Helmet Question (Full Face)

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Lloyd_joy, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. Lloyd_joy

    Lloyd_joy New Member

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    I've now started to take downhill MTB as a sport so had some question about the safety gears specially on the helmet. As of the moment, I am short in cash... had seen some moto-cross full face helmet at my local LBS. The price difference between a moto-cross full face helmet and that of a mountain bike full face helmet is amazing. The one for MTB costs 3.5 times that of the moto-cross. So I am panning to buy the motocross helmet... is my decision advisable or is my decision to buy the motocross full face helmet okay? Need your thoughts on this...

    Thank you...

    Lloyd
     
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  2. bikerjohn

    bikerjohn New Member

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    Hi Lloyd; Try them on before you buy them. I know that MX helmets are much heavier than MTB helmets. The last thing you want is to be bombing down the hill when you hit a jolt and your helmet shifts loosing your vision. Also, if you start racing; check to see what is required by the event organizers. Have a look on eBay for some MTB full faced helmets. Maybe you can pick one up used; as long as it hasen't been crashed. They're no good after just one crash. Be careful, you only have one head :eek: .



     
  3. Lloyd_joy

    Lloyd_joy New Member

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    BikerJohn,

    Thanks for the info... well since i'm currently on a tight budget and in need of a full face helmet, i'll buy the MX. Had tried to fit and its 100% pefect... i'll start saving for a true MTB helmet so as to reap the benefit of it... specially the weight... Again thanks...

    regards,
    Lloyd
     
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    jsigone New Member

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    check out www.beyondbikes.com they have a few full face helmets starting at $50. MX helmets are kinda heavy but if u think u need it, thats the route to go.
     
  5. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    Lloyd, I have written a paper on helmets back when they were first all the rage. I have been continuously attacked for doing nothing more than showing that helmets as they were then and as most are now will not protect you from anything other than the most common accident - hitting your head from a slow speed or stopped fall over accident.

    A couple of years ago I went back and checked the same sort of figures to see if they had improved any and they hadn't. This is because the helmet standard is based on the idea that the danger in an accident is from possible skull fracture. This is NOT the danger. The actual danger in bicycle accidents is from concussions and I had the unfortunate chance to prove that by getting a concussion in 2009 and being totally out of it until 2012 when a cop friend saw me having a seizure and he got me to a real competent neurologists. By competent I mean someone that actually works with concussion victims. Most neurologists end up working almost entirely with dementia victims and forget anything they ever knew about concussions. I now have to take anti-seizure medication for the rest of my life and the side effects aren't fun. But I can still ride. You can generally find a good neurologist at colleges with competitive football teams since American football is as dangerous as falling off of a bicycle.

    However, Trek discovered in some manner, that the danger of head injuries was concussion and they actually invented a new sort of helmet liner that they originally referred to as Q-Cell. I have fallen off perhaps a half dozen times now and hit my head after getting one of these sold under the Bontrager name. You can FEEL the difference when you hit your head. And what's more, you don't have to throw the helmet out since it recovers to a large extent. Though I am due to get a new one.

    Full face helmets of the foam plastic type are nowhere near as effective as the Bontrager Q-cell helmet. And don't pay any attention to the MIPS mounting system since that doesn't do anything of value.
     
  6. estipendio

    estipendio New Member

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    The Bell Avenue MIPS helmet offers truly outstanding value.

    $120 / £65 (as tested)
    Outstanding value
    MIPS tech and user-friendly features

    There was a time when MIPS technology held a significant premium and was used almost exclusively in the most expensive of helmets. Those times are very much in the past, with Bell’s Avenue MIPS being a perfect example.

    Its retention system is easy to adjust and very effective, while the polycarbonate shell features 18 vents to keep things nice and cool as well as reflective highlights to boost visibility.

    Its 310g weight is going to be heavier than quite a few helmets at this price, but we think it’s a sound trade-off when you consider just how well this lid performs for its price tag.
     
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