MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System)

What is MIPS?  Helmets have long been equipped with foam liners that deform on impact and reduce the amount of energy transferred to the brain. MIPS is an extra layer of protection - a low-friction, inner liner within the helmet that allows the helmet's foam liner to rotate independently (10 to 15 millimeters) of the MIPS layer during an angled impact. Look inside any MIPS-equipped helmet and you'll see a variety of low-friction layers beneath the comfort padding. And while there are several types of MIPS layers, each version meets the same safety standard.

Why is MIPS important?  Two forces – linear and rotational – are associated with many brain injuries. Linear forces generally occur when your head is moving in a straight line and either comes to a sudden stop or is struck by an object moving in a straight line. Rotational forces, on the other hand, usually occur when your head is either struck at an angle or when it rotates quickly and comes to a sudden stop. This can cause the brain to twist within the skull and become injured. Independent testing consistently shows that those few important millimeters of controlled movement reduce some of the twisting forces your brain would otherwise experience.

ANGi (Angular and G-Force indicator)

What is ANGi?  ANGi is a patented, helmet-mounted sensor that features a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope. Yeah, that's a bit of a mouthful, but more simply, ANGi has an innovative sensor that measures the forces transmitted to your helmet during an impact. It also measures the harmful rotational forces that occur during crashes when there's no actual impact to your helmet. 

How does ANGi work?  Using ANGi is simple. During your ride, if the forces commonly associated with a crash are detected, the sensor will connect to the Specialized Ride App on your smartphone, sound an alarm, and start a countdown. If you're okay, you just cancel the countdown; otherwise, the Ride App will send a text alert to your emergency contacts that you may have crashed. ANGi and the Ride App will also send your location, via GPS coordinates, to all of the contacts you've listed in the Ride App. 

THE SPECIALIZED RIDE APP (The Brains Behind ANGi)

The Specialized Ride App is the communication platform powering ANGi's ability to connect you to help in the event of a crash. Using it is simple. Just pair the ANGi with your smartphone, equipped with the Specialized Ride App and enjoy the free 1-year Premium App subscription that's included with the purchase of any ANGi-equipped Specialized helmet or ANGi aftermarket sensor.

But, it's not just an app for your safety. It also makes finding rides and getting connected to your cycling group almost effortless. It also records your ride and performance data and seamlessly syncs it with other popular apps, like Strava.

SHOP 2019 SPECIALIZED HELMETS


Frequently Asked Questions

Answered by Specialized.


MIPS

DOES EVERY NEW-FOR-2019 SPECIALIZED HELMET FEATURE MIPS?

Yes, every helmet model in the line is now available with MIPS. Additionally, the following helmets are also available as non-MIPS: Align, Shuffle Youth, Shuffle Child, and Mio.

WHY MIPS AND WHY NOW?

A number of independent studies indicate that MIPS liners reduce the rotational forces that occur during oblique impacts, adding protective value to helmets.

HOW DOES MIPS WORK?

The MIPS system is a low-friction layer that allows a sliding motion of 10 to 15mm in all directions. Studies indicate that this reduces some of the rotational forces transmitted to the brain during angled impacts.

WHICH MIPS SYSTEMS ARE USED IN EACH SPECIALIZED HELMET?

MIPS SL

S-Works TT, S-Works Evade II, S-Works Prevail II and Ambush.

MIPS B-SERIES

Centro, Align, Shuffle, and Mio.

MIPS C-SERIES

Airnet, Ambush Comp, Chammonix, Echelon, Tactic 3 and Propero 3.

MIPS E-SERIES

S-Works Dissident.

SPECIALIZED IS INTRODUCING MIPS SL. WILL THIS TECHNOLOGY ONLY SHOW UP IN SPECIALIZED HELMETS?

At this point, MIPS SL is exclusively featured on Specialized helmets.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE MIPS SL, B-SERIES, C-SERIES, & E-SERIES LINERS?

All MIPS liners meet the same safety standards and function in the same fashion, with every helmet being customized with the right solution for the helmet’s intended purpose. Our lightest and most ventilated helmets, for instance, utilize MIPS SL, which is specifically designed to maximize airflow and to minimize weight.

ANGi

WHAT DOES ANGI STAND FOR?

ANGi stands for Angular and G-Force indicator.

WHAT DOES ANGI MEASURE?

ANGi is a patented device that contains sensors designed to measure the linear and rotational forces that typically occur during a bicycle crash.

WHAT TYPES OF SENSORS ARE IN ANGI? DOES IT INCLUDE A GPS RECEIVER?

ANGi contains an accelerometer and a gyro for measurement of linear and rotational forces. GPS functionality is provided via the phone/app that your ANGi sensor is connected to.

HOW DOES ANGI WORK?

If the ANGi sensor detects a potential crash during your ride, it will connect to the Ride App on your smartphone, sound an alarm, and start a countdown. If you’re okay, you just cancel the countdown and keep riding. If you’re injured and unable to cancel the countdown, however, the Ride App will send a text alert to your emergency contacts telling them you may have been in an accident. In addition to notifying your contacts that you may have crashed, ANGi and the Ride App will also send your location, via GPS coordinates, to all of the contacts you’ve listed in the Ride App.

IF I HAVEN’T BEEN HURT IN A CRASH, HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO CANCEL THE COUNTDOWN ON MY PHONE SO THAT MY EMERGENCY CONTACTS DON’T GET UNNECESSARY ALERTS?

It’s up to you. When you connect ANGi to your phone and configure your settings in the premium Specialized Ride App, you’ll be able to determine the length of your countdown. More specifically, you can set how long you have between the moment ANGi detects a possible crash and the moment the Ride App sends an alert to your emergency contacts. The default countdown setting is 30 seconds. You can, however, adjust (in 15-second intervals) your countdown to last anywhere between 15 and 90 seconds.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ANGI-EQUIPPED AND AN ANGI-READY HELMET?

