POC release Tempor time trial helmet

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

by David Arthur   August 2, 2012  

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

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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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posted by andylul [412 posts]
2nd August 2012 - 9:53

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

posted by CakeEatingMonster [11 posts]
2nd August 2012 - 10:15

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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...

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3307 posts]
2nd August 2012 - 11:29

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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.

posted by flatlandRoadie [1 posts]
2nd August 2012 - 19:14

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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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posted by John Stevenson [1118 posts]
2nd August 2012 - 21:18

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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!"

posted by pwake [306 posts]
3rd August 2012 - 20:57

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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 ...

posted by hirsthirst [17 posts]
3rd August 2012 - 22:51

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Lok like the little turtle shells from Mario...

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posted by The _Kaner [457 posts]
4th August 2012 - 11:26

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