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Introducing Bontrager WaveCel: Revolutionary Helmet Technology

(Source: Epicenter Cycling blog)

March 26, 2019 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Image above: WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager helmets. Source: Epicenter Cycling blog)

[Editor’s note: In 1995, Trek acquired Bontrager Cycles, founded by Keith Bontrager.]

WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager helmets

Trek / Bontrager just unveiled a groundbreaking helmet technology called WaveCel. This revolutionary material is proven to be up to 48x more effective than standard EPS foam at preventing concussions from common cycling accidents. This is a major milestone in cycling history that will change our industry and make helmets better for all riders.

Standard foam helmets are designed to protect against direct impacts. But WaveCel accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen: ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts. On impact, WaveCel’s collapsible cellular material absorbs energy in multiple ways and then disperses it in a remarkably effective way.

WaveCel helmets are initially being offered in four models. Choose between MTB, road and commuter options; all offering a range of colors.

What is WaveCel?

WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager helmets.

It is the result of a four-year partnership between Trek’s Research & Design teams, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Madey, and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang. Drs Madey and Bottlang have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. They are funded by grants from the National Institute of Health to help prevent traumatic brain injuries amongst cyclists.

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