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Old 03-08-07, 08:25 PM
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Bell Alchera on sale at performance...

The Bell Alchera is on sale at performance for 39.00 until march 25th. I just bought one for my wife and it is a really well made and stylish helmet. Super light, great lines and way better fit, vents and form than the Giro monza i used to have and equal with my Sweep IMO. I even like the padding shapes better than the Sweep.

If anyone is in the market for a new lid this is a really great deal you should jump on.

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Old 03-08-07, 09:53 PM
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yeah, i bought one from performance a couple of months back. haven't used it though because of winter and working on bike. now that i swapped the blue/silver frame to an all black one, I'm stuck with the blue/silver helmet. don't know if i should just keep this one. When I tried it on to test the fit, it was very comfortable.
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I have one, I like it a lot.
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Hasn't Performance/Nashbar been selling this helmet for $35-$45 for the past 3 years? The Bell Alchera and Bell Influx are the same helmet, except that the Influx has a visor and fancier graphics. It is a good helmet and comes in 3 different sizes for a better fit than the entry level one-size-fits-all helmets.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Hasn't Performance/Nashbar been selling this helmet for $35-$45 for the past 3 years? The Bell Alchera and Bell Influx are the same helmet, except that the Influx has a visor and fancier graphics. It is a good helmet and comes in 3 different sizes for a better fit than the entry level one-size-fits-all helmets.

If so this is a great deal all around, as this helmet easily outclasses any entry helmet I have seen in this price range.
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Hasn't Performance/Nashbar been selling this helmet for $35-$45 for the past 3 years?
Had mine for two years now, love it, really like the dial a fit in the back, easy to adjust when I take off my headband mid ride and such. Paid $45 or so, still feel like I got great deal.
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says 44.99 on the website
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Originally Posted by dauphin
says 44.99 on the website
39.99 was through email promo, maybe special price for members of their mailing list.
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Question. Do you folks think I should transfer my cheap Giro Transfer out for the Bell Alchera? Does the Giro "function" properly at the $29 price tag?
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Yes the Giro will function properly, but the bell is way cooler both literaly and figuratively. You should definately switch, that Giro looks like a wal-mart helmet.
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Question. Do you folks think I should transfer my cheap Giro Transfer out for the Bell Alchera? Does the Giro "function" properly at the $29 price tag?
All helmets (at respectable stores) will meet the federal safety standards, and Giro and Bell definitely. For more expensive helmets, all you're really getting is style and comfort. An expensive helmet might be thinner, with more vents, better padding, and/or better fastening system. I'm no expert and all my info is from shopping around and conjecture, but the more expensive helmets seem even less safe to me, because of the extra vents and thinness. They most likely achieve the thinness by using better foam, but the extra vents probably increase the chances of getting a tree branch stabbed through your skull or something
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I bought an Alchera from Performance. I took it out on one mountainbike ride and had a minor crash...I hit an unexpected root in some gravel and my front tire slid out. It was really a minor crash at low speed and as I hit the ground, I rolled from my side onto my back to absorb the inertia. At the end of the crash sequence, I relaxed my neck and let my head go to the ground. I barely tapped my head on the ground. I used to ride a lot of BMX and have had hundreds of similar types of crashes helmetless without any kind of injuries, so it was really not the sort of crash where the helmet saved my life or anything. Anyways, the helmet split wide open without any evidence of the styrofoam having been compressed or having underwent any sort of significant impact....just from leting my head fall to the ground from a lying down position. In my estimation this helmet failed dramatically. I've had other helmets that have recieved major blows, where the foam was compressed...thats how a helmet should function. It shouldn't shatter and fall apart like an eggshell under a minor impact.

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Question. Do you folks think I should transfer my cheap Giro Transfer out for the Bell Alchera? Does the Giro "function" properly at the $29 price tag?
How well does the Giro fit you? Does it wobble on your head if you pull up on the front or back of the helmet? If the Giro is secure, then it should offer a good amount of safety. If the Giro is not secure on your head and you cannot improve the fit by adjusting the straps, then a better fitting helmet is probably a good idea.
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK
Question. Do you folks think I should transfer my cheap Giro Transfer out for the Bell Alchera? Does the Giro "function" properly at the $29 price tag?
The Giro will protect you as well, but the Alchera is way better ventilated, so increases your comfort on a ride that is more than a few miles long or when the weather is hot.
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Yes, it has bounced between $40 and $45 for the last year at least. I loved mine except the straps wouldn't lay flat. But for a $40 helmet, it did a pretty good job cooling me, and did a great job protecting my head when I crashed!
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The Giro fits nicely. By the way, about a month back, I bought my wife the Alchera from Nashbar, which had it at $39 also. Comparing the two side by side, I can see the higher quality in the Alchera. Maybe I'll sell some plasma and get a new alchera. Thanks for the input folks.
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I have an Alchera and I love it!
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I have bought my second one (trashed the other one), paid 60eu for each...

Best helmet ever.
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I owned two, both of them had the same problem with where plastic adjustment system connects to the helmet. The litle plastic washer in styerfoam that it connects to broke quite easily. Good price, but I don't think I will by that helmet again. Also plastic cover started to seperate from styrofoam after about a year. I am very happy with my Giro helmet right now.
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This helmet comes around at $39.95 every so often. I bought one late last year either from Performance or Nashbar, and really like it (I had been wearing an MTB-style helmet previously since I just started road riding and felt "out of style" a bit ). I got the all-black, which has sort of carbon-style patterning highlights in it.
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Has anyone seen the red Alchera anywhere (medium)? I've been looking everywhere, local performance has none, online it is just the new one (mostly white with blue/red stripes). I tried on the carbon looking one (black) at Performance here, and it fit like a glove... if you wore gloves on your head.

Let me know if anyone has seen this guy in solid red/Medium anywhere. I'll vouch that it looks great, and fits even better.
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The Alchera is my first helmet, but I'll say that I've happy with it for sure.
The fit adjustment is very nice.
I don't recall exactly what I paid but it was around 45-50 last summerish from Nashbar me thinks
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The Alchera has always been priced in that range, but it's a great helmet for the price. So while you didn't get the steal you thought you did, you did get a great helmet at a good price.

I've purchased 3 for friends over the last 2 years and they are all happy.

I contacted Bell to find out if it is in fact the same as the influx, and they confirm, it is the same helmet branded differently.

Regarding the color, the black and blue/silver are the only colors available in the US and only throught Nashbar/Performance. I picked up a white one on Craigslist (I believe it was purchased in Europe and brought over here, never used, then sold) out of Chicago for $15. I live in NY so I had a buddy pick it up and ship it to me. As far as red, good luck, the only place I found one was an online bicycle store in the UK and it was 60 Pounds, or $120 before shipping.
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I contacted Bell to find out if it is in fact the same as the influx, and they confirm, it is the same helmet branded differently.
"The Bell Influx Mountain Bike Helmet"

Looks like Bell lied to you. The Influx isn't even a road helmet (take a look at the pictures too).
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I own both an influx and an alchera, and they are the exact same helmet including placement and size of vents, 'cept the colors and the visor on the influx. In fact, the visor on the influx will fit on the alchera if you pull out the plugs.
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