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Mavic Helmets

I have been a little bummed lately, It started when a friend moved my bike and my Bell Sweep (which I truly love) smashed on the concrete and broke. For the past year I’ve been alternating between a Catlike Kompact and a Bell Sweep helmets. I have replaced the Kompact pro a few times. Pieces keep falling off or breaking. This has left me to fall out of love with my Catlike helmets. I found the Bell Sweep a much better fit and a-lot cooler helmet. The vents help chill me out.

Birth of the Mavic helmets from Mavic on Vimeo.

Well today we got a few Mavic helmets into the shop. I tried a few on and fell in love with the Syncro. The fit is superb. I found a few reviews online. I also found a bit of info about the Mavic helmet line.

Justin Loretz says;

If there’s one thing you can say about French company Mavic, other than that they make some brilliant wheels, it’s that they’re not afraid to try something new. Aeroplanes, pedal cars, mudguards, electronic shifting, clipless pedals, tyres, shoes and clothing are all projects past and present to bear the name Mavic, so a simple bicycle helmet should be a breeze.

Enter a three-model range, two years in development and with a dash of Gallic style. Designed in-house, Mavic extensively researched the issues surrounding fit and comfort, trying to fit as many head sizes and shapes into their chosen shape and still keep the fit rock solid. Naturally there are limits and, like any helmet, your head may not be the optimal shape.

Mavic have opted to go with a fairly round shape inner shell, as opposed to the slightly more oval shape of, say, Giro helmets. The helmet’s internal adjustment system is a one-handed dial affair, which is very reminiscent of that used on Bell helmets. The clicks are light and allow for fine tuning. The inner padding is sparse but effective both in comfort and sweat wicking, and removable for washing.

The microshell is fused to the EPS liner in the industry-standard in-mould way to create a single, strong unit. The 22-vent shell itself has a rubberised outer surface that feels odd to touch but does look handsome in a satiny sort of a way. Attached to the helmet is a removable, fixed-angle peak. It’s small and unobtrusive almost to the point of not quite being big enough.

We’ve not had warm enough weather since this helmet’s arrival to fully ascertain its air flow/cooling ability on summer climbs, but judging purely by vent size and number it should be averagely cool. Of course it passes all the relevant safety tests, but it’s on looks that most people judge helmets and the look of the Syncro divided opinion neatly 50/50. Cross-country riders, well used to wearing sculpted road-inspired lids, liked it, while the Giro Xen/Xar wearing gravity dudes felt it was, well, a bit roadie.

Our size small tipped the scales at 318g – more than the claimed 260g and giving up more than 100g over the likes of Specialized’s Prevail. That said, a bit more material makes us more reassured. So, the Syncro is one for the rider who’s looking for a general purpose cross-country/trail lid with racy looks if not top-end race weight.

James Huang Breaks it down;

Mavic will jump into the crowded bicycle helmet market with the introduction of three road models for 2012: the top-end Plasma SLR, the mid-range Plasma and the Syncro.

The French company haven’t unleashed any groundbreaking technological advances. All three use conventional in-molded microshells over expanded polystyrene liners with excellent rear coverage, the styling is fairly derivative, the shape wasn’t designed with aerodynamics in mind, and each weighs around 300g.

Mavic say their designers concentrated on improving the fit and feel from a rider’s perspective to produce “something that looks, fits and feels to the Mavic standard”. The interior shape is designed to minimize pressure points for the widest range of headforms, the Bell GPS-like height-adjustable retention system is cushioned for a soft feel and the one-piece padding is fairly generous.

Mavic say the padding’s dual-density construction is an industry first. Rather than use a simple soft, single-density foam that’s light but quick to pack down (thus not providing much padding at all), Mavic’s new padding uses a lower density against the rider’s head plus a higher and more durable density against the foam liner. Other details include countersunk Velcro tabs in the liner and notched interfaces between the retention system and straps to help keep all of the rider touch points perfectly flush.

The top-end Plasma SLR will retail for US$225 and will come in black or yellow/black. Main upgrades include visible carbon fiber internal reinforcements that allow for bigger vents and deeper interior channeling for better airflow, antibacterial X-Static pads, plus a soft carrying bag for travel.

The $180 Plasma model will come in black/silver, white/silver or white/black. It offers the same fit and a nearly identical look to the Plasma SLR but steps down to aluminized fiberglass internal reinforcements, non-X-Static pads, and ditches the storage bag.

Finally, there’s the $125 Syncro, which will come in white/black, black/red or dark silver. This so-called “entry level” model includes a removable visor but omits the internal reinforcements altogether, thus leaving smaller vents and shallower interior channels.

Mavic didn’t allow anyone to try the helmets on at the launch but we expect rideable samples within the next few weeks. Look out for a review on BikeRadar soon. For more pictures of the new lids, see our image gallery.

The one-piece interior padding on the new Mavic Plasma SLR helmet uses dual-density foam and X-Static antibacterial fabric.

I personally love the weight and fit!! At $125.00 retail, the price is not so bad.


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