Serious Bang for Your Buck with This New Helmet - Eurobike 2017

Sep 1, 2017
by Vernon Felton  
Eurobike 2017


Leatt DBX 3.0 Leatt DBX 2.0
Leatt's new DBX 2.0 helmet

Leatt has a new helmet on display here at Eurobike--a helmet that promises to do a lot, without costing a hell of a lot.

Okay, quick disclaimer: the DBX 2.0 will sell for $99 and, no, I'm not saying that is "cheap" or "affordable", but plenty of helmets cost a whole lot more than that and don't bring anything more to the head-protection party.

So, here's the deal. The DBX 2.0 is an all-mountain style, half-shell lid. Pretty much the coin of the realm today for anyone not running a Swiss Cheese'd, brain thong that coordinates well with their plum smugglers. You'll find more rear coverage here than is present on a true XC lid, yet the claimed weight is a very impressive 295 grams. Ventilation comes courtesy of 20 vents. There's the usual adjustable fitment system as well. Leatt calls it their Quattro Force Control, which sounds like some kind of Audi-driving, super-hero task force. Sadly, it's not nearly that awesome: It's merely a dial you turn, but since that's how nearly every bike helmet works, we won't hold it against them.
Leatt DBX 3.0 Leatt DBX 2.0

Concussions are the big, scary wolf at the door these days. We used to shrug them off. Now the world has come to realize that mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) can be the precursor for early onset dementia (among other things). If you, like me, have rung your bell a fair bit of the years, it's a sobering-as-hell thing to ponder. No helmet manufacturer can claim to make a concussion-proof helmet. No such thing exists. Why that's true is a long and complicated story, but the take-away is that once upon a time (like, until 10 years ago) helmet manufacturers focused their talents on making sure your head didn't split in half when you hit something really hard (laudable goal, that). Today, more and more helmet manufacturers are upping the ante by attempting to create helmets that also reduces the lower-energy rotational accelerations that are often the root cause of concussions.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Leatt DBX 2.0

You've probably heard of MIPS--it's a slip plane that allows the helmet to rotate a few millimeters upon an angled impact. This in turn reduces the rotational forces that reach your brain. Reducing energy transfer to your brain is the big goal. Anyhoo, a number of manufacturers are trying to cook up similar technologies. The helmet industry is still working on standardizing the test protocols for measuring rotational accelerations, so it's impossible for anyone to definitively claim that one technology is superior to another. Yes, that's frustrating for consumers, but there we are in helmet-protection limbo land. On the upside, at least the men and women making helmets are keyed into the problem now.

Whew...that was a serious digression, but it lends context to this paragraph here. Leatt's approach to attenuating rotational accelerations is called 360° Turbine Technology. Put simply, if you flip the helmet over, you'll see what look like a bunch of blue donuts stuck to the EPS foam liner. The ten "turbines" do several things. For starters they compress and deform a bit upon impact, thereby providing additional protection during low-speed linear impacts (a good thing). In other words, the squishy turbines complement the job that the EPS foam is designed to perform. The turbines, however, also provide a similar action as other slip planes and this helps reduce rotational accelerations during those angled impacts. If that all sounded like just so much gobbledygook, you can refer to the Leatt illustration above. The Turbines first debuted in Leatt's moto helmets. RC wrote about it way back in 2014.

The DBX 2.0 will be available by early 2018.


53 Comments

  • 35 2
 Looks like a winner to me. I bought a snazzy Specialized Ambush for the awesome rear protection, rode around for a month and promptly put it to the test. Kept me safe! Worked like it should!

But I would WAY rather break a $100 helmet in half than another one of those. Big Grin GOOD JOB LEATT!!! This is pretty good news for the po' folk.
  • 1 0
 Same hear ordered a crash replacement one to save a bit.
  • 1 0
 All sizes colors and models listed Out of Stock at Leatt site. Good timing
  • 1 0
 Wish Leatt would build this helmet with nothing but those discs & a thin brow pad up front as contact points. Got the Ambush myself, & the padding upfront is like a giant sponge that unloads spoonfulls of sweat into eyes/eyewear at worst possible moments.
MTB helmet makers: riders who like to pedal bikes & see at the same time need *less* spongy padding up front, not more!
  • 31 5
 SeRiOuS bAnG fOr YoUr BuCk
  • 21 6
 What the f*ck?
  • 11 3
 wHaT tHe f*ck?
  • 5 8
 @colincolin: you suuuuuuuck!
  • 4 1
 Don'T yoU GeT iT? @colincolin
  • 14 0
 Good protection + Good value= No Brainier.
  • 2 1
 I like what you did there!
  • 10 0
 fully equipped for a 100$ and it doesnt look too bad either, hopefully theres some plain color schemes, i love the tld helmets but hateee the colors except for black
  • 3 0
 They have pretty good colors. Some or bright as hell. Others are timid. They have a good selection
  • 2 0
 how much do you hate it?
  • 3 0
 Everyone's a hateee.
  • 10 0
 Wow I think I found my next lid!
  • 5 0
 As much as I want to try the Leatt lid. I have found nobody but one place in Whistler (I'm from Calgary) that carries their bicycle helmets. The one place in Whistler only had smalls when I was there last week.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I really wanted to try their convertible helmet released last year but it was very difficult to find one. Went with fox proframe instead.
  • 3 0
 Yeah it seems like almost every shop hear in Bellingham carries Giro, which is great (my chronicle fits awesome!), but I'd love a better bigger selection around, Leatt, Kali, etc.. Anyone listening?

