EKOI and Pininfarina unveil the Aerodinamica helmet
EKOI unveils the first cycling helmet designed by Pininfarina.
In 1936, Battista Pinin Farina designed one of his first aerodynamic vehicles: the Lancia Aprilia Aerodinamica. Eighty-seven years later and the famous design house drafts its first cycling helmet in partnership with EKOI. The EKOI Aerodinamica helmet will be used in this year’s Tour de France by four teams; Cofidis, Israel-Premier Tech, Lotto Dstny and Team Arkea-Samsic. That makes EKOI helmets the most popular in the peloton.
EKOI said that their engineers worked with Pininfarina’s designers to produce a helmet that made “made no concessions between elegance and performance”: no small task. The shape of the helmet was refined at Pininfarina’s legendary wind tunnel along with choice of racing colours and the incorporation of the latest safety innovations.
Meanwhile on the safety side the EKOI say the Aerodinamica will be the only helmet using Koroyd technology in the UCI WorldTour. The helmet uses four inserts of Koroyd, which consists of a honeycomb structure of long, thin tubes heat-welded together. The tubes’ thin walls collapse evenly in the event of impact, absorbing the impact’s energy on the helmet. Koroyd’s honeycomb structure means that as well as being light-weight it allows air to circulate, keeping you cool.
Tested by the pros!
The EKOI Aerodinamica was tested during its development phase by pro riders Giacomo Nizzolo and Caleb Ewan. They took it to wins in the Tro Bro Léon and the Van Merksteijn Fences Classic respectively. In EKOi’s promotional video Ewan describes how important aerodynamics are when sprinting at 70Kmh: speeds most of us will only approach on a long down-hill! However it’s good to know that at our reduced speeds we’ll be able to make use of Pininfarina’s styling.
No date has been given for the release of the new Aerodinamica helmet, we can assume it will be post-Tour. While Tour de France riders can use the Aerodinamica some – like stage 2 winner Victor Lafay – are still using EKOI’s AR14 and AR15 helmets. The latter takes an interesting approach to aero, with magnetic clip-on side panels, allowing the rider to choose between aero or cooling benefits. We’ll try and get our hands on one of these new helmets and let you know how they perform. We have previously tested EKOI’s Corsa helmet, read the review here.
Technical specifications of the EKOI Aerodinamica helmet
High level of protection thanks to Koroyd® technology (+48% energy absorption compared to standard EPS)
First cycling helmet in the world to be designed by Pininfarina
Developed in a wind tunnel to minimize its drag ratio (CX)
Modular design: 100% aero closed helmet / 100% comfort and airflow open helmet.
Fidlock® magnetic buckle: intuitive single-handed adjustment to open and close the chinstrap
ATOP® wheel: micrometric adjustment of occipital support
Adjustable straps with lateral V-shaped adjustment buckles under the ears
Koroyd® protection: 2 side inserts and 2 front inserts
CE / CPSC / AS NZ / UKCA certifications
Helmet available in two colour options: white-red and black
Price : 249,99 euros