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Snow sports and mountain bike company venture into the road world with new time trial helmet

Swedish snow sports and mountain bike company POC has entered the road market with the release of the Tempor time trial helmet.

Enlisting the help of aerodynamic specialists at Semcon (they're heavily involved with the automotive industry), the sleek helmet fulfils POC's mission to “promote maximum performance and aerodynamics, without sacrificing safety properties.”

POC designed the helmet by viewing the riders as one body mass, instead of just concentrating on the head, which is the reason for the helmets sculpted rear section – it's designed to fit perfectly with your time trial position on the bike.

It's been several years in development and has been subject to extensive simulations and field testing to achieve the optimum shape. Enlisting the service of Olympic Time Trial Silver Medallist Gustav Larsson helped in the development stage of the design process.

Safety hasn't been discounted in the pursuit of aerodynamics. Energy absorbing material has been added where most needed to increase the rider´s safety, with increased liner thickness in key areas. Ventilation hasn't been ignored, the few air vents designed so as not to impact on the aerodynamics in a negative manner.

“We are extremely excited, enthusiastic and humble moving in to the Road Bike Scene. It´s a category that we deliberately put on hold until we had the time and capacity. Both this first time trial helmet Tempor, as well as other products in process to come, are projects where we have been able to invest more in than ever before.” said Stefan Ytterborn, Founder and CEO POC.

These photos (thanks Nick Hussey) shows the new helmet being used in the women's Olympic time trial yesterday. You can see how the tail swoops down steeply to form a smooth transition from head to body.

No word on availability or UK pricing yet, but we do know it's a considerable €475. Two sizes and two colours – orange or black – will be offered.

www.pocsports.com

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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andylul [410 posts] 3 years ago
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"At last, after two thousand years of research, the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator..."

Can you get them with a plume on the top?

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CakeEatingMonster [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Cue lots of people buying the black one, and cycling in Darth Vader costumes...

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notfastenough [3665 posts] 3 years ago
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CakeEatingMonster wrote:

Cue lots of people buying the black one, and cycling in Darth Vader costumes...

I was thinking people buying either and finding that the kids have nicked it, populated it with Star wars figures and engaging in a dogfight with an x-wing...

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flatlandRoadie [1 post] 3 years ago
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I like it...a cool-looking design for sure. Pity the UCI will ban it soon because those side bump-outs could be considered a fairing for the shoulders. Still, plenty of triathletes would use them here.

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John Stevenson [249 posts] 3 years ago
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I call BS. That thing has the frontal area of a London bus. It'd have to have a negative drag coefficient to achieve the time savings they're claiming.

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pwake [374 posts] 3 years ago
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John Stevenson wrote:

I call BS. That thing has the frontal area of a London bus. It'd have to have a negative drag coefficient to achieve the time savings they're claiming.

I'm no expert but I do know that Total (or Profile drag) consists of two contributions, namely, Pressure drag (related to the frontal area) and skin friction drag (related to the boundary layer acting over the whole form of the object i.e. rider). Looks like the relatively small (compared to the riders total area) increase in frontal area is more than compensated for by the reduction in skin friction drag. Of course, it's a lot more complicated than that and that's why companies use wind tunnels for empirical research. All data is open to interpretation (glass half-full or half-empty) but I wouldn't doubt their figures; as the saying goes "One test is worth a thousand opinions!"

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hirsthirst [25 posts] 3 years ago
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Couldn't help sniggering at these during the Olympic TT, particularly the rear view.

Good job they chose not to offer it in pink - #justsaying ...

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The _Kaner [732 posts] 3 years ago
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Lok like the little turtle shells from Mario...