If you look closely, under all that enduro-influenced design, you can see Bell's mid-century motorsport heritage in the Super Helmet. Subtly paying homage to a time when engines were restricted by their creator's ability and leather protective gear was quickly abandoned in favor of the much safer...
Weaknesses: Uncomfortable fit, Cheap plastic, Can't take the heat. Customer Service
Bought this helmet and the fit was uncomfortable compared to other helmets. I always wear a medium, so the size was right. I left the helmet in the car for a few hours in a parking lot after a ride and the visor warped badly. With normal use, both visor hold down knobs broke off inside the helmet. One broke off when I just tossed the helmet on to the couch. The only good thing about the helmet is the GoPro mount, but it's not worth it. The GoPro chest mount is better anyway. Customer service is worthless. I wouldn't recommend this helmet to anyone.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2013
Strengths: Great coverage, solid retention system, nice color selection, GoPro mount looks solid and nice large visor.
Weaknesses: The padding does not wick sweat well. The Velcro tabs are detaching from the shell, after one ride. The pads on the right side are super rough, had to ask for new ones from Bell. Pricey
I bought the blue helmet and up close it is much nicer than In the pictures. It's a matte color which really stands out nice without being loud. The retention system is very easy to adjust and it provides a comfortable fit. I really like that you can move the whole system up or down. There are three positions you can use. You have to press the new ones in real hard to make it click in and secure. I don't use a camera, but the GoPro mount seems solid and easy to take off and put back on.
I love the overall coverage on this helmet which is the main reason I chose it. It seems to provide more protection all around. I paid $124.00, which I think is little bit on the steep side. I don't mind paying for my gear, but at this price and after only one ride I would expect the Velcro adhesive to stay glued to the shell. I also found that the pads have some very abrasive edges and had to request a replacement from Bell, but they seemed very attentive and responsive.
I really can't say that the pads are either real good or real bad. Sweat was pouring down and dripping onto my glasses and it was only 80 degrees today. I would lean more towards saying they don't wick moisture away any better than my old Giro. The pads can not be removed without detaching the retention system. To remove the pads you need to release the plastic leg from the red tabs here they click in. The plastic leg on the retention system goes through a slit in the pads on the right and left side of the helmet by your ears. I have a feeling that if you do this frequently you will weaken that connection and that will pretty much ruin the helmet. I prefer pads that can just be easily removed so they can be washed. Over all I think the helmet has many nice features, but I think that Bell should find a different way to retain the pads. Once I get these pads to stay put with a little extra Velcro I think it'll work nicely. There are definitely many more positives to the helmet than not. I can't give it 5 chilis because there are some issues with the pads, that shouldn't even exist for a helmet in this price range.
Easy to adjust visor.
Weaknesses: None so far
So first off let me say that the green is much brighter and shinier than it looked online. That being said, I love it!
When I finally got to put my hands on one of these I was stoked to find a few things I wasn't expecting to find.
The weight in my hand didn't seem much heavier than my other helmets, and I was holding them side by side.
The padding was the first thing that jumped out at me. Thick, ample X-Static padding makes for a really comfortable fit. As well, it is well padded across the brow. My biggest test was a 16 mile, hilly and super techy race in 90+ degree humid weather. Not once did I have to clear sweat from my eyes. I have noticed that it sits lower on my brow than my other helmet and if I crank the retention dial down too tight I feel the pressure after a half hour or so.
The next thing I noticed was the venting, and by that I mean not just the vents in the helmet but the channeling inside of it as well. I swear it vents better than my XC race helmet. I feel the wind on my head. That may have something to do with thinning hair but I'll continue to deny that. On another venting note, I don't own a GoPro so I took the mount off opening up one more vent.
All in all it's a great helmet, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a helmet that provides a bit more coverage.
