Specialized S-Works helmet review£129.99

Range topping cross-country lid

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Specialized have been producing helmets since way back in the day and the new S-Works is loaded with a wealth of accumulated innovation.

Firstly the straps are anchored into the lower rim of the helmet rather than inside the shell. This immediately makes it much easier and faster to put on and reduces interference with riding glasses.

The combination of big upper front vents enabled by a Kevlar reinforced skeleton and three brow vents means plenty of fresh air coming in, and massive exhaust slots at the rear suck it straight over your melon and out the back.

Add a low weight – 211g – and a soft moulded ProFit 360 cradle and you’ll barely realise you’re wearing it. On the downside, the clip on/off visor is relatively high and shallow. Specialized do produce chunkier all-mountain lids, if that’s your bag.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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