14 Nov 2013

The not-so-minor details


Bell Super Helmet


Sheppards Cycles






Though the line between gravity mountain bikes and cross country machines has been blurred the last couple years, most associated equipment is still high-contrast–either overbuilt for DH gear or wispy light for XC. The new Bell Super aims to split the difference, riding that all-mountain line perfectly.

25 vents. More protection needn't mean less ventilation.
25 vents. More protection needn’t mean less ventilation.

In order to meet the demands of the all-mountain, trail ride and enduro racing scenes, Bell has released the Super, a versatile performer with specific features for this growing style of riding. Incorporating an innovative eyewear management system along with a clever, integrated break-away camera mount and advanced ventilation matrix, the Super is the perfect complement to the do-anything breed of all-mountain bikes.

Using input from Bell’s stable of sponsored riders, Bell came up with a purpose-built package for aggressive riders who need the versatility to go from XC-style climbs to near DH descents and everything in between.

Over-brow ventilation. Perfect for those folk with excessively thick eye brows.
Over-brow ventilation. Perfect for those folk with excessively thick eye brows.

Key features include:

· Integrated Camera Mount makes capturing the ride hassle-free with a removable mount that seamlessly affixes a GoPro camera.

· GoggleGuide™ Adjustable Visor System allows riders to manage their eyewear with minimal intrusion into the ride. The flexible system accommodates both goggles and sport glasses and works either with the visor installed or without using the included goggle retention arms.

· Overbrow Ventilation™ works in concert with 25 vents to usher cool air over the head through four intake ports on the helmet brow.

· The Speed Dial™ Fit System is designed to work with helmets that have lower rear coverage. This new system cradles the head and creates a glove-like fit with the turn of a dial.

· Fusion In-Mold Microshell bonds EPS foam to shell for durability

· Internal Reinforcement in order to maximize venting and minimize bulk, high-end helmets feature internal reinforcement structures.

· Lightweight Cam-lock Levers™ for easy strap adjustments

· Lightweight Buckle

· Lightweight webbing

· X-Static Padding is quick-drying and anti-microbial

· 25 vents, 4 brow ports