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Selev Helmets?(14 posts)

Selev Helmets?pulver
Jun 15, 2001 2:08 PM
Does anyone have any feedback on Selev Helmets specifically the Selev Atom Helmet? They appear to be more readily available in Europe, reasonably priced, decent construction and styling. But I am only viewing a picture and was hoping that someone might have some firsthand experience.
re: Selev Helmets?Flothru
Jun 15, 2001 2:34 PM
I just got the Alien helmet from Probike kit. The consruction is very nice and man is it light. The style is very nice too. The adjustment system is very basic compared to the systems you see predominently in the states, but it works well and fits good. All and all for the price you won't find a nicer helmet.

Jim C
Safety standards??Cima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 2:41 PM
Do the Selev helmets meet the USCF standards? It would be a bummer to buy one of these, only to find out it can not be raced with.
Worth looking into...Mike Prince
Jun 15, 2001 3:24 PM
FWIW, I just bought a new helmet over in the UK (MET Stradivarius) which is made in Italy. Beautiful helmet, but it's neither Snell nor ANSI certified. I'm not concerned because I don't race anymore, but the guy at the shop here said he thinks that most European helmets aren't US certified because they lack adequate protection at the back of the shell. We compared the MET to my cracked Specialized King Cobra and it was a little amazing to see how much thicker the Cobra was, at least an inch thicker. Made my wife a bit nervous but I haven't thought about it since I bought the helmet until I saw this post. As long as I don't need to buy another helmet soon, the MET will come back with me to the US at the end of the year.

Mike
Hairnets??Cima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 3:32 PM
Mike,

Can you still buy leather hairnets in Europe? Branford was the last place I saw them here in the states, but they no longer sell them (liability reasons, proboably). I'd love to have one just for the hell of it. And to ride with it a bit. Thanks, Happy Riding!!!
Hairnets??Mike Prince
Jun 15, 2001 3:37 PM
I saw an older gentleman with one on riding a Raleigh 3-speed on my way to work today. Compared to him I felt like a spaceman with my MET and a 19 lb. big-tube Cannondale wearing leg and arm warmers on a chilly morning. I think he had on a tweed sportcoat - would have been a great picture to send back to my riding buds in the states. Anyway, I haven't seen one in a shop. If I see or hear of one I'll let you know. They must be available as several of the Lotto team still wear them.

MP
Please do!!Cima Coppi
Jun 15, 2001 4:29 PM
If you should run across one, please let me know. Thanks Mike!!

Jon
harinet won't protect against a golf ballnm
Jun 17, 2001 7:48 AM
nm
As used by Lampre.Allen D.
Jun 15, 2001 9:53 PM
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As used by Lampre.Allen D.
Jun 15, 2001 9:54 PM
Re: Selev Atom and such...Akirasho
Jun 16, 2001 4:03 AM
I'm kinda coming in on the tail end of this thread.

I'm helmet rich, owning and using several different types from several makers.

I'm unsure of the specifics of MET's or Selev's certifications but they are probably sound for the country's they market in. MET does not appear to be interested in the US market, not because they could not meet certification, but they are a small, family owned business that did not wish to engage the might of the American legal system head on (who could blame them in a country that awards million dollar settlements when coffee is served hot and burns someone... or reflectors on a bike don't guarentee that a driver will see you...).

I've got 3 MET Strads and they are awesome helmets... no helmet is offering complete protection... and for what it is, I suspect that the MET Strad would offer similar coverage and protection of a Giro Boreas (got 3 of them as well). The build, retention and fit of the MET Strad is first rate... the best fitting helmet I've ever owned (fits my noggin... might even fit yours).

I also have a Selev Atom... a curious helmet, that offers an unusual style... but lacks certain refinements (it's retention system is odd and not as effective as say a MET Strad or high end Giro...) It's construction is adequate (for it's cost) but is not state of the art... just a good all around helmet that will at least start a conversation... (so do the MET's).

As far as USCF racing, I've seen them at sanctioned events... I doubt that (in general) officials are checking the certification of each individual's helmet... rather than seeing that a brain bucket is in place.

I've not found any North American distrubutor for MET... though occasionally, some folks have carried limited number of Selev helmets. If you're across the pond, you might find both in local shops... or you can use the power of internet shopping. I've ordered all my MET's from http://www.bikepark.co.uk/ and they've left me a satisfied customer... I recommend them. I too got my Atom from ProBikeKit http://www.bikekit.co.uk/ with good service as well.

Sorry, got no info on leather hairnets...

Be the bike.
Lampre not under USCF rulesnm
Jun 17, 2001 7:51 AM
nm
actually...FrenchPress
Jun 16, 2001 10:47 PM
Lampre uses Rudy Project helmets, not Selev. Francais des Jeux and Liquigas use Selev.
re: Selev Helmets?Live Steam
Jun 16, 2001 5:21 PM
I recently purchased a Selev Alien from Probikekit. Nice looks. Great ventilation. It is sort of a one size fits all though. What I mean is that it has retention straps in the rear that allow one to tailor the fit. I am not sure how the Atom fits, but the Alien was made with quality. I ordered another one from Zonabici in a different color.