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Top 4 Road Bike Helmets

Carol Ching

Check out our top 4 road bike helmet picks for 2021. With picks from every price point, there's a bike helmet for everyone.
Top 4 Road Bike Helmets

Top 4 Road Bike Helmets

Its Road season! Whether you are looking to get into road cycling or a pro weekend warrior, check out our quick breakdown of the Top 4 Road Bike Helmets for 2021.

Giro Fixture MIPS Helmet

Specialized Echelon II MIPS Helmet

Price $99.99
Size S-L
Fit System Easy-adjust Headset SL II fit system
Ventilation 4th Dimension Cooling System
Contruction EPS polystyrene material
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Jam packed with safety features and capability plus class leading comfort makes the Echelon II MIPS a challenger for best budget helmet. MIPS technology and reflective stripes provides ample safety, while the extra air vents make long distance riding a breeze, all in all the most affordable road helmet from Specialized.

Pros
  • Easy adjustments
  • Ample ventilation
  • MIPS technology
Cons
    • Heavier side of road bike helmets


Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Helmet

Price $139.99
Size XS-XL
Fit System Headmaster II System
Ventilation 14 vents
Contruction WaveCell Tech
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 Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Helmet

Bontrager Stavros is redesigned with WaveCel technology. This 5 star Virginia Tech rated helmet is a great entry-level road helmet for those looking to access WaveCel technology. It’s an attractive option for someone (recreational cyclists/commuter) looking for a clean and simple helmet that doesn’t skimp on safety.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Virginia Tech 5 star rating
Cons
    • Complicated adjustment system
    • Very light padding

POC Axion Spin Helemt

Giro Register MIPS Bike Helmet

Price $89.99
Size One size
Fit System ROC LOC SPORT MIPS
Ventilation 22 vents
Contruction In-mold polycarbonate shell with MIPS
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The Register is meant to be light, sleek and versatile. Its internal Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) helps manage the flow of energy after a crash or impact, directing it away from your head and giving you more protection without adding more weight to your cycling gear. An extra layer of EPS impact foam will also soften the blow to the sides of your head if you hit something at an awkward angle.

Pros
  • Removable Visor
  • Reflective stripes
  • Quick Dry Padding
Cons
    • Single shell size
    • Non-adjustable ear-splitters

Specialized S Works Prevail II Vent Angi MIPS Helmet

Price $319.99
Size S-L
Fit System Ultralight Mindset HairPort II micro-dial
Ventilation 36 vents
Contruction multi-density EPS foam with MIPS SL liner
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Specialized S Works Prevail II Vent Angi MIPS Helmet

With the S-Works Prevail II Vent, Specialized has taken an already superb helmet recipe and made it even more appealing without negatively impacting comfort, fit and safety. It also looks the business thanks to the Aramid rope design reinforcements, which have not only helped improve ventilation but also made for a cleaner, less complicated design. Paired with the Angi system, this helmet is built for the solo road warrior.

Pros
  • ANGI crash detection
  • Lightweight
  • Super ventilated
  • Good rotational coverage
Cons
  • Retention sits high on the head
  • Price