O'Neal Pike 2.0 IPX Helmet
The O'Neal Pike 2.0 is an updated version of its enduro/trail helmet, and features its IPX ACells tech for dampening harmful rotational forces during impacts. It has good ventilation and coverage, coupled with a tough feel and some handy detailing. It's a well thought-out and comfortable lid, though it's fairly chunky and the chinstrap could do with refining.
- Compact, two-piece racing shell with a high-quality finish
- Incorporating IPX® ACells helmet rotational impact absorption technology optional available
- Equipped with ratcheted peak for on-the-fly angle adjustment
- Unique ‘Dual- Flow’ System with over-sized vents for improved and constant air circulation inside the helmet
- 3D Multi-Positioning System for perfect adjustment in 3 directions: up-down, front-rear, open-close
- Fidlock® magnetic buckle for easy, single-handed fastening and release
- Accommodates goggles under peak when in top-most position and rest securely in place on the ridge at the back of the shell
- Lightweight construction: polycarbonate shell, EPS liner
- Sweat-absorbing and removable washable inner liner
- Extended coverage at the back of the head
- Weight: 390g (±25g)
- Exceeds EN1078 safety standard for bicycle helmets
The O'Neal Pike 2.0 uses a two-piece shell to cover the EPS liner, using in-mold construction to bond the plastic outer to the polystyrene inner. It means the more fragile EPS is less likely to get scuffed, chipped or knocked, and makes the helmet felt solid and reliably tough.
The O'Neal Pike 2.0 features a rotational-impact absorbing design called IPX ACells which, like MIPS, aims to dampen the sudden twists that can come from helmets digging into the ground.
The shaping is good and the cradle is well-padded, being neither too thin and sparse nor too thick, which can make lids feel wobbly and lead to overtightening to make them feel secure.
It's reasonable at cooling if not great. The O'Neal Pike 2.0 only becomes overwhelmed with sweat on warm, prolonged climbs, and the vents provide a decent airflow most of the time. It's pretty good considering it's quite a solidly-built helmet.
Riding in the Pike 2.0 is a positive experience. Fit is good, it's not too heavy, and the peak is well-shaped. It also adjusts enough to accommodate goggles underneath it when required, and can even be removed
The O'Neal Pike 2.0 is good value thanks to its solid build and the extra safety feature of IPX ACells