Bell, 7mesh, Chris King - Eurobike 2014

Aug 28, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
Bell Super 2R Eurobike 2014

New Helmets From Bell

The capabilities of today's mountain bikes continue to increase, which means that many of us are now riding trails that were once only tackled on DH sleds with full body armor aboard light all-mountain bikes clad only in a half shell and knee pads. Bell saw the need to offer a helmet for riders who sought additional protection compared to that provided by a half shell helmet, but who didn't want to carry around the weight of a traditional DH full face. That's where the Super 2R comes in. Based off of the extended coverage Super helmet that was released last year, the new helmet has a removable chin guard that attaches with three clips, two at the side and one at the back. Parallels will no doubt be drawn between this new offering and the Giro Switchblade of years past, but the chin bar on the Super 2R is much better integrated with the rest of the helmet, a good deal wider, and doesn't require any tools to remove. There's also a breakaway helmet camera mount, and the visor has enough vertical movement to allow goggles to fit underneath it when they're not in use.

The world of helmet standards is a complicated, and sometimes confusing one, and although the Super 2R is CPSC and CE EN1078 certified, it hasn't received the ASTM F1952 endorsement. That's likely due to the ventilation and construction of the upper shell of the helmet more than anything, since the ASTM F 1952 standard (a standard that half shell helmets can also be certified to) requires a higher level of impact protection and penetration resistance. Available in three sizes (S, M, L) and six colors, the Super 2R weighs a claimed 694 grams. There will also be MIPS equipped versions of the helmet, an upgrade that will add $20 to the base model's $200 USD asking price.

Bell Full Flex Eurobike 2014

The Full Flex (left) and the Reflex are constructed using EPP and are multi-impact certified.

Bell also introduced the new Full Flex and Reflex helmets, designed for usage during activities where there's a high chance of hitting the ground - think slopestyle, dirt jump or skate park riding. Constructed with a segmented Expanded Polyproplene (EPP) liner, the helmets are certified for both cycling and skate usage, and meet or exceed the multi-impact ASTM F1492-08 standard. The over-the-ear styling of the Full Flex gave Bell room to add in speaker pockets for riders who want to ride with a musical accompaniment. The Full Flex ($100 USD) is available in black or white, and the Reflex ($65) will be offered in five colors.

7mesh Eurobike 2014

7mesh Makes Their European Debut

Based out of Squamish, British Columbia, 7mesh knows a thing or two about riding in adverse weather conditions, and they've also partnered with Gore in order to have access to the company's line of waterproof and technical fabrics. The Revolution Jacket ($450) is part of their 7 Day collection, and is built to handle everything from quick spins out the back door to multi-day (or week) epics. Constructed with GORE TEX Pro fabric, the Revolution is meant to be tough but light, weighing in at a claimed 270 grams. Niceties include a detachable hood that's designed to be worn under the helmet when in use, along with pit and forearm zips for ventilation.

7mesh's Glidepath short ($140 USD) is a simple overshort, made from a light and quick drying two-way stretch nylon. A cam strap is in place on the side to fine tune the fit of the short, and there are two hand pockets plus two zippered pockets that are angled towards the front of the short to prevent riders from sitting on the items stored in them.

7mesh Eurobike 2014

Tailored specifically for cycling, the Glidepath's fabric was selected for its light weight yet high level of durability.

Chris King Eurobike 2014

Limited Edition Colors, Hubs For Leftys, and New Headset Tech From Chris King

'Sour Apple' is the latest limited edition color from Chris King. The color will be available on the Portland, Oregon, based company's headsets, hubs, and bottom brackets from now until May 15, 2015. Chris King also introduced a hub that's compatible with Cannondale's Lefty single-sided suspension forks, which use a 25mm thru axle secured with a bolt on the driveside.

Chris King began producing headsets in 1976, and since that time have continued to tweak and refine the original design to keep up with the constantly changing bike technology and standards. The latest refinement is called GripLock, a system that uses two wedges, one inside of the other, instead of the traditional single preload wedge configuration that's used to snug up the headset. The idea behind this new design is to make the system less likely to come loose during the hard impacts that arise when riding in rough terrain, and to relieve some of the stress a single ring can place on a steerer tube. This stress isn't a huge factor with aluminum steerer tubes, but with carbon steerers becoming more common it has a greater significance. The Griplock design will be now be part of all InSet and NoThreadSet headsets, and upgrade kits will also be offered for riders with the previous style.

