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31st May 2016, Boras

TeXtreme reinforces new aero helmet from Giro

Giro Sport Design, the cycling design leader, has announced the release of an innovative new cycling helmet, the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS, that utilizes TeXtreme carbon fibre fabrics to create a lighter, stronger and more rigid outer shell.

“By utilizing TeXtreme in the carbon fibre shell of the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS, we were able to further reduce frontal area exposure, making our fastest shape ever even faster,” commented Rob Wesson, Giro Director of Helmet R&D.

Giro Aerohead Ultimate MIPS reinforced by TeXtreme Technology. © Giro Sport Design/TeXtreme

“We collaborated with the engineers at TeXtreme and worked as partners in composites to analyse, test and find the optimal solution for the shell.”

Aerodynamic helmet

In 1985 Giro pioneered the aerodynamic helmet category with the original Advantage and now it redefines the category with the release of two new models – the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS and the Aerohead MIPS – their fastest time trial helmets.

The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS has already been raced to victory on both the road and track by the world’s top professionals. It made its official debut at the Amgen Tour of California time trial stage, with BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha, and Team WIGGINS, while top professional triathletes including Linsey Corbin, and Andreas and Michael Raelert, will compete in the Aerohead MIPS this summer.

The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS made its official debut at the Amgen Tour of California time trial stage. © Giro Sport Design/TeXtreme

The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS weighs just 455 grams and will be available in Summer 2016.

TeXtreme technology

TeXtreme Technology differs from conventional carbon fibre materials due to its innovative production methods using Spread Tows instead of yarns to produce a fabric with an optimized fibre structure. TeXtreme Technology is flexible and tow-size independent, which is said to enable the development of optimized reinforcement solutions tailor-made for specific application needs.

Utilization of TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics and carbon UD tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, industrial and sports products confirms that 20-30% lighter composite parts can be produced with improved mechanical properties and superior surface smoothness.

In addition to the use of TeXtreme in the bicycling industry, this innovative technology is widely used in Formula 1, NASCAR and America’s Cup racing, as well as in the manufacture of golf clubs, tennis racquets, hockey sticks, surfboards, rowing shells, skis, and snowboards. TeXtreme is also in high demand for various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.

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