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Bontrager Introduces a More Affordable WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet 1

At half the price of the Blaze WaveCel MTB helmet, the new Rally looks like a good bang for your buck to protect your head.

Bontrager Introduces a More Affordable WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet

In early 2019, Bontrager released a new range of cycling helmets created with something called WaveCel technology. Fast forward a year and they're back with value-focused versions of the full range. We've had a short amount of time in the new Rally helmet and can confirm that it has all the essential features and a very comfortable fit in a clean package.

"Rider safety is our bottom line." - Bontrager


Rally WaveCel Highlights

  • WaveCel advanced helmet technology
  • Virginia Tech 5 STAR rating
  • BOA Fit System lets you easily secure and adjust your helmet fit with one hand
  • Adjustable visor offers multiple coverage options
  • Extended back-of-helmet shell offers additional rear protection
  • LockDown dividers make helmet strap management clean and easy to adjust
  • Soft, comfortable, and moisture-wicking washable helmet pads
  • Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership
  • Sizes: S, M, L (51-63cm)
  • MSRP: $149.99 USD
Olive Grey/Roarange Matte
Marigold/Black Matte
Black Matte
Azure/Nautical Navy Matte


First Impressions


The size Large Rally WaveCel helmet that Bontrager sent us fits very comfortably and sizing is comparable to other major brands. There are no pressure points, and the BOA system keeps the helmet secure. Air flow is nice, cool and not interrupted. We're stoked on the three-position visor. It has a "low" setting that would look a little goofy for full-time use, but could really come in handy when riding into the sun as it starts to rise or set. To the single-finger touch, the WaveCel ridges feel sharp, but we pressed it down onto our skin pretty hard and did not feel any discomfort. We'll spend some time in the Rally and will report back with some on-trail experiences.

What is WaveCel?

According to Bontrager, "WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of your helmet. It’s designed to lessen the motion associated with brain injury through a three-step change in material structure."


"It was developed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Madey and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention."


Also New: Jet WaveCel Kids’ Helmet

Skater-inspired style, WaveCel protection, and a parent-approved price.


  • WaveCel advanced helmet technology
  • Meets ASTM standards, whose tests use a smaller mass headform more realistic to younger riders
  • Fidlock magnetic buckle fastens easily for a quick, secure, kid-friendly fit
  • Comes with a free sticker kit
  • Dialed fit system provides a secure and comfortable fit
  • Soft and thick helmet pads are removable for easy cleaning
  • Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership
  • One Size: 48-52cm
  • MSRP: $99.99 USD

It's great to see the trickle-down and something for the groms! Learn more at

View key specs, compare, and rate Bontrager's WaveCel helmets in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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bturman bturman 5/19/2020 11:12 PM

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Looks like it sits just as low on the head/forehead as the MIPS version and the strap around the back is possibly even lower. Just like the MIPS version this one would get pushed down over my eyebrows while looking up the trail. No go.

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