Behind The Scenes: Bell Helmets Test Lab

Behind The Scenes: Bell Helmets Test Lab

Step inside Bell Helmet’s test lab with Simon…

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Bell have been making helmets since 1954 and started making cycling helmets in th 1970s. Bell helmets are used across the top level of our sport, so, when they invited us to take a look around their testing facility, we couldn’t say no.

Bell’s global HQ is one of seven facilities that they have. Get ready to hear the screams of a thousand fake plastic heads… Or something like that. Fascinating stuff. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments and LIKE and SHARE this video!

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  1. drifter on August 2, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Wear a helmet guys, don’t be hipsters

  2. ju_no_hands on August 2, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Si should give up trying to make an It’s-so-sophisticated-but-I-totally-get-that-stuff kind of face. It’s just not authentic.

  3. ynotnilknarf39 on August 2, 2019 at 1:35 am

    helmets are bullshit, they can’t stop concussions, serious injuries or death. the test for the helmets is too low to stop serious brain injury. test in Europe is to be below 250g, a giro helmet shows 187g, at 90-100g you are concussed, almost twice that from a well respected helmet manufacturer and you WILL be knocked the fuck out, IF you land on the top part which is where the maximum protective bit is.
    Helmet wearers are dumb fucks for believing the BS propaganda that they’ll save your life, they won’t!
    Always testing with a head weight and no body, never mention that the reduction in forces is best case scenario in the lab and only on the top part of the helmet, never mention rotational forces, not once will they say it will save you from serious injury/TBI or death, won’t mention that a split/cracked helmet FAILS to do its job at absorbing the forces, this bell helmet has a weaker threshold for a failure at 300g, even in the test those forces will render you unconscious!
    And the tester is a LIAR, to get 200g with a human skull is not 2" to fall at all STOP FUCKING LYING to Sell your product. the test is the equivalent to an adult tripping whilst walking and banging their head, you bunch of lying retards!

  4. Richard Kaz on August 2, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Interesting to see Bell still use windows XPPro, not Vista, not Win7, mot win8, not win8.1 not even win10 but win XP Pro.

  5. jon robert on August 2, 2019 at 1:37 am

    but seriously I want like an hour of this.

  6. Marty Wild on August 2, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Interesting vid, but I’ve come away with no information about how effective the helmets are. Our European standard doesn’t count for much by all accounts. Having had a friend suffer a ‘diffuse axonal injury’ in April whilst wearing a very popular helmet, I was very keen to hear more about rotational impacts and MIPS, sadly this vid just didn’t cut to the core of the issue. A greater level of technicality would have been good.

    Sure we know bike helmet testing happens, but what is learnt from it that can be applied to our riding on a daily basis?

  7. Alex Paulsen on August 2, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Looking at those crash test dummies, I’m not concerned for their heads, but most certainly I’m wondering about their necks! Also, my worst crash was face-first into the road. Helmet was ****ing useless, but my face got absolutely destroyed.

  8. martyn fairclough on August 2, 2019 at 1:42 am

    simon looks like he is late for is plain.

  9. Simon Knowles on August 2, 2019 at 1:43 am

    why goto Bell when not a sponsor ?

  10. nathplaydj on August 2, 2019 at 1:44 am

    cheers guys! MIPS is real interesting. not sure if i will ever buy a helmet without it! yay skull AND brain protection.

    " _ride bikes everyday._ "

  11. Ian Hutchinson on August 2, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Were there pictures of naked women on the front of your camera? Ben Penner couldn’t take his eyes of it!!!

  12. Jordi Sanchis García on August 2, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I think that bell helmets are one of the bests in the world

  13. Alonso Martii on August 2, 2019 at 1:50 am

    What about for the neck. Cause i guarantee of someone falls and lands in his head it will brake his/her neck.

  14. Cullen Darr on August 2, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Gmbn is better

  15. JtBiggums on August 2, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Super testing facility but running windows XP on the controller computer.

  16. Ond Medai on August 2, 2019 at 1:52 am

    When aerobikes today are nearly on the weightlimit why arent they used on most mountain stages? #torqeback

  17. louisthehuman on August 2, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I heard this video was shipped to the GCN studios, causing the delay in posting #bottlegate

  18. Opinionated Grug on August 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    "personality of a brick" :p

  19. Dynamic Punk on August 2, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Helmets don’t protect you from concussions

  20. TwilightN1nja on August 2, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Need help! I recently bought a Giro Synthe mips from a bike shop when i made the purchase i was in a hurry, the next day found out the helmet was manufacture on Jun, 2015 3 years and 6 months. From my reseach helmets have shelf life of about 6 years, I tried calling Giro to ask if i should return the helmet but they have been closed due to holidays. What should i do?

