BBB may not be a brand you know too well, but with 1500 products over 40 different categories and sold in 48 countries it;s hard to ignore. Covering all aspects of cycling, they have a more defined mtb range for 2017 covering helmets, eyewear and clothing but also have an innumerable number tools and accessories.
The two mtb helmets are the Varallo and the new for 2017 Kite. Both have removable visors which, if you ever needed to go undercover as a roadie, look the part so you can get your lycra on and hit the tarmac. With visors firmly installed, the style is good and at under 60 euros for the Kite, offer an affordable, good looking helmet. Both have plenty of vents, insect mesh and a solid feeling retention system.
The eyewear is looking great with the Fullview and the Select XL. The Fullview is a rimless model to allow for full, er, view, and has all the features one would expect including interchangeable lens, adjustable nose pads and flexible legs. Rapid changing photochromic lenses are available and 5 different colourways. The Select XL is a larger version of the Select and looks on the money as far as mtb styling goes, especially for the racers. It features all the lenses and colours of the Fullview.
Clothing for the mtbers have been refined and new colourways and models are available for 2017 matching in with the helmet colours for a strong colour-coordinated look.
The tool range is large, but the multi tool on show was the Primefold folding tool. It comes in 3 different sizes, each with more features than the last and has been tested in a salt water bath for 48hours before corrosion started to appear. Sounds like the only multi-tool which could survive the heat and sweat of Eurobike!
By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.