Bell's New Full Face and Bargain MIPS Half Shell - Eurobike 2018

Jul 12, 2018
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2018


Bell has two important additions to their catalog, both of which bring safety to a lower price-point. First up is the Full-9 Fusion that's essentially a less expensive version of their high-end Full-9. How much less expensive? The Full-9, with its carbon fiber shell, goes for $450 USD, whereas the Full-9 Fusion gets a $240 USD price tag.


Eurobike 2018
Eurobike 2018


Most of the difference in price can be traced down to a fiberglass shell instead of the Full-9's carbon job, but snap-in pads instead of the Full-9's magnetic ones also contribute to the price difference. You'll also find a new EPS chin bar that's softer and therefore able to deform more and dissipate impacts better. It's not EJECT-compatible like the Full-9, but it does keep the MIPS liner and, just as importantly to some riders, it looks like the Full-9 aside from the graphics.



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The other fresh helmet is the Spark, and much like the Full-9 Fusion, Bell is aiming to bring good looks and the safety features from their pricier helmets to a lower MSRP. And at $70 USD, the Spark might be the least expensive MIPS-equipped lid on the market, and it looks pretty sharp to boot.


Eurobike 2018
Eurobike 2018


The Spark's MIPS liner is attached to its adjustable fit system rather than the shell, which Bell says makes it more comfortable, and it gets a sturdy (but fixed, so no goggles underneath it) visor attachment. It's also sporting neat rubber bumpers where the straps meet the shell, with the idea being that when your lid isn't on your head, it's resting on the rubber bumpers rather than the edge of its EPS shell. Expect to see the Spark at your LBS this coming September.