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  • 96 1
 I really like the Bell helmet. I dont want to carry around a full face for the 10% of the time Im actually going to use it. This seems like a great idea that adds enough protection to take a few extra risks and get more enjoyment out of the downhill parts of my rides.
Anyone who thinks its going to replace their full face for downhill racing has completely missed the point.
  • 65 1
 Thank you! For once someone can see a product for what it is, and not just go off on a rant about wheel sizes, money and the government.
  • 10 4
 I hope it's better than my old Giro Switchblade was.
  • 5 1
 That's gotta be the most brilliant idea I've seen this year.
  • 5 0
 The Switchblades were horrible - the bottom bit felt like it would tear off and maul your face in the event of a real impact requiring a full face helmet.
  • 25 4
 F****** Government
  • 4 0
 It comes within 100g of my Kali Avatar, but then again it offers the possibility of comfortable pedalling on all the non-gnar parts of my ride. Having owned a Switchblade I was skeptical about the Bell but I'm starting to come around. Probably because I already own a Super and love it. I look forward to seeing this helmet in real life.
  • 7 0
 I like how Bell is charging less than half as much for the MIPS addition than 661 is... right on!
  • 1 6
flag karaknic (Aug 28, 2014 at 7:50) (Below Threshold)
 Bit of a ripoff of the Vecnum system....
  • 3 0
 I appreciate that Bell directly addressed the concerns/critiques raised after the previous announcement. Someone is paying attention.
  • 4 0
 @karaknic, not really. If anything it's a rip off of the Giro Switchblade from 15 or so years ago. Since Giro and Bell are the same company they are not ripping anyone off.
What I find most interesting is the rational comments about this helmet 2 days after this shit storm:

Given all that I'll stick to my Troy Lee full face.
  • 4 0
 20 bucks for MIPS? damn!
  • 2 1
 Yea, I'm taking a wait & see approach on this new Super... too bad, I love my current Super, & would have bought a normal full face version of it almost instantly. Bell would do well to make some videos of destructive tests against the chin bar, to show how much force it requires to break it off. Unless they don't want anybody to see how(little) protection it may offer...
  • 2 0
 Actually, if one wants to even make a claim about ripping an idea off, the original helmet with a removable face piece with the TLD Edge in the early 90s.
  • 1 0
 Hahaha i had one!
  • 8 0
 Bell should make a pink coloured piss pot helmet and call it the "end"
  • 3 0 long as it only has a single vent in the top...
  • 1 0
 ...running vertically in the middle from the left to the right.
  • 3 1
 Real mature guys, real mature!
  • 2 1
 Thanks Obama.
  • 2 3
  • 2 2
 Enough said on the helmet, nice nice great idea!
Love the jacket but when are they going to reinforce the elbows for gods sake!?!?
  • 54 1
 *slowly raises and quietly whispers*

I kinda like the bell helmet :/
  • 34 8
 "Hold on guys, I just need to get out my strap on for my Bell end, I'm going to pound down on this one hard, but it'll be over in 2 minutes"
  • 6 0
 Why have they not released a helmet called the End!? The marketing writes itself!!!
  • 10 2
 No more full face helmets on the backpack of Enduro stages of your life. How cool is that? Razz
  • 12 2
 2 minutes is long enough to rearrange your face. Might be a good choice for enduro (yes, I know) races with long hot transitions, but steep or fast, gnarly descents.

