An Ebike Specific Helmet? (ABUS Pedelec 2.0 Review)
ABUS recently sent me a few products to review. In my first video I covered the ABUS Bordo Big 6000 Alarm bike lock which is a folding lock that has a built in alarm. In addition to the bike lock they sent me the ABUS Pedelec 2.0 bike helmet. The ABUS Pedelec 2.0 is marketed as an urban helmet but even outside of a city specific environment it’s nice looking helmet with a lot of great features. I also found it quite comfortable, though that’s to be expected with a higher end helmet.
As the name implies, (Pedelec stands for pedal electric cycle) this is an ebike specific helmet which we’ll get into below. What intrigued me the most about the helmet initially was the integrated LEDs on the rear. Visibility is critical when you’re riding your electric bike and having an extra set of LEDs on your helmet is a great feature. Plus they are rechargeable via a micro-USB which is quite handy. I encourage others to utilize as much high visibility gear as possible, whether it be clothing, reflective tape or additional lights.
Besides the LEDs, the helmet has a built in rain cover which fits easily into a rear compartment. “Fly nets” at the front prevent any bugs from entering your helmet, which is a thoughtful addition. But what really sets this helmet apart is that it was specifically made with ebikers in mind. I had no idea that ebike standards even existed for helmets. The ABUS Pedelec 2.0 is a “NTA 8776” helmet, which means it complies with the requirements in the Dutch Technical Agreement (NTA) 8776. According to the NEN website:
These requirements have been drafted by an international project group under the management of NEN. This helmet looks like a bicycle helmet, but protects against higher impact speeds and covers a larger part of the head.
Basically these requirements were created by taking all of the information we know today about helmets and then providing an increased level of safety. You’ll notice that in the video below the helmet comes down much further on the side, protecting the temples. Even putting this helmet on compared to my entry level Giro mountain bike helmet I can feel that there is more coverage.
While ABUS provided me with the Pedelec 2.0 so I could do a review I can honestly say that it would be on my shortlist of helmets if I was in the market. If you’re looking for a more affordable options, ABUS sells many urban helmets at various price points which offer the integrated LEDs, though they are not NTA 8776 ebike helmets.