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Yielding best times on both short and long distances this helmet is uncompromising when it comes to arodynamics.
|Patented air guidelines|
CASCO SPEEDairo and SPEEDtime
CASCO MyStyle - Fahrradhelme (bike helmets)
AirFit / Disk Fit Vario - Ausbau + Einbau (disassembly + assembly)
CASCO MyStyle - Streifen wechseln (change stripes)
Visier - SPEEDmask - Ausbau (Disassembly)
Visier - SPEEDmask - richtig öffnen (lift up properly)
CASCO Loc - Richtig Einstellen (How to operate)
Disc Fit Vario - richtig einstellen (how to operate)
Visier - SPEEDmask - Einbau (Assembly)
The helmet shown here is a safety product of the CASCO brand and is manufactured according to strict quality controls at our family-owned manufactory in Europe. Please use the helmet only for sports and areas of application that are approved according to the safety standard on the label inside the helmet and observe the regulations for your country.
Please read the instructions for use carefully. Mishandling of the helmet can lead to serious injury or even to death. No longer use the helmet if you have the suspicion the helmet may be damaged, this is especially the case when the helmet was subjected to a blow. The helmet wearer is solely responsible for his actions. CASCO International GmbH takes no responsibility for any damage or injury caused by inappropriate use of the helmet.
Please note that different countries and sports may have different safety standards. You are responsible to check carefully the particular requirements and buy/sell accordingly.
Helmet for bicycle, inlineskating and skateboard use.
There is an alternative helmet with CPSC bicycle helmet standard (USA) available. The production of this variation is done according to ISO Standard.
SSPEEDtime US Art. Nr.: 04.1500.U US
by Christine Waitz
The year is 2015. The world for time trial riders has shifted from tear-shaped to round. At least when it comes to head protection. And yet the Casco SPEEDtime still doesn't quite fit even into that world. It's an aerodynamic helmet seemingly from another galaxy. In the words of triathlon.de: This head protection will have you ready for battle. Where's our lightsaber — sorry, time trial bike. The giant sealed visor dominates the looks of the SPEEDtime. It ranges from ear to ear and from the base of the nose to the hairline, covering almost the entirety of the rider's face. The helmet's shell is completely enclosed on the front side, with no more than a small trapezoidal plastic covering on the forehead hinting that extra ventilation is actually available for when things get hot. The majority of the ventilation comes through the fin-style air slits that run around the almost-round helmet toward the rear of the head. Are they enough? Our tests will provide an answer.
The only other dominant elements are the elastic red cords that run toward the back of the helmet. These help guide the air flow as aerodynamically past the head as possible..
Fighting for position the right way
While we're on the subject of air flow... it should be clear by now that the rider's head position currently plays a less crucial role than with the earlier generations of teardrop-shaped helmets. The SPEEDtime always offers a uniform contact surface no matter what position it's in. Even when the head is turned or the neck muscles are briefly relaxed, there's no helmet peak, hairstyle, ears or even the majority of the face exposed to the wind. Casco has truly brought things full circle here, ensuring that the rider can focus on one position alone: his or her position compared with other riders. That task is also significantly easier thanks to the immense field of vision provided by the large-format visor.
