No kidding. They chose to include a brand that ~1% of Kona athletes used (Lava equipment count
), instead of ones that have far better representation (Rudy-35%, Louis Garneau-23%, Lazer-12%). The thread on Slowtwitch with Specialized engineers chiming in was about as worthless as the chart. I don't think they said they tested other helmets, just that it was the fastest they saw and the chart represents those helmets in the fastest configuration. Not that it much matters, I think the rumor is only ~350 available to the public.
That's one thing I can't stand about the cycling industry, everyone takes all this time and effort for highlighting the virtues of their latest and greatest product with flashy sites and presentations, but the data is usually sorely lacking (as though somehow obfuscating it is to our benefit), and the actual products themselves have very poor availability (see: original Shiv, P5, this helmet, etc.). I don't think they quite get the idea behind perceived exclusivity and actual exclusivity.
I had access to a number of aero helmets a bit more than a year ago and gave field testing a shot. A few of them came in close enough that I wasn't confident there would be any significant difference when accounting for error, so I kept the one I already had, as it offered a bit more versatility in terms of covering vents to make it faster if I so chose.