BikeRadar Bargains: 5 road cycling helmet deals

Protect your noggin for less with these bargain lids

Helmets have an awfully tough life. Even if you don't take a spill in one, the rough and tumble of transporting your lid, accidental drops and scrapes, along with general wear and tear can take their toll. It makes sense to invest and replace your helmet every now and again to make sure your noggin stays safe.

For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains we've pulled together the five best cheap cycling helmet deals from some of our top-rated helmets.

From the comfortable and versatile Giro Cinder, to the budget but well-styled Giro Foray, the competitively light Lazer Tonic, and the ultimate in safety POC Octal, to possibly one of our favourite helmets ever, the Bell Zephyr. There's sure to be something to suit your needs and budget.

Giro Cinder MIPS — £130 £67.50

The Cinder MIPS provides great performance at a significantly lower price than the top of the range Synthe
The Cinder MIPS provides great performance at a significantly lower price than the top of the range Synthe

The Giro Cinder is essentially the little brother to the top of the range Synthe. Featuring many of the same styling cues, Ben Delaney actually preferred this model for many of his rides. It's just on the hottest or most strenuous of rides that it can feel a little warm.

However, with the discount here the Cinder is almost a quarter of the price of the Synthe and even features MIPS's impact protection system. Pick up a bargain now!

Giro Foray MIPS helmet — £60 £36

The Foray MIPS is Giro's cheaper aero helmet
The Foray MIPS is Giro's cheaper aero helmet

The Foray is Giro's more affordable helmet and is a firm favourite at BikeRadar. It still takes styling cues from its bigger siblings in the range, but is a little heavier overall. For an absolute bargain, pick-up the non-MIPS version for £36

For the claimed additional protection of a MIPS helmet, Tredz also has a decent discount on the MIPS version of the Foray

Lazer Tonic helmet —  £65 £39

The Lazer Tonic punches well above its weight
The Lazer Tonic punches well above its weight

For another budget option that we scored very highly, consider the Lazer Tonic, a helmet that weighs as little as competitors costing twice as much.

We feel this helmet punches well above its (metaphorical) weight, and it almost makes the consideration for more expensive helmets superfluous.

POC Octal helmet —  £180 £139

The POC Octal provides better coverage than many road helmets out there
The POC Octal provides better coverage than many road helmets out there

POC is well known for its focus on creating the ultimate in safety gear. The Octal has been a little polarising in its looks but there's no doubting that this is a high performance helmet.

Weighing in at a feathery sub-200g and seemingly consisting of more vents than helmet, you're unlikely to overheat, but it still provides excellent coverage for your head and great protection if the worst happens.

Bell Zephyr MIPS helmet — £210 £142.49

The Bell Zephyr has to be one of our favourite helmets of all time
The Bell Zephyr has to be one of our favourite helmets of all time

The Bell Zephyr MIPS is one of our top performing helmets ever.

The MIPS system has been integrated so it has no negative impact on the ventilation of the helmet and the design is focussed on comfort and safety. This is undoubtedly a high-end item, but Warren Rossiter said of the helmet: "one of the finest road lids I've ever tried."

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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