We notice that BBB is more and more developing itself into a brand with a wide portfolio with high quality products. To check this hypothese this cycling friend has testet the topmodel: the Falcon.
Why testing the falcon?
Curious about the reason why cycling cracks like Thomas de Gendt or Johnny Hoogerland are cycling with the Falcon helmet we wanted to test one ourselves. Another reason is that because of the dominancy of Giro helmets every cyclist' head looks the same, and its time for something else.
This shiny white team falcon has been on my head for 2 months, featuring temperature changes from minus 5 to 25 Celsius and landscape changes from the flat polders (minus 10 meters) to the Splugenpass (1908 meter above sea level). First the looks: It looks racey and pretty okay. Maybe less subtile than de giros or less different that the Catlikes, but fresh enough. A nice detail is that an aluminium structure is partially visible on the top of the helm. According to BBB this should enforce the inner cage. The backside of the helmet has a design of sharp fins which give it a dynamic profile.
But how does it fit?
Well, it fits pretty good! the backside of the helmet has a handy wheel which can be adjusted easily, also with thick gloves. Your head is supported by thick cushions and I didn't feel any pressure points. My head has an houtline of 56cm; normally I wear a Giro Atmos in size S, which is a little bit to tight (but giro's M is way to big). This BBB in size M fits me like a glove.
Special features?According to BBB the inside has an open air stream structure which allows fresh air to wave through the cushions and your head. Well, this claim isn't easy to test in a quantitative way, but it do seems like my upper head hair is moving into the wind. It's only the top of my head, but it's freshier than inside my Giro. Another special feature is the carbon and aluminium reinforcement for maximum security. unfortenately we didn't crash ;-) so no verdict on this feature
What should be improved?
Till now the remarks are pretty positive, but of course there is still some space for improvement. During my bike trip in Lombardia suddenly the fixation between the round wheel straps and the helmet suddenly let go. It was easy to fix and it only happended one time but it took me five minutes. Also, the helmet could be more stylish by adding some sparkling colours (for the normal version).
The verdict of Pieter Booij...
In the end one thing is most important with helmets and that is, besides the security ofcourse, the comfort. And the comfort is great. Therefore I rate it a premier category (four out of five). If BBB could improve the looks a litte bit more and have a better solution for the fixation of the straps it could have been five out of five. Considering the price the Falcon is a good deal.
So, well done BBB, you're on the right track.
The price: 149 euro
available in normal and team version
weight: around 270 grams
features: 23 air vents, aluminium and carbon reinforcement; anti-bacterial and washable cushions
verdict: 4th category; 3th category; 2nd category; 1st category, Hors category