Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-30-11, 07:05 AM   #1
CaptainSlow
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Black Mountain, NC
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good helmets for mountain biking?

First off, in order to avoid any confusion, this is not like the other thread on here that is debate on whether you should wear a helmet or not or if you're a hack for not wearing one.

So, what is a good helmet for mountain biking? Someone has already suggested the Urge Endur-O-Matic. What else is out there? Thanks!
CaptainSlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 07:45 AM   #2
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For urban, I've got a cheapie Bell Faction Mirra.


For trails, I'm using Bell Influx. Cheap Light Tough! (I have two actually...bought them on closeout for $15)

Last edited by ed; 09-30-11 at 07:50 AM.
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 09:14 AM   #3
samburger
Redheaded Stepchild
 
samburger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: GA, USA
Bikes: A fat tire & a skinny tire & two others I loaned out
Posts: 1,912
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Right now I have a cheap Bell MTB helmet that I can't seem to find to remember the name up. But it was a $20 helmet from Wally World.

It's actually been missing for a few weeks now & I'm starting to wonder if it didn't actually get left at the old house when we moved in March, & for this reason I've been looking into AM helmets. I can't afford two helmets right now & AM helmets are well-vented like XC helmets, but offer more back-of-the-head protection like the first one Ed posted. I've had my eye on a high-quantity ebay listing of the SixSixOne Recon for $56. But I may just go the Ed route & get two cheap/closeout helmets for the two kinds of riding I do.

But as far as I've been able to tell, the only advantages to high dollar helmets are weight, comfort, & design (aerodynamics & such). The short research I've done has turned up that the protective qualities of low- & high0dollar helmets are more or less the same.
samburger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 11:26 AM   #4
jjaguar
Poseur
 
jjaguar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Oviedo, FL
Bikes:
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Probably a stupid question, but is there any real difference between road and MTB helmets, other than the visor? I'm a roadie looking to pick up my first mountain bike, just wondering if I should spring for a MTB helmet or if my road helmet is fine.

Last edited by jjaguar; 09-30-11 at 11:40 AM.
jjaguar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 11:43 AM   #5
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
All CPSC certified. Some MTB/Urban helmets have more coverage behind the head.
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 11:44 AM   #6
YamiRider1316
Senior Member
 
YamiRider1316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Paradise CA
Bikes: 13' Ragley Marley, 12' Pivot Firebird, 13' Pivot Point, 89' Bridgestone RB-1
Posts: 442
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jjaguar View Post
Probably a stupid question, but is there any real difference between road and MTB helmets, other than the visor? I'm a roadie looking to pick up my first mountain bike, just wondering if I should spring for a MTB helmet or if my road helmet is fine.

a lot of mtb helmets will have a bit more coverage around the back of your head than your typical road helmet. And as far as some good mtb helmets go; Had the 661 recon and it was great, the urge is also pretty nice, giro hex is another decent one and lastly i just picked up a Poc Trabec and that this is hands down the best helmet that ive ever worn. The new fox striker is pretty sweet too, though i havnt tried it on.
YamiRider1316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 12:06 PM   #7
cryptid01
one less horse
 
cryptid01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: East Jesus NY
Bikes: are better than yours
Posts: 5,600
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ed View Post
All CPSC certified.
Good enough for a 5 year old, good enough for me.
cryptid01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 01:36 PM   #8
CaptainSlow
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Black Mountain, NC
Bikes:
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all the input. I think I'll just get a regular Bell or something for now until I can save up for a nicer helmet. I really like how the sixsixone recon looks. I'll have to look around at some stores and see who has one that I can try on.
CaptainSlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-11, 02:19 PM   #9
ed 
.
 
ed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Summit of Lee
Bikes: Hecklah
Posts: 10,932
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
Good enough for a 5 year old, good enough for me.
I wouldn't put a Jennings or Raven in a nice gun safe. I generally have to decide if what I'm securing is worth saving.
ed is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:06 AM.