While an overeager distributor leaked some of the details last month, Bell is officially launching their new Super 2R helmet today. The helmet, which has been raced by Mathew Slaven for several months on the enduro race circuit, features a removable chin bar. Which makes it possible to convert into a half lid when climbing, or a full face for descending.
Find out how after the break.
In many European races, riders are required to wear a full face during the timed descents, and a helmet at all times. As a result, many have taken to toting two helmets. A half lid for between stages, and a full face for rallying the gnar.
The Super 2 borrows buckle technology from the ski industry to make fastening the chin bar possible without removing the helmet.
Unfortunately, the new piece will only be compatible with the Super 2, which is the update to the outstanding Super we reviewed last year. Total weight for the entire helmet is a claimed 694 grams ( 24.5 oz), and it is certified to the CPSC Bicycle and CE EN1078 standards.
The Super 2R will be available in three sizes, and will also come equipped with ICEdot emergency identification and notification service. 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.
The helmet will be available five standard color ways, three of which will have a MIPS liner. The Super 2 (sans chin bar) will retail for $135, which is $10 more than the current Super. The MIPS version will run $155. Base retail for the Super 2R, which includes the chin bar, will be $200, with the MIPS version costing an additional $20. Expect the first units to start shipping in November.
We’ll have our first opportunity to ride the helmet, and talk tech with the engineers next month, so please leave your questions in the comments.