49 Comments

  • + 47
 damn, $70 retail for a mips helmet! finally a price not to complain about haha
nice to see some lower price barriers into good protection
  • + 11
 There's a new MIPS 661 fullface for $160 too, very good to see
  • + 5
 it COULD BE $65!
  • + 2
 Jensen had the Bell Stoker MIPS for $50 - black only - they had all sizes 2 mos ago, but might be limited now.
  • + 1
 Jensen yeah they are
Killing it ????
  • + 1
 @SK250: yeah but that one looks like crap.
  • + 1
 And it looks good too. Weight?
  • + 1
 @SK250: great deal! Looks like a black soccer ball but we're just jaded now that the latest stuff has evolved nicely.
  • + 2
 @src248: I'm already looking forward to it appearing on CRC, a definite buy!
  • + 2
 Troy Lee Designs A1 mips retails for $139 Canadian which I think is a good price.
  • + 1
 @map-guy: discounted to 136€ on CRC. Kinda steep for a half-lid
  • + 1
 @yxbix: That conversion is like $215 Canadian, wacky pricing!
  • + 1
 @map-guy: many things are much cheaper in North Am
  • + 1
 @map-guy: without VAT it's around $170
  • + 2
 Huh. So the Fusion swaps the Eject system for MIPS (as well as apparently a new chinbar and the obligatory new graphics) with a $40 price increase compared to the Transfer-9? Still sounds good... and that $70 MIPS half-shell? Dang, Bell reigns supreme. Comfort, size, safety, price... I'm loving my new Transfer-9, and I know what my next regular half-shell will be, if/when I have to replace my Giro Hex. Granted, of course, that this Spark comes in a true XXL.
  • + 1
 Don't forget their crash replacement program either. It's not a new helmet for free, but the discount helps.
  • + 4
 Switched from TLD to Bell Full 9 Carbon this year. Apart from the fact is squeaks (so annoying) - it's leagues above the TLD in terms of comfort. So much better.
  • + 4
 The Bell Super DH is the best convertible helmet in my opinion and it looks normal when you remove the chin bar. The Spark being only 70 MSRP is insanely cheap... Bell just keeps on killing it.
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: It only looks normal if you've got a fat head. For anyone else it doubles up as Goomba fancy dress
  • + 2
 @el-nombre: Hey, watch it. That just means I've got more brains in here. Wink
  • + 1
 @el-nombre: Eh, better than a baseball helmet like Giro.
  • + 1
 wonder how the half shell compares to the stoker. the Stoker is still the best combo of venting, comfort, weight and head coverage i have ever found.....regardless of price. The fact that they were like 70 retail, and usually available for like 40 is just icing on the cake.
  • + 3
 Hell yes Bell. May the lords shine down upon you for bringing more affordable helmets to the people’s!
  • + 3
 The Spork.
  • + 1
 I got my second fox rampage pro carbon for 250 new online from Jensen
  • + 0
 Unfortunately the only good looking color on a Bell full 9 is an expensive custom paint job representing energy drink [x].
  • + 1
 Just what everyone wanted, a 240$ full face with zero vents
  • + 1
 As technology leaps forward there always seems to be one company that for no reason wants to leap back!
  • + 5
 You do realize that all the “New” light weight highly ventilated full face helmets everyone is marketing to you already exist in Bell’s line? This is a DH helmet, if you want a highly ventilated helmet they do the Super DH.
  • + 0
 @midschool: you don't like air getting to your head when riding dh?
  • + 7
 @richsoffar: maybe the tracks in the U.K. are too short, but the three to five minutes it takes to get to the bottom have never left me worried about ventilation. Even when riding in the alps it has never crossed my mind. Keeping my head and face safe on the other hand is on my mind the whole way down. A true DH helmet with mips and at an affordable price is a win for riders as far as I can see.
  • + 1
 @midschool: he didn't say anything about a not true dh helmet. Just said vents. DH helmets have vents too. Does something other than the certifications make it a true DH helmet to you?
it gets hot here in the states
  • + 3
 @midschool: I also think maybe the op didn't see the big vents under the visor as those look alike they would flow some good air over your head
  • + 2
 @midschool: I acutally like the Helmet but its 102 Degrees where I live right now so looking at a helmet makes me cranky right now lol!
  • + 1
 Damn, for $70 I'll take 2!
  • - 1
 So $250 for a full face that isn't at least fibreglass? I'll pass, I like my brain thank you very much.
  • - 4
flag midschool (Jul 12, 2018 at 13:41) (Below Threshold)
 Isn’t polycarbonate and fiberglass the same thing?
  • + 3
 @midschool: Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic. Fibreglass is a glass reinforced composite; the matrix (non-fibre portion) of which could be polycarbonate, but isn't necessarily.
  • + 1
 I think this article might be wrong about it being only polycarbonate. An earlier Pinkbike article on the Bike Connection 2018 said this helmet has a composite shell, and on bikerumors it said the helmet is fiberglass.
So hopefully its actually fiberglass like the Transfer 9. I´m a big fan of the Transfer 9, as it is one of the most affordable options for a fiberglass shell and saved my head in a very nasty crash where a plastic shell would have shattered.
I seriously recommend to anyone getting a DH helmet to get one with a fiberglass shell or a similar material like carbon. No cheapo 661 or Oneal
  • + 1
 @Samplidude: That would make more sense, seems like a bit of an important oversight there. And I love my fibreglass full face (by Giro, which is the same company as bell.)
  • + 1
 @midschool: your screen name explains a lot ! Big Grin
  • + 2
 In the article it says. “Most of the difference in price can be traced down to a fiberglass shell instead of the Full-9's carbon job.”
  • + 3
 You guys are all aware that the shell just holds the foam together on inpact and looks cool and it's the density of the foam that actually protects your head right?
  • + 2
 @pencil-sr: They edited the article, it was relevant when I posted it.
  • + 1
 @Samplidude: what's wrong with ONeal? I had the worst crash of my life and landed straight on one going about 30mph. It took the impact like a champ. I barely had a headache for a few hours. The helmet didn't even crack (but it was dented real bad and the visor basically disintegrated). Doesn't Minnaar race in one?
  • - 1
 Are they still owned by Vista Outdoor?
  • + 1
 looking to instigate?
  • + 0
 @bizutch: oh thank you, I just learned a new word!

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