Bell_Super_2R_Photo_ActiveLifeStore_2Trail bikes are becoming more capable. We keep saying it over and over again because it’s true. Any one of these new ultra slack, long travel, Enduro frames is enough that you don’t really need a downhill bike anymore. It surprised me too, but after spending time on bikes like the new Santa Cruz Nomad, I’m convinced.

The problem is that these new bikes allow you to push your limits faster and further than ever before. Which means the consequences for a simple mistake are much higher. So helmet companies have recently made the push towards building half lid helmets with better coverage. New offerings from TLD, Bell, and Kali have come along way, but they still leave something to be the desired in the keep-your-face-intact department.

Enter the new Bell Super 2R. Based off the ingenious Super, (which I reviewed here) this model shares all the great GoPro and goggle integration, but can easily be converted into a full face via three quick releases.

UPDATE: Video was pulled down at Bell’s request. The helmet will be officially launched at Eurobike, then we’ll be at a test ride event in September with access to the engineers for a more in depth look at the technical differences between it and the Full 9 and its safety certifications.

Unfortunately for owners of the original Super, the chin bar is not compatible with existing models because of the mounting system – hence the Super 2 nomenclature.

According to Active Life Store, the chin bar is not rated for DH (ie. trail riding, but keep in mind we don’t have the full details yet), but a MIPS version will be offered. The basic package retails for $199.99 (the current Super retails for $125), while the MIPS version will set you back $219.95.


  1. Sold! Exactly what I have been begging POC to do. I only wish there was a cheekbone option without the chin guard but I’ll take it!

  2. “the chin bar is not rated for DH”
    What exactly does that mean; because it sounds like it doesn’t pass DOT or ASTM for full-face helmets. If that’s the case, the chin bar is nothing but decoration.

    I like the concept of a removable chin bar, provided the chin bar actually does something; it sounds like the 2R does not.

  3. @I

    We don’t have details yet on what testing standards the Super 2R has been rated too. The video did state the helmet had not passed the ATSM DH standard, which is very similar to the Moto standard. This helmet is intended for trail usage, which means it is likely rated instead to the cycling standard.

    I’m very stoked for this helmet, particularly after riding the Nomad. Bikes in that category are so easy to ride fast, it’s almost necessary to wear a full face.

  4. Chip strap looks to be a fastex buckle. I think full face helmets need a D-ring strap to be certified? Not actually sure if this is a requirement, and if so, is it what is keeping the helmet from being certified?

    The upcharge for MIPS is much less than other brands ($20 vs. $80 for POC). Nice to see that coming down. Wonder what the chin-strap-less price is?

  5. Dumb. Just wear a full face. Or not. Giro did this years ago at the beginning of the “freeride” explosion. Everyone eventually laughed at that helmet, just like they’ll eventually laugh at this one. If the chin bar isn’t rated for DH, it’s useless

  6. @I, it means it’s not a useful addition and you can’t sue Bell when it gets ripped off along with half your chin. We’ve been down this road with the MET Parachute and Giro Switchblade in the past, detachable chin bars do just that, detach. Specialized used to make the Deviant/ II which was a fantastic ‘light’ full face helmet in that it had the proper structure but masses of vents, if Bell would apply that approach to a Super full face it would be equally great too.

    As for this one, I doubt it will get past the commisaires at races where full faces are mandatory, which is pretty much all of them in the Alps.

  7. I could see their Enduro racers asking for this: If the EWS signs off on it, it means they don’t have to carry 2 helmets, just throw the chinbar in your pack for the liasons.

    That said, I’m skeptical that the EWS is going to let you wear this on some of the tracks they race.

  8. Im thinking this could be a nice commuter lid as if you do wreck your face would be saved without much weight penalty or heat buildup.

  9. This Vancouverite is rejoicing!!

    I’ve been waiting for the return of the Switchblade and with the advancements in materials, testing and design, this has the potential to be it (and better than the Switchblade). The MIPS is a bonus as well and Bell definitely has the ability to pull this off. Good to see proper cheek pads in there as well as that is integral to a full face helmet being stable.

    Love my current Bell Super btw and anxiously awaiting more details and the arrival of this one!

  10. I thought the Internet hated and mocked the Switchblade because it broke and/or slashed one’s face? Now we long for its resurgence?

    Was that Arai MX helmet that unbolted to become a trials lid kicked out of the industry a decade or so ago due to failing DOT/SNELL testing? IMHO Arai never fycks around when it comes to safety or strength issues.

  11. I had the privilege of putting my hands on this helmet and the chin bar in pretty secure. You can see in the picture where it also latches on to itself on the rear of the helmet creating a secure fit.

  12. New Parachute?

    Removable is cool because it allows you one rather than two helmets buuut: For short up and downs it isnt going to be used, for long ones you can just as easily take the helmet off. The strength of a full face (because if you’re using one you want the chin bar) and lots of ventilation. If it’s trail, its my face and ventilation, if it’s DH it’s face and ultimate protection!

What do you think?