Safety is the bike commuter’s number-one concern.
In a nod to that priority, SCOTT’s new helmet includes an accelerometer that senses braking, making riders more visible to each other, as well as to vehicles.
How the SCOTT La Mokka helmet works
The La Mokka Plus Sensor helmet uses a wide-angle rear light and includes three different modes: continuous, flashing, and intermittent flashing.
When a cyclist puts on the brakes, the helmet senses the slowdown and changes the lighting pattern accordingly. For instance, if a rider uses continuous mode, the light will change to a flashing pattern when braking. If a rider uses flashing mode, braking will initiate a continuous light.
And as long as you are putting an accelerometer in your helmet, you might as well add some other features as well.
The La Mokka’s sleep mode, for example, turns off the light after two minutes of inactivity. Start moving again, and the light flips back on.
This handy feature ensures you won’t grab your helmet for a ride only to discover you’ve left the light on and drained the battery. SCOTT claims the accelerometer can sense micro-movements, meaning it won’t turn off while riding.
Other safety features
SCOTT built the La Mokka with a MIPS Brain Protection System. It also designed the helmet to provide a little more coverage than usual, extending protection down the back and sides of the head.
The SCOTT La Mokka retails for around $200. If that price blows your bike budget, check out the La Mokka Plus, which is the same helmet minus the sensor. It’s a little cheaper, and sells for around $160.