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Louis Garneau Le Prologue Aero Helmet????????(8 posts)

Louis Garneau Le Prologue Aero Helmet????????BAi9302010
Jun 17, 2002 12:10 PM
Anyone know if LG still makes the Le Prologue aero helmet. From what I've seen in recent cycling catalogues (Colorado Cyclist, Excell, Performance, Nashbar), no one is selling it anymore. I think that if LG stops making the Le Prologue, they're making a huge mistake and will lose a bunch of money, because right now they are the only helmet company making a USCF legal aero helmet and they are obviously a very hot product.
Hopefully the Le Prologue doesn't turn into the next Giro Aerohead (for those who are unfamiliar, the Giro Aerohead was the only other significant USCF legal aero helmet and made for a short period in the late 80's, and until the Le Prologue was made, people would pay top dollar for them because they were so rare)
re: Louis Garneau Le Prologue Aero Helmet????????Akirasho
Jun 17, 2002 12:57 PM
... try http://www.nytro.com/

It took a while for them to get their first order in, but they might still have some. Locally, they've been extremely well received... and it's possible that the initial run has... run out!

http://psycle-therapy.great-ride.com/helmet_comparison.htm
have 2 of themDougSloan
Jun 17, 2002 12:58 PM
I have two (and might part with one).

I think Excel is selling them now.

Doug
Interesting trend???cydswipe
Jun 17, 2002 1:03 PM
Maybe helmet companies will start making a few USCF legal TT helmets. Limar and MET are examples of companies that will sell their TT fairings. Maybe after seeing the popularity of the "Prologue" they will jump on board. Anything for a buck after all...
Not likely,TJeanloz
Jun 17, 2002 1:07 PM
The market size for TT helmets is extraordinarily small, and the costs of getting a helment ANSI/SNELL approved are quite high, not to mention insurance costs. Further, there isn't much competitive differentiation among TT helmets, everybody would claim that theirs was the fastest (using skewed wind tunnel data to back up the claim), but things like comfort are non-issues.

I don't think there is room in the marketplace for more than one legal helmet, and reasonably, I don't think there's room in the market for one to be constantly offered. It wouldn't surprise me if Louis Garneau only did one run of these helmets every two years once the initial demand is met.
they aren't that great, eitherDougSloan
Jun 17, 2002 1:37 PM
It's tough to quantify any difference in speed. They are hot compared to a standard helmet. They look too goofy to wear except in real important events. No reason to wear one unless you have done everything else aero.

Pretty much agree. Not a large market out there.

Doug
I love mine.Pack Meat
Jun 17, 2002 1:47 PM
I feel fast and I look fast in it. I have no problem wearing for any TT. You have to get the visor for the full effect.

The market may be a little bigger than you think with all the tri and du people out there. It's still not huge but that can be said for a lot of the high end gear that we use. Look at the ultra light frames that are intended to be for climbing only.
I love mine.Akirasho
Jun 17, 2002 2:20 PM
... agreed...

You're starting to see a crossover to Triathletes... and as more folks discover 'em, it might force other helmet makers into this market... at least for the short run.

As far as efficiency...

http://www.bicyclesports.com/technical/aerodynamics/helmet_flow.html
http://www.bicyclesports.com/technical/davespage/index.html#082199

... for short TT's, probably more psychological than physics or physical... still, I'll take any advantage I can get!

Doug Sloan, why two... I gots a yella and a red one... and the Catlike Crono cuz I'm obsessive compulsive... and luvin' it!