The Bell Moto 9 Flex appears to be Bell’s answer to the 6D ATR-1. It features new tech such as progressive layering and adaptive fit – there is more info on these technologies below. Like the ATR-1, the Bell Moto 9 Flex has a method of managing rotational energy & absorbing different levels of impact (more info on this below as well).
Features & Specs
- Price: $599.95-$649.95 ($599.95 on Amazon)
- Weight: 3.2 lbs
- Certification: DOT, Snell M2010
- Composite Carbon shell
- Magnefusion Emergency Release System
- Helmet bag included
Bell Moto 9 Flex New Tech
- Progressive Layering: The all new impact liner is designed to manage energy from three potential impact scenarios (low, mid and high energy impacts) by using a combination of polymer materials to provide a progressive energy management system.
- The Layers:
- EPO(Expanded Polyolefin) manages low-speed impacts which are defined as impacts up to 3 meters/second
- EPP(Expanded Polypropylene) manages mid-speed impacts which are defined as impacts up to 5 meters/second
- EPS(Expanded Polystyrene) manages high-speed impacts which are defined as impacts up to 7.75 meters/second
- Adaptive Fit: Segmented construction allows the helmet to conform to your head for a better fit and more predictable energy management.
- Rotational Energy Management: A “slip zone” within the impact liner allows for movement between the inner layers reducing rotational energy transfer from angular impacts.
- Ventilation: With the new segmented and flexible liner in the Moto-9 Flex allowed Bell to add their Velocity Flow Ventilation system.
What do I like?
Fit I have a very hard time finding helmets that fit me properly. They are generally a bit too big or a bit too small. I always go with the smaller size so my helmet doesn’t move around, but it is generally a bit tight on my forehead. With the Bell Moto 9 Flex’s adaptive fit system I no longer have to compromise. With the impact liners ability to move a bit, this helmet fits me perfect. No moving around. No pressure points.
Comfort Liner The liner is super soft – nice and comfy. On top of that the magnefusion cheek pads are the best! So easy to remove and put back in place.
Ventilation It vents as good as any helmet I’ve ever used, it’s one of the few helmets that I’ve actually noticed venting at points during a ride.
New Technology How cool are all the new things Bell used in this helmet? Progressive layering (no two impacts are the same), adaptive fit (I still can’t get over how well this helmet fits me) and rotational energy management all have me really excited about this helmet.
Quality The Bell Moto 9 Flex looks and feels like it’s built well. It has a very nice liner with the top notch magnefusion release system, it comes with a nice helmet bag and all of the fasteners, parts and pieces are top notch.
What do I dislike?
I removed the “Integrated roost protector” because it didn’t work well with my googles that already had nose guard thingy. Yeah, that’s it. This is an excellent helmet.
If you’ve followed this website at all, you know I’m all about improving safety equipment and new technology. I have no way to compare how well the Bell Moto 9 Flex will protect you vs other helmets, but to me what Bell has done here makes sense. Helmets haven’t changed a whole lot over the years, we’re lucky to have the options that have become available to us recently with this helmet, 6D’s ODS, MIPS, Composite Fusion Plus and Leatt’s new helmet. Now we have options with different technologies that allow you to choose what you think works best. I have tried helmets with all of these technologies besides Leatt’s and so far this is my favorite based on fit, features and comfort.
This helmet should definitely be on the top of your list next time you look at helmets. I don’t care about the price or if you don’t think it’s cool looking, those things don’t matter. What matters is protecting yourself. This helmet is a step above all helmets on the market aside from a few. Save some money by skipping the cool looking graphics, the exhaust that’s not going to make you any faster, or the latest 2016 gear and spend it on a top notch helmet like the Bell Moto 9 Flex, 6D ATR-1, or the new Leatt Moto GPX helmet.