Almost Everything You Need to Know About Mountain Bike Helmets [Podcast #298]

Chris Smith is the USA Marketing Manager for Lazer Sport where he’s worked for more than 7 years.

In this episode, we ask:

  • What’s the purpose of the helmet shell? What is it typically made of?
  • What is EPS? What makes it such a good material for helmet construction?
  • Where are most helmets produced?
  • How do retention systems work? What is the purpose of a chin strap?
  • Do you have any tips for testing helmet fit? How does sizing work?
  • What are the main safety standards that cover bicycle helmets? 
  • What kinds of tests are done on mountain bike helmets?
  • Are there any common misperceptions when it comes to bike helmets?
  • What is the advantage of extended rear coverage on a half shell helmet?
  • How do rotational impact protection systems like MIPS work, and why is this type of protection important?
  • Why do all mountain bike helmets have visors, unlike road helmets?
  • Are you seeing more mountain bikers choosing full face helmets for trail and enduro rides?
  • What are your thoughts on mounting a camera or light to a bike helmet?
  • What does the future of bicycle helmet tech look like?
  • If there is one thing everyone should know about wearing a bike helmet, what is it?

This episode is sponsored by Jamis Bikes. Singletracks is psyched that Jamis Bikes has come on as a sponsor of the podcast and is also a supporter of the website.

Jamis has been designing and building quality bikes since 1979, and they were among the first to produce mountain bikes beginning in 1982. 

The brand has brought the world some iconic and award-winning mountain bikes over the past 40 or so years, and The Dragon has been the soul of the brand for decades. Introduced in 1993, the Dragon hardtail delivers the feel that only comes with high quality steel, and it’s done so for nearly 30 years running.

The newer Jamis Portal and Hardline full suspension bikes feature the innovative and race-proven 3VO suspension platform, built into both carbon and aluminum frame options.
You can check out this year’s all-new Dragon and 3VO bikes, along with the entire lineup of Jamis high performance mountain bikes at

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