to-weight numbers, and the EVO Disc comes in at 137 vs. the standard Ultimate CF SLX Disc’s 125. Make of that what you will. Up front, the fork uses a lightened steerer to shave 40g off the standard item, coming in at a claimed 285g — a respectable figure given that it still needs to withstand the rigours of disc braking. Meanwhile, the cockpit is a one-piece carbon affair which Canyon says is its lightest yet at 270g, 50g less than that of the SLX. The Evocockpit CP20 is Canyon’s lightest ever integrated bar and stem Canyon The build itself is remarkably ordinary, with no weird custom parts or silly compromises. Shifting and braking is all standard SRAM RED eTAP AXS HRD and even the gearing is sensible, with a 35/28t bottom end. SRAM’s RED eTap AXS HRD groupset is 12-speed and cable-free Canyon Rather than fitting super skinny tubulars to hit the weight target, Canyon has opted for relatively sensible DT Swiss carbon clinchers which come in at a claimed 1283g for the set, fitted with 25mm rubber. Granted, the tyres are TT specials, but they still have a Vectran layer for puncture resistance, so they’re not a show-only choice. Yes, they’re TT tyres, but they’re also 25mm wide clinchers Canyon The Selle Italia saddle and Schmolke seatpost are both proper weight weenie specials, weighing a claimed 61g and 120g respectively. The Selle Italia SLR C59 might not be everyone’s choice for long rides, but minimalist saddles aren’t necessarily uncomfortable Canyon Canyon Ultimate CF EVO Disc pricing and availability The Ultimate CF EVO Disc is available now, priced at a mere £9,099. It’s a whole lot of cash, but it’s also £2,700 less than the astonishing Ultimate CF EVO we wrote about last year. That’s enough of a saving to buy yourself a perfectly good car as well as a new carbon bike. Well, probably.
100% Introduces the ALTEC and TRAJECTA Helmets Meet 100%’s Two Newest Creations; the All-Mountain Altec® and Enduro Trajecta® Helmets, both Featuring Smartshock® Technology San Diego, CA (July 9, 2019) – 100% is pleased to announce the addition of two new helmets to its fast-growing mountain bike line. The Altec® is the advanced rider’s choice for a confidence-inspiring, protective and ventilated all-mountain helmet. The Trajecta® is 100%’s solution for stylish, class-leading performance and safety features in an enduro helmet. Both helmets were conceived from the start with full integration of the Smartshock® Suspended Rotational System. Traditional bicycle helmets are designed to provide direct, straight on impact protection. But in real life, most cyclists experience oblique, angular impacts that produce both rotational acceleration and deceleration forces on our brain. The Smartshock® suspended rotational system improves protection by immediately compressing and absorbing direct impacts but also allows the helmet liner to move independently from the outer shell, thus reducing energy transfer to the brain over a wide range of speed and impact types. Smartshock® is quite simply the newest, most advanced, intelligent, fully suspended rotational system for your brain. Learn more. Discover both the Altec and the Trajecta Helmet Collections. Available worldwide starting today.