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Beating the Wind with the New ABUS GameChanger 2.0

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 corneringPhoto c. ABUS
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Germany’s 99-year-old security tech company, ABUS has upped the ante and changed the game for their new aero helmet the GameChanger 2.0. ABUS is calling this the perfect “ultimate aero helmet for professional cyclists, triathletes, and ambitious athletes in the battle for watts and seconds”.

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 rider side shot
Photo c. ABUS

The previous model, GameChanger 1.0, has proven itself in countless kilometers at races like the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. The new GameChanger 2.0 is expected to follow and has been developed in close cooperation with the pro-riders of the Movistar Team.

The ABUS GameChanger 1.0 raised the bar of aero helmets to a new level, being trimmed for maximum aerodynamics and optimal ventilation. Based on the success and performance of the 1.0, ABUS has developed a completely new aero helmet, in the 2.0.

The GameChanger 2.0 has been improved at the crucial points of aerodynamics, ventilation, comfort, and safety.

Aerodynamics

Meeting the most modern requirements for high-speed aerodynamics, the GameChanger 2.0 has a wider Kamm-Tail. For those that don’t know (I sure didn’t), this means that the virtual aero profile created by the helmet is 11% longer.

With wind tunnel and track testing sessions being done in the range of today’s racing speeds (between 46 and 52km/h), the GameChanger 2.0 showed “a decisive aero advantage due to its adapted aero shape”.

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 in the drops

With the 8 degrees lower Kamm-Tail, the GameChanger 2.0’s angle optimizes the rider’s position while in the “race-position with the head down and directed downward” in the drops.

The central AEROBLADE in the upper area of the GameChanger 2.0, leads air efficiently away from the head using the internal ventilation channels through the helmet. While at the same time optimizing aerodynamics.

Ventilation

GameChanger 2.0 has improved aerodynamics over the 1.0. The Airboost front inlet along with the Eyebrow Vents direct 32% more air into the helmet as well provide a perfect storage option for eyewear.

The Acti Cage struts direct air into the helmet at higher speeds, and with a shape like a shark fin, takes the remaining airflow and redirects it up and over the helmet to aid in aerodynamics.

Along with the Eyewear Ports in the front of the helmet, the Airport vents in the rear are also compatible with regular curved sports eyewear, giving the rider two convenient eyewear storage solutions.

Keep in mind, as more air goes into a helmet, more has to come out. With the Airflow Star Design, 20% higher air outlet is achieved with the revised, wider rear diffuser that has enlarged air outlets. These larger air outlets use the revised air channels to optimize the airflow out of the helmet.

ABUS has succeeded in optimizing the ventilation channels of the new GameChanger 2.0, serving both aerodynamics and rider comfort through proper airflow through the helmet.

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 movin'

Comfort

When the rider is comfortable they go faster. What’s the point of sophisticated airflow control and aerodynamics if the helmet simply doesn’t fit? The GameChanger 2.0 rear strap system, Flow Straps Pro, has 12mm wide straps and a wider V-shape, helping to keep the 2.0 in the optimal position on your noggin.

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 MIPS VELVET-BLACK

The central Zoom Pro retention system with the new slider system, guides both straps and the adjustment system into an individually optimal position at all times.

Safety

The GameChanger 2.0 uses the MIPS Air Node system. In addition, the MIPS version of the 2.0 comes equipped with the Fidlock buckle system, a system that is synonymous with fast, intuitive, easy-to-use helmet closures.

ABUS GameChanger 2.0 front rider

Also, all GameChanger 2.0 helmets are QUIN-ready, meaning that they are prepared for the use of QUIN Crash Detection Technology. The 2.0 provide another safety contribution, especially on those solo rides. The QUIN port for charging the sensor is accessible – in the form of a micro USB port inside the helmet.

GameChanger 2.0 Colors

The ABUS GameChanger 2.0 comes in three sizes, (S, M, and L). It is offered in two versions MIPS and non-MIPS, with a total of 11 different colors.

Weight: S- 260g, M- 265g, and L- 275g

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Oliver
Oliver
1 year ago

But have they made the tiny Large any bigger?

nooner
nooner
1 year ago

OG Gamechanger can be found on Ali for around 30USD. Looks identical to the real deal. Sadly my PR’s were not improved…

David
David
1 year ago
Reply to  nooner

Enjoy your TBI.

Dinger
Dinger
1 year ago
Reply to  nooner

“Looks like” is a long way from “works like” when it comes to helmets. Try not to crash..

Andrew
Andrew
1 year ago
Reply to  nooner

Seriously? Out of all of the things to skimp on. Would you buy seatbelts on Ali Express? Airbags?

Milan Dekkers
Milan Dekkers
11 months ago
Reply to  nooner

I sincerely advise you to put it in the bin tonight and go and buy a “SAFETY” measure from a trusted website. The most stupid decision you could potentially make is saving money on safety and get a knock off helmet. Clearly there isnt much to protect anyways

Technician
Technician
1 year ago

Nice outer shell design, as usual from ABUS, but damn those helmets do not fit. Fit is atrocious throughout entire model range. Maybe they should stop testing their helmets on watermelons and start designing them around actual head shape…

Last edited 1 year ago by Technician
FritzP
FritzP
1 year ago
Reply to  Technician

To each their own. I really like everything about my Abus Airbreaker, except for the poor sweat management of the brow pad.

Milan Dekkers
Milan Dekkers
11 months ago
Reply to  FritzP

Had the same issue on the Gamechanger. I then swapped to the Airbreaker when I stayed in the UAE and it is much better. Also in Europe.

Chris
Chris
11 months ago
Reply to  Technician

Fit is great!

nismosr
nismosr
11 months ago

when are they going to be Available I love my OG ones ..

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