December 17, 2013 - San Diego, CA
New Bell Helmets for 2014: Qualifier, Custom 500 & Bullitt
Bell is hands down one of our favorite helmet suppliers here at BikeBandit. They keep upping the ante every time they release new products with innovative new designs and cutting-edge features, and their products are always a great value. From the new redesign of the wildly popular Custom 500, to the fully retro Bullitt, to the incredible value of the full-face Qualifier, Bell is again at the forefront of the industry while keeping every style of rider covered.
Keep reading to find out more about these three sweet new helmets below, and check out our in-house video reviews to get the full scoop on all of them!
2014 Bell Custom 500
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Bell went back to the lab to make improvements to the legendary Custom 500. A new headform means the 2014 Bell Custom 500 now fits better than ever. Compared to the older version, the shell is longer front to back. Very nice. The thin-profile shell allows the helmet to sit lower on the head, and with 5 shell and EPS sizes, you can rest assured that you won't have some huge shell with thick cheekpads to get your helmet to fit.
Stainless steel is used for the D-ring closure, with a leather pull tab. A plethora of shield and visor options exist. Bubble shields, traditional flat wrap-around models in a dizzying array of tints. Visors are either black or white, in regular or stubby lengths. The ability to truly customize your lid is easy. Industry-leading 5 year warranty.
2014 Bell Bullitt Helmet
Inspired by the very first Bell Star helmet, the 2014 Bell Bullitt Helmet is a modern take on the original. Featuring an exceptional fit and ultra-high quality details, the Bullitt is the perfect helmet for riders looking for a vintage look with full-face protection. The shell is an ultra-low profile fiber composite construction with 5 metal intake vents and 1 massive exhaust vent. The EPS liner is multi-density, and the interior liner is fully removable, washable, and anti-bacterial too.
The liner is a perforated microsuede for a super comfortable feel, and has leather trim for style. The cheekpads are cut with a 3D contour and have cutouts for audio speakers. The closure system is a D-ring with a leather pulltab, and the chin strap is padded. The shield options are many, with both tints and contours available to truly customize your new helmet. Another really cool feature is the Magnefusion closure system for the visor. A magnetic system built-in, keeps the shield down. Sizes XS-XXL, 5 paint schemes to choose from.
2014 Bell Qualifier Helmet
The 2014 Bell Qualifier Helmet raises the performance/value quotient to exceptional new levels. From the aggressive and aerodynamic shell to Bell's exclusive ClickRelease shield system, the Qualifier comes packed with many features that come directly from Bell's very own industry-leading Star helmet. Shell construction is a lightweight polycarbonate with an aerodynamic design for exceptional stablity. An adjustable ventilation system consists of 3 intake vents and 4 exhaust vents.
Inside, the Qualifier has contoured cheekpads for an excellent fit and comfort. The padded wind collar drastically reduces wind/road noise, and the cheekpads have integrated pockets for audio or communication speakers. The shield is a thing of beauty. Not only is it anti-scratch, anti-fog, but it's also UV protected. Changing the shield is super easy, tool free, with many tint options, including a photochromatic version available too. The closure is handled via a padded chin strap with a D-ring closure. Industry-leading 5 year warranty.
Check out all the rest of Bell's helmet line-up HERE!