Made of a tough, multi-layered fiberglass shell with EPS foam liner, the Bellistic features full-face coverage, an adjustable retention harness, adjustable visor and large eye port to accomodate goggles, and 15 built-in vents.
from seattle, washington
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2010
Strengths: great for both longobarding freeriding and bmxing
I ride my stinky pretty hard and race my longobard. this helemt works like a charm for both, i even used it for bmxing one time, but didnt really like. i prefer a bucket type for that. however i have had a few crashes with it and it has saved my jaw twice. there is a huge scratch going down the side of my helmet now..better it than my jaw.
Bike Setup: Sunday Factory Frame, 2009 Fox 40 RC2, Fox DHX 5.0, Saint drivetrain and shifting, EX721 on Hope Pro II, Maxxis minnion and high roller combo, direct mount sunline stem, Avid Code 4 Brakes...
from south windsor, ct, usa
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2008
Strengths: full face, good impact protection, price
Weaknesses: not very many sizes
good for freeride and DH if you're stretched for cash, Good helmet for not that much money.
Similar Products Used: pro-tec skate helmet, countless other bike helmets
Bike Setup: 2008 kona stinky
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2008
Strengths: Awesome looks and fit. havnt needed to actually use the protection part let. goggles fit easily and has a gr8 style and graphic, especially if ur lucky enough 2 get a cedric garcia limited edition 1.snug fit and doesnt rattle around at all. very very lightweight
Weaknesses: wierd sizing. et a size smaller than usual or jst try 1 on first. snug fit and doesnt rattle around at all
If ur looking 4 a budget helmet that looks gr8 and functions and fits jst as well get this helmet.especially if u can get it on offer. look on www.chainreactioncycles.com but try before u buy
Strengths: Great price for what you get. Good overall padding. Great protection. I am on my 2nd ballistic now (Cedric Gracia edition...Painting it because its hideous)
Weaknesses: Visor is Junk! Cheap brittle crap. Mine is (Was) held together with fishing twine (Looked pretty bad ass.)Helmet itself is great in winter (exception is the visor cracks at -0)
$ for $ best helmet out there, Lets face it I know I'm gonna crash, why pay big $$$ for a helmet I'm gonna thrash? The ballistic is a good helmet, That being said the visor is total junk!!! I have made a mold of the visor and now run a fiber glass visor in its place. I have my trashed ballistic (looks bad ass) and my CG ballistic(Once painted My comp helm)
Similar Products Used: tested all products out there
Bike Setup: 02 Kona Stinky Dee
a Cross Country Rider
from Western Washington
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2007
Strengths: Good fit, strong, good price, saved my mugg.
Weaknesses: Maybe needs more vents.
Ok, I'm 38. I own a house and have a great career. I'm no mommas boy, but I was talking with my mom the other day about a ride I went on with my buddy. Every time I tell her a story about a ride she asks if I wear a helmet.(DUH) I always smile and tell her "yes mom". She asked me if I wore "The kind that covers your whole face" I told her no, I don't have one. She insisted on buying one for me and gave me $100. I've always been a Giro guy. But, the LBSs didn't have any Giro full face helmets and I was going on a ride the next day so I kind of wanted to find one. I saw and liked the Bell Bellistic. It fit well, had some vents and felt sturdy. Fast forward to the next day. Rode to the top of Crystal Mt.(beautiful) Rode around a while then started down. Riding my new 2008 Giant Reign Zero and feeling good, got into some rocks while passing (and taunting) my boys and got a flat, I mean an instant flat, on the front. I heard one hiss, looked down and BAM! The wheel washed out and dumped me on my face at an estimated 30 MPH. I was wearing full armor and the brand new Bell Bellistic that my mom paid for the day before. Not a scratch on me. Bent the rear disc on my bike.(now THAT pissed me off) I did see stars for a few seconds, and my shoulder and ribs hurt today, but I can only imagine that I would have certainly gone to the ER and lost some teeth in that crash. First full face, first day wearing it, definitely getting another one. The part that protects your face cracked near the vents. Whatev' I'm still pretty! I've read some reviews that people write and they complain that their helmets cracked or broke when they crashed. Give me a break!!! Think about it! You just broke a fiberglass helmet by impacting something hard.... with your head! You should thank the company (like I did) that you can still type!!!
Similar Products Used: First full face. Otherwise, mostly high end Giros
Bike Setup: The Sweetest bike in the world!!!! 2008 Giant Reign Zero
from Cooper Landing, Alaska
Date Reviewed: August 24, 2007
Strengths: Fairly comfortable padding once broken in, nice spacious face opening, decent looking. Haven't wrecked with it yet, but feels sturdy. Goggles stay in place for me.
Weaknesses: Flimsy visor (screw to which got stripped and fell off within 2 rides, thus leaving the visor flappy). Very heavy (NOT light for a FF helmet, at all). Very few open vents. I overheat really easily with this thing. Interior stays SOAKED after use, and the pads are detachable, making it really hard to clean.
I'm not a huge fan of this helmet. If I could do it over, I'd wait and spend another 50 or 60 bucks to get a better full face helmet. It's weight and the lack of vents makes it very hard to pedal around with this on head. I over heat very easily wearing it. It's hard to clean, the visor is flimsy. That being said, it is a cheap way to get facial protection. I think you get what you pay for. Feels sturdy and like it would work in a crash.
