Check out the Troy Lee Designs A1 all-mountain helmet – is this the new king of trail lids?

We told you they were working on a trail helmet and here it is – the all-new Troy Lee Designs A1. As you’d expect of TLD, it’s got striking looks, with a D3-esque fin on the back, a big moto-style peak and enough lightning bolts to make Thor himself jealous!

It’s not all about appearances, though. TLD marketing man Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell says he wanted to develop a lid that offers better protection than other mountain bike helmets – or as he describes them, “glorified road helmets with a visor”. That’s fighting talk, but he reckons they’ve nailed it.

The A1 exceeds CPSC (US) and CE (Europe) safety standards, with generous rear coverage and a rounded shell that should help it to slide in the event of a crash. Weight is good too, at 320g for the medium size (claimed, without peak), and it looks airy, with 12 vents and a system of deep channels, though it’s interesting there’s no big central intake at the front, as on some of its rivals.

Logan Peat certainly seems to be having a blast in his new A1. Either that or someone's left a $100 note at the trailside

Logan Peat certainly seems to be having a blast in his new A1. Either that or someone’s left a $100 note at the trailside

Who’s it aimed at? “The heart of the market,” according to Glaspell. “That mid- to big-travel trail rider, enduro rider or even cross-country rider.” And what’s the damage? Troy Lee gear is always at the ‘aspirational’ end of the price spectrum, but the A1′s US$165 pricetag puts it in the same ballpark as the POC Trabec.

The new lid will be available in the US from 4 February in the two colourways seen here – ‘Limited Edition Gold Metal Flake Cyclops’ ($20 extra) and ‘Black Cyclops’. There’s no word yet on European pricing, but we’re told the helmet should hit the UK in March. Turn the page for loads more photos and a video looking at the development process.

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