The bicycle helmet, as we all know it, is decades old. It was invented back in the 70s and has not changed in principle since then.
These EPS helmets are basically a Polystyrene half-sphere core of some 30-35 mm thickness with a thin outer shell of either Polycarbonate or ABS plastic.
They are by nature hard and rigid and thus need various foam paddings and adjustment arrangements inside to make the helmet fit individual head shapes and forms.
Polystyrene used for bicycle helmets is quite hard, and they collapse or break at a particular impact to absorb the impact force. The material needs a thickness of approx. 30-35mm to protect the head from serious injury.
This makes EPS helmets, in general, quite bulky and uncomfortable to wear, when at the same time, they are hard to stove away when not used.
However, EPS helmets are due to the use of Polystyrene, a very cheap way to manufacture a helmet that actually protects the head very efficiently.
Newton-Rider decided back in 2020 to try to put some much needed new design, engineering and invention into the classic bicycle helmet.
The rising popularity of sustainable transportation modes such as micro-mobility and multi-modal transportation, combined with a heightened awareness of look and comfort, ensured the team that a modern bicycle helmet should be much thinner, much more connected to style and fashion.
Then also, a modern helmet should be soft and comfortable to wear, and last but not least, it should be foldable in an easy way.
To bring down the thickness from 30-35mm to the 16mm of the N1 helmet, we needed to invent new proprietary Non-Newtonian materials that were more effective in absorbing impact and thus did not need the same thickness.
The other benefit of this material is that the material is soft and bendable; combined with our flexible liner principle, we were able to provide a much more comfortable fit to the wearer.
Then finally, we designed the helmet in a very stylish way while at the same time allowing for it to fold in a pretty clever way.
We think we have achieved to create a bicycle helmet that genuinely is a helmet like no other.
The N1 is sleek, thin and stylish
The N1 is semi-soft
The N1 is foldable.
We are excited as a team to keep developing the N1 principles in the direction of even more sophisticated design and engineering.