Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding

The top three trail lids we've reviewed this year, plus the best budget option

A good bike helmet is one of the most important accessories for mountain biking – unless you're a particularly cautious rider, mountain biking will involve falling off at some point, so it makes sense to protect your head.

With that in mind, we've rounded up the best mountain bike helmets for general trail riding.

Three of the best mountain bike trail helmets

The following helmets are the highest scoring helmets tested by Mountain Biking UKWhat Mountain Bike and BikeRadar in 2014.

Bontrager Lithos

£70 / US$99.99 / AU$159

The Lithos is a fully in-moulded helmet, with the outer shell coming in a wide range of shades and designs. Its build, fit, comfort and ventilation are all up there, and at current prices it's a steal.

Read our full review of the Bontrager Lithos.

Fox Striker

£90 / US$119.95 / AU$149.95

The Striker looks good, feels great and is one of our favourite trail lids. It's nicely constructed, with 22 vents to draw air in, and a simple retention system.

Read our full review of the Scott Striker.

Bell Stoker

£64.99 / US$75 / AU$119.95

The younger – and cheaper – brother of the Bell Super, the Stoker is easily adjustable, well constructed and well ventilated. The peak isn’t adjustable but it sits high enough above your eyeline that it’s not in the way.

Read our full review of the Bell Stoker.

Top budget mountain bike trail helmet

Specialzied Align

£30 / US$40 / AU$59.95

With the Align, Specialized serves up a lot of helmet for your money. At 339g, the Align’s weight is about par, and ventilation is good too.

Read our full review of the Specialized Align.

Also consider

The following helmets all scored four-and-a-half stars in last year's tests by Mountain Biking UKWhat Mountain Bike and BikeRadar, and are currently still available.

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