Sophisticated attention to detail
This head protection is forward-thinking in more than just its external appearance. The attention to detail becomes evident when taken in for closer inspection, and especially when worn. Probably the most important element: the fit. Admittedly, you might get a pang of claustrophobia the first time you slide this helmet on, as if it feels like it's covering the entire head. That sensation quickly subsides, though. A thin material mesh stretches across the interior of the helmet's upper area, providing a pleasantly light feel when the helmet is worn. The mesh prevents the rider's head from actually touching the shell of the helmet, leaving room for air between skull and plastic. This may be part of the reason why we never had the sense we were lacking ventilation while in action. Even with the trapezoidal cover for optional ventilation closed, our heads always felt cool when biking at speed. The visor also performed well in the stress test. No fogging, no unpleasant slipping as happens with some lightweight flip-up models, no pressure on the bridge of the nose. It gives the helmet, which weighs in at 325 grammes, an extremely light and pleasant feel. Another detail worth mentioning is the design of the straps on the helmet's closure mechanism. The entire system makes it quick and easy to adjust to the specific rider's head and provides better safety by ensuring the helmet is seated right. While the closure mechanism requires a bit of getting used to, once you do it is practical and highly convenient. The first few times closing it may require a bit of practice — with the helmet already on, the small latch hook has to find its way into the eye on the end of the strap — but opening it requires one simple tug on the small but easily locatable tab. The future world evidently lacks some familiar elements from ours: ... chaos in the transition zone. You'll need to get used to more than just closing the helmet's latch. Practice is required for putting on the helmet at competition speeds. The thin visor initially seems so delicate that you feel like you need to handle the entire helmet with the greatest of care. … eyeglasses wearers. Anyone who can't use contact lenses but instead needs a full set of spectacles during a race will have a rough time with the SPEEDtime. Because the visor sits so close to the face, we couldn't fit it properly with a pair of spectacles on. ... racing in sub-optimal weather. Because of the season, we couldn't trial the helmet under extreme heat or rainy conditions. What we did notice is that the visor cannot be slid up using just one hand. You need to use both hands to move the thin plastic upwards. This is unwelcome news for rainy or hot days, where it can be expected that fogging of the visor will make it necessary to push it upward. ... money issues. The 400 euros price tag is a bit of an eye-popper. Summary: You can look forward to your next race with the SPEEDtime in your arsenal. We're kitted out! In pure time trials, the eye-catching model has established itself as our favourite. In triathlons we have to deduct a few points because of the tricky transitions, but when it comes to comfort this aerodynamic helmet is truly worlds apart. Subjectively light, pleasant and comfortable. Price: 400 Euro Sizes: 55-61 cm (Uni) Fotos: triathlon.de
Admittedly, there was a brief "No. Never ever!", followed by a moment of bracing ahead of putting it on for the first time; immediately thereafter, though, it was clear that my previous aero helmet was in serious jeopardy of being put out to pasture. It's a bit too fragile for use in the rough and tumble world of the transition area, but is my new first choice for time trials. You are perfectly insulated from the environment for the concentrated moments of an individual time trial, in what I think of along the lines of "fragments of time" by Daft Punk. For me, the CASCO SPEEDtime has definitely kicked off a new era of head coverings, and I consider it one of my top 3 equipment upgrades from 2013.
Sportalpen's resident sportsman Emanuel Reifetshammer took a closer look at the time trial helmets from CASCO. The SPEEDtime was put through its paces in three races and various weather conditions.
Time trial helmet as eye-grabber
Emanuel put the time trial helmet through an intensive set of testing across three races.
First a note on its appearance: The time trial helmet from CASCO looks unbelievably space-age! The giant visor and unconventional shape are a real eye-grabber out on the course. The real differences between this helmet and other time trial helmets become clear when you look under the 'bonnet'. The aerodynamic construction with patented airflow lines claims a special distinction: whatever your head position, the minispoilers ensure the best possible aerodynamics. This is unbelievably important for a time trial helmet, especially during the final sprint.
Keep a cool head
The second major benefit of the time trial helmet is its handling of heat. The wearer's head doesn't directly contact the inside of the helmet, but rather a mesh that is spanned inside. First and foremost this provides an outstanding fit that truly delivers on its promise of a 'cool head' for the wearer. A removable cover on the front of the helmet channels one of the air flows along the head and out the back for an extra dose of fresh air as needed.
Above and beyond this, the helmet only weighs 320 grams, making this helmet incomparably comfortable to wear even on long stages. During the Sprint Triathlon in the town of Braunau, the helmet more than provided its mettle.
