I Rung My Bell For The Last Time

Discussion in 'Helmets' started by mtnbikej, Aug 2, 2017.



  1. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    I have been mtn biking and road riding since the mid '90's. The one constant I have had since day 1 is wearing Bell Helmets. Well, it was easy....since for the most part it was either Bell or Giro. I liked the way a lot of the Giro's looked, but they didn't fit my noggin. I knew I could order/purchase a Bell without trying it on, and it would fit.

    They have saved my noodle on several occasions, and I have cracked my share of them.

    On 4th of July going down Upper Holy Jim, I took a tumble:
    http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/today-was-proof-that-we-are-all-human.6267/

    Well, I put a nice sized dent into my Volt that was already going on 3 years old.

    So my wife put in a good word with one of her connection through Over The Hump.....and I now have my first non Bell Helmet in 20 years......

    Troy Lee A1 MIPS
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    Haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I did put it on, and it does fit quite a bit different that the XC lids I have been wearing. I'll have to see how it feels while riding.
     
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  2. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2015 Intense Tracer 275c DVO
    You are not allowed to wear a Troy Lee without rear suspension... Give it back.
     
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  3. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Dang, @mtnbikej = style counsel! :thumbsup:

    Very stylish and very safe.
     
  4. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Nice...Just ordered myself a new Bell super 3 noggin nocker since my last Bell saved me. Received it from Jenson's yesterday and sent it back today for a different size. Apparently the mips helmets fit a bit differently.
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Highball SS and Chameleon
    It matches his Tallboy perfectly! Maybe he's going back to the light side.
     
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  6. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    Ok.....if you say so.

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  7. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    Yeah......................no.
     
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  8. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Very nice. Hope you never use it.

    ...even the box is stylish.
     
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  9. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Highball SS and Chameleon
    Perfect! I bet that's exactly what @herzalot meant! And the fork even has more travel than his! :p
     
  10. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    Yeah... I'm with Herz on this one. That helmet is WAAAaaaaaay too stylish for a singlespeeder.
    Gonna have to put my imtbtrails foot down on this one. You need to be on an FS with only one set of handlebars.

    And you are right, Bell has fit my noggin' for decades. My Supah 3 fits awesome! It's my crooked melon that seems to be... off. (can of worms... just opened :unsure::whistling:)
     
  11. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Those Bell helmets are for Charlie Brown heads. They must have designed them using basketballs!
     
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  12. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    Hey J let us know what you think after a few rides.. Nice looking Lid.

    Funny I *have* my first Bell as I have been a Giro guy.

    Its the Super 2R I use in the parks, but I have been riding with it "no face" on my stouter rides, I like it definitely a bit more coverage pretty comfy too.
     
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  13. Mikie

    Mikie MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    2012 Yeti ASR 5c
    Well.... when you include the brains....?
     
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  14. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS

    I go with Bert and Ernie for Giro/Bell.
     
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  15. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I see. So if Bell helmets are designed for round heads, what does that make yours, block shaped? You a blockhead? o_O

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  16. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I have one of each depending on the type of riding. The Bell and the Giro do fit differently but I adapt within about 60 seconds. I guess I am a shape shifter? :eek:
     
  17. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Proper fit is a must for me as the helmet must be able to account for on the trail mind expansion.

    I want try on a Kali. I am in between sizes on the Specialized Ambush and I just can't seem to get the fit just right....For the expansion.
     
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  18. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2015 Intense Tracer 275c DVO
    I have an IXS RS, a Troy Lee A1 Mips, a 7 idp, two Bell Transfer 9s (full face) and an older Uvex and Giro Xen. They all fit pretty well. Like @SnakeCharmer I too must be a shapeshifter. The only helmet I could not get to fit my noggin no matter how hard I tired was the Bell Super 2.

    My TLD starts out super comfy, but the Mips dots annoy the hell out of me on longer rides (keep in mind what my "longer" rides are). The Schleyer (IXS) is the most comfy, but the brow is too low for good visibility. The Uvex is light, comfy, has bug mesh, but it's old and a little skimpy on coverage, and the Xen was last worn by Bing 5 years ago. It still has Anaconda sweat on it. :confused: The 7 iDp wins by default - and it has bug mesh too.

    I can't wait to ride with @mtnbikej with his new stylish lid. I hope he doesn't test its capabilities.
     
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  19. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er

    I only have one helmet...a Bell MIPS. I wear it on both the mtb and the road bike. I get some funny looks from the other roadies, but I can't see having more than one.
     
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  20. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2015 Intense Tracer 275c DVO
    It was an accident... :oops:

    I guess I can't resist a sale price. 4 times...
     
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