New Helmet XC/Road/Cross? (my 3 finds inside)

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  • New Helmet XC/Road/Cross? (my 3 finds inside)
  • alexdodd
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    I’m in the market for a new helmet, in fact i’m way overdue. My big lid is fine, but it’s too much for a lot of stuff.
    The helmet has to perform these three-ish duties above. So I guess i’m asking something road/racey but with a detachable peak.

    Budget up to around £100, and want it fitting well so nothing unisize!

    My three i’ve boiled it down to are:-

    Bell – Sweep RRP: £99.99

    Although Bell don’t have a crash replacement program outside the US.

    Giro – Athlon RRP £99.99

    Like for like 50% off RRP crash replacement which isn’t bad.

    Cratoni C-limit RRP £134.99

    Crash replacement currently unknown.

    RRP’s aside really since I can get these all for around the same price.
    Anything obvious i’ve missed? Has anyone tried these, or care to comment?

    Conqueror
    Member

    btw http://www.sportpursuit.com/ have a load of Bell helmets at clear-out prices

    Bell Sweep is ~45 quid on there

    alexdodd
    Member

    That’s about the price i’m paying for it anyway tbh, but good shout!

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Get two. Giro savant for road, hex for off-road. Should get both of those for £100

    JoB
    Member

    i use the same helmet for XC/road/cross, any of those will be fine, get the one that fits you the best

    rp16v
    Member

    I use a giro rift for all the mentioned dutys

    Jamie
    Member

    Get two. Giro savant for road

    I have a savant for everything. Was about £30ish from Rutland Cycles.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    More road, but Kask mojito?

    Premier Icon peteimpreza
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    Which one fits your head best?

    Try them on first.

    mtbtomo
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    Are you sure Bell don’t have a crash replacement programme? I got a Bell Sweep replaced on their crash replacement programme a few years ago. I had to get the Bell distributors number from the bike shop, but it was all fine – send the old one back, pay about half the rrp and get a new one.

    My current Bell Sweep was £54 just a few months ago in Evans and they’re probably even cheaper now, so crash replacement is hardly worth worrying abour since rrp is £99.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    Buy whatever folk on here tell you to.

    gringojimi
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    Another vote for Kask Mojito here

    Buy whatever folk on here tell you to.

    Definitely a met parachute.

    Surely try them on before buying?
    Nobody knows what your head shape is

    alexdodd
    Member

    Al- Thanks :p

    mtbtomo – Have had a few emails back and fourth confirming the lack of. I know in most cases if you’re not getting 50% off the RRP anyway, you’re doing it wrong :p But it’s just in case I like it and want one right away after a crash (and its not on sale!). It’s not a total deal breaker.

    I’ve bought them all, and will compare as and when they arrive.

    Cynic-Al: Expect me to mull over this for a week at least , hope you’re ready 😉

    steve_b77
    Member

    I use a Specialized S3 for Road, Cross & XC, they do a good crash replacement.

    It’s silly light, has a detachable peak and is very comfortable.

    Gordymac
    Member

    +1 for the Kask Mojito easily the most comfortable and adjustable helmet I’ve ever worn outside of my Troy Lee A1
    I use mine for road, cross and racing mountain biking 😀

    alexdodd
    Member

    S3 is a good call, had somehow overlooked that thinking it didn’t have a peak.

    The Kask Mojito is over my budget, and also doesn’t appear to have a detachable peak.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    Alex, I look forward to yet more days of helmet discussions 😛

    Probably best if you’re wearing one when you bring the topic up TBH

    In all seriousness if fit is so important (which is correct IMO) won’t it be easier to get something from us?

    I use a Mavic Syncro for those duties. Well in your budget, detachable peak, and very adjustable/comfortable for my head.

    Had a couple of Met Veleno helmets. Their road version is just the same hemet san visor.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    I use an Athlon on the road. Decent, comfortable, lightweight, doesn’t make me look like a roadie (important, that).
    Also, it was nowhere near £99.

    alpin
    Member

    SCOTT Vanish Evo

    went into a store last year to waste some time and picked up this helmet and placed it on my bonce. you know when it something fits… well it does.

    ended up paying next to nothing for it as the guy gave me the wrong box. when i took it to the till the lady said 2oh, ex-diplay” and knocked 20% off. ended up paying 45€ rather than 120€.

    but, it fits brilliantly, it well ventialted and looks “road” without the peak.

    Premier Icon benji
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    Had a cratoni crashed it, no replacement policy was forthcoming. Now have specialized lid, very comfortable and an excellent crash replacement policy, even changed the colour for me no problems.

    shedbrewed
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    Another Kask wearer here for racing.
    I don’t get the crash replacement expectations; you’re not buying a helmet to do anything other than protect your head if you crash so if you crash and it gets damaged then it’s done the job you bought it for.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    I don’t get the crash replacement expectations…

    I stick with Giro for two reasons; primary being that they fit my massive head and secondary that they have a good crash replacement policy – I’m on my third Xen using it. Funnily enough I actually wrote the two previous helmets off hitting low tree branches…

    But, as other have pointed out on this thread, a new helmet can often be found for less than the policy!

    Premier Icon benji
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    I don’t get the crash replacement expectations; you’re not buying a helmet to do anything other than protect your head if you crash so if you crash and it gets damaged then it’s done the job you bought it for.

    It’s not a cheap item, and it’s nice for the manufacturers to recognise this, and offer a cheaper replacement for when you do stack it. They also get a product back that has seen real world crash damage rather than a simulation in a lab, so in the end both the consumer and the manufacturer are winners.

    Wrote three helmets off last year, hopefully less this year.

    Premier Icon iainc
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    Had a Xar, broke it in a big crash, got a new one half price replacement a few weeks ago. Works for me 🙂

    alpin
    Member

    Wrote three helmets off last year, hopefully less this year.

    fewer

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