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Abus launches 'GameChanger' aero helmet

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The as yet unannounced and unreleased Abus time trial helmet during this year's Tirreno-Adriatico

The as yet unannounced and unreleased Abus time trial helmet during this year's Tirreno-Adriatico
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Jasha Sutterlin wore the Abus GameChanger for the 2017 Paris-Roubaix

Jasha Sutterlin wore the Abus GameChanger for the 2017 Paris-Roubaix
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Flow Straps' reduce any wind resistance from the helmet straps and add to comfort

Flow Straps' reduce any wind resistance from the helmet straps and add to comfort
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A rear adjustment dial ensures a secure fit

A rear adjustment dial ensures a secure fit
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The rear of the Abus GameChanger helmet

The rear of the Abus GameChanger helmet
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Further vents at the rear of the helmet work in conjunction with the front vents

Further vents at the rear of the helmet work in conjunction with the front vents
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The helmets ventilation is dubbed 'Force Air Cooling' technology

The helmets ventilation is dubbed 'Force Air Cooling' technology
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Ample ventilation at the front of the helmet

Ample ventilation at the front of the helmet
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A closer look at the front of the GameChanger helmet

A closer look at the front of the GameChanger helmet
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The side profile of the Abus GameChanger

The side profile of the Abus GameChanger
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First seen at Milan-San Remo in March, Abus officially launched the new aero helmet, the 'GameChanger' at Paris-Roubaix. The German security company launched its first helmet in 1994 and has been in the sportive and Gran Fondo sector since the early 2000s, most recently announcing a partnership with this year's Paris-Roubaix.

The Abus GameChanger has been in development for 15 months and is a result of a close working relationship with the Movistar Team. The key feature of the helmet is its 'Multi Position Design'; creating multiple positions for the rider's head, which in turn makes the helmet more effective aerodynamically.

The aerodynamic technology behind the helmet derives from Venturi effect from aviation technology. The concept involves changing air pressures and velocity at the incoming air vents and outgoing air vents, the combination of vents at the front and rear of the helmet result in the aerodynamic performance in a variety of positions.

Whilst the design has not yet been independently verified, Abus claims the helmet has reduced frontal drag by 23 per cent in wind tunnel tests compared to their next top-level helmet, the Tec-Tical Pro.

The 'AirPort' bracket at the rear of the helmet not only acts as an outflow vent for the helmet, but also can be used to securely store sunglasses.

Tailored straps reduce any further wind resistance by ensuring a close fit to the rider's head and a dial fit adjustment barrel at the rear of the helmet determines size adjustment. The helmet is available in eight different colours and weighs in at 260g for a size medium, which is on par with the Kask Protone (251g for a medium) and the POC Octal Aero (268g for a large).

Daniele Bennati wore the helmet for the first time at Milan-San Remo, as well as at Paris-Roubaix. The Movistar Team also wore a new time trial helmet during the Tirreno-Adriatico time trials, the as yet unannounced and unreleased helmet is still in development and Cyclingnews understands the helmet will have a full release later this year.