Abus is scaling their road helmet line-up this spring and summer, expanding to more affordable aero with the StormChaser, to faster racing against the clock with the GameChanger TT, and more affordable all-rounders with the Macator. From entry-level to pro racing, Abus continues to build out a full protection range for all road riders.
Abus StormChaser affordable aero road race helmet
While the top-spec, lightweight AirBreaker helmet that we reviewed last spring delivers a great balance of ventilation and aero drag reduction claims, the 250€ price puts it out of reach of many cyclists. Enter the new StormChaser which claims much of the same vented, aero performance for 40% less pain to your wallet.
StormChaser – Tech Details & Pricing
Like its more-expensive siblings, the new StormChaser was developed with input from Abus’ sponsored World Tour pro riders. And it includes many of the same features, like the single-layer (and comfortable lay-flat) drag-reducing AeroFlow straps with their fatter leading-edge, plenty of ventilation, and the rear-facing sunglasses storage that Abus says is ‘more aero’ than sticking them into a helmet’s top vents.
The StormChaser is still made-in-Italy from the same in-mold construction with an EPS foam core, internal ActiCage structural reinforcement & a multi-part polycarbonate shell. It gets 7 large, forward-facing air inlets, deep internal channels & 16 smaller rearward exhaust vents to keep you head cool. Abus’ simple, lightweight Zoom Ace retention dials in a secure fit on the head and is open in the back for ponytail compatibility.
Retailing for $150 / 130€, the StormChaser comes in a three sizes (S/M/L from 51-61cm) with impressive weights from 230-250g (S-L), and a wide range of color options all with integrated reflective detailing. The new helmet is available now in several global markets, with all expected in the coming weeks.
Abus GameChanger TT pro aerodynamic time trial road helmet
On the other extreme of the aero road spectrum, the new GameChanger TT is a race-specific road helmet for time trials, triathlons, and even track racing. Bearing plenty of similarity in overall shape as the original GameChanger, the new TT version steps up the aerodynamics focus with closed sides that come down over your ears, a more rounded tail, and the option for an integrated aero visor.
GameChanger TT – Tech Details & Pricing
From a tech perspective, it’s actually much the same as the much more affordable StormChaser, and the same tech you’ll find in the original GameChanger…
The GameChanger TT features in-mold construction, using a lightweight EPS core with ActiCage internal structural reinforcement, and a multi-part polycarbonate shell. Aerodynamics takes precedent over cooling, but the new TT helmet does get 5 forward intake vents that Abus says provide “Forced Air Cooling” through internal air channels, before exiting out 5 rear exhaust ports. Retention is the same ponytail-friendly, half-ring Zoom Ace retention setup, and the same aero flat FlowStraps.
The GameChanger TT is said to be light at just 300g/320g/340g in the three S/M/L sizes, respectively. The new TT helmet will be available in gloss white or black, or this replica Movistar Team edition two-tone blue. It was expected to get a more dramatic pro racing debut this spring, but will likely arrive when Grand Tour Racing gets back in session this August, both in flat & rolling races against the clock.
Abus Macator low-cost vented road bike helmet
While the StormChaser & GameChanger TT are high-tech and aero race-focused helmets, the Macator is just an affordable all-rounder. It offers standard-level in-mold EPS construction for safety, large open vents for good airflow, and simple look with reflective details.
The 50€ Macator is impressively light for that price, just 240g for a Small (270g M, 300g L). It still gets 5 front/8 rear vents and Zoom Ace dial retention, plus anti-bug mesh across the three main front vents and basic straps. It comes in a number of bright or subdued colors, and includes a removable snap-on visor/peak.