Several Specialized helmet models now come equipped with an ANGi sensor attached to their Mindset fit system. All other new Specialized helmets are ANGi-ready and feature a specially-designed mount that makes attaching an aftermarket ANGi sensor quick and easy.

CAN I ATTACH THE ANGI SENSOR TO AN OLDER SPECIALIZED HELMET OR A HELMET FROM ANOTHER BRAND?

ANGi should be used with a Specialized helmet designed to function effectively with this new sensor. Our new 2019 helmet models feature fit systems designed specifically for this purpose.

CAN I REMOVE THE ANGI SENSOR?

The sensor is attached by adhesive and can be removed, although we don’t recommend removing it. Once removed, the unit cannot be reattached.

WHAT DEVICES CAN RUN THE SPECIALIZED RIDE APP?

The Specialized Ride App is available for iOS 10 or later and Android 7 or later smartphones.

HOW DOES ANGI “TALK” WITH MY PHONE?

ANGi connects via low-energy Bluetooth®. The sensor does not maintain a constant connection to the phone, but instead connects itself at the start of a ride when activated. It then disconnects itself and only reconnects when it needs to.

HOW DO I ACTUALLY CONNECT ANGI TO MY PHONE?

Check that the Bluetooth® on your mobile device is turned on. Then you open the Specialized Ride App, select the gear tab, and gently shake the helmet until the device turns green on the screen. From there, you go to the record tab and turn on ANGi.

CAN I RUN OTHER BLUETOOTH® DEVICES WHILE USING ANGI?

Yes. ANGi does not conflict with other Bluetooth® connections, including audio, heart rate monitors, or power meters.

HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?

Under normal conditions and regular riding, the battery should last six months.

WHICH BATTERY DOES THE ANGI SENSOR USE?

ANGi uses a commonly-available CR2032 battery.

 

WHAT IF I LOSE CELL SERVICE?

And since ANGi communicates through your wireless provider and requires a signal at all times for full functionality, you might wonder what happens if your ride takes you outside of cell service? In this scenario, ANGi is able to monitor your safety differently. Just set your estimated ride time before you head out. All you need is an active data signal when you start your session. If you haven’t completed your ride within that time frame, ANGi will send a notification to your contacts with your last uploaded location. This will happen regardless of whether you have cell phone service or not. Refer to the app and user manual for full functionality.

CAN I RECORD MY RIDE WITHIN THE SPECIALIZED RIDE PREMIUM APP AND HAVE IT LINK UP TO STRAVA?

Yes, you can link your Strava account to the Ride App. Once you’ve done so, simply record your ride in the Ride App and it will post automatically to Strava when you’re done riding.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT RADIATION?

ANGi is Low-Energy Bluetooth® and is rated safe for its use and location, passing all radiation tests. The ANGi sensor is globally certified and meets all FCC and CE standards. 

HOW DOES ANGI COMPARE TO ICEDOT?

Specialized acquired ICEdot in 2017. ICEdot’s founder, Chris Zenthoefer, leads ANGi and Ride App development.

WHAT OTHER DEVICES OFFER THE SAME DETECTION AND NOTIFICATION CAPABILITY AS ANGI?

At this time, no other device or service on the market offers the same combination of impact and rotational force detection and automated notification.

HOW DOES ANGI COMPARE TO GARMIN’S INCIDENT DETECTION FEATURE?

Garmin uses an accelerometer to determine if there’s an impact to the bicycle. The regular motion of riding, starting, and stopping can trigger false alarms. Additionally, an impact to a bike that triggers the alarm can happen even when the rider is unharmed. ANGi is attached to the helmet and is specifically designed to measure linear and rotational forces to the head. The sensor is specifically looking for crashes that deliver dangerous forces that could result in a rider being unable to seek help themselves. ANGi is designed to get riders help when they need it most.

HOW DO I ADD/REMOVE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT IN ANGI?

Go to the MORE tab and tap the ADD EMERGENY CONTACTS button. Enter in the contact information and select SAVE CONTACT.

IF THE SENSOR GOES OFF AFTER I’VE CRASHED, BUT MY HELMET SHOWS NO SIGNS OF DAMAGE, IS IT OK TO KEEP USING THE HELMET?

Even if your sensor doesn’t go off during a crash, you should replace your helmet in the event that it’s hit something. The EPS foam liner may have been damaged, even if it isn’t visible.

HOW DO I WAKE MY SENSOR AFTER FINISHING A RIDE?

ANGi does not maintain a live connection with your phone throughout the duration of an activity. Instead, ANGi routinely checks in with the app every 5 minutes and also reconnects when needed. At the end of your ride, the app turns off ANGi functions and is ready to start again. The sensor, however, may not show as available because it has not been in contact with the app and is therefore still in a monitoring state. 

If you’re truly done with your ride, the next time the sensor checks in it will see the ride is over and will put itself to sleep; that’s the expected behavior. For that reason, if you want to start a new ride and turn ANGi back on, it takes a more vigorous shake to “wake” ANGi back up before its scheduled 5-minute check in. The vigorous shake will reconnect the ANGi sensor, making it ready to start a new ride. You need only shake the helmet vigorously—do not strike the helmet while waking up ANGi as impacts can damage your helmet’s EPS foam liner and reduce its protective value.

IS ANGI WATERPROOF?

Yes, ANGi is waterproof rated at IPx7. In other words, the sensor is waterproof when immersed for 30 minutes to a depth of 1 meter.

DO I HAVE TO RUN THE RIDE APP FOR ANGI TO WORK?

Yes, the Ride App has to be open to turn ANGi on, and it will run in the background during the duration of your ride.