3 Best Bell Mountain Bike Helmets


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We have already reviewed some of the best Fox Racing helmets, now it’s time to look at Bell mountain bike helmets.  The Bell company was created in the 1950s by Roy Richter in California, USA. They now make helmets for power sports, downhill skiing and of course mountain biking. Bell are one of the top helmet manufacturers in the World and have built an outstanding reputation.

Bell helmets have earned worldwide recognition for their quality, but how do you choose the right one when there are so many?
Don’t worry, we’ve got reviews of the very best Bell mountain bike helmets to help you buy the right one.

Bell Sanction Downhill MTB Helmet

BELL Sanction Adult Mountain Bike Helmet - Force Blue/Retina Sear (2018), Small (52-54 cm)
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BELL Sanction Adult Mountain Bike Helmet - Force Blue/Retina Sear (2018), Small (52-54 cm)
  • ABS SHELL CONSTRUCTION with Adjustable Visor.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FULL-FACE - offers comfort and protection for dirt jump or BMX riders who want a smaller size and profile.
  • SPECIFICATIONS - Suitable for use on bicycle only. Sizes: X-Small (48-51 cm), Small (52-54 cm), Medium (55-57 cm), and Large (58-60 cm) Sizes. Important: always take a head measurement. Head sizes and shapes can vary, even within an age range. Using a helmet that does not fit can be dangerous; 15 Vents.

It comes as no surprise that more than half of the helmets used by downhill champions are manufactured by Bell. The Bell Sanction is an extremely lightweight helmet that is sturdy, and effortlessly easy to don – one reason why we have covered this helmet before. You can take our word on the versatility of the helmet because we tried it on a 2 year old kid, and it fit! That is a very considerate design right there. As for for the material which they have used to strengthen the helmet, it is a hand laminated fiberglass shell. Fiberglass is the same material that they use, along with aluminum, for strengthening an Airbus A380 jumbo jet fuselage.

Bell Sanction Helmet Review HD

So, you can be well assured about the quality. There is no visor provided, however. Perhaps Bell could have let us have the option at least, to install a visor. Apart from that, the aerodynamics of the helmet has been well sorted out. We barely notice any drag in our adventures in the mountains.
The vents and lines provided in the helmet do ample amount of work to ensure that air flows through the helmet without creating any drag. And the best part about the helmet is that it weighs only about 950 grams. Clearly, the design team have designed it with keeping even kids in mind.
And of course, it is CPSC Bicycle certified.

Pros
Very light in weight
Sturdy fiberglass material used for outer shell
Optimally vented and lined to ensure good aerodynamics
Well suited for kids

Cons
Visor isn’t supplied out of the box
Straps can feel tight for adults

If you are looking for a full face helmet, we have some more choices for you here.

Bell Super 2 Helmet

Another one from Bell helmets product line is the famous Super series. It was so successful that they simply named this one Super 2.
We’re quite intrigued by the design of the helmet. It’s not always that one sees such a unique design. They have used breakaway screws for the build. The advantage that these screws offer, is that you can break off the remaining part of the screw after it fits at a certain length.

For shell material, is the ever reliable polycarbonate. We even drop tested it just to be sure. And apart from the occasional scratches, the helmet never made any weird sounds on being dropped. Quite durable, if you ask us. For those of us who love to record a good mountain trail on a helmet mounted camera, there is an option for that too.

Bell Super 2 MIPS Helmet Review

You can easily mount a GoPro camera and venture into the wild to assess and enjoy later. Most helmets offer ventilation for the top of the head, but Super 2 adds to that by offering overbrow ventilation. No matter what the heat outside was, it never got sweaty inside the helmet.

We found the online size chart to be extremely unreliable. So make sure you act accordingly. Also, it was strange that certain colors were more expensive than others.

Pros
Breakaway screws provided
An option to install head camera on a mount
Offers good ventilation for forehead and brows
Offers option to write down emergency contacts

Cons
Design not for everyone
Online reference chart for size and fit not reliable
Different prices for different colors

Bell Super 3R MIPS Bike Helmet

The last but definitely not the least of our choices is the Bell Super 3R. We previously wrote about the 2R in our full-face helmet review, this is the latest version.  This helmet too offers a very versatile fit for riders of different age and size. The breakaway screws provided are always welcome as they offer good reliability in fit and adjustment. We found that this helmet offers something unique: a float fit. What this implies is easy application and removal of the helmet without using the straps everytime. Say if you are going for a slow hill climb and then a fast descent. This helmet offers the capability to fit effortlessly, and ensure optimal protection even without the straps.

And just like the Super 2, there is a provision to mount the GoPro camera if you ever want to record your trails and goof-ups.
For a change, Super 3R is the only one of three to offer an adjustable visor which comes right out of the box. All’s not well though. The plastic components inside can poke and scratch at your head or ears sometimes. That quickly becomes an irritant. Also for the price range, they could have gone for a fiberglass build instead of a polycarbonate one. Don’t get us wrong, polycarbonate is good enough for the job, but a little extra never hurts, right?

Pros
Visor included
Camera mount available
Float fitting is a good feature
Suited for all individuals

Cons
Fibreglass construction not present
Insides can scratch at your head sometimes
Our final thoughts
Choosing any of the three mentioned helmets shouldn’t be a worry at all. We’ve selected the best from the Bell helmets range.
You can easily find the one which suits your needs. All you need to do is to keep our guide in mind, and there is little chance of your purchase going wrong.

We hope we’ll see you soon! Till next time.

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