Object of Desire: Rapha x Palace POC Ventral Spin helmet

Cyclingnews takes a closer look at the sticker-bombed helmet design that broke the internet during last year's Giro d'Italia - now fetching £1,220 on eBay

What is a hands on review?
Rapha X Palace POC Ventral Spin helmet
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Early Verdict

A playful take on an already five-star-rated helmet


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    Brillaint ventilation

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    Superb protection (Spin rotational-impact protection)

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    Semi-aero design properties


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    Polarising sticker aesthetic

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Few WorldTour teams possess the panache of the EF Education-Nippo squad - particularly when it comes to sartorial direction. In fact, from the Kermit-green argyle motifs and shocking-pink hues that have underscored their kit designs over the years, the team has always stood out in pro peloton. 

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB 

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.