And the winner is – Tithon

Tithon helmet wins Red Dot Design Award

Winning the Red Dot Design Award is very special for BBB Cycling, because it’s the first time in our history we win this prestigious Design Award. But for the team behind the development and design of the Tithon, it’s even more special.

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The very first design idea and concept of the Tithon was developed by a team of six students of the Technical University of Delft. An highly appreciated technical institute and world famous for its expertise on aerodynamics and thermodynamics. The features that were essential for developing the Tithon. We spoke to two of the students, Thijs de Booij and Drim Stokhuijzen, that were involved in this project. They told us what was so special on working on the Tithon and what a student can learn from projects like this of BBB Cycling.


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– Tell us why you worked on the Tithon and what made this project so special?

Thijs: “Within the course of Advanced Embodiment Design we specifically chose to work on the Tithon project. BBB Cycling volunteered to work together with this course and students were able to subscribe to one of the companies involved in this course of our study Industrial Design. We chose to work on the Tithon with a team of 6 students, because in our opinion this project was the best one to reach the goals we set for ourselves within the boundaries of the course. We wanted to produce a prototype that had more than just a regular prototype of the most common projects we worked on before. The main things I focused on were questions as ‘What character should this product have for the target group’ and ‘What position does the helmet have to have within the product range of BBB’? After that I focused on producing the prototype, designing the windtunnel tests and analysing the results of these tests.”

Drim: “First of all, the group of people working on this project was highly motivated. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to join in. Besides that, my expertise was mainly focused on aerodynamics and thermodynamics in the automotive section. That knowledge could be of great value for the production of this prototype. It was exactly what this helmet was looking for.”


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– What did you learn from this project?

Thijs: “Basically, getting the expertise in where you don’t have it yourself. So looking for help is the best way to finalize a good project. And the moment you’re working on an interesting problem, that help will find you more or less without a lot of problems.”

Drim: “For me it was all about the research. Doing good research pays off! With relative simple aerodynamic experiments, we were able to get a good insight in the problems and produce an effective prototype. By doing these tests we could decrease the area of research and therefore concentrate on the problems that were most critical. In the end it was the perfect balance between intuition and hard science.”


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– What was so special on working on a project like the Tithon?

Drim: “Working on a project like the Tithon allowed us to work on a very practical project that at the same time was so close to reality. The Tour de France would begin that summer, so that was a little extra motivation.”

Thijs: “Using the windtunnel was very special and this project allowed us to do that. At the same time we were able to show that a very popular helmet of a competing brand wasn’t that quick after all. We basically showed that a lot of things were still left open on the research about fast helmets. It was an eye-opener.”


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– Can you tell us more about the testing in the windtunnel and what a consumer notices about those tests?

Drim: “Testing in a windtunnel allows you to test how much resistance a, in this case, helmet generates. The more resistance is measured, the less successful an aerodynamic helmet is. As a cyclist you want to lose as less Newton meters as possible. So little resistance is fundamental. Besides that we measured the ventilation of the Tithon, using temperature sensors. To get a good view on our helmet, we tested several models of the competition as well. The Tithon showed extremely good results in the balance between aerodynamics and ventilation.”

“In the end, a consumer will notice the two huge vents at the front of the helmet and the smooth surface on top of it. Looking at the market a consumer will see, this is different from other models, but it’s caused directly by the tests of the windtunnel. They show these solutions are the best for creating a helmet with the perfect balance in speed and ventilation. So basically, you can state that all the features a consumer notices, are the result of the tests done by the Technical University of Delft. That shows, that working together brings better products to the consumer. BBB Cycling understands this and this project proves they’re right.”

Earlier this year the Tithon won a IF Design & Innovation Award. Read more about it in the blog in which we interviewed BBB product developper Sebastiaan Bowier.

Want to win your own Tithon? Tell us what you think is an interesting project for our product development team and the students of the TU Delft. Check out the Red-Dot-Award-post on one of our social media channels(Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and comment in the section below the post to compete in this giveaway.

The BBB Tithon aero helmet wins a Red Dot Design Award!When we win, we want you to have a reason to celebrate with us….

Posted by BBB Cycling on Friday, April 1, 2016