Bell Super 2R and Super 2 helmets - first look

New lid converts from open to full-face in seconds

Bell has unveiled an innovative adaptable version of its popular Super mountain bike helmet. Badged the Super 2R, it’s sold with a detachable chin piece that, when fitted to the helmet, boosts protection to a level offered only by full-face helmets.

When climbing or riding on less challenging terrain the Super 2R can be used like any other open face lid. Then, once the going gets rough, riders can simply clip the 2R’s chinguard in place and enjoy the confidence and increased protection of a full-face design. It’s a helmet that can be used for multiple disciplines.

The chin piece fits in place with three convenient buckles, the sort that you’d normally find on ski boots, and has removable and adjustable padding.

The Super 2R features a total of 23 vents including six at the chin piece. In full-face mode it is claimed to tip the scales at 694g.

There’s also a ventilation system that directs air over the eyebrows and a revised detachable Go-Pro mount with improved breakaway capability. Additionally, the new design lets riders easily adjust and stow goggles under the helmet visor.

Without chin piece, the super 2r is an entirely different bit of kit:
Without chin piece, the super 2r is an entirely different bit of kit:

Without chin piece, the Super 2R is an entirely different bit of kit

The Super 2R will retail for £150 (other countries' prices TBA) with an expect price increase to be expected for a MIPS equipped version. It’ll be available in three sizes and five colourschemes with stock expected to be at dealers for November.

Super 2

Now in its second generation, the Super has evolved into the Super 2. It’s essentially the same as a Super 2R but without the chin piece. We’d expect Bell to sell the 2R’s chin piece as an accessory for Super 2 owners looking to upgrade, but they wouldn’t confirm this. The Super 2 has lost weight compared to its predecessor, tipping the Bell scales at 360g.

The Super 2 will be available in plenty of colours and will retail for £100 (other countries' prices TBA); a forthcoming MIPS version should be slightly expensive.

Oli Woodman

Senior Writer, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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