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Pneumo...any negatives other than price?(8 posts)

Pneumo...any negatives other than price?MVN
Dec 27, 2002 8:57 PM
Ok, I ended up ordering two Ghisallo's, one Medium and one Large. The large came first, was wayyy too big. My Phi's are large and they aren't anywhere near that big. Bell must have changed the mold or something. So I ordered a Medium. Too small. Lucky me, my head is in between those sizes. Several months ago I tried on a Pneumo, medium. Fit was perfect, but I couldn't stomach the $160 price tag. Said to myself I'll get one at the end of the year. So I thought I'd save some bucks and get the Ghisallo instead. All said and done, I sent the Ghisallo's back today. Now I'm thinking about the Pneumo again. Trouble is, I'm worried about the crack that was mentioned here a few weeks back. Also, color choice is nagging at me. Anyone know why Giro doesn't make more colors, other than black and white for those of us who don't want (or can't afford) the Ltd. Ed.'s? I actually like the Cofidis Ed., but it won't match all my jersey's (yeah, I know it's kind of silly to some, but I like my stuff to match as much as possible, lol). My bike is Lotto colors, my jerseys are Lotto, USPS 2000, Giordana red, black, and silver, Voler U.S. flag, and some Performance stuff in red and yellow. Anyway, enough whining about color. Can anyone tell me a downside to a Pneumo (if there is one)? Thanks for your time, and Happy (and safe!) New Year!!
Try it on firstjtolleson
Dec 27, 2002 9:02 PM
Don't assume that it fits just because you've worn a Giro helmet before. My Pnuemo hits me funny in the top of my forehead... hard to explain but never the exact fit I got from my previous Giros.
Try it on firstMVN
Dec 27, 2002 9:30 PM
I guess I should have mentioned that it was a 2002 Pneumo I tried on at that time. My lbs guy had just got them in. It fit great, no rubbing or tightness anywhere. I'll be sure and try one on again, though. If I get one, it will probably be a 2002, hopefully one on sale. Then again, my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks (the big 40! gasp!), and I've been a good boy this year, lol so I may splurge and get a 2003 if it fits as well as the 2002.
How many inches around is your head?Breakfast
Dec 27, 2002 9:41 PM
I found the Bell sizing range in inches is pretty accurate. My head measures 22 3/4" and the medium is a perfect fit falling in between the Bell recommended range of 21 3/4" to 23 1/4".

The next issue is head shape and for that you need to try on different brands as they all are a bit different.
How many inches around is your head?MVN
Dec 27, 2002 10:29 PM
My head is 23 1/8 inches around. I think the main issue here is shape. My Phi's fit great, but the Ghisallo medium had a lot of pressure points and was uncomfortable overall. For it to fit with the smallest degree of comfort, the GPS system had to be unengaged evn though it was snug and caused pressure on my forehead. Using the GPS made it worse. It seems that Bell changed the molds they use for their size ranges. The Pneumo was really comfortable, and the size range for medium goes to 23 1/2" if I'm not mistaken. Thanks for your advice.
re: Pneumo...any negatives other than price?zooog
Dec 28, 2002 2:37 AM
I agree that the pnuemo fits differently than other Giro helmets. I like you were in between sizes in other giro helmets. tried the Pnuemo and it was an instant match. I used a 20% off performance coupon and made them match another price. I think I got it for around $100 bucks. Love this helmet. No cracks and 1 years worth of riding. I purchased the Rabobank Ltd ed. Good luck
re: Pneumo...any negatives other than price?bsdc
Dec 28, 2002 6:04 AM
I've got a Pneumo. It fits well and hasn't cracked. I like the white because it matches everything and is visible. If you're still not ready to spring for a Pneumo or you just don't like the availible colors, you should go try on some more. I'm sure there is a less expensive helmet that would fit great.
Just make sure it isn't one of the 2002 "pre-cracked" Pneumo'sTig
Dec 28, 2002 2:20 PM
Most of the Pneumo's that came with the crack on the inside center-front should have been pulled off the shelves by now. Flip the helmet open end up and gently pull the brow section apart as if you want to open it wider, if you want to test one.

I love the forehead vents in this helmet, but not the price (LBS employees get to buy them at cost for only $49) or fit. I've been using the much cheaper ($79 retail) and better fitting (to me at least) Louis Garneau T-Bone for the last 6 months and like it better.
Like seats, one helmet model doesn't fit everyone's needs or head.