Time trial helmet in extreme conditions
The visor and channelling of air for this time trial helmet are unique.
The huge visor on the CASCO SPEEDtime reaches all the way back to the ears, ensuring an enormous field of vision — no matter what position you're in. The closure system for the time trial helmet requires a little getting used to. It's a good idea to practice taking it on and off fast a couple of times before using it under real conditions for the first time. The SPEEDtime was not quite as successful during my "rain triathlon" in Linz. The temperature difference between the water (20 degrees) and exterior temperature (11 degrees) caused the visor on the helmet to fog up shortly after I put it on.
The only effective remedy was to open up the helmet's band a bit and push the time trial helmet up a bit. (Comment by CASCO: In this kind of extreme situation anti-fog spray works wonders. Simply spray the inside of the visor and you'll be seeing clearly right away)
To review: The time trial helmet from CASCO is suitable for both street racing and triathlons. It fits perfectly and transports the heat away ideally. Only when the temperatures became quite cold did the giant visor sometimes become a handicap.
Casco Speed Time test: what makes a professional time-trial helmet a genuine winner?
If one looks at the helmets used by the peloton of the Tour de France, the differences between time-trial helmets and simply aerodynamic helmets are increasingly vague. Sprinters appear in cone-shaped helmets even in field sprints, while we increasingly see ball-shaped helmets in time trials, as opposed to the cone-shaped, aerodynamically styled ones previously used. The Casco Speed Time helmet tested in Hungary’s National Time Trial Championship represents the latest trend. In addition, minute details, which justify such accessories being worth the investment for a pro who is eager to gain every single second of an advantage, make it virtually the perfect time-trial helmet, despite its hefty price tag.
I don’t want to analyse special time-trial equipment in much detail here, looking into which gains the most seconds. However, speaking of helmets in general, I would say from an aerodynamics perspective that in most comparisons the helmet is a more important element of hardware than the bike frame itself...
As this is truly relevant only in a comparison, let me give you a simple example: let’s look at the frontal surface of a rider wearing a traditional helmet equipped with numerous vents and a traditional pair of cycling glasses (not to mention without glasses)... The helmet and the rider’s face cut through the air, which comes into contact with their surfaces (much wider than a bike frame) and thus the airflow is broken in an irregular fashion. In comparison to this, an averagely good time-trial helmet has features similar to the nose of an aeroplane. Let us compare this with the bike frame: if you disregard the fact that you obviously have to purchase a time-trial frame equipped with geometry optimised for time trials, the fact that the air hits a flat tube profile in some places instead of a regular thin tube cross-section – with its favourable aerodynamics – is not nearly as important with regard to total wind resistance as the difference between a traditional helmet and a time-trial helmet.
This means that if I was to prepare for a time trial or a triathlon event, an aerodynamic frame would be the last thing I would consider spending big money on, despite the fact that the frame can obviously gain vital seconds too. However, the helmet gains more, as do aerodynamic wheels (mainly a rear disc wheel in favourable wind conditions), but the greatest benefit of all is to set our body posture on the bike so as to offer the smallest possible surface to obstruct the airflow, whilst not significantly impairing our pedalling power by adopting an uncomfortable body position.
Of course, we are not going to give a detailed account of lowering your position on the bike in a helmet test either, but I still believe it is imperative to mention that the shape characteristic of the Casco Speed Time provides more freedom for riders to vary their posture. To be honest, I do not care much about wind tunnel experiments detailed in manufacturers’ catalogues proving that the specific product is the best in certain aspects. However, in this case it is logically clear, and the test also provides proof as to why the Casco Speed Time outperforms a cone-shaped helmet, for instance:
Cone-shaped helmets are naturally very efficient, but only in one position. Major manufacturers and the best racers work so closely together that helmets are practically custom-made for each rider, and the rider’s body posture is set perfectly in the wind tunnel whilst wearing a specific helmet. A cone-shaped helmet provides the best performance if it sits very tightly against the rider’s back. This is the position when it genuinely achieves its objective. Nevertheless, as soon as the rider changes body position, by nodding their head so that the tip of the conical end rises for example, this helmet shape is immediately counter-effective.
