The MX-9 Adventure is the first dual-sport or adventure-touring helmet from Bell, while the Flex has a completely new type of liner protection system.
The Flex liner is made from two individual sections in addition to the EPS and the inner liner (closest to the rider’s head) floats and can move or shift slightly, which helps reduce rotational forces.
The EPS (gray) handles high-speed impact while the EPO liner is for low-speed impacts and the EPP (black) absorbs the forces of medium-speed impacts.
The EPO and EPP liners are both designed to move slightly, again to reduce the rotational force.
This is similar in concept to the Lazer Superskin helmet (review) we reviewed several years ago and the Bell implementation is probably a better idea because the outer shell remains the same.
Bell said the technology should find its way into street helmets in the future.
I was surprised to learn that off-road helmets are among the best-selling of all Bell Helmet types, with — believe it or not — the Pit Boss half-helmet as the current best-selling helmet. Go figure…
The 2015 Qualifier also has a built-in recess for both a Sena intercom and for the Cardo Scala Rider Q-series, like the Cardo Scala Rider Q1/Q3 (review). This should make it an even more stupendous buy.
The Bell Mag-9 also has a built-in recess to fit the Cardo Q-series intercom communications systems.
More 2015 Bell Helmets
Bell also announced new Roland Sands designs for the Custom 500 and for the other hot seller, the Bell Bullitt.
Here are some photos and we’ll be reviewing most of these helmets in detail as soon as they’re ready!