This helmet sucks! You might as well just buy a open face, it would be less hot. I've had my teeth knocked loose twice wearing this thing and just last weekent I recieved a handlebar to the face and the helmet did nothing. I ended up with 6 stitches. I'm throwing this piece of junk away!
Bike Setup: 05 orange faith with 07 boxxer team....
from british columbia
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2007
Strengths: cheap. great beginner helmet.
Weaknesses: hot. when i hit a tree or land on my face it pushes up and exposes my chin so it mine as well not be there. and the only way to prevent that is to wear goggles. but its kinda a pain to wear gogs so ya.
good for absolute begginers. if ur actually serious about FR DH or DJ get a pro tec or a six six one or a giro.
Similar Products Used: 661 somethin or other.. very warm
Bike Setup: AM
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007
Strengths: Lightweight padding
Weaknesses: Lack of goggle harness and guide.
One of the lightest full face helmets in the market. Padding is abundant especially around the cheek area. Used this for freeriding on ladders and skinnies. First fall on my face and I saw stars. As I sat up to catch my breath I was relieved to have this on my head. Was on my bike in the next ten minutes. Had I not had it I would have been waiting for medical help. overall good protection at an affordable price. Not as bulky as some of the DOT approved full face but that comes with the added protection. Definitely recommended for 4X, BMX, freeriding, and trials. Gets too hot for long agressive XC rides. Need more protection for shuttle runs. Overall a great investment for protective dental coverage.
Strengths: lightweight, vents, padding, looks really cool, easy buckle system and CHEAP!
Weaknesses: none that I can think off
I bought this helmet last week of ebay for $60. I was in the market for a new helmet after I smashed my TLD d2. I didn't want to spend to much cash so I went with the bellistic. I couldn't be more happier with this helmet.
I would like to mention that I'm not a downhiller, I race BMX and 4x. In downhill you reach speeds that are comparable to motocross, thats why I would sudjest wearing a moto lid for downhill.
I tried this helmet twice at the bmx track last weekend and I'm stoked. The helmet is very light and it didn't botter at all while riding. Also, my oakley crowbars fits perfectly in this lid. I did not yet crash in this lid so I don't know how it will held up after a serieus impact. The helmet seems to be well built and very durable, it should last at least 1 - 2 years.
Overall, I'm glad I bought it. For $ 60 I just couldn't resist buying it. If you are in the market for a new helmet go for this one! Its perfect for bmx, 4x, freeride and maybe even downhill (depends on your skill level) and its cheap! I would definitely buy one again!
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2006
Strengths: I bought it because it was lighter and fit better than anything else I tried. It saved my life!
Weaknesses: I wonder if I would not have suffered a concusion if I were wearing a more expensive helmet.
I bought this helmet on a Friday night at Whistler. The next day at around noon I crashed. There is a big scar in the top of the helmet and I'm beat up bad all over my entire body despite having on full protective gear. I do not remember anything about the crash, suffered a concussion, 5 hrs in the clinic, and a CAT scan. I feel fine now after 48 hrs, although memory is not fully back. I can't stop wondering if this would have happen had I bought a more expensive helmet, but I also feel like it saved my life.
Similar Products Used: I spent almost four hours at Whistler going to every shop I could find to try on every helmet. This one fit the best.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz V10
a Weekend Warrior
from Orange County, California
Date Reviewed: April 15, 2006
Strengths: Light, Inexpensive FULL FACE!
Weaknesses: Maybe a bit hot, but honestly, not too bad for a full face.
This has got to be the best value helmet I have ever seen. In shopping for a standard MTB helmet it occured to me that I wear full face on my motorcycle... why would I be stupid enough to not wear one on my MTB.
I am not a Downhiller by any means and any one who is truly runnign downhill should be using a DOT Motorcycle Full Face anyway. What I would classify my riding as is Aggressive CC, not freeride, but certainly not out for an afternoon stroll. This helmet fits that nitch well, it's light enough to wear all day and tough enough to save the noggin should things go... well, not as planned. Plus, should you take an unexpected Face Plant, you're covered... I'd put this helmets up against any "beenie" type in a face-first 10mph wreck anyday.
Best Part, Performance Bike was running a sale when I need to buy my new helmet.
Just picked one of these up in blue.
Fit is right on, (medium), and with the first time buyer coupon, shipping is free. 930 grams on my cheap scale. Has a clip chinstrap for easy on and off, and wore it with sunglasses for 4 hours last week with no issues.
It has 13, not 15 vents, but there a ... Read More »
I have roughly a 22.7-23in head size and was wondering what size to get since I am right on the border. do they run small or large for there size? anyone with a similar head size know what size i should get?Read More »
I'm looking at a Bell Bellistic and the medium runs up to 59cm, and the large starts at 59cm.
My head measures just about 58.5cm.
So [I]technically[/I] that puts me in a medium.
Anyone know if they run particularly small or large for theirs listed sizes?Read More »
If this is the wrong place to post, please say so and I'll try again in the right place.
I've tried to figure this out, but all I can see is one is heavier and more expensive than the other, plus may have a higher safety rating.
I haven't found a Drop to try out yet, but the Bellistic in Large ... Read More »
Wondering if there's any other better deal? I think this sale (medium size) is for today only. Performance also has olive color in small size for $40.Read More »