Bell have enjoyed a lot of success with their Super helmet and now they have launched the Super 2R, which features a detachable chin guard.
It’s an direct response to the way that top enduro racers are carrying two helmets, a full face for the timed downhill stage and regular trail lid for the transitions and climbs. Removing the chin guard is going to massively prevent the overheating that occurs when you climb in a full face lid.
“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,” says Bell.
The removable chin guard clips into place with three buckles, two at the side and one at the back, inspired by the buckles used on ski boots. There are 23 generous vents in the chin guard to keep the air flowing to prevent overheating. Other new things include an improved GoPro camera mount and a GoggleGuide System that allows you to stow your goggles under the visor. The Super 2R weighs 694g.
We’ve had similar helmets in the past of course, can anyone remember the Giro Switchblade?, a convertible helmet that could be both a full face and trail lid. The Switchblade enjoyed a brief surge in popularity but quickly faded out of fashion before vanishing completely.
Now with the massive growth of enduro racing seemingly inspiring a new style of riding, we’re see manufacturers bringing out all sorts of new ‘enduro-specific’ kit. And this new Super 2Ris probably the most ‘enduro’ of all the new products we’ve seen recently. Does that mean the Bell Super 2R could be more of a hit than the Giro Switchblade? It sure looks better but time will tell. Do let us know in the comments below if you’ll be rushing to the shop to buy one.
The new Super 2R is available in three sizes and a choice of colours. It’s CPSC and CE EN1078 certified – we’d be interested to know more about any testing Bell have put the new helmet through. You can also add ICEdot emergency identification device to it as well. It knows when you’ve had a bad crash and alerts the emergency services to your position.
Check out the new helmet in this video produced by Bell.