MBUK's Most Wanted (2020) – #8 Convertible helmet: Bell Super DH MIPS
Transforming from an open-face lid into a full-face, is this the best of both worlds?
We all want a bike that can climb like an cross-country race rig and descend like a thoroughbred downhill machine, so why not get a helmet that can do the same? Once you’re strapped in, Bell’s Super DH feels just like a regular full-face, and meets the required safety standards for downhill racing. But remove the chin bar – a simple job, although easier done when not wearing the helmet – and it’s comfortable for extended pedalling. It comes with the latest MIPS Spherical brain protection, and at 880g in full-face mode and 480g in open-face guise, it’s competitive in terms of weight too.
For the January issue of Mountain Biking UK magazine we put together a glossy guide to our Most Wanted gear for 2020, containing some of the most incredible, highly desirable mountain bike kit on the market. It seemed a shame not to share it with our website users, so now we’re posting each category online too.
The selection process wasn’t easy. We were determined to pick products that genuinely stood out, so just narrowing down the categories was hard. Then our test team discussed the pros and cons of each bit of kit that had been shortlisted – and had some heated debates over which should make it in!
You can rest assured that all of our Most Wanted gear has been given this accolade for good reason. It’s either performed amazingly in our tests (in which case we’ve provided links to the original review) or, in the case of just-released kit, has wowed us on the trails during initial rides and shown huge potential.
Cast an eye over the gear and you’ll notice that a lot of it doesn’t come cheap. That’s because these are our Most Wanted products, and not necessarily the parts and accessories that represent the best value for money. We know that not all readers will be able to afford them, but think they’re worth showcasing. Firstly, because they show just how far MTB kit has come. But also because innovation and improvements at the top end of the market inevitably trickle down to lower price points within a couple of years, for the rest of us to enjoy.