Just sayin...
  • 5 1
 Actually, with a breathable, open face helmet that's perfect for climbing, it will be you waiting for your friend to make it to the mountain top, which will give you enough time to trap that shin guard, and get ready for descent...
  • 9 0
 bigtim are you coming yet? You've been fiddling with that thing for ever!
  • 7 1
 That's what she said.
  • 4 0
 Hold on mrbrett... I'm just giving it a reach around to finish it off.
  • 11 1
 As someone who remembers people actually buying and getting excited about their Giro SwitchBlades, this new Bell helmet is actually very impressive looking and looks like it would actually do some help protecting unlike the switchblade of yesteryear.
  • 12 1
 As someone who actually remembers BUYING a giro switchblade and being excited about it, I hope this bell end helmet provides better protection and doesn't turn the chin bar into a face chisel upon impact. The switchblade was the perfect name for that helmet and I was lucky enough to not have it live up to its name while I was wearing it.
I see the logic behind using it for enduro racing, but a false sense of security- which exists in quite a few aspects of mtn biking and the protection we use for it- this false sense could end up in a shitshow. I would want to see a few front on impact tests before I would consider buying one. Bell have been making helmets for a long time and have the R&D to justify the concept of this helmet, but they also have the test facilities etc. to prove its worth as a helmet that will protect all those enduro dudes from bleeding on their $200 enduro shorts.
  • 4 1
 great point on the false sense of security it will undoubtedly give people with already low common sense. it is going to happen. you will never be able to protect those people with warning labels and disclaimers from themselves.
  • 3 0
 PB Bazooka Review : bell super2r
  • 1 0
 Everybody is asking to see a front on impact. Realistically these don't tell everything about whether a helmet is safe or not but i think bell would be smart to do basically a marketing video of a weight slamming into the front of this helmet. Seeing is believing.
  • 2 0
 in reply to freestyle, I dunno about everybody but I do feel that this particular helmet is made by a reputable brand. the main shell/ helmet I anticipate has been put through its paces and would perform much like any other open face helmet made by bell. the chin bar and its attaching components I do not know, and I would anticipate that its true challenge would be to maintain its structural integrity with an "OTB scorpion faceplant" type crash. perhaps a side impact hit slam could smash the chinbar in as well...either way I look forward to seeing the testing.
having said that, I think the helmet has great aesthetics and venting looks well thought out, and I would suspect that it could be a very popular helmet if it proves to be as pragmatic as it looks.
great idea bell, just prove to me that it works. I gotta stay pretty.
  • 1 0
 at least a front end impact test that compares the bell 2r to a proper full face like a D3.
  • 4 0
 The new parachute has astm f1592 cert and that's just as vented

I wonder if its the chinguard that couldn't pass the test ?

Its the only cert that tests the chinguard so the chin piece on this is effectively unrated ?
  • 2 0
 Considering that my face has taken the brunt of my most recent crashes, I don't think I'd trust the Bell.

I love my Super for trail riding, but all it takes is that one time...and I don't think the material is up to the task...sorry Bell!

Definitely wanna try the Full 9 next. Anyone care to the compare Full 9 with the TLD D3?

I've hit my head a lot this year and the TLD really has saved my face. Got to use my atlas neck brace last weekend too...Bell, will you please get into the neck brace game? I bet you could make a comfy one. story bro!
  • 1 0
 On a side note, I'd run the super with the face shield for trail riding. I think the added safety would be worth the weight/heat penalty.

I think I'll get this. Sick.
  • 1 0
 Seems like 7mesh is taking aim at the niche filled with Kitsbow & Acre Supply's mtb apparel. The thing is, both those US-based companies have their gear made in Vancouver, BC (my guess is its the same supplier). So it's surprising to hear 7mesh is claiming local from the design perspective, but won't mfgr local when the competition is doing just that. Would be great to hear 7mesh's side of the story on their choices for sourcing.
  • 1 0
 True. Companies should know that some of us care about such things. (but I can't afford Kitsbow)
  • 3 1
 great innovation from Bell here! i'd happily have that full face on a long ride with hard sections..
not quite eligible for a NoBell Prize yet though..... terrible :/
  • 4 0
 Can they do a classic hammer test on the chinguard?
  • 2 0
 More companies should offer upgrade kits compatible with previous generation products, kudos to rockshox on the charger damper kit and now this.
  • 4 0
 King hubs are ORDERED! Who cares about the helmet.
  • 1 0
 Interestingly, King has actually been using Griplock on their headsets for the past 4 years. It's only recently that they acquired the patent for it and will not be licensing it to any other companies like Cane Creek.
  • 6 3
 A $450 jacket? Are you kidding me?
  • 1 0
 Gore Tex is expensive. It's well worth the money.
  • 1 0
 I don't get it, do you have to strap that chin bar to your pack when not using it? Shaped like an awkward boomerang, how would you carry it?
  • 1 0
 I wonder if the new Bell will be ventilated enought for general trail riding? Minnesota has a lot tight trees, I'm looking for more protection on my pretty boy face. Smile
  • 1 0
 I wish Kings new tech would include conversion kits so I don't need to buy a whole new h'set for different steerers
  • 5 0
 They already do, just buy a different base plate and griplock. By swaping them you can cover all sizes of steerers.
  • 1 3
 My thoughts are that the Bell would be well suited for children or beginner women. Both of my kids learned to ride and continue to ride with full face helmets. However on more chill rides or around town a lighter helmet with removable chin guard might be a nice option.
  • 1 1
 The Bell Helmet reminds me of the Giro Switchblade, (Google it) which was nominated as one of the 15 worst mountain biking inventions ever.
  • 1 0
 If I were to put the chin guard in my Dakine backpack and were to fall on it, would they offer to replace it?
  • 1 0
 I just want Bell to introduce a transfer 9 in XL that isn't matt black
  • 1 0
 Breakaway camera mount AND breakaway chin-bar...
  • 2 1
 Borat: yurkkshimesh (7mesh)
  • 2 0
 The 7mesh comes from a sign that's writin in the local first nations language. It says Squamish but is spelt with mystery characters and a 7. I hashtag squa7mesh when ever I insta a photo from squampton.
  • 1 0
 I'm 99% sure I saw Semenuk loading his truck while we were getting gas in 7mesh this past Monday. Tan colored Dodge with shuttle pad.
  • 1 0
 I bought some veggie chips from London Drugs in 7mesh a couple of weeks ago.
  • 1 0
 "Now I want a Jedi with full dvo and chris king!"..... $42,000 later.
  • 1 2
 That Bell helmet is look good, but maybe not save enough to protect your head.
  • 2 1
 450 for a jacket?
  • 3 1
 Not a smart idea to ride in goretex pro in my opinion. Maybe if you never crash...
  • 1 0
 what does MIP mean?
  • 2 0
 Something Impact Protection. Massive? Mediocre? I dunno...
  • 2 0 - doesn't say or if so I can't find it.

