Merida Agile road helmet review£50.00

Well-ventilated lid

BikeRadar score3/5

The upper surface of the Merida's Agile helmet is covered by a neatly finished in-moulded shell – though this doesn’t extend to the underside of the rim. This is exposed EPS that is susceptible to marks and damage. Our 58-61cm lid weighed 271g, and there’s also a 53-58cm model.

The Agile has a flattish, fairly wide profile, 24 fairly evenly sized vents and a combination of angular shapes and curves sweeping to a small point at the rear that looks attractive. There are black and yellow options available – though neither include any reflective elements.

The occipital cradle of Merida’s 2D Dial Fit System doesn’t grip as low on the skull as on some helmets, meaning it can be tricky to achieve an ideal fit, but internal padding is generous, helping to keep everything snug and comfortable.

The Agile also has great airflow from its six forward-facing vents. These direct a breeze through six well-defined internal channels, with the four central ones being particularly effective. The rear exit ports are less generous, but still work well – so if you do get hot-headed on the bike, this is one to consider.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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