New Down-O-Matic RR From Urge BP

New Down-O-Matic RR From Urge BP

What is the connection between the race victories of, François Gachet in 1994, Fabien Barel in 2009 and Sabrina Jonnier in 2010...well aside from them being legendary French mountain bikers, they all wore Urge BP helmets. In 1994 Gachet rode in a unique helmet that was never brought to market. However Barel and Jonnier rode wearing a full-face helmet know as the 'Down-O-Matic'.

Since 2008 Urge have focused on mountain bike helmets and they say; "It’s wonderful to define your own age and the competition. It’s beneficial to learn from this great experience, but you can’t lose track of time looking back on your glorious past; starting over again from nothing is sometimes essential for innovation."

For 2016 Urge Bike Products announce that they are "really proud to introduce you to the Down-O-Matic RR." The new helmet is made from their recently introduced technology of creating a glass-fibre / linen composite. This makes the new Down-O-Matic RR one of the lightest, race focused helmets on the market.

The new technology was introduced only earlier in 2016 with the announcement of the Archi-Enduro RR... the Urge BP philosophy is to be focused on creating a helmet they would be proud of, one that was safe and comfortable for riders, and also show their passion for mountain biking.

2015 Urge BP Down-O-Matic RR Highlights:

Outer Shell and EPS:
The new Down-O-Matic RR DH helmet shares the same outer shell and EPS as the Archi Enduro RR model, except at the rear and chin guard. The outer shell in composite material, formed from a unique blend of glass fibre (80%) and natural linen fibre (20%), mixed with a thermosetting resin. This material is meticulously laid out in order to obtain a multi-axial fibre with outstanding benefits that guarantees a better spread and diffusion of the shock waves more on the helmet than on the skull.

The performance during the crash tests exceeded the design requirements of CE 1078 - CPSC 1203 - AS/NZS 2063, and also outperformed existing ABS, traditional and carbon fibres shells.

Urge BP placed particular focus on the chin guard, to obtain the best ratio between rigidity and necessary distortion to absorb impacts. The essential wide opening of the chin guard, reinforced by a metallic grid, benefits from a high density polyurethane upper part. By obtaining of the ASTM F1952 norm, the only one that tests the chin guard, Urge BP believes this validates without a doubt they have incorporated safety features that will be highly sought-after.

The structure of the EPS has been designed by Urge BP to create a helmet that is lighter than the existing carbon-fibre top-of-the-range models from other manufacturers. Urge BP believe they have created one of the safest helmets in this category with a weight around 1.050 kg, making it among the lightest.  

Made of polyethylene, it is able to deform in case of an impact and exceeds current design requirements. It is adjustable and fixed using aluminium screws.

The Double-D buckle remains Urge BP's choice for ergonomics, safety and comfort.

There are 10 vents, which should allow good ventilation in any circumstances, even at low speed. Ventilation on the front of the helmet is unique, thanks to the specific design of the chin guard and to the wide frontal vents.

Fitting and Inner Padding:
The inner padding is entirely detachable and washable, made from a bamboo treated” it has a triple role of: antibacterial, moisture wicking and hypoallergenic.

Goggle/glasses Compatibility:
The wide opening aims to deliver an optimal field of view, and the new Down-O-Matic RR is compatible with all goggles on the market, even the wider ones. Lateral “gripping” pads and the ergonomics of the helmet allow for a perfect position of the goggle strap. Also the new helmet can be used with a neck brace device without compromising a riders safety or comfort.

Sizes :
The Urge BP Down-O-Matic RR will be available in: XS (53-54cm), S(55-56cm), M(57-58cm),L(59-60cm), XL(61-62cm)

The Urge BP Down-O-Matic RR will be available in: Red/White/Blue, Black/Silver, Black/Yellow, and Black/Red/White

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