Specialized Ambush Comp helmet first look

New feature packed, full coverage half-shell sells for $120

Well-conceived colors and graphics are found here in this $120 helmet.

Specialized’s new $120 helmet comes in an array of fun color combinations. All photos by Harookz.

Specialized’s Ambush helmet is a favorite for many riders due to its protection, fit and styling. Now the Big Red S has followed it up with the Ambush Comp, which comes in at a more affordable $120 price point.

Spotted in the wild of the Sunshine Coast in BC, the Ambush is one of the more attractive helmets around.

Spotted in the wild of the Sunshine Coast in BC, the Ambush is one of the more attractive helmets around.

For $60 less than the original Ambush, the new lid still has an adjustable visor that pivots out of the way, but also stays in place with an indexing system. The Ambush Comp also has the same 360 fit system that cradles the head and isolates it from the helmet shell, but with a few minor modifications to cut costs. The straps come out of the shell instead of being in-molded on the sides, weight jumps from 280 grams to 300, and the shell utilizes fewer foam compositions. But don’t worry, the new helmet still passes all the same safety tests as the original Ambush.

6 color options are available.

Six color options are available.

The new helmet still looks good and now comes in six colors, ranging from simple black and white to brighter colors and graphics.

The helmets sport the same good ventilation of the original Ambush.

The new helmet’s ventilation is just as good as the original Ambush.

Bottom line, the Specialized Ambush Comp helmet provides trail and all mountain riders with a lightweight, ventilated, and comfortable extended coverage helmet at a wallet friendly price. Here is a full rundown of key features.

  • Composite matrix internal reinforcement allows large vents for greater cooling
  • In-molded shell improves strength and reduces weight
  • Mindset 360-fit system provides a secure, comfortable fit with 360-degree tension adjustment, five height positions, and integrated dial for easy on-the-fly adjustments
  • Micro indexing visor allows for a wide range of fast, secure on-trail adjustments, as well as convenient goggle stowage
  • 4th Dimension Cooling system optimizes ventilation
  • Extended coverage for added protection and durability
  • Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments
  • 300 grams
  • $120

For more information visit www.specialized.com.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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