The Dutch NTA 8776 standard regulates the design and safety of
helmets for eVehicles that go up to 28 mph (45 km/h). The United States relies on the CPSC standard
created in the 1970s, which only requires protection for riding speeds up to 15 mph. Even with MIPS
enhancement, you only get a 10% increase in protection for rotational shear impact, while the
NTA-8776 standard provides an 87% increase in overall protection.
The NTA certification is the world’s first safety
standard developed specifically for Ebike riders. The Dutch NTA 8776 standard has yet to
hit the US market, but it is already considered the safest standard for e-bike riders.
The Dutch NTA standard protects people at speeds up to 28 mph (45 km/h). Not only that,
but it covers more of the surface of the head than US standards, and focuses on extra
protection to the frontal and occipital lobes of the brain. We are launching our XNITO
helmet simply because ebike riders are dangerously underprotected.
The CPSC standard is the government standard. The
criteria was created in the 1970s, and was adopted and mandated by the CPSC in 1994. Any
helmet sold in the US must pass the CPSC standard, which isnt exactly hard to do. In
order to pass, the helmet must be dropped from a height of two meters onto a flat anvil,
and 1.2 meters onto a hemispheric curbstone anvil. The headfoam sensor must register
less than 300 g of force. The CPSC protects people at speeds up to 15 mph.
Yes. Whether you are riding an electric bicycle, or a
standard road bike you are most likely underprotected. Electric bikes can reach speeds
of about thirty miles per hour with ease. Even with your road bike, technology has
advanced to the point where your bicycle can reach speeds of 18-23 mph given the terrain
and your experience level. If you are wearing a CPSC helmet there is a good chance you
aren’t protected as much as you should be.