Same with knee guards for that matter. Same two brands everywhere it seems...
  • 2 0
 There will be lots of Leatt in Canada in 2018!
  • 1 0
 @bainer66: The convertible helmet is just now getting ready to be shipped. They apparently encountered some kind of delay on that thing because I believe it was originally targeted for a summer release. I've been told it's done and in transit at this point.
  • 1 0
 @railin: You've seen the Leatt knee pads at Fanatik, though, eh? I'm keen to try a pair of those out. They look promising. But, yeah, on helmets, there are never as many choices as I'd like to see when I walk into a shop. I hear you on that.
  • 6 0
 They don't use helmets in Alberta, do they? Thought everyone rode in hard hats Wink
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: Why submit to the greedy MTB marketing machine when I got a free hard hat? The suspension in the hard hat is clearly superior to MIPS. In fact, the whole ventilation thing is a farce too. They just do it to skimp on material so they can save money while charging the consumer more.

In fact, my polyester hi his vest breathes better than anything the MTB cartel can put out and my work gloves are ace. Eat it MTB industry, I'm set.
  • 2 0
 @mungbean: oh man, you'd be repping hard in your hi-viz enduro vest.
  • 1 0
 @mungbean: Bonus: you can go directly from work to the trail without hitting up the phone booth for a quick change!
  • 2 0
 @bainer66: I'm waiting for my lbs to call me but they said it was supposed to be available in october when I went for it this summer! The brushed one is just sooooo sick!!
  • 6 4
 I'll buy a cycling helmet that has "a slip plane that allows the helmet to rotate a few millimeters upon an angled impact" when I'm bald and gluing my helmet to my scalp. Until then I'll rely on my hat moving a bit, because it just does.
  • 1 0
 Or just wear an helmet liner
  • 2 2
 I never got this argument, if you agree that some slip is good you must agree that more is better. You can make the same argument about a non-rotational impact with a normal helmet, may as well just skip the helmet since your skull is supposed to do the same thing; but few people would ride mtb without a helmet because slower deceleration is better
  • 1 0
 @j12j: or just smear some Vaseline on the old dome during pre-ride!
  • 3 0
 If I had not just purchased a Kali Interceptor, this helmet would definitely be something I'd get!

That said, does anyone know what the Leatt warranty is? Curious to how it compares.
  • 2 0
 Honestly this is pretty awesome. Any company can make a skid-lid and slap a high number on it, but to make one that looks good, has tech safety features and doesn't cost a stupid amount, is much harder to do. I tip my lid to these guys.
  • 2 0
 No matter how much technology goes into helmets, they wont save anything if the humans of the universe keep wearing them like a hat/cap (tilted back with the fore head exposed).
  • 1 0
 These roadie lids do bugger all to cover the forehead anyway. Why can't we have a well ventilated skate lid?
  • 2 0
 Great that more manufacturers are looking to reduce concussions. My problem as a taller than average guy isn't cycling related, it's low doorways, they give me more headaches, more often than anything else.
  • 1 0
 As noted in the article, the DBX 2.0 will be available at dealers worldwide in Spring 2018, exact dates will be announced when available. The DBX 3.0 Enduro helmet with the removable chin bar will be at dealers worldwide within a month. The best way to see exact arrival dates and get more info is to follow us on our social media channels.

IG: @officialleatt
Twitter: @officialleatt
FB: @officialleatt
  • 2 0
 Broke my Fox helmet back in may along with my ankle. Got knocked out but looks like I just found my replacement helmet!
  • 3 0
 Helmets are cool.
  • 4 3
 Will this helmet save me from the impending thermonuclear war that Kim Jong & Trump seem so intent on starting?
  • 2 0
 You bet!
  • 1 0
 will the retention system make my skull feel like it's being squeezed though?
  • 2 0
 This helmet fits like a baby hat
  • 1 0
 What happened to the convertible model with the chin bar? Did they give up on it or is it still coming?
  • 1 2
 Leatt has been killing it couple years...hope theyre passn out Lots of smillee face stickers back at the office..or green notes laced with coke and ex presidents
  • 1 0
 360 tornado technology safe for sick Rogatkin tornado twister tricks?
  • 1 0
 its that new chin strapless look!
  • 1 0
 That is what gives it the slip and slide effect...now that I think about it, I might just cut the straps off all my helmets and pocket the savings!
  • 2 1
 Only Kali on my head
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