If BBB styling looks familiar, they once collaborated with MET and now produce lids under their own name. The Falcon is their top of the line road helmet offering an excellent blend of safety, style and comfort. However, many brands offer similar features for the same, or lower asking prices.
Available in two sizes and in either timeless blue or silver, it incorporates what’s known as in-mould technology- where the liner is fused with the shell. This works on the same principle as a roll cage, allowing a second impact to be absorbed. Elsewhere carbon/alloy inserts provide additional reinforcement in turn allowing extensive ventilation without cost to structural integrity in the event of a crash. On the subject of safety, it meets CE1078 standard-what you’d expect from a competition lid-especially at this end of the market. We’ve no means of replicating safety testing but it serves as a guide to protection in the event of a spill.
Generally speaking most helmets are very easy to fit correctly but the Falcon has a dual closure system, which saw me achieve a perfect fit in less than two minutes and is simple enough to adjust on the fly. Extensive yet subtle reflectives provide useful nocturnal safety and the ergonomically designed retention system grips the occipital region of the skull firmly without inducing headache or other discomfort even after several hours.
In the saddle, ventilation and airflow are excellent and serve to illustrate while vents are good indicators, positioning and design are equally important. Even on some very warm rides, I enjoyed high levels of comfort and the supple anti bacterial pads absorb sweat very effectively and can be popped in the wash should they become too pungent.
By the same token in the cooler months you’ll want a buff or race cap beneath to guard against ice cream headaches and downpours. I was surprised to find our 52-58cm-test model weighed 278g-some twenty odd grams heavier than my other helmets but again; comfort was such that I didn’t notice any difference.
Overall, the Falcon is a very refined and stylish helmet with some excellent detailing. However, the market is so very competitive that it makes it very difficult to recommend this over and above similarly priced brands.
Sizes available 52-58cm
Sharp styling and great fit but not as keenly priced as some
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Make and model: BBB Falcon helmet
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Falcon is a top line road helmet designed for the rigors oif racing or indeed , more casual road applications-statements I would agree with.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The shell conforms to CE1078 standard with an integral roll cage designed to absorb secondary impacts, twenty-three vents give ample airflow and anti-bacterial pads keep things smelling respectable.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very comfortable in all conditions and for several hours at a time, intuitive to adjust and fit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Excellent design, attention to detail and very high levels of safety.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
At the upper end of what I would pay even for a competition lid.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Age: 35 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)