I’ve been using the Bell Super helmet for some time now. It’s been super comfy on my head and even though I haven’t needed to test its durability, it surrounds my noggin with plenty of protection. The GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System is great for easy on and off of my goggles or glasses, it has plenty of padding and the even though its a stout helmet, ventilation is still good.
Looking to add even more protection to the average trail rider, the new Super 2R starts with the same design as the Super 2 and adds a clip-on face guard. The guard attaches to the helmet on both sides, can be added or removed while wearing the helmet and weighs only 334 grams. Keep the guard in your pack for cruising and strap it on when the trail demands more. Thinking about how many times my face has met the dirt, an idea like this is genius. Most of us aren’t riding aggressive downhill trails that justify a true full-face helmet. Open face helmets keep our pretty smile at risk. The Super 2R aims to give our teeth a fighting chance.
More from Bell: The Super 2R was designed to serve the needs of a new generation of mountain bikers who are riding faster and farther than ever, and are taking on varying trail terrains and downhill situations. Bell’s Wraparound Protection technology addresses the need for added adaptability by delivering a protective chin bar that can be removed and carried on climbs, then quickly and easily snapped into place for the descent. The chin bar utilizes buckles with proven technology inspired by ski boots along with removable and adjustable cheek pads. These features add stability, comfort and protection to help improve performance on the downhill portion of rides and eliminate the need to carry an extra helmet along the way.
Everything about the new Super 2R was designed for all-mountain riding. In addition to its Wraparound Protection technology, the helmet is fully loaded with essential elements for riding across varying terrain. Overbrow Ventilation channels cool air through the helmet to prevent overheating on long rides. The Super 2R’s Twin Axis Gear (TAG) fit system provides a comfortable perch on the occipital lobe, while a newly designed camera mount features improved breakaway capability. Additionally, the GoggleGuide System lets riders easily adjust and stow goggles under the visor. From Enduro to XC, this host of performance features was designed to deliver more of what the all-mountain rider needs and positions the Super 2R as the new standard in all-mountain helmet performance.
The Super 2R is an upgrade from Bell’s original Super helmet, and the chin bar will only be compatible with the new Super 2R and Super 2. The Super 2R will be available in three sizes, is CPSC and CE EN1078 certified, and will also come equipped with ICEdot emergency identification and notification service; a label with a unique code that the user can activate at no charge. After setting up a user profile, first responders will be able to access emergency contact info and any special health conditions via SMS text through a standard mobile device. It will be available in five standard color ways. Super 2R is priced for retail at $200 and will be available at Bell dealers in November.
“With the Super 2R, we wanted to introduce a helmet that could address the various situations that a serious all-mountain rider might encounter. For avid mountain bikers, escalated downhill speeds call for enhanced protection in a full-face helmet. Until now, there was a choice between wearing an open-face or full-face helmet, or carry both to swap back and forth. We felt it was time for one helmet that effectively achieves all of that. The Super 2R is a single helmet that offers adaptable protection and comfort to address the riders’ headgear needs.” – Azul Couzens, Director of Marketing, Bell Helmets
The new lid will set you back $200. Head on over to Bell Helmets to grab one.