Trek announced a new proprietary gel technology that it claims to be 48 times more effective at preventing concussions than standard helmets. Specifically, the claim is based on the AIS 2 Injury (BrIC) at 6.2 m/s test at 45° comparing a standard EPS Helmet and the same helmet modified with WaveCel insert.
WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material. It works by going through a three-step change in material structure on impact to absorb energy before it reaches your head.
WaveCel is currently exclusive to Bontrager/Trek. It was developed by Dr. Michael Bottlang, PhD and Dr. Steven Madey, MD. Bottlang is a biomechanical engineer and an orthopedic surgeon who wanted to solve the problem of traumatic brain injuries in active people. It’s the first advanced helmet technology ever to receive funding from the US National Institute of Health.
Madey is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and microvascular surgery. In 2017, he founded Go To Ortho, an on-demand urgent care clinic in Oregon that treats muscular-skeletal injuries outside of the costly ER setting. Madey and Bottlang have collaborated for 25 years, pioneering advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention.
Trek has introduced six new helmet models based on the WaveCel technology, designed for road, mountain biking and in a commuter model. The models range in price from $149 to $299. The road version is also available as an aero road helmet.