When you think of the brand ABUS, it's not uncommon for your thought to immediately jump to security products like home alarms and bicycle locks, after all, that's what they're most well known for. But in more recent years, the German manufacturer has branched out into cycling by producing some high-quality helmets, and the new ABUS Aventor road cycling helmet is just one of them.
There are a few boxes which road cycling helmets should abide by; how aero it is, how light it is, how it breathes, how safe it is and how it fits... and, of course, how it looks because after all, we like matchy-matchy.
So how many of these boxes does the new ABUS Aventor road cycling helmet tick?
ABUS Aventor road cycling helmet
First of all, let's take a look at the technology that goes into this helmet.
A majority of the internal construction is made from the commonly used Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) with a double shell in-mould and polycarbonate outer shell. Anti-Cage technology has been used as a structural reinforcement which is integrated into the EPS to optimize stability. Lower edge protection around the rim of the helmet provides additional protection from external influences.
The fit of the helmet is determined by the Zoom Ace system which incorporates a rear fitted dial for making fine adjustments with. Soft adjustable straps keep the helmet in place with a click-clasp under the chin. If you have long hair which you like to tie back, then ABUS has ensured the Aventor is Ponytail-friendly too.
The ABUS Aventor road cycling helmet is not women's specific, which is fine because there's not much in head shapes and sizes between genders to say that we most definitely need them.
PERFORMANCE: I found this helmet extremely comfortable to wear, even after hours in the saddle. The large vented openings kept the air flowing through and my head relatively cool. The Zoom Ace fit system is not too dissimilar from other models on the market, making it familiar and easy to use. I can't say I made the most of the ponytail-friendly feature as I usually wear mine quite loose and low - otherwise, I get headaches.
STYLE: This helmet has a wonderfully simple and aero design with the vents positioned and shaped in a way that not only pulls the air back but your eye as well. It has somewhat of a shallow profile which prevents the dreaded bobble-head effect that some helmets give you, and yet, it's still highly protective.
Although this lid does fit and perform extremely well, when a helmet retails for £120+, I usually expect a little more than just an EPS construction. Many helmets are being produced with MIPS technology as a give and at a lower price point which puts this helmet at a slight disadvantage by comparison.
Weight: 260g (Medium)
Sizes: Small - 51-55cm / Medium - 54-59cm / Large - 58-61cm
Colourways: Red, Green, Pink, Yellow, White, Blue, Black
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