As it is all about brain protection I am gonna go with Medulla Impact Protection System, final answer.
  • 2 0
 multi-directional, so it should really be MDIPS but that's not as cool of an acronym as MIPS
  • 1 1
 Multidirectional Impact Protection System
  • 1 0
 Thank you for enlightening me.
  • 1 1
 Does anyone know if the helmet is compatible with a neck brace?
  • 1 0
 I'm digging that protec
  • 2 5
 Is the bell helmet certified and as good as the regular full face?
  • 2 1
 nah, but it's not meant to be
  • 8 2
 So it is meant to protect as good as a regular full face, but doesn't.
  • 5 5
 google met parachute mishaps if you want to see what a helmet like the bell offers. met now makes a certified version after taking the original off the market because of the injuries from it. the bell isn't a full face and has zero certification as one. if you want the false sense of security wear it. if you want full face protection, buy a fulll face
  • 8 0
 I googled "met parachute mishaps" and all I can see is a bunch of gore parachuting accidents.
  • 3 0
 the chin guard exists on a variable plane of protection somewhere between no chin guard and a Dh full face chin guard. that's the point, it is for the rides/ riders, who would not otherwise wear a dh helmet at that time but would like added protection in the event of face contact. it's a pretty simple idea. Shades of Grey.
  • 1 0
 Good point. It would be silly to wear that as a DH helmet *and* thinking you are protected if you crash.
  • 1 1
 There's some value in there alone. Dude almost snapped his leg clean off in a base jumping accident and was a real champ about it--after recognizing leg is f*cked, he just lends the camera a casual "not cool".

Next time I crash on my bike, I ain't gonna be no biatch about it!
  • 1 0
 the issue is the chin guard can snap off and cause more injury than if you were riding with a regular helmet. the idea has been tried before with little success, in fact with it being pulled from the market. the issue is what constitutes when it is applicable?
  • 1 0
 Minotro- why settle for the uncertified Bell when MET Parachute weighs the same and is 1952 certified.
  • 1 0
 originaltwotone- I haven't read up the certifications or the respective differences between the two, I will at some point.

qbert2000- do you know that to be true for the bell? I'm sure what you're saying is plausible, but my logic suggests that if an impact is strong enough to destroy the chin guard then just imagine what it would do to your unprotected face?

also, another advantage (maybe) is the ability to use a leatt or other neck brace which is useless with an xc am lid.
  • 1 0
 i wouldn't use a leatt with a helmet that wasn't a true full face. the leatt needs the chin guard to be solid to protect your neck. i know bell's helmet isn't certified as a full face, that's all i need to know. if they won't stamp it, it's because it can't pass the tests
  • 2 0
 Minotro- The ASTM-1952 is the downhill helmet cert with chin guard tests. I can't speak for Bell, but if I was manufacturing a FF helmet and I knew it would pass, I'd get it certified. Without it, it leaves the durability subject to doubt. Main reason I bought a MET. I was ready to order the MET, read about the Bell so put off my MET order until Bell responded to my email. Had the Bell been 1952 certified, I would have gone with it for the 2 helmets in one factor. Without out the cert, it's still a half dome with a some plastic in front of your face.
  • 1 4
 No, Bell. I value my head.
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