Tour tech: Giro launches new lids, July 1, 2006
Giro's new Ionos helmet
Giro Ionos debuts At 2006 Tour de France
By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Strasbourg, France
Cyclingnews tailed Giro sports marketers Chuck Platt and JP Mosnier
as they delivered a new Giro helmet to their sponsored Tour de France
teams, the all new Ionos. The new lid boasts 21 vents and at a claimed
260g, weighs in about 20 grams lighter than the already light Atmos. Discovery
Channel and Rabobank riders will be using Ionos helmets at this year's
Tour de France. When the Giro guys had their backs turned, we managed
to snap a few pix of this special new helmet.
After we snapped our spy photos, JP Mosnier of Giro explained to Cyclingnews,
"our sponsored road racers have been asking us to make a helmet with massive
vents and we came up with the Ionos, which has incredible air flow but
does not compromise safety at all." With 21 active WindTunnel channeled
vents as in the Giro Pneumo and Atmos, Ionos pushes helmet performance
to a new level, according to Mosnier.
The side view of Ionos
The interior of Giro's Ionos
The rear view of the Giro
Full frontal Ionos
And Ionos isn't just another pretty face. Just underneath the outer shell
is a visible layer of carbon fibre composite weave at key zones of the
helmet. This is an innovative structure Giro calls In-Mold Carbon Reinforcement.
(ICR) Just like a high-end carbon fibre frame, the Ionos uses ICR construction
that is tuned for support, impact dispersion and penetration resistance.
Also incorporated in the Ionos are Giro's patented RocLoc system. Available
in three sizes (S = 51-55cm, M = 55-59cm, L = 59-63cm), the lid that Giro
reckons is the new state of the art in cycling helmets will be available
spring of 2007.
Advantage 2 imminent for TT riders
The new Advantage 2
Also coming from Giro is the Advantage 2, a CPSC -compliant version of
Giro's Advantage time trial helmet.
Giros says the Advantage 2 has been wind-tunnel tested by Lance Armstrong
and Giro's other sponsored pro riders. That testing involved comparisons
with Giro's previous aerodynamic fairings - helmets that had no impact
absorbing foam lining - and with other protective TT helmets. According
to Giro, the new design "produced remarkably similar drag numbers to previous
designs, and is among the fastest of all designs tested."
The Advantage 2 will be available in the Fall of 2006, in three sizes
(S = 51-55cm, M = 55-59cm, L = 59-63cm). Claimed weight is 390g.