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    Bell Sweep vs. Giro Athlon

    I'm looking for a new helmet and i've had my eyes on these two for a while but can't decide which to get. They are about the same price.

    I've not been able to find some where to try these two believe it or not - i've seen the Sweep in large and small, but not medium, and i haven't seen an Athlon, guessing cause it's fairly new and Australia is always behind. Anyways, i would appreciate hearing any experience anyone has had with either of these helmets.

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    I would go for the sweep if the price is the same.The athlon is a mid level roady helmet with a visor. the sweep is a upper level mtb/road helmet. I just got a bell sequence and like it much better than my old giro animas. Fit is what matters most. I wanted a Fox flux, but it just didn't fit as good as the sequence did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peternguyen
    I'm looking for a new helmet and i've had my eyes on these two for a while but can't decide which to get. They are about the same price.

    I've not been able to find some where to try these two believe it or not - i've seen the Sweep in large and small, but not medium, and i haven't seen an Athlon, guessing cause it's fairly new and Australia is always behind. Anyways, i would appreciate hearing any experience anyone has had with either of these helmets.

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    Yes,fit is the most important thing.For some reason the bell influx fits my head the best.
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    Fit is best. For me it was the MET Inferno
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    I did some searching around for shops today, and i managed to find a couple shops that displayed these helmets. I tried them both and they both feel pretty comfy to me. If anything, i like the back adjustment of the Bell more. Still can't decide which one to get though.

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    If they both felt the same and you liked the Bell adjustment more go for the Bell. I have a Bell Volt and no complaints on it.

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    As Shiggy said, you have to try them on to be sure, if not the spcific helmets then one from each brand as they have different shapes. I find that the GIROs are more circular in shape, while the BELLs are more oval. Bells fit me, Giros don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peternguyen
    I did some searching around for shops today, and i managed to find a couple shops that displayed these helmets. I tried them both and they both feel pretty comfy to me. If anything, i like the back adjustment of the Bell more. Still can't decide which one to get though.
    I didn't think too much abotu the rear adjustment when I got a new helmet. I was happy with the Giro roclok, but I have to say I like the bell TAG system better. Very easy one handed adjustments while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peternguyen
    I did some searching around for shops today, and i managed to find a couple shops that displayed these helmets. I tried them both and they both feel pretty comfy to me. If anything, i like the back adjustment of the Bell more. Still can't decide which one to get though.
    I you have to use the headclamp to make the helmet stay on or be comfortable, it does not fit.
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    I don't know if the sweep is any different than the Sweep R, but I bought the Sweep R from a bike shop near me on sale for $60. It's been great. It fits well and had awesome ventilation. And it just looks cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I you have to use the headclamp to make the helmet stay on or be comfortable, it does not fit.
    I don't get it. That's almost like saying, if you have to adjust your seat post, your bike does not fit... I haven't seen a modern mountain bike helmet that doesn't have this adjustment at the back. And having that there makes it fit better and feel more comfortable, regardless of whatever helmet i try on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peternguyen
    I don't get it. That's almost like saying, if you have to adjust your seat post, your bike does not fit... I haven't seen a modern mountain bike helmet that doesn't have this adjustment at the back. And having that there makes it fit better and feel more comfortable, regardless of whatever helmet i try on.
    No. It means that if the head clamp is required the basic helmet shape does not fit your head. I have seen people use the clamp to hold a WAY too big shell on their head. The huge gaps between the skull and helmet shell/foam greatly reduces the impact protection.

    The more proper seat post analogy would be over tightening your seat post clamp to try to keep a too-small post from slipping. If you used the proper size post, it would not slip with minimal stress on the clamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    No. It means that if the head clamp is required the basic helmet shape does not fit your head. I have seen people use the clamp to hold a WAY too big shell on their head. The huge gaps between the skull and helmet shell/foam greatly reduces the impact protection.

    The more proper seat post analogy would be over tightening your seat post clamp to try to keep a too-small post from slipping. If you used the proper size post, it would not slip with minimal stress on the clamp.
    I see what you mean now. Both the helmets i tried fit the shape of my head pretty well. The back clamp is more or less the final adjustment to finish off a snug fit.

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    Get the one that looks cool and fits your bucket better, Bell manufactures Giro btw.

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    I have an Athlon and have been perfectly happy with it. Keeps my nogging cool, fits well and works with my sunglasses awesome. I tried on a Bell when i was shopping for a new lid but the Athlon fit way better for me.
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