Bell Nemesis 2 Pro Older Helmets

3.83/5 (18 Reviews)
Weight : 10.9 oz MSRP : $79.99


Product Description

  • EPS foam liner with Fusion In-Mold Microshell
  • Integrated Fusion Fit retention system with on-the-fly adjustability
  • 27 air vents; 19 top and 8 rear


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by nance a Weekend Warrior from Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2003

    Strengths:    a lot of vent-holes, sleak/tready design, reflective outer crust, visor can be removed/attached easily, light as hell, and most importantly, comfortable to wear.

    Weaknesses:    i guess the price? i was lucky, i purchased my helmet over ebay, but i noticed most people (like a friend of mine) spent well over $100cdn for one ..but trust me, it's well worth the price!

    Bottom Line:   
    you're getting a well rounded helmet: durable, solid, light weight, looks great, but feels nicer on the head!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $15.00

    Purchased At:   ebay


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by SGT. ROCK a Racer from Edmonton, AB

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2003

    Strengths:    Perfect fit
    Perfect retention


    Weaknesses:    Not made anymore
    A little expensive


    Bottom Line:   
    My favorite helmet, hands down. Perfect fit, perfect retention - doesn't move a bit on the roughest trails. Pull the visor off and you have a decent lid for road riding.

    Price Point had these on sale last year - really screwed up by not getting another one.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Local shop

    Similar Products Used:   Bell Aquila Pro, Bell Forza, LG Enigma


    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Federal Way, WA, USA

    Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002

    Strengths:    Good Looks

    Weaknesses:    Questionable Durability, inside of helmet pulls your hair

    Bottom Line:   
    I've used this helmet for two years and have lived with it. I wouldn't call this my favorite helmet though. The ventilation is adequate and the looks are sharp but the fit was always an issue. The straps were hard to adjust and the glue securing the strap guides to the helmet would not hold. It was just akward, especially when I've seen helmets with far superior strap setups, I would wonder why Bell cut corners in this department. I bought the Bell Influx and it is a waaaaaaaaaaaay better fitting helmet.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Giro helmets


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ddanj a Weekend Warrior from Hell

    Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Looks great
    comfortable
    amazingly ventilated


    Weaknesses:    needs better padding

    Bottom Line:   
    Great helmet for a great price, buy it!

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $70.00


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Scooby from Southern California

    Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    The helmet is well vented and the exterior of the helmet, featuring the stars and stripes, is awesome and is a fantastic way to display your pride and support for the USA. Although the exterior of the helmet excels in terms of eye-catching colors, the interior lacks sufficient padding in preventing your HAIR from being PULLED OFF your head each time you remove your helmet. A previous review mentioned the same problem, only to have it corrected after contacting bell for a replacement pad. I cannot believe this problem has made it past quality control. Having to contact the manufacturer for a replacement pad should not be something a consumer should have to deal with, especially after spending his/her hard earned money on the product. In conclusion, if you enjoy keeping your hair where it belongs…on your head, stay away from this helmet!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by john a Cross Country Rider from Alameda, California, US of A

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Exceptional Ventilation, asthetically pleasing, Fit, & Strenght.

    Weaknesses:    Would be cool if the pads wicked more sweat. Visor ripped off pretty easy (with some help of course)

    Bottom Line:   

    This the 3rd bell helmet ive bought. And i just ordered the 4th one. For me, Bell helmets have proven to be durable and good protectors of the grey matter.

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    Favorite Trail:   1st and 3rd divide

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $79.00

    Purchased At:   Two Wheels One Planet

    Similar Products Used:   Bell Evo, Bell Evo 2, Giro

    Bike Setup:   Uzzi Sl

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Pete a Cross Country Rider from Denver CO USA

    Date Reviewed: April 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Looks nice

    Weaknesses:    Don't have the hair-pulling problem (shaved head)but the bloody thing won't stay in adjustment!Seems like it's either too tight or too loose.Sticky velcro pads don't stay stuck to body of helmet.This could be due to extremes of Colorado climate,but wasn't a problem with the Giro.

    Bottom Line:   
    I wouldn't buy another one,I would get a Giro.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Similar Products Used:   Some weird Italian thing,another Bell,Giro Gila.

    Bike Setup:   98 Rockhopper Comp FS w/upgrades.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by JOhn Smith a Downhiller from Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Lightweight, looks,

    Weaknesses:    not strong enough, has no durability

    Bottom Line:   
    This helmet has to be the worst helmet i have ever purchased. I took a minor crash, nothing to harsh, and the helmet cracked all the way down the center of the helmet. I was extremely pissed, for i had only recently purchased the helmet. If your an easy rider who doesnt take challenges and does nothing but ride easy terrain, and you dont fall, this is the helmet for you. But if you take any risks at all, even the slightest risks, avoid buying this helmet. Overall i was dissapointed in the way this helmet acted for me. It was weak and not durable.

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    Favorite Trail:   steep

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $120.00

    Similar Products Used:   Giro, Specialized

    Bike Setup:   Specialized rock hopper

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Norge a Weekend Warrior from Dundas, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: March 18, 2002

    Strengths:    Great looks, comfortable fit, all the benefits of higher priced helmets and a good price.

    Weaknesses:    Fusion retention system allows for slight frontal movement but only if you really give it a firm push from the back.


    Bottom Line:   
    An all around great helmet for price, looks, quality and fit. Whereas my Giro Pneumo is unbelieveable in all aspects (so is the price), this helmet is more than adequate. I tried the Giro Gila and Havoc but found the Havoc uncomfortable on my forehead and the Gila fit close to the Nemesis but overall fit and price made up my mind (I picked it up for 71$ Cdn). The cooling of the Nemesis compared to the Gila is much better but a little lacking when compared to the Havoc. Either way it's a great helmet and if you don't want to spend big $$ the Nemesis comes out the overall winner.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Bell Evo Pro, Giro Incline, Pneumo.

