Raleigh Magni helmet review£45.00

Impressive budget trail headgear

BikeRadar score4/5

Raleigh’s Magni helmet is much cheaper than most trail helmets – but it actually performs better than a lot of pricier lids.

The Cone Head shape fits fine with most skulls, and the dual density EPS liner is protected with a multi piece in-mould hardshell complete with separate reinforcing plugs on the two largest side vents. Unlike most cheap helmets the lower rim also gets a hardshell for scuff/accidental drop protection.

The rear cradle is single height, but there’s a big pad to stop occipital pressure points under the soft-touch dial. Most of our testers got on just fine with it.

The straps anchor into the edge of the helmet making it easy to flip them outwards to put it on. The clip lock buckle gets a cam lock on the double back strap for extra security too.

The broad, low peak is potentially a great glare and rain shield for regular trail riding. If you’re heading for the mountains you’ll need to reinforce the side anchors with zip ties or a Velcro tab to stop the wind grabbing it and making it flap and rattle at high speeds though.

Otherwise big vents, internal channeling and loads of exhaust ports make it breezier than a lot of comparable helmets, to seal its value-winner status.

Options: Black, green/black, red/black

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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