Bell launch Gage road helmet

New lid replaces stalwart Volt model

Bell Helmets have debuted their new Gage road lid, which supplants the long-running Volt flagship, at UK distributors Madison's iceBike* show. The Gage is named after the address of the original Bell Auto Parts where the company was founded.

The new helmet is lighter and sleeker than the Volt, but still impressively falls south of the US$200 price point. Claimed weight is just 233g – 64g lighter than the Volt – thanks in part to the aggressively molded EPS foam liner and lighter-weight webbing, buckle and cam-lock sliders. 

The internal reinforcement cage yields what look to be larger vents than the Volt, too, along with deep interior channeling to help funnel air from front to back. Carryover features include Bell's long-running TAG retention system, X-Static antimicrobial padding, plus an overall shape that's highly reminiscent of the Volt – albeit with a much more rounded form that's more pleasing in our view.

True to Bell's recent statements regarding the company's new direction, retail price is impressively kept in check at $190/£159.99. Sponsored pro teams are expected to begin using the Gage in competition at the Spring Classics in April.

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James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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