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ADV NewsSena Launches More Affordable ‘Mesh-Only’ Intercom Headset Line

Sena Launches More Affordable ‘Mesh-Only’ Intercom Headset Line

A budget-friendly Mesh headset option to keep you connected on the road.

Published on 07.05.2021

In a first for the company, Sena has launched a new line of ‘mesh-only’ motorcycle communication headsets, the Spider ST1 and Spider RT1. The new devices ditch bluetooth intercom technology and operate exclusively on Sena’s Mesh 2.0 intercom platform. 

With their mesh-only communication focus, the new headsets offer an affordable option for riders to join Sena’s Mesh intercom platform. The Spider ST1 and RT1 each pack the same feature set, while the ST1 has a jog-dial control and the RT1 has a more compact design and a 3-button control. Key features include:

  • One-Click-to-Connect Mesh Intercom
  • Premium HD Speakers
  • Smartphone pairing via Bluetooth 5.1 
  • Audio Multitasking
  • Charging time: 1 and a half hours for full charge equals 11.5 hours of mesh talk time
  • Music sharing
  • Advanced Noise Control
  • Built-in FM radio with RDS AF (Radio Data System Alternate Frequencies)
  • Compatible only with other Mesh equipped intercoms
  • Jog-dial (ST1) or 3-button (RT1) interface
Sena Spider RT1 and ST1 mesh only motorcycle intercom

Mesh 2.0 Platform

Mesh Network technology differs from the one-by-one paired connections used in standard Bluetooth Headset intercom systems. With mesh, you connect to a group instead of an individual and everyone in the group is connected to everyone else. The advantage is that any rider can drop out of range without affecting anyone else’s communication. Riders don’t have to stick to the specific order their devices were paired and can move around freely without risking a break in the chain.


Sena’s Mesh 2.0 technology, as first seen in the flagship 50S and 50R headsets, streamlines rider-to-rider communication for large and small groups and now delivers that same feature for all Spider ST1 and RT1 users. According to Sena, Mesh 2.0 Intercom transfers up to 80% more data between headsets, even in harsh environments, resulting in clear and crisp conversations.

The Spider ST1 and RT1 feature two different intercom modes: Group Mesh and Multi-Channel Open Mesh. When using Group Mesh, users create a private group that supports up to 24 riders over a range of up to 5 miles / 8 km (min 6 riders @ 1 mi / 1.6 km intervals). Users are invited into Group Mesh, giving added control and privacy. Multi-Channel Open Mesh allows riders to communicate with virtually any number of participants in the Mesh 2.0 network within a range of up to 5 miles / 8 km. Open Mesh also features multi-channel options, riders can switch between nine frequencies for conversations with different riding groups within the larger Open Mesh group.

Sena Spider RT1 and ST1 mesh only motorcycle intercom

Smartphone Pairing

Bluetooth 5.1 allows users to pair a smartphone to the SPIDER ST1 or RT1 in order to stream music, hear turn-by-turn GPS directions, even take or make a phone call. All audio will be heard through the device’s premium HD Speakers, which provide a marked increase in volume, bass boost, and clarity. The affordable headset is also equipped with Sena’s Audio Multitasking technology so users can have a conversation via Mesh 2.0 Intercom while simultaneously operating their smartphone’s Bluetooth features like music, GPS, or phone calls.

Sena Motorcycle App

The all-new Sena Motorcycle App gives users a way to visually configure the SPIDER ST1 or RT1’s device settings. Download the App to customize a variety of features including the ability to remotely manage channel settings for Open Mesh, or even set a private group for Group Mesh. The Sena Motorcycle App can be downloaded in both the App Store and Google Play store.

Sena Spider RT1 and ST1 mesh only motorcycle headset

Compatibility and Price

Both new headsets are compatible with all Sena Mesh 2.0-equipped devices, including the 50S, 50R, 30K, Momentum EVO, and any Sena Bluetooth device that is connected to the +Mesh Adapter. MSRP $199.

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Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Terrance Boyle
Terrance Boyle
July 6, 2021 5:12 am

Still waiting on an IP rating. What about it Sena?

November 14, 2022 5:05 am
Reply to  Terrance Boyle

fodsports m1-s Plus does everything and the intercom range is fantastic, as good or better than sena & cardo. 1/4 of the price.

July 23, 2021 9:11 am

Sena had early trouble with the dongle-to-helmet interface. Have they solved these problems? I notice the pictures do not show the back of the dongle, or the helmet interface.


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