Established in California in 1954 Bell has a strong racing culture knit into its brand DNA and is arguably at the very forefront of helmet engineering.
The Bell Spark trail helmet presents in typical Bell styling and is aimed at all-mountain riders looking for enhanced protection at a value price point.
Details, features and fit
The Spark is available in five colour options and carries an actual weight of 332grams. A healthy portion of EPS foam gives the Bell Spark a solid, chunky and safe feel to it.
Lots of flat surfaces on top of the helmet means it’s going to be friendly for camera and light mounts. Four small rubber pads at the base of the straps protect the EPS foam when the helmet is not in use.
It is only available in one universal size which was of concern but after fitting the helmet and nipping it up those concerns abated. Substantial sweat padding, ample foam lining and a perfectly positioned strap layout provide good comfort and fit.
It features a fixed visor system that cleans up the design significantly. Bell honours a 3-year crash replacement policy which entitles you as the original owner to a 70% discount on a replacement helmet – but you will need to show proof of purchase to qualify.
On the trail
At speed through bumpy rough sections of trail, hopping gaps and boosting jumps the Bell does not tilt, slide or bob around. The snug fit keeps it secured and absolutely still on your head. It’s also very quiet, with no rattles, which is probably due to the lack of the MIPS system and perhaps the fixed visor to a degree.
The integrated visor system contributes to the overall sleek look and we now wonder why we even have adjustable visors in the first place. It’s not like we have ever adjusted our visors for function whilst riding. For style yes, constantly, but never for function. Kudo’s to Bell for recognizing this and simplifying things.
I tried the helmet with a variety of eyewear including Oakley Prizm’s, D’arcs Vivid range and 100% goggles to check for fit issues. The compatibility across the board was excellent with zero binding, rattling or tight squeezes. When using goggles the strap sits neatly into slots around the side of the shell and is held in place with the aid of a rubber insert on the rear of the helmet. The retention system is simple and effective for adjusting the fit.
The Bell Spark is a solid, stylish, affordable helmet that offers an excellent fit, good ventilation and extended protection for blasting trails. It’s a good option for trail riding and enduro racer’s.