Based on the company's original 1954 "500" helmet, this new Bell Custom 500 adds modern protection and graphics to the classic shape. The shell is fiberglass, creating an average weight of 880g and the helmets are DOT certified. We're impressed with the level of detail -- check out the chrome trim and quilted liner -- Bell is able to offer for such a low price ($120-140) and the overall shape and proportions are spot on.
We're kind of disappointed that the only solid colors on offer are

orange and silver, but as far as graphics go, these are pretty cool.

Bell commissioned the graphics from a handful of artists: "Bloodshot"

was penned by Jimbo Phillips; "Speed Soul" was done by Roland Sands;

"Stunt" comes from Chris Wood, the owner of AirTrix.

These helmets are new to the market, but you've probably seen them

before. Drake McElroy and Roland were wearing them in their insane

Smoking Seagulls jump shoot, in fact, Bell commissioned that shoot for

its catalog.


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