Troy Lee Designs has a long history in the world of two wheels. They have a huge (and successful) Supercross team and have been one of the most popular brands for the freeride and DH set. Their apparel and protection products have always had great style. I had the opportunity to talk to Stikman (aka Craig Glaspell, main man of the TLD Bicycle Division) at Interbike and he said (much to my suprise) that their most popular bicycle market is really the All Mountain/Enduro type rider. They have several new products coming for 2013 and the all new A1 All Mountain Helmet has arrived. There has been lots of buzz in the Mtbr forums about what kind of features this new lid would have, now we know.
It has some of the most cutting edge venting technology and will work with either goggles or sunglasses. It will come in two colors, including a Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake that is super flashy. It also has a more subtle black motif. It will be available early next month and MSRP is $165 ($185 for the Limited Edition).
Read on for the official info.
30 years of riding. 3 years of design. 1 helmet of choice.
Troy Lee Designs is proud to officially introduce the newest addition to our growing line of bicycle specific helmets, the A1.
With the freeride, downhill and BMX helmet market cornered, Troy Lee Designs decided it was time to venture into new territory. Three years of research and design later, the team has developed a top of the line helmet for the XC/Enduro, Trail, and All Mountain rider.
Like all other TLD helmets, the A1 has undergone rigorous safety tests to ensure that it provides superior protection, exceeding CPSC standards and CE EN certifications, while still weighing an average of 320 grams and allowing for maximum ventilation.
Other features of the A1 helmet include an easily adjustable visor, strap dividers and adjusters, a unique adjustable TLD retention system, and anodized aluminum hardware.
Built with moto inspired components and world famous graphics, the A1 upholds the Troy Lee Designs iconic vision that has been a prevalent staple of the bicycle industry for years.
A limited first-run quantity of the helmet in Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake Cyclops ($185 MSRP) and Black Cyclops ($165 MSRP) Colorways will be available for purchase at www.troyleedesigns.com and at finer dealers worldwide beginning on February 4, 2013. The helmet will be available in XS-2XL.
A select group of media and Troy Lee Designs global distributors were recently given the opportunity to test the helmet on downhill and cross country rides with TLD athletes Cam Zink, Brandon Semenuk, Logan Peat, Aaron Gwin, Eliot Jackson, and Leigh Donovan. The outpour of praise about the new helmet could not have been better.
“I have more mountain bike trail riding in my roots than I do freeriding, so I have been wanting a TLD trail helmet forever! Really happy with how this A1 turned out, will be putting a lot of miles in with it.”
– Cam Zink FMB Tour Hero
“Coming from an XC background I understand the importance of a vented helmet and since I’ve moved into Freeride, I only trust a helmet with lots of coverage. The A1 gives me that light, breathable design without being concerned about safety.”
– Brandon Semenuk 2X FMB World Champion
“I first heard about the A1 project a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting it since. And the team at TLD did not disappoint. It fits like a glove, protects my dome better than any other trail lid, and looks as good as the rest of the Troy Lee helmet line. If I had to sum it up in one word? Dialed.”
– Lars Sternberg, Transition Bikes/Enduro Racer
“I have come full circle with Troy Lee Designs. I had one of those sweet Edge helmets in the early 90’s, with a TLD sticker kit! I have been wanting a helmet to ride in that was more protective than all the other helmets on the market, which are just glorified road helmets with a visor. I think we nailed it with the A1. We catered to the heart of the market, which is that mid to big travel trail rider, enduro rider, or even cross country rider, with a helmet that is extremely safe, elegant, stylish, light and built to last.”
– Stikman, Troy Lee Designs Bicycle Athlete Manager
See photos from the ride days in our A1 Ride Day Gallery.
About Troy Lee Designs:
For 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, as well as seasonal lines of sportswear and accessories. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.