Strengths: Functional visor, removable GoPro mount, easy to setup fitment and stays tight. Fits awesome and really comfortable. I have always felt exposed at the base of my head till picking up this helmet. It has coverage like a skate style helmet with great airflow and comfort for the trail
Weaknesses: According to my head measurement I should be in a large but the large had to be as tight as possible to fit right. Sent it back and got a medium and it fits me perfect. So keep in mind this sheel seems to run a bit large.
I would buy this helmet again in a heartbeat. All the features work great, its comfortable and gives the added coverage I felt was missing.
Strengths: - Comfortable padding and retention system.
- Adjustable visor is more useful than I expected.
- "Boa" type dial on retention system doesn't slip.
- Included Go-Pro mount is much quicker to install than the stock mount.
Weaknesses: - Size large makes one look like the mushroom characters in Super Mario Bros.
I'm very pleased with this product, and rated it highly because it met my criteria for a protective helmet. This is my first mountain bike specific helmet (I've always used the same lid for mtn and road) so bear that in mind.
After ringing my bell in a couple crashes, I started paying attention to helmets with better coverage that I wished I'd been wearing. Specifically, I wanted better coverage over the back of my head and a more trust worthy retention system.
You can see from the photos of this helmet that it definitely covers more noggin than "traditional" helmets. There were many other helmets that offered similar coverage, but the retention systems varied widely. The Six Six One helmets just didn't fit my head comfortably, but that is due to the shape of my head and not any quality issues. The Giros didn't have very good padding, and the retention band looked and felt chincy. I tried a Troy Lee Designs lid, and it was very nice. It sported an amazing paint job, but I toss my stuff into the back of the car and would scratch it off in no time. It wasn't worth the premium cost.
When I finally found a Super at the LBS, I was pleased to see that it had quality padding and a well designed retention band. I'm not aware of the extra size of the helmet, because the inner straps keep it comfortably off of your head. Having a "dial" type fastener was a must for me because I'd learned to hate the "finger tab" type of fastener. My previous Specialized helmet has one of the latter, and a minor bump of the helmet will cause it to release. It seems that design wears out quicker than the wheel ratchet types. For now, the Super's fastener is nice and tight.
I don't notice the extra weight of the hemet, and the vents breath very nicely. A surprise for me is how much I appreciate the adjustable visor. I don't ride with goggles, so I thought the feature would be wasted on me. However, I found myself adjusting it up slightly for the climbs, and then moving it back down when headed into the sun. It's just like adjusting the brim on your hat.
The Go-Pro mount is well designed. It plugs tightly into the center vent and is snugged in place by two velcro straps inside the shell. There is a pad between the mount and the retention system, so you'll never feel it. It is a desirable enhancement over the stock mount.
The helmet certainly is one big hunk of plastic on your head, but that's exactly what I was after. If its size is the only reason people are pointing and laughing at me, then I'm OK with it.
Hopefully, I won't be crash testing it anytime soon, but it certainly inspires confidence that is more than worth the money to me.
Hey every one that's reading!, i been rebuilding and restoring a 98 v500 past two summers to original spec as much as i could and im nearly done, one thing came up twice now and that is the handlebar got loose twice now in past 3 months so im not 100% sure why that is tho i taken it off and looked a ... Read More »
I am looking for the proper oil level for this shock. The 2005 fork service manual refers me to the 2005 Black service manual for the oil level which I am not able to locate. I have found the oil level for the 2004 SPV (2.9" - 3.0") and the 2006 SPV (2.7"-2.8"), but can't seem to find it for the 2 ... Read More »
I am 6'5" tall and like a long top tube.
Currently riding the Yeti 575 which is pretty good at 647mm long.
With the current trend of bikes going longer I was wondering if anyone knew of any 140-160mm travel bikes with a longer top tube.
I really want to run a shorter (60mm) stem. ... Read More »
Just rounded off two nipples truing the front wheel & decided it was time to get a better spoke wrench. The 3.2mm slot in the Round spoke wrench that came with my Super B kit appears to point to the black or .127" Park Tool wrench I am looking to buy.
Directly across from the 3.2mm s ... Read More »