  21. Shivek Singh on August 2, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Hi guys I’ve been waiting for this video for the past 2 weeks because I am currently looking for a new helmet thanks for finally uploading it.☺😃

  22. Jody Watkins on August 2, 2019 at 2:01 am

    why dont they make helmets with fome padding or with vicis reflex lare

  23. Truthseeker on August 2, 2019 at 2:02 am

    My favorite helmet of all time: Bell Super R3

  24. Killroy on August 2, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Its really cool to see GCN at the BELL Test Lab! 😉

  25. Matthias Krippel on August 2, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Careful I bought the Bell StarPro road Helmet payed a lot of Money and the eye shield does not attach on rest position and neither in the slot as the magnets are missing (probably a failure in the production process). By pushing the eye shield in the slot it attaches very loose and drops from the helmet during the ride. Customer Service claims, that there are Bell Star Pro without magnets and eye shields. But why was the eye shield included in the box????

  26. Ryan Amy on August 2, 2019 at 2:04 am

    They should test a helmet after a couple seasons and show how they degrade.

  27. Liam B. on August 2, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Not showing the mini wind tunnel??? i think that would be pretty cool.

  28. Jacques Chiron on August 2, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Vacationing through Pau yesterday we spotted a GCN jersey on a dashing climbing cyclist. The excitement was shared by all in the RV. Well, almost all.

  29. xq39 on August 2, 2019 at 2:08 am

    That explains why the one time I fell on my head as a kid I didn’t get knocked out or get a noticeable concussion because I had my helmet on when I hit it. If I didn’t I probably would have had moderate brain damage. I remember getting up after about 30 seconds and checked the helmet, the shell had separated from the foam.

  30. skinny55772 on August 2, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Haha the professional engineer who agreed to be put on the internet by giving GCN a tour glanced at the camera a few times. I’m totally going to make fun of him! LOL

  31. Damien on August 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I think the helmet standards need to change some where in the real world do people take a stright head dive down? The angled ram or even the moving platform under seem much more valid. One day maybe standards will add some extra tests

  32. Can we get 1,000,000 subscribers with no vids? on August 2, 2019 at 2:12 am

    For every helmet you buy, you save one from being tested.

  33. BOWCHICKAWOWOW on August 2, 2019 at 2:12 am

    GCN can my son join your team and do vids with you because I think it would be cool to do experiments on children

  34. Dan Soltys on August 2, 2019 at 2:17 am

    it actually did happen then

  35. Alex Lumb on August 2, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Awesome to see what the testing facilities are like! Good work!!

  36. paul hawkins on August 2, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I did not need my helmet today as the coke can thrown at me by a passing van bounced of my front wheel and went straight over my head

  37. maciekapocaliptic on August 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    But what this test prooved? I`m about to buy helmet, but this video didn`t tell me, what is the result for the head. Just some cracks on it. All helmets cracks. Come on guys.

  38. Luis Lemus on August 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I never sw this video coming…

  39. Misan tropo on August 2, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Those heads dont look too happy

  40. Patrick Smith on August 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Serious question guys, are the tests independently verified?

  41. Stephen Purdue on August 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    @ 0:29 great test for finding what further protection is needed for when your head’s come off

  42. Nigel Philips on August 2, 2019 at 2:24 am

    5:24 "more rocks in America then," made my day.

  43. Ano Nym on August 2, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Never have I ever fallen onto my side…Oh, wait…that’s the only way I’ve fallen. Better start falling from the sky head first.

  44. Sandy BoleYT on August 2, 2019 at 2:27 am

    A bell helmet saved my life ( I’m not joking ) so I was cycling down a pretty steep hill and a car pulled out and I crashed full speed into it and flipped and smacked my helmet on the tarmac and slid 20 meters and when I stopped my helmet was a mess of poly styrene and plastic + straps. When I went to hospital they told me I wouldn’t be alive if I wasn’t wearing my helmet.

  45. Dank Grandma on August 2, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Bell are Wiggins haters? They keep smashing his head into the road.

  46. ADAP7IVE on August 2, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I appreciate looks into testing and effectiveness of helmets, since we so rarely see that stuff despite everyone saying a helmet is important.

    The question that came to mind in this video is, are the standards set by the various governing bodies appropriate? If they’re testing to those standards, they need to be appropriate.

  47. 5602817144602817 on August 2, 2019 at 2:30 am

    From an engineering point of view i find it poor practice to create a safety device for flesh and bone yet test it with a steel representation of a head. Its pointless

  48. kierenkd on August 2, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Why reduce the safety of a helmet to a lesser standard? For example, some EU model helmets will be thinner / lighter than the US standard? Why not design to meet the strictest standards no matter what country it is shipped to?

  49. SpaniardChris on August 2, 2019 at 2:32 am

    5:08 Why is there a sticker from Spanish ONCE ?

  50. Michael Fiola on August 2, 2019 at 2:32 am

    I’d be interested in the results if he retested that same helmet again. It would be good to illustrate the need to replace your helmet after a crash.