Mavic launch new range of road helmets

You asked to see the new Mavic lids. And here they are.

by Dave Atkinson   August 31, 2011  

Mavic Plasma SLR helmet front.jpg

Mavic have chosen Eurobike to unveil their new range of road helmets. There's three models in the range: The Syncro, the Plasma and the top-dollar Plasma SLR. In the UK expect to pay £80 for the Syncro, £125 for the Plasma and £150 for the range-topping Plasma SLR and they should be hitting shops from today (Thursday).

Top of the pile, the Plasma SLR has a Carbon fibre skeleton within the foam superstructure of the helmet which allows for big vents without compromising the strength of the lid. There's five huge vents across the front, and the back is a grille design with three rows of three vents. The shell is in two parts, with a yellow or black front and a black rear; both feature reflective decals for better visibility. The helmet has a fairly low back, but the big vents should mean plenty of air coming through.

The SLR uses Mavic's Ergo Hold system, a dial adjustment that offers up to 6cm of adjustment. There's height adjustment too, but not on the fly as it requires you to relocate the rear harness in one of a row of holes inside the helmet. Comfort-wise you get plenty of padding with X-Static antimicrobial technology for odour control. The pads are a low density foam next to the head to draw sweat away from the skin, with a higher density section next to the lid to provide better padding.

The second-tier Plasma is essentially the same design, but swaps the Carbon skeleton for an Aluminium one to lower the cost with a 5g weight penalty over the claimed 285g for the SLR. The entry-level Syncro bears a family resemblance to the Plasma helmets, using a similar vent layout, but the lack of an exoskeleton means there's more material and the vents are smaller. The Syncro also comes with a peak, suggesting that mavic are aiming it at the commuting and MTB market as well as road riders.

They're good looking helmets and the rounded shapes of the Plasmas, especially at the rear, are a departure from the trend towards peaks and spikes over the last few years. The Syncro is a bit more jagged at the back, which is understandable for a crossover helmet and would compliment a peak if one was fitted.

We don't have UK pricing at the moment, as the UK chaps were off on a fag break* when we went to see the lids, but suffice to say they'll be at the upper end of the helmet spectrum: US prices are $220 for the Plasma SLR, $180 for the Plasma and $125 for the Syncro. When we get UK numbers, we'll update this story.

*or possibly a meeting

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Great looking helmets... thanks for hunting these down for me chaps Smile

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posted by richmitch [51 posts]
31st August 2011 - 10:51

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richmitch wrote:
Great looking helmets... thanks for hunting these down for me chaps Smile

really though? Sick

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
31st August 2011 - 13:31

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look similar to met helmets my dad used to ponce about in cicra 90's! Ditto above Sick

posted by cllr hodgen [45 posts]
31st August 2011 - 14:03

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ah well... i guess you can't please all people all the time.

It will be good to get hold of it in the flesh and see how it fits my head... Often helmets etc looks great, and then when you stick em on your noggin you look like a massive tool. The jury is clearly still out. Big Grin

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posted by richmitch [51 posts]
31st August 2011 - 14:17

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Utterly ugly! How can Mavic make such beautiful shoes and jerseys but yet make helmet resembling a budget supermarkets best effort???!!!

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posted by danlindfield [18 posts]
31st August 2011 - 14:36

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I hadnt realised Morrisons were classed in the budget range of supermarkets. Big Grin

posted by Ropedoctor [16 posts]
31st August 2011 - 14:57

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Big thumbs down and pass the spew bag round, they are some of the worst helmets i have ever seen

The totally black on is ok, but that yellow one looks like something blue peter would make

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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
31st August 2011 - 17:10

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Impossable to tell how pretty/ugly a helmet really is, without seeing it on somones head.

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posted by Paulo [110 posts]
31st August 2011 - 20:50

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Not a good look at all Sad

posted by iamelectron [112 posts]
31st August 2011 - 22:35

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Paulo wrote:
Impossable to tell how pretty/ugly a helmet really is, without seeing it on somones head.

I nominate Boris Johnson Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
1st September 2011 - 16:11

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180$ for what? A hefty 285g helmet? I could make one myself out of my broken car bumper and it be way lighter. In my experience Mavic clothing is laughing in your face. And now, maybe their helmets? Why not make one out of an ostrich egg shell?

The Spirit of 9 Lives rides on!

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posted by redthing [24 posts]
1st September 2011 - 22:53

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