I never owned an Edge helmet; I've seen them lying around the Troy Lee Distributors warehouse though and kinda wish I did, but with the current trend in Enduro/All Mountain helmets it seems like that thing was ahead of its time. Well as of today things have come full circle for Troy Lee Designs with the release of the all new A1 Enduro/trail lid.
With the freeride, downhill and BMX helmet market cornered, Troy Lee Designs decided it was time to venture into new territory. Three years of research and design later, the team has developed a top of the line helmet for the XC/Enduro, Trail, and All Mountain rider.
Like all other TLD helmets, the A1 has undergone rigorous safety tests to ensure that it provides superior protection, exceeding CPSC standards and CE EN certifications, while still weighing an average of 320 grams and allowing for maximum ventilation.
Other features of the A1 helmet include an easily adjustable visor, strap dividers and adjusters, a unique adjustable TLD retention system, and anodized aluminum hardware.
Built with moto inspired components and world famous graphics, the A1 upholds the Troy Lee Designs iconic vision that has been a prevalent staple of the bicycle industry for years.
A limited first-run quantity of the helmet in Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake Cyclops and Black Cyclops colourways will be available for purchase at finer dealers worldwide beginning on February 4, 2013. The helmet will be available in XS-2XL.
A select group of media and Troy Lee Designs global distributors were recently given the opportunity to test the helmet on downhill and cross-country rides with TLD athletes Cam Zink, Brandon Semenuk, Logan Peat, Aaron Gwin, Eliot Jackson, and Leigh Donovan. The outpour of praise about the new helmet could not have been better. And you can expect to catch Al Heine rocking his at the Dodzy Memorial this weekend.
"I first heard about the A1 project a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting it since. And the team at TLD did not disappoint. It fits like a glove, protects my dome better than any other trail lid, and looks as good as the rest of the Troy Lee helmet line. If I had to sum it up in one word? Dialled." – Lars Sternberg, Transition Bikes/Enduro Racer
“I have been wanting a helmet to ride in that was more protective than all the other helmets on the market, which are just glorified road helmets with a visor. I think we nailed it with the A1. We catered to the heart of the market, which is that mid to big travel trail rider, enduro rider, or even cross-country rider, with a helmet that is extremely safe, elegant, stylish, light and built to last” – Craig "Stikman" Glaspell, Troy Lee Designs Sports Marketing