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Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber helmet utilizes spread tow reinforcement

Bell Helmets has launched its new Pro Star helmet reinforced by TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements. The result is  a helmet with the lightest and strongest shell ever.

Bell Helmets has launched its new Pro Star helmet reinforced by TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements. The result is  a helmet with the lightest and strongest shell ever.

Lightweight carbon fiber helmet uses spread tows to cut weight by 20%.
In 2016, Bell set out to reestablish its flagship model in the motorcycle market with the introduction of the Pro Star. Bell sought to reduce the weight of the shell by as much as possible and through incorporating TeXtreme into the layup, the weight of the shell of the Pro Star helmet was reduced by 21% without sacrificing any mechanical properties. Products reinforced by TeXtreme in general get 20% lighter than when using other carbon fiber materials and reduces weight without sacrificing strength or stiffness.

Chris Sacket, VP of Bell Powersports, says: "For the new Pro Star we wanted to take shell technology to the next level and by using the ultra-thin TeXtreme carbon fiber material we managed to engineer our best shell ever. The unique characteristics of the TeXtreme material enabled us to reduce one-fifth of the weight and still have the same high level of performance."

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcement is used in a large number of sports and competitions including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, bicycles, ice hockey, surfing, rowing shells, golf, tennis, skis, and snowboards. Alongside the sporting goods industry, TeXtreme is also used in a wide variety of aerospace and industrial applications.

"We are proud to see the latest application using our carbon fiber materials hitting the market and that TeXtreme have been a key factor in the construction of the shell. For anyone looking for a solution requiring ultra-light weight we can provide the knowledge for how to construct it and the materials to create the weight savings and mechanical performance needed. The Pro Star helmet is another outstanding reference for what value the TeXtreme Technology brings," says Andreas Martsman, VP Marketing & Sales of Oxeon AB.

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