Troy Lee Designs D2 Carbon  2010 Mountain Bike Review

Troy Lee Designs D2 Carbon 2010

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Troy Lee Designs 571,997

Weight: 983g (medium/large)

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At a Glance

A thing of beauty to behold, the D2 from Troy Lee has always been one of our favourite helmets. Of course it isn’t cheap, but then it looks stunning compared to other models out there. Steve Cromwell kindly sorted us out with the Carbon D2 at the last minute. We were looking for as light a helmet we could get our hands on to give us every little advantage we could for the race! The D2 Carbon features titanium fittings over the composite standard D2 and of course a beautiful carbon shell. The padding inside is removable so you can wash all your sweat out and the D-ring closure on the chinstrap, although initially a bit fiddly is easy once you know how. In terms of sizing the XS/S fits 53 to 55cm and the M/L fits 56-59cm and the XL/XXL fits 60-62cm.

At the Mega

The super lightweight Carbon D2 feels like nothing on your head, it is really a pleasure to ride in. The design lacks some of the venting of the more modern D3 and perhaps the D3 would have been a better choice for the heat out there. But the D2 still provides plenty of ventilation at speed and when your trussed up in all your armour getting hot is something that is inevitable rather than something you are going to be able to avoid. What impressed us the most was the helmets ability to take a pounding and not get a scratch on it. Other helmets have looked tired after a few impacts but the D2 seemed to come back looking much fresher than expected. We are also eternally thankful to it as it saved our bacon on one occasion where I was nearly air lifted off the hillside. Read the Mega article for all the gory details. In short the D2 Carbon passed its Mega test with flying colours…

Overall

Sleek and stylish, ridiculously lightweight and yet still sure to keep your brains in one place should you have a serious off.

RRP £279.99

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This review was in Issue 7 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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