I was on the hornet to Mike Redding from Troy Lee last night (he always phones just as he's getting up in the morning in Cali and we're clocking off for the day in Wales), as well as telling me about this Shaun Palmer Replica news he also told me some exclusive lid news. Stay tuned for more about that one.

Here's what Mike told us:

Troy Lee introduces D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica D2 Action Sports Helmet

The latest in his line of replica helmets "For the World's Fastest Racers", Troy Lee recently introduced the all new D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica action sports helmet.

The helmet, which features a full carbon shell, a bright red padded MX-style liner, and custom graphics developed specifically for "The Palm", is now available at finer dealers worldwide, and retails for $375.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Palmer helped Lee develop the D2 helmet for downhill mountain biking almost 10 years ago, and helped bridge the gap to other gravity sports like snowboarding.

A long-time friend of Troy Lee, Palmer has won at the highest levels of snowboarding, mountain biking, and motocross. His ability to take and hold the lead in any type of race has made him a millionaire, a video game star, and the nation's first action sports hero. A USA Today cover story asked "Is this man the world's greatest athlete?"

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

"Palmer blurred the boundaries," says Pat McIlvain, global sports marketing director for Oakley. "To do three completely different sports in his own style and intensity was simply unheard of."

Today, Palmer is still looking for the holeshot. Now he's aiming for a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Boarder X, an event he practically invented and dominated in the X Games from 1997 to 2001.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

"Shaun Palmer is an amazing athlete," says Troy Lee. "The guy is fast no matter what he's doing, and he's been a friend for a long time. So we wanted to produce a helmet as iconic and legendary as the man himself. This carbon D2 is the best helmet on the market, and now the same custom graphics we developed for Palmer are available right out of the box."

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The D2 Carbon Palmer is an early release of Troy Lee's 2010 line, and the latest installment in his arsenal of replica helmets that pay tribute to some of the biggest legends in racing.

For more information on the D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica, visit your local TLD dealer, or go to: www.troyleedesigns.com/helmets/d2/.

D2 Carbon Shaun Palmer Replica