    Bike Setup:   Specialized FSR

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by K a Cross Country Rider from Alpharetta

    Date Reviewed: November 23, 2001

    Strengths:    Air Flow
    Fit
    good looks


    Weaknesses:    stock pads

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a follow up review . Bell has a replacement pad kit that solves the glue in the hair deal with the thin stock pads . They work great , pad better and don't stick to your hair . For all you folks that don't think getting your hair pulled out is a big deal ..wait till you're older and have less of it .. :) And think about it in this day and age should ANY HELMET pull out your hair ?
    The kit is " KT PAD NEMESIS #750080185 " With the new pads I upgrade the helmet

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    Favorite Trail:   Ag Center

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $69.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Trek Vapor

    Bike Setup:   Y2K Sugar 2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from i forget

    Date Reviewed: November 2, 2001

    Strengths:    -Something about the way the pads and the stretchy thing in the back are set up, makes the helmet feel like it was specifically built for you head, in other words, incredible fit.
    -The cool-max pads are suppose to absorb your sweat and keep the pad cool so it cools you down. It doesn't achieve this with flying colors, but it must work pretty well, since my head is always kept cool.
    -After riding, being all sweaty, I took the helmet out to see how much cooler (temperature-wise) my head would feel without the helmet. I only noticed an extremely slight difference in temp, while in my last helmet it was a world of difference.


    Weaknesses:    -Yeah.. those pads do stick to your hair a little when you take it off, but it's not such a big deal, it's not like it pulls the hair right off.
    -People see your helmet and then look at your bike, expecting it to be an expensive one. Mine is a hardrock. So basically people who see me are impressed, then, disappointed.


    Bottom Line:   
    I got the stars and stripes color because this is a time when we need to show our patriotism (also because the white color I originally ordered had been back-ordered for a month). After trying on a $180 Giro helmet, and then this one, they both felt just as good (The Giro was a bit more cushiony, but I think the Nemises has a better feel, how it fits). This helmet also makes me feel like a pro (or maybe it's the combination of that and the LeMond racing gloves), even though I have a long way to go before the big drops. But whatever this helmet does, the bottom line is that it makes you feel good, it fits good, and keeps your head cool. The stars and stripes color (or the Oh Canada color, for Canadians) also shows people your patriotism, which is great, because most people then won't assume you're a bike snob on a Cannondole Super V Raven Deluxe Super Duper Light 500000x-to-the-y-to-the-z600. I give this thing 3 for value, because even with all the high-tech, no helmet so go for over $50-60 retail. I give it 5 overall, cause this helmet kicks!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $45.00

    Purchased At:   JensonUSA.com

    Similar Products Used:   other helmets


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alex Marks a Cross Country Rider from Collierville

    Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001

    Strengths:    Really good fit. Stays low on the forehead and just does not move. Easy to adjust. Makes you feel safe.

    Weaknesses:    Yes, the glue in the top pulled my hair out as well, but only for a couple of times of wearing. Some of you guys must have very weak hair to make such a big deal out of it!
    I'm not sure about the long term quality....the shell started to come away from the foam a bit. Don't know if this is typical.


    Bottom Line:   
    It's a good helmet, and currently available in a few places with a heavy discount. I think Pricepoint is still cheapest.
    It saved my skull in the Memphis Tour de Wolf race this year. Anybody who was in that race will testify, the Tour was a total mare of a race...one big opportunity to wipe out big time in the mud...I hit a root or something really, really hard and cracked the side of the helmet, which pissed me off greatly, untill I considered what it may have done to my head in a lesser helmet.
    Weekend warriors and aspiring racers on a budget should consider this helmet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Herb Parsons Lake

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing this good.

    Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 3, with chopped down riser bar and Time pedals.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by K a Cross Country Rider from Alpharetta, ga

    Date Reviewed: August 17, 2001

    Strengths:    fits good

    Weaknesses:    pads are too thin
    glue pulls my hair out
    no help from Bell


    Bottom Line:   
    I really hate the fact the glue on the pads pulls my hair out every time I wear it . I emailed Bell and their reply was worthless . I tried to wipe it out but it's not water based and Bell said don't use a solvent . To stop the pulling of hair I wear a bandana which make the fact the helmet flows air well a moot point . I added leftover pads from my Trek vapor and that helped some . I'd look else where .

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Similar Products Used:   Trek Vapor - I wish I had bought another of these


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by JONATHAN a Racer from manchester, NH, usa

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2001

    Strengths:    the greatest!!! first helmet to actually fit me!!! got a big dome? well get this helmet! stars and stripes too.. IT LOOKS GOOD ON YA!! keeps the mellon chilled too, gaping vents, have great airflow!

    Weaknesses:    hair gets stuck to sticky stuff holding pads in.

    Bottom Line:   
    STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER, AND GO GET THIS HELMET!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   shop where i work (employee price)

    Similar Products Used:   giro, trek, other bell... list goes on

    Bike Setup:   trials: megamo mod, maguras, alex rims (gold), red spokes, monty 2.5 rear, max daddy 2.25 front.
    XC: fisher supercaliber, full xt group, hutchinsons python/alligator

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by chris a Racer from no. branford,ct usa

    Date Reviewed: July 9, 2001

    Strengths:    light, 1st helmet that fits me:) vary good sizing

    Weaknesses:    what r weaknesses

    Bottom Line:   
    get it

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   www.pricepoint.com

    Similar Products Used:   pos

    Bike Setup:   noting but the best(ie race face spinergyes)

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