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Bell X-Ray Pro Helmet

4.67/5 (72 Reviews)
Weight : 10.6 oz


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Product Description

  • 19 air vents; 15 top and 4 rear
  • EPS foam liner with Fusion In-Mold Microshell and bottom wrap
  • One hand adjustment


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Guiltyr1 a Weekend Warrior from Montgomeryville, PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2010

    Strengths:    Build, fit and coolness factor.

    Weaknesses:    None so far.

    Bottom Line:   
    Love the helmet - perfect for me... I especially love the way it looks on (without the visor).

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ricksom a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 25, 2006

    Strengths:    Well priced.
    Good ventilation.
    Good looks.
    Good fit.


    Weaknesses:    None really.
    May need to replace the front pad after 3 years.


    Bottom Line:   
    Damn good helmut at a fair price. Timeless.
    Forget about chasing the latest ego fashion from Giro.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Similar Products Used:   Giro

    Bike Setup:   Titus RacerX

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kat a Cross Country Rider from Santa Barbara

    Date Reviewed: February 4, 2006

    Strengths:    comfortable....good visor to keep sun off...rain too.

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    This helmet saved my life. I was doing a technical uphill section and ended up doing a wheelie backwards into a creek and landed headfirst onto a razor sharp rock. The outside of the helmet was fine but when I got home and looked the inside was all cracked up. The helmet did it's job.....just bought another x-ray because I know it will perform under pressure.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   BigGear BikeGear

    Similar Products Used:   other bell helmets

    Bike Setup:   Titus Ti racer X

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by eric a Racer from fall city washington

    Date Reviewed: December 22, 2005

    Strengths:    cool and cool in summer
    comfortable
    priced well


    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    for a xc helmet it is bombproof and for a smooth rider it lasts forever. I have road ridden, dhed, xc'ed, dirtjumped, and cyclo-crossed and it did all of those without a comlaint. I crash a ton when pushing the limits of my tires and riding ability and it has always been there for me. worth all the money

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   louis garneu(sucked)others

    Bike Setup:   kona kula deluxe plus ritchey and fsa extras, kona road bike, kona pimped out stuff, and kona jake the snake(pimped)

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by C a Cross Country Rider from Monerety,California

    Date Reviewed: November 27, 2005

    Strengths:    An adjustable Visor,19 intake and outake vents,Fushion in-mold,and it looks cool.

    Weaknesses:    You cry after it gets scratched.

    Bottom Line:   
    It is a excellent helmet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Fort Ord Goat Trail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Preformance Bicycle

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Airwave but the Bell X-Ray is way better.

    Bike Setup:   2006 Gary Fisher Tass Disc,Hayes So1e hydralic disc brakes,Manitou Axel Platinum Air 100,Deore shifters and front deraileur, LX M-570 rear deraileur,deore hubs,Bontrager select cranks,Bontrager Jones XR tires,Bontrager Ranger rims, 14 gram spokes,Bontrager Select saddle,Bontrager Sport crowbar,Bontrager Sport Stem,Bontrager Sport Seatpost, Truvativ ISIS Gigapipe, Shimano HG-73 chain,Sram PG-950 cassette,and Bontrager Dual Density grips.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by JT a Weekend Warrior from Northern CA

    Date Reviewed: November 13, 2005

    Strengths:    Fit, ventilation, profile

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Tried a "universal fit" helmet trying to save a few bucks, but I'm a slightly larger size and this didn't cut it. Bell X-Ray has been worth the money. Best combination of comfort , fit, adjustability that I tried. Reasonably low-profile and doesn't give that "bubble-head" look.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $99.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   various Giro, Bell

    Bike Setup:   2006 Trek 4900

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Collin a Cross Country Rider from SC

    Date Reviewed: October 21, 2005

    Strengths:    Fit, ventilation, adjustment system.

    Weaknesses:    Pads wear out really fast

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great helmet, very cool with a very good fit. I just bought my 3rd one, I have crashed and cracked my helmet twice in the past year, but I didn't crack my skull. The helmet did its job.
    So far I have had to replace the pads in the 1st 2 helmets within 2 months of getting the helmet, this is my only complaint.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Trek Vapor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Stephen a Cross Country Rider from maryville TN USA

    Date Reviewed: September 25, 2005

    Strengths:    decent vents

    Weaknesses:    still goofy looking

    Bottom Line:   
    Saved my life when a car hit-and-run at 60mph

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   nasbar


    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by rwl11 a Cross Country Rider from PDX, OR USA

    Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005

    Strengths:    Excellent Fit, great ventalation

    Weaknesses:    Visor is TOO long!

    Bottom Line:   
    After having to buy a new helmet after breaking an older Bell, this one fit great in the store. After riding with it for the first time in the Bend Big Fat Tour for 45 miles, www.bendbigfattour.com , I wondered why my neck was sore. Well, the visor is TOO long, which means I have to hold my head those few degrees higher to see down the trail, or if I hold it in a comfortable position, I can't see far enough and stuff just comes up too fast to react.

