TSG Substance 2.0 helmet review£44.99

Cheap but capable

BikeRadar score3.5/5

We were pleasantly surprised by the TSG Substance 2.0, which is a very capable lid despite being one of the cheaper mountain bike helmets out there.

The ventilation it offers is good, with 18 vents and some basic internal channelling, but we reckon it would be better without the bug nets on the front vents.

It's great to see an adjustable visor on a lid at this price, and while its range isn't huge, there is a noticeable difference between its settings. The cradle is padded, which may feel a little odd at first, but on the whole it's a comfortable helmet.

The only issue we had is with the retention dial, which is large enough, but lies right next to the helmet shell, making it fiddly to adjust. Costs will have been saved with the in-moulding too; it doesn't cover all of the EPS foam.

The TSG Substance 2.0 helmet boasts 18 vents to offer decent airflow

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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