KASK’s new aero street helmet has been hiding in plain sight for months. We’ve seen it defending the heads of the INEOS Grenadiers on the street and, most not too long ago, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot racing XC mountain bikes on the Nové Město na Moravě World Cup this previous weekend.
One factor is for positive; this new helmet is an all-rounder that has already confirmed efficient in many various biking disciplines. Aero street isn’t only for on-road anymore.
KASK Elemento aero street bike helmet
This all-new KASK Elemento is a top-tier providing from the Italian helmet producer. A design which goals to assist make elite athletes quicker competing on this planet’s greatest street, cross-country, cyclocross, and gravel occasions. To phrase it merely — any bicycle owner who’s pushed by the hunt for final pace $ efficiency.
KASK began the journey of the Elemento again in 2020, once they carried out an in-depth evaluation of quite a few scientific research on how athletes’ performances diverse as their physique temperatures modified. The research illuminated that an athlete’s thermal consolation (helmet-wise) is as important as a helmet’s weight and aerodynamics.
INEOS Grenadiers Testing and Design
KASK instantly started working with INEOS Grenadiers on the Elemento. The INEOS Grenadiers squad and the KASK design workforce seemed to supply a helmet that was not solely tremendous aerodynamic but additionally provided excessive ranges of security and improved air flow. A helmet that matches nice and does all the things effectively…straightforward, proper?
Elemento Fluid Carbon 12
Fluid Carbon 12 is a brand new KASK composite technopolymer able to absorbing extra vitality from an affect than conventional supplies. The fabric of the Fluid Carbon 12 shell absorbs the affect after which can distribute that drive extra evenly throughout the helmet.
With this new expertise, the design workforce at KASK can enhance the scale of the Elementos inside channels with out worrying about neglecting security. Rising the interior vents improves the helmet’s air flow whereas concurrently decreasing the scale of the air flow holes, which additionally makes the helmet extra slippery within the wind.
3D-Printed Multipod Applied sciences
Multipod is a brand new KASK-designed construction that’s 3D-printed and used for the Elemento’s inside padding. Consider it as an elastomer-like materials with extra airflow and luxury – similar to we’ve seen with 3D-printed saddle padding. These Multipods are a direct results of KASK’s personal Rotational Affect WG11 Testing. The WG11 is the internally-developed check protocol carried out at KASK to deal with non-linear affect forces on a rider in a crash. After many assessments, KASK discovered their new Multipods allow the helmet to resist linear and rotational impacts higher. The Multipod construction additionally has isotropic properties, which means it’s equally sturdy in all instructions, the identical factor that makes 3D-printed saddles so widespread.
That attribute property helped the brand new Elemento obtain a five-star assessment from Virginia Tech’s extremely authoritative check lap.
Octofit+ and No Extra Leather-based Strap
KASK’s new helmet match and adjustment system is now dubbed OCTOFIT+, providing straightforward on-the-fly changes and durable attachment to the rider’s head.
The Elemento additionally makes use of the KASKs “Professional” chinstrap, the identical ultra-lightweight chinstrap utilized by INEOS. Bidding arrivederci to the enduring leather-based strap, that has been a major keep on KASK helmets for years.
KASK Elemento Particulars
- Sizes: SM (50 – 56), MED (52 – 58)*, LRG (59 – 62) *examined
- Weight: 260 grams (dimension M)
- Colours: Traditional Black or White, New metallic finishes: Beetle Inexperienced, Oxford Blue (pictured), Pink, and Silver.
- Value: USD $400, EUR 375€, GBP £335.
KASK Elemento — Preliminary Ideas
We’ve had little or no time within the KASK Elemento, however what we inform to date is that it’s exceedingly snug. The helmet disappears in your head, particularly when the wind cuts by way of it on the open street.
The styling and match are what you’d anticipate from KASK, and the up to date metallic shade is great. The form is refined sufficient to maintain it out of overly aero-offputting designs and into the handsome all-around territory. Paired subsequent to the matte Fluid Carbon 12, the shell has a powder-coated look with a deep wealthy shade — very good.
The helmet is straight-up breezy within the wind, with zero to no wind chatter or slight whistly noises that may accompany some aero helmets.
We look ahead to extra rides within the new KASK Elemento, particularly because the summer time warmth begins. Keep tuned for a full assessment coming shortly.