Bell Helmets have been a long time industry leader in head protection for us cyclists. For 2009 you'll see refinements to most of the line up and all new graphics through out. We had the opportunity to talk to Don about the Drop full face, the Variant All Mountain / XC offering and the Faction DJ lid.
Check out the pics, the HD video and information inside:
Don runs us through some of the Bell Helmet's 2009 line up :
The Bell Drop came to the show last year as the replacement to the long time Bellistic helmet and was instantly welcomed by on lookers. For 2009, the helmet changes are most widely seen in the graphics with new signature models from both Brian Lopes and Cedric Gracia.
Bell Drop Lopes
Bell Drop Cedric
Bell Drop Manic
The Drop is Bell's answer to the gate and gravity riders needs. It is certified by both CPSC (bicycle standard) and the new ASTM (Downhill standard) and was designed by the same crew that brought you the Moto-8 helmet.
MSRP: $130.00 USD
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large Colors: Matte Olive / Black Crest, Black / White Crest, Matte Black, Blue / Blue, Red / Black, White / Green Weight: 37oz • 1048 grams Certification: CPSC Bicycle Safety Standard Certified, ASTM DH Certified
The Variant is Bell's response to mountain biking as a whole. The Variant is the do all helmet for what ever type of riding you are into - XC, all-mountain, DH, enduro, dirt jump, slopestyle, dual slalom, 4X, trials, park or freeride. If you mountain bike, then this helmet is for you.
If you are a mountain biker that likes to get out and earn your descents, or just pedal all day and you don't require the protection of a full face, then a helmet like the Variant should be what you are wearing. The extra rear protection is a must when you are playing hard.
Skate style helmets are the choice for the majority of today's DJ and urban riders. Improved venting and fit sets the Faction apart from the majority of similar helmets out there. Both bikers and skaters turn to this helmet to keep them safe on the streets.
The Fraction is the smaller brother / sister to the Faction and offers the same great fit and graphics as its older sibling.
MSRP: $35.00 USD
Sizes: Small, Medium, Large Colors: Black Mirra, Matte Blue Kagy, Matte Bronze McCann, Matte Grey Nyquist, Matte Khaki Wade, Matte White Bestwick, Neon Green Cooke, Matte Black Tony Hawk, Matte Olive, Red Tony Hawk, Titanium, Silver / Pink, Sparkle Magenta, Matte Black Weight: 14.8oz./422g Certification: CPSC Bicycle Safety Standard Certified, ASTM 1492 Skate Certified