Riders from the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team have been spotted using an eyebrow-raising new time trial helmet at the Volta ao Algarve. It appears to draw inspiration from the POC Tempor.
Uno-X is sponsored by helmet manufacturer Sweet Protection, but has a long-standing association with Dan Bigham (the former UCI Hour Record holder and now a performance engineer at Team Ineos-Grenadiers).
Bigham is often credited with re-popularising the POC Tempor during his time with the Huub Wattbike track team.
After images of the new hemet began circulating on social media, Bigham quoted a post on Twitter and added “Life gets harder by the day for the Luddites”.
While Bigham told BikeRadar he had not been involved in the design of the new helmet, it would appear his influence nevertheless continues to be felt across the upper echelons of the sport. Life gets harder by the day for the Luddites �� https://t.co/0C1Pw1sGnd — Dan Bigham (@DanBiggles22) February 20, 2023 Why might the new helmet be shaped like this?
While most traditional time trial helmets use teardrop form factors, in different shapes and sizes, this helmet appears to take a leaf out of POC’s design book.
Most notably, the sides of the new Sweet Protection helmet flare out from the main body to reach closer down to the rider’s shoulders.This could be intended to help more effectively manage the airflow over the rider’s body.The goal is presumably to gain an overall reduction in aerodynamic drag for the helmet plus rider, despite the increase in the frontal […]
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