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The Beam x Virgo Move Full-Face Helmet Brings Extra Protection for Safer eBike Riding

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes
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Full-face helmets certainly aren’t new – I wore one in the bikepark testing an enduro bike this morning – but The Beam Virgo is adapting that same extra protection for the city streets to make ebike riding and commuting safer, too. This wild-looking commuter full-face helmet is still officially just a Kickstarter project, but it’s been developed by a company we’ve already seen turn some other innovative ideas into real products.

And this commuter full-face has already smashed through its funding goal in its first day of crowdfunding… literally in the first hour!

The Beam Virgo MIPS, a safer full-face helmet for commuter ebiking

The Beam is calling the new full-face Virgo helmet project “the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes”, and it’s hard to argue with their logic. With low coverage in the back, an integrated chin-bar up front, built-in visors, hi-viz lighting, and MIPS protection & dial-retention inside… the idea of a full-featured full-face helmet for urban ebike commuting simply makes a lot of sense.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, riding through Paris
all photos c. The Beam & Virgo

The only real downside to the extra protection lent by a full-face helmet even off-road used to only really be that they were too hot and too heavy. But modern helmets -full-faces especially- are now so much lighter and better ventilated that those aren’t as good excuses any more. And if you are getting ebike pedal assist, you might as well get the extra protection if you are less likely to be fully working up a sweat.

OK, so who are The Beam & Virgo Move again?

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes & e-scooters?

The Beam is a young French commuter cycling product start-up with established manufacturing ties in South Korea for a few years. We’ve already covered their simple bar end plug Corky flip-out rearview mirror that they partnered with CloseTheGap to get out to a bigger audience. And there was also their lightweight Corky X, a modern update to the classic randonnerdy yet functional clip-on mirror for your glasses.

Remember the Ventoux road full-face concept a few years back from Studio-Accent? Yeah, that is the designer behind the new Virgo Move project, too. He just now is working together with The Beam to step things up a notch with the Virgo.

Why an ebike full-face helmet?

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No beating around the bush, ebikes mean more people riding on two wheels, often many that aren’t necessarily experienced cyclists. More people on bikes is great, but statistically, it means more people getting in bike accidents, too. Plus, while regulated ebikes don’t really make you a lot faster, they are heavier, a bit more difficult to manage, and do make it easier for inexperienced riders to go faster than they would pedal otherwise. And we all know there are plenty of ebikers riding around town in the gray areas with their pedal-assist speed limiters bypassed.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, side

So let’s make them, and ourselves, safer.

Tech details

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, visor up

So, the new Virgo full-face ebike helmet offers as much protection as you could ask for. The Beam calls it the “ultimate balance of protection and comfort combining lightness, optimal airflow, and complete protection of head and face“. That’s clear, right?

The Virgo full-face helmet features classic in-mold construction with an ABS plastic shell over a light EPS foam core. Then, a more flexible structure of the thin reinforced chin bar is also in-molded between the ABS & EPS, for a smoothly unified design offering added protection to the rider’s face without obstructing airflow or being anywhere near as bulky as an off-road full-face.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, MIPS Evolve Core inside

Inside, an optional MIPS Evolve Core liner under the helmet’s pads helps absorb non-linear impacts, but also integrates a rear dial-retention system for a secure fit.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, front & back

The commuter full-face helmet is described as well-ventilated with 5 forward-facing openings connected through internal air channels to 4 rear exhaust ports, plus large openings at your ears to help dissipate heat away from the rider’s head.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, magnetic replacable visors

And it also comes with three different magnetically attached visors to protect your eyes while riding in all conditions – mirrored, smoke shaded & clear lenses. The Virgo also has a magnetic attachment at the back to snap on or off a removable, USB-C rechargeable taillight with an accelerometer brake light function for added visibility day & night.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, side view on a rider's head
pre-production prototype with bolt-on visor

The end result is a safer full-face helmet that “offers multi-impact protection zones in the areas most likely to be hit in a fall in case of a frontal crash” with claimed weights from 600-650g for the two sizes XS/S & M/L. The Virgo helmet is designed to meet the higher-speed pedelec (45kph/28mph) requirements of European regulation NTA-8776, and also complies with standard EN 1078 / CPSC bike certification.

The Beam x Virgo full-face – Crowdfunding pricing, options & expected availability

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, color options

The Virgo ebike full-face helmet is available to back now on Kickstarter, through the end of June. The Beam x Virgo helmet is available either without the extra anti-rotational protection from 99€ with super-early-bird pricing, or in what looks like the best deal, with an integrated MIPS Evolve Core liner from just 129€.

The Beam x Virgo MIPS full-face commuter ebike helmet on Kickstarter now, the safest cycling helmet for e-bikes, city riding

The helmet includes the removable visor & light, and is available in four matte colors – black, white, midnight blue, and warm sand tan – in sizes XS/S or M/L. The Kickstarter campaign anticipates first deliveries as early as August 2023, although The Beam suggests more conservatively that they will have full production stock available in the middle of autumn.

TheBeam-Europe.com & VirgoMove.com

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Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
10 months ago

Well at least it doesn’t look ridiculous.

