Scott’s new Split helmet has been in development for 2 years (Scott Sports)

Team GreenEdge came out swinging to take the team time trial
at Tirreno-Adriatico,
which was the first major European win for the Australian team that was on hold
last year. The victory served GreenEdge and sponsor Scott well, highlighting
the new Split aero helmet.

The whole team used the Split helmet along with the Scott
made visor in Italy. GreenEdge will use the Split for the entirety of the 2012
season, but, Scott say, they won’t officially release the helmet to riders
until EuroBike this September. Following that launch, Scott will offer the
helmet for sale in the spring of 2013.

Scott say the helmet has a target price of US$209.99 without
the visor and $299.99 with the European made optical visor (roughly £135
to £190;
to €230,
based on the US target). Preproduction team samples of the Split weigh 345g
without the shield, according to Scott.

Prototypes are already CPSC rated, and will be used by
Scott’s triathletes in US competition this season. “It’s important to know that
time trial is a stage where a lot of important equipment is developed so that
we can go win pro races,” Adrian Montgomery, Scott’s US marketing director told
BikeRadar. “But the market is still triathlon —
[they’re the ones who benefit.]”

The Split helmet was developed over the course of two years,
and Scott’s engineers used the year GreenEdge sat on the bench, and out of top
tier World Tour competition, to further refine the aero design.

The team gave Scott
engineers set of objectives to meet in their design of the new helmet,
including: the lowest drag coefficient possible, an advanced optical solution
in the form of a fully integrated visor, a dynamic ventilation system, and an
adjustable, comfortable fit.

Scott’s own video introduction of the Split aero helmet

Scott and
GreenEdge spent time at the Australian Institute of Sports undergoing extensive
wind tunnel testing to prove the helmet’s shape with regard to both
aerodynamics and rider integration.

Scott say the
wind tunnel testing provided holistic, real world data for each design
iteration, and ensured that the final Split shape met the team’s requirements. Engineers
also used the wind tunnel to design and prove the Split’s Air Control Cooling
system of internal channeling that is said to effectively draw air through
intake vents, over a rider’s head and out the rear exhaust ports.

Finally Scott
also developed a seamlessly integrated ‘clip in’ optical shield, which, they
say, further improves the aerodynamics of the overall design. They claim it was
also developed and proven in the wind tunnel, and they will offer three shields,
with 93-, 68-, and 15-percent light transmission levels, initially.

Scott will offer
three shields with 93-, 68-, and 15-percent light transmission levels

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