One of the more unusual things we spotted at Eurobike were these prototype knee pads by Rockingtor. They incorporate some clever ideas, and Pau Rei took us through them.These are very early prototypes, with many 3D printed parts. The surface finishes and exact shapes are not final.The pads are completely modular, with everything replaceable. That way, if you tear through one of the softer parts, you don’t have to chuck the entire pad.The polycarbonate shin guard is held about 5mm above the skin by the top and bottom closures, creating plenty of ventilation. We reckon they’ll look interesting with a coating of UK mud…If you want a little extra ventilation on climbs, you’ll be able to unpop the knee pad and let it hang down.Here’s a prototype polycarbonate knee shell…and here’s a 3D printed polymer one. You might expect this to be hard plastic, but 3D print materials have advanced dramatically in the past few years, and this is extremely flexible.SQUISHHere’s the inside of the pad. Again, Pau asked us to stress that this is an early prototpe. They’re working on engineering prototypes now, and hoping to get a final version in October.Right: full pad interior. Left: leg warmer, which seems to be optional and also helps with pad retention.The straps are also lightweight, intended to be replaceable, and make the fit adjustable at every contact point.Here’s Pau modelling them on a bike. Polycarbonate may seem like an unusual material choice, but it doesn’t crack during impacts and is used in bulletproof laminates.Related posts Leatt Impact 3DF 3.0 – Impact Protection Shorts For Women (And Men) October 30, 2019 12:40 pm 2020 NS Bikes Define and Synonym at Eurobike September 10, 2019 9:37 pm Eurobike 2019: Hellion bikes for Lil Shredders September 6, 2019 1:40 pmLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.