All of the major helmet brands have aero options in their ranges these days, and Abus has joined the fray with its new GameChanger which is now being used by Movistar Team. It's certainly a distinctive looking lid.
Abus says that the amount of the GameChanger’s surface area that’s exposed to the wind is low in all conditions. The helmet is said to offer 23% less frontal surface area than the current top helmet in the Abus range.
The German brand claims that “airflow has been optimised for all head positions typical of racing”, so the GameChanger is designed to deliver an efficient performance regardless of the rider’s head tilt or the inflow angle.
Abus hasn’t released any figures relating to the GameChanger’s aero performance; none of that “it’ll save you x watts over y kilometres at z speed” stuff.
Ventilation comes courtesy of what Abus calls its Forced Air Cooling Technology – everything has to have a high tech-sounding name these days. The vents are interconnected to channel the air around the head.
Abus has named the rear section AirPort.
“The AirPort…. offers two decisive benefits: your glasses rest safely in the temple docks and they are fully integrated into the helmet design, which is a valuable aerodynamic advantage,” says Abus.
You can alter the fit via a Zoom Ace dial at the back.
Rather than using strap dividers, Abus uses fixed webbing FlowStraps and says that customisation isn’t necessary.
“Thanks to these specially designed straps, flutter and wind chatter is a thing of the past,” says Abus. “The FlowStraps are aerodynamic, flutter-free and skin-friendly – a patented Abus innovation.”
The Abus GameChanger will be available in the UK through ZyroFisher although a price has yet to be set.
For more info go to http://gamechanger.abus.com/eng/
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.