BELL VENTURE review£25.00

The less you pay, the less clever shaping you can expect, but the Venture is still a slick looking lid. Rear/top vents aren't quite as big as the Indicator's and the simple peak partially blocks the front vents, which reduces air intake at higher speeds.

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The less you pay, the less clever shaping you can expect, but the Venture is still a slick looking lid. Rear/top vents aren't quite as big as the Indicator's and the simple peak partially blocks the front vents, which reduces air intake at higher speeds.

Deep internal channels actually give it as good or even slightly better wind flow than its Giro brother though, and the peak still keeps the weather off. You get anti bush/bug mesh in the front lower vents, too. Slim removable 'sausage' pads, floating headband cradle and fit adjust system are the same as the Indicator, but with a different look to the back block.

'Universal' fit design means the same shell wobble too, but the overlapped strap buckle is less likely to bite your chin/beard. Exposed polystyrene on rear/ lower needs care not to deteriorate fast, though. It's slightly heavier than the Indicator but still very light and, for our money, performance is close enough to make the £5 cheaper price the most significant aspect.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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