Having owned a black C3 helmet for almost 2 years, I recently bought a new Schuberth C3 helmet in Fluo Yellow for my daily commute. I was offered a good deal on buying the helmet with the Schuberth SRC system that I couldn’t refuse. I would like to point out to Schuberth, that paying the full RRP, of £280, for this system is way too expensive, and will deter a lot of people making this purchase. Knock a £100 off the asking price and I am sure most C3 owners would save their pennies and buy one of these. I would even go as far to say, that some people might actually go out and buy the C3 helmet just to have the easy integration of wireless communication, bluetooth and radio.
I absolutely love the way the SRC system integrates into the helmet. Yes, it adds a bit of weight, but it is barely noticeable, and the convenience far out ways the minimal weight increase. The only real issue I have had with the installation is that the flip lid requires a bit more effort to close than it does without the SRC system installed. Maybe this will get easier with use.
Although I have not been able to test the rider communication, I have been able to test the bluetooth integration with my mobile phone and TomTom GPS unit, as well as the radio.
I have to say, the radio reception has been really poor. I live in Berkshire and ride to London most days. Outside of London I have hardly been able to receive a signal of any quality. The radio constantly crackles and the signal fades in and out – so much so, that I have elected to void the warranty and take the system apart to see if there was anything I could do to improve the reception myself (video after the break). I have soldered a wire onto the thick metal strip that runs around the back of the helmet and will let you know how I get on. I would be interested to know if I had a faulty unit or whether or the SRC systems are this bad.
Turn the volume up for this one: