Pi makes your helmet a smart device

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Designed to work with mountain bike helmets, the Pi can help keep a big riding group coordinated (Photo: Sea)
Designed to work with mountain bike helmets, the Pi can help keep a big riding group coordinated (Photo: Sea)
  • Make your mountain bike experience more digital, with the Pi 
  • It gives you reliable rider-to-rider communication
  • Turns any mountain bike helmet, into a smart digital Bluetooth device

Getting lost is often part of the mountain biking experience. When navigating a new trail, missing that sneaky turn in a forest, is easy.

Sena has a solution for riders who often go awry, or mountain bike guides and parents, who want to provide additional security for cyclists under their responsibility.

The company’s Pi is a clever communications headset that can turn any helmet into a smart device. Best suited to mountain bike helmets, with their broader straps, Sena’s Pi clips into place and is ready to go.

Riders with the Sena Pi device clipped to their helmets can chat to each other, even if the separation range is 400m. For most group rides its communications range is entirely adequate for contacting and guiding a lost mountain biker back where they need to be.

The intercom-type communications function is ideal in rugged mountain bike environments (Photo: Sena)

Independent off-road comms

Some of the best trail networks are in areas where mobile phone signal is weak or non-existent and this is where the Pi-to-Pi communication system excels.

With Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, the Pi also functions as a great infotainment device. It is capable of relaying a selected playlist from your Smartphone, GPS navigation instructions and fielding calls via Bluetooth.

Digitisation and cycling work splendidly when you are capable of accessing functionality hand-free. The Sena Pi helps you keep those hands on the handlebars, whilst benefitting from many of the latest Bluetooth cycling technologies.

mountain bike helmet
The Pi clips onto your helmet straps and is light enough not to notice (Photo: Pi)

Light - with good battery life

The Sena Pi weighs only 37g, but you need a helmet strap that is 18mm wide to fit. Battery endurance is six hours, which should easily cover most rides, whilst recharging the Pi takes two and a half hours.

If you want to make that trusty mountain bike helmet a bit more sophisticated, or regularly have to guide novices on a group ride, the Sena Pi is a great upgrade.

For those riders who are interested in using it in the active commuting role, your best bet might be using a ventilated skateboard-type helmet, which should have wide enough straps to fit the Pi.

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