Eurobike: Bell Full Flex and Reflex multi-impact skate-style helmets

New lids flex, rebound for comfort and safety

Eurobike Helmets

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Eurobike Bell Full Flex White

Most bike riders know the deal with traditional helmets and crashes—if you have a significant impact on your lid, you replace it immediately, simple as that. But because they found many riders—particularly younger ones on BMX and mountain bikes—crashing then continuing to use their helmets, Bell decided to address the issue. The result is the Reflex and the Full Flex, a pair of helmets that add softer, expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam to the equation, making for true multi-impact helmets that can withstand numerous hits without degradation.

Eurobike Bell Full Flex Multi

Bell’s Full Flex and Reflex have segmented EPP form for a comfortable fit and true multi-impact protection.

The new helmets meet the CPSC and CE bicycle safety standards as well as the ASTM-1492 skate threshold, and fit comfortably thanks to the segmented, flexible liner design Bell ported over from their Segment hard foam skate-style lid.

Eurobike Bell Reflex Black

Through heavy compared to road and cross country helmets—560 grams for the Reflex, and 740 grams for the Full Flex—their weights are acceptable for the use. The $60 Reflex comes in five colors, while the $100 Full Flex adds over-the-ear protection and comes in black or white.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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