    Bell has EXCELLENT customer service. When I bought my Silver helmet with a black visor, it wasn't more than 2 weeks when they came with a silver visor. I called Bell and asked if I could by the better looking silver visor. They said 'Sorry, we order 1 visor for every helmet. No extras!' I was astounded 6 months later, when I got a FREE silver visor in the mail, announced. I'll be buying a Bell from now on, the next being a Sweep XC. Fits awesome, shorter visor....I CAN SEE! without the neck problems. Supergo has the best price, $89.99

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    Favorite Trail:   Falls Creek, WA

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   River City

    Similar Products Used:   Giro E2, etc

    Bike Setup:   Ellsworth ISIS, Race Face galore, hopes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Reid a Weekend Warrior from Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Looks good, excellent ventilation, superb fit, GPS retention system

    Weaknesses:    A little expensive

    Bottom Line:   
    I really couldn't be any happier with this helmet. I bought it yesterday because it was on sale half off. There wasn't anything wrong with my old helmet, a Specialized Enduro Comp, but I new as soon as I tried the X-Ray on in the bike shop that I had to have it. Between the outstanding fit, excellent ventilation and light weight, I forgot that I was wearing a helment during my ride today. There's simply no comparision between my old Specialized and the X-Ray. I had no idea a bike helment could be this good. Looks pretty good too (by bike helment standards anyway).

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    Favorite Trail:   Schultz Creek in Flagstaff

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Performance Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Enduro Comp

    Bike Setup:   GT iDrive

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sandman a Cross Country Rider from Pompano, Fl

    Date Reviewed: August 3, 2005

    Strengths:    COMFORT, LIGHT, VENTILATION

    Weaknesses:    Liner pads fell apart

    Bottom Line:   
    I purchased this helmet out of nessesity. I broke mine loading my gear, had to get one quick and did not really take the time to do the research. In the shop it felt good and was lightweight, it came in a cool blue/grey/black so I got it. Much to my surprise it has been awesome! I love this thing and will not wear anything else. It fits my head perfect, is durable and looks great. I would recommend it highly! Take care of the liner pads though. Mine disentagrated (due to abuse no dought) but a replacement set were available from Bell no problem. Im givin this one a 5+5

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    Favorite Trail:   too many to list

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $95.00

    Purchased At:   B&J bikes

    Similar Products Used:   giro, other bells

    Bike Setup:   Giant XTC1, XTR/XT mix, Mavic 223's, thompson stem/post, avid discs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Luis Hernandez a Cross Country Rider from Guadalajara, Mexico

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2005

    Strengths:    Light, GPS retention system, no stretching straps

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Very nice fit. GPS retention system is very easy to use. I like two things better than Giro E2: lower profile and no stretching straps. Looks cool and keeps my head cool. Price is reasonable for what you get.

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    Favorite Trail:   Next one to ride

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $99.00

    Purchased At:   Jensonusa.com

    Similar Products Used:   Giro E2

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic '03 with DT Swiss, Shimano, SRAM, Race Face, Thomson, Selle Italia, Tioga, Easton, Avid, Stan's...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rik a Weekend Warrior from Netherlands

    Date Reviewed: April 13, 2005

    Strengths:    Light, great fit, cooling and easily adjustable. Safe (by others' experience)

    Weaknesses:    Visor just a bit too long, but I doesn't bother me much.

    Bottom Line:   
    My brother in law crashed into the back of a van the first day he wore his new X-Ray, went right through the rear shield, but was quite OK. Helmet cracked, but did its job. Now he has a new one.

    I myself feel quite OK when I wear the X-Ray. Great ventilation and the GPS system rocks. Lighter than a Giro E2. Get one for a good price and you won't be disappointed.

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    Favorite Trail:   up and down terrain, fast downhills

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   eBay Germany

    Similar Products Used:   Giro

    Bike Setup:   Cust-tec with Shimano XT & LX mixture, Rigidas with Magura Julie discs, some Ritchey WCS.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Lee a Weekend Warrior from AZ

    Date Reviewed: March 17, 2005

    Strengths:    Great fit (even my big dome)GPS is easy to use.

    Weaknesses:    Visor a bit low. Hard to see sometimes when going down hill fast. So I took it off.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great helmet. It really fits my large head well. Got it for a great price. The GPS works great. For the price what you get is great.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $59.00

    Purchased At:   LBS


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by S Junaid a Cross Country Rider from Clarksville, MD, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

    Strengths:    Excellent fit around the head. GPS positioning. Location of pads, Looks, light...

    Weaknesses:    NONE

    Bottom Line:   
    This helmet beat all I've ever used or tried on my head before. PERFECT. Even though I demoed it only, I bet you I'll have one within the month and will be loving it! When I say I've never had such a good fit ever before, I'm not kidding, I'm being dead serious. It fit better than all the Giros and Specializeds, all the Mets and other Bells. I have a slightly oblong head and this helmet fit like a true glove. I couldn't budge it except for the movement of the skin on my head, rock solid all around. Bell just set the standard for anatomy-friendly design with this awesome helmet. The only thing I find lacking (would find lacking) is the 'cheap' looking plastic components of the GPS system. My only fear is whether the same plastic components will withstand a hard fall and keep the helmet on my head when i do do an endo...

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    Favorite Trail:   Patapsco

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized


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