I don’t want to be mean, but the photo galleries of some Hungarian amateur time-trial competitions are worth having a look at. We see loads of incorrect head positions and, what is more, the tip of the helmet almost functions as a vertical fin... There used to be some models with a surface structure that was designed to whistle to warn the rider: “Hey man, hold your head right!” This problem has been solved thanks to the shape of the Casco Speed Time; I was able to switch between two “tried and tested” positions during the time trial. My basic posture was to drop my head as far as possible in front of my shoulders, eyes fixed ahead. In this position you can see everything perfectly, but it does tire the neck. The other body position that I applied in long straight stretches was to lower my head down almost to the time trial bar, which is a very aerodynamic position (also easing the neck), but the drawback is that you have limited forward vision...
Wearing a traditional helmet in the latter position, I would have seen nothing but the asphalt in front of the wheel, but the Casco Speed Time can be set within a very wide range, and pushed up and down on your forehead. I was able to set it so I could see forward even with my head down, and it was rather my eyebrows that limited my vision. Thanks to the helmet’s shape, aero drag was optimal in both cases. But this applies not only in these two instances; the helmet has been designed to fit just about anyone with a different head position, and even to be ideal for triathletes.
As the Hungarian Time Trial Championship was held this year at a scorching temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, it was also important for the Casco Speed Time time-trial helmet to perform well in such hot conditions. Honestly, I was concerned about fogging and excessive sweating, I’m sure others have also experienced glasses fogging. During training and preparation sessions I was not able to simulate racing conditions properly in this respect; fogging features are normally seen during races only. Well, the large visor passed the test perfectly, and I didn’t even open the optional front vent.
It is funny that I did not sweat more than in a helmet equipped with many large vents - I don’t really understand why. The “suspended mesh panel” solution used for some backpacks, which keeps your scalp away from the internal surface of the helmet might be responsible. As I wrote above, there is no point in saying Speed Time is expensive (because it is) since it is these minute details that elevate the helmet to a professional level, and when the price difference impacts on race performance it might be worth the extra money... It is perhaps relevant for triathletes that the snap-off trapezoid vents could even make 180 km comfortable, inasmuch as a 180-km time-trial can be comfortable at all.
My only negative experience with the visor was the rubber strap around the nose piece. The setting fit me well if it was very close – almost touching my nose – but it was reluctant to stay perfectly in its place. (From the moment I took it off there was no problem at all.) The visor was a bit difficult to adjust, you needed both hands to push it up, but you normally avoid that during a race. My middle finger fitted under the visor to blow my nose, but I did not have to do this often as I personally blow my nose without using my hands during a time trial race, and don’t release the aerobars.
Otherwise, Speed Time applies Casco’s latest, patented technologies, the fastening strip system is outstanding; not only can it be adjusted to keep the edge of the helmet in the desired position on our foreheads, it can also be fine-tuned to our head size and adjusted laterally, irrespective of squeezing the head strap with the dial. The CASCO-Loc locking system is also unique; locking is safe and opening is surprisingly easy. Similar to other Casco models, Speed Time also features the Mystyle straps available separately in various colours. For example, you can equip your helmet with your national colours in no time, and the straps also function as light-reflectors. I should also mention that Casco offers a less professional time-trial helmet too, SpeedAir. This is optimised for triathlon competitions and more universal use, and without the visor it barely differs from traditional helmets, except for its superb low aero drag.
To sum up I was extremely satisfied with the Casco Speed Time. The fantastic low aero drag factor must have contributed to my performance at the championship too, no faults arose which could have disturbed my concentration, and it also proved to be perfectly customisable. It satisfied all the requirements expected of a professional accessory.