Seraph
Seraph
10 months ago

A little late for April Fool’s.

Zee
Zee
10 months ago

The people wearing this will be the idiots doing 30mph on the multi-use paths on their throttled “e-bikes”.

Exodux
10 months ago

This would make me laugh even more “outlouder” then I normally do when I see an eBiker

Jazz Cigarette
Jazz Cigarette
10 months ago
Reply to  Exodux

you’re so cool, I swooned

Arf
Arf
10 months ago
Reply to  Exodux

‘swoon’
you’re so cool

moneymakerfacetype
moneymakerfacetype
10 months ago

Ummm, isn’t the chin bar supposed to protect the face? Looks like the face opening is so large that even with chin strap fully tight against the neck, a full face plant will let that “money maker” right out the opening. Chin bar is way too low, and way to close to the face. False sense of security vibes.

erwinius
erwinius
10 months ago

In winter you can freeze your ears off then?!
You can see that it is made by people ho never ride an high speed bike.

MtbBiz
MtbBiz
9 months ago
Reply to  erwinius

You know you can put things over your ears to cover them right…same thing we do with our hands…..gloves/handlebar mitts..lol

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
10 months ago

and when your not riding,you can work as riot police

Chris White
10 months ago

Is there any data on the frequency of facial injuries when urban e-biking? It’s gotta be pretty rare, making most of this monstrosity irrelevant. Selling stuff like this and seeing people wear it is just another way of telling the public that biking is dangerous, which puts many people off doing it, and they instead use their car, making it less safe for those that do. The best way to make cycling safer is to have more cyclists on the road, and this is not going to achieve that goal. Also, if drivers think the cyclist is well protected, then they’ll give them less room (there is scientific research supporting this), so this helmet may make the wearer more at risk. Overall, this helmet could have a negative impact on the safety of cyclists in general. Unfortunately, that won’t stop companies from selling it or people buying it.

Evan
Evan
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris White

The picture has both an ebike and an escooter. I think they are similar conveyances as they’re motor powered and often piloted by inexperienced riders.

Venice Beach is a hotspot of the escooter as a service revolution, and I do remember reading the prevalence of TBIs had skyrocketed along with the popularity of those apps. I would assume that facial injuries increase in proportion with all other kind of head injuries.

I broke my jaw falling off a road bike once and I wish that chin bars were more normalized.

A S
A S
10 months ago

TBH I’m all for this as a concept. Now take this rough draft and give it to an industrial designed to make into something cool because this as is just isn’t a finished product.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
10 months ago

Protects your head AND your virginity

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
10 months ago
Reply to  Roger Pedacter

I dunno, I feel pretty f’ed by this.

Hamjam
Hamjam
10 months ago

My DIY ebike can hit 30mph which is nice for a small amount of places where is is safe to do so. Mostly it is not safe to exceed 12mph around people and cars where I live. I got an ebike thinking it would make things faster. In reality, it is better at making slow riding more tolerable. I don’t have to worry about keeping momentum. Nothing wrong with a safer helmet, but it won’t make your high speed motorcycle-biking safe.

Jason DW
Jason DW
10 months ago

A little weird looking but better than what could be.

Scott
Scott
10 months ago

wholly face lacerations.

Poncho
Poncho
10 months ago

Get the “W” cut facelift now!

Speshy
Speshy
10 months ago

This is perfect for the ebike crowd! Just as stupid, useless, and ridiculous as owning an ebike.

mpulsiv
mpulsiv
10 months ago
Reply to  Speshy

eBike industry is responsible to cripple people. It hurts to see healthy adults with a motor between their legs.

Rog
Rog
8 months ago
Reply to  mpulsiv

You gotta be a pure joker

Mark
Mark
10 months ago
Reply to  Speshy

The helmet is ridiculous but your comment is absurd… who on earth thinks you even make sense, have you travelled, do you own a cargo bike ? Do you ride to work everyday ? Do you go riding with world tour cyclists on week ends ? Serioulsy thats a weird comment.

Rog
Rog
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I like the helmet, but I agree with the rest of your comment about the idiots who are critical of ebikes.

Last edited 8 months ago by Rog
threeringcircus
threeringcircus
10 months ago

Clicked on this just to read the comments…did not disappoint.

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
10 months ago

Frig. I like them. Most average punters could do with such a helmet, Have you see the rental Helmets?

Last edited 10 months ago by Richard Anderson
GizmoJuggler
GizmoJuggler
10 months ago

Nearl perfect for my needs, I only wish it had any option for the front light as well for higher visibility.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
10 months ago

B R U H

This helmet is a hazard to everyone else out there! I’m soiling myself with laughter if I see this thang on somebody’s face!

MtbBiz
MtbBiz
9 months ago

Sad there’s a bunch of idiots crying about a helmet that makes things more safe… Lol
I probably wouldn’t wear it, my Full face MTB helmet is lighter with more vents.. I ride on the road with it sometimes to skip to other sections of the single track… No difference except he’s riding on the street longer than me lol

As an “Urban” full face, I think they hit their mark..but I think they should of made chin par a tad higher or just taller surface area

Last edited 9 months ago by MtbBiz

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