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Giro pneumo or Bell Ghisallo?(23 posts)

Giro pneumo or Bell Ghisallo?katie1
Mar 13, 2003 3:50 PM
I recently crashed so I am in the market for a new helmet. Which would you get? How about Limar?
re: Giro pneumo or Bell Ghisallo?MikeBiker
Mar 13, 2003 3:53 PM
I don't think that there is much difference between the top of the line helmets from different manufacturers. Pick the one that fits best on your head.

re: Giro pneumo or Bell Ghisallo?zooog
Mar 13, 2003 3:56 PM
I like my Giro pneumo. It is comfortable,lightweight an fits very comfortably.
Totally different fitRJF
Mar 13, 2003 4:10 PM
In my experience, Bell and Giro helmets fit completely different. Bell's always fit my mellon like a glove. Giro's tend to be shaped in such a way that I could never get them to fit comfortably.

Try 'em both on and get the one that feels right.
get the one that fitstarwheel
Mar 14, 2003 5:54 AM
I considered buying a Pneumo a couple years ago and fortunately tried one on first. The Giro helmets just don't fit my head -- one size is too small, the next way too big, and the shape is wrong. Not sure about Bells, but you really need to try them on if possible. I ended up buying a Louis Garneau for 1/3 the cost of the Pneumo and it fits much better and looks fine. If safety is an issue, LG was the top-rated helmet in crash tests, at least when I last bought a helmet.
It's all about the fit.snwbdrhoon
Mar 13, 2003 5:23 PM

I mountain bike and road bike with it, and bar none, it is the BEST helmet that I have ever used (no smoke up your ass either).

If you have the cash, I suggest getting one of the limited edition helmets that come with the helmet pod. A worthwhile investment to keep your helmet safe while in transit.
Mar 13, 2003 5:25 PM
Contrary to some people's beliefs, I think there is a major difference between a $50 helmet and a $120 helmet. Yes, they have similar technology and the $50 will save your melon. But if you are looking for comfort, ventilation, support and quality, the more expensive helmets like the Ghisallo or Pneumo are where it's at.

Just my 2 cents.
Super deal on the Ghisallohycobob
Mar 13, 2003 5:47 PM
I just picked up a Bell "Ghisallo" at Jenson for $64. Thats $95 less than most outfits have the Giro "Pneumo" for. I've never had a good fit with Giro, so I was really stoked to see this deal at Jenson. My two Bell "Evo-2" helmets were still in great shape...but look at the size of those vents!
Good pricekatie1
Mar 13, 2003 6:10 PM
Unfortunately wrong colors for the medium.
Mar 13, 2003 7:21 PM

They will price match Jensonusa's price (they did for me last week) AND you can use the 20% off coupon from the April Mountain Bike Action. Dude, if $64 is a good price, how's about $52?
ARRRRGHHH!!!!! How do you get the coupon? nmLive Steam
Mar 13, 2003 7:39 PM
dude! Did I not say April Mountain Bike Action?shawndoggy
Mar 13, 2003 10:16 PM
Uh, that thar is one of them maguhzeens for them weirdos what ride them bikes on the dirt.

Seriously, man, ain't everybody as into finding the deals as me? Apparently the coupon is also in BIKE magazine (another mtb pub).

Limar F-107johnrg
Mar 13, 2003 8:50 PM
The Limar is my choice because it's a better fit on my head and it's not as bulky as the Bell and Giro. If you can find a good price it's worth trying one on.
I have had both...Raven1911
Mar 13, 2003 8:57 PM
I have had both helmets and have to say the Bell fits my head a lot better and the locking mechanism on the back of the Bell is better made and I feel more likely to stay secure in a severe crash. I love my new Bell and it looks cool too. The Giro is very nice as well, but go with the one that fits your head better.

However, one thing about Giro you might consider....They stuck with Lance through his cancer and there is a lot to be said for that. I really paid attention to all the sponsors he had that gave up on him when he had cancer with the exception of a few (I think all he is still sponsored by as well). That is one reason I would buy the Giro. I tend to pay attention to these things and buy from quality manufacturers to show my appreciation to the fact that they treat their athletes right. I believe that also goes for Oakley and Nike too, right?

Yup about Lance.snwbdrhoon
Mar 14, 2003 4:33 AM
Oakley, Nike, and Giro.

Good call.
I heard Bell bought up Giro a few years agoFez
Mar 14, 2003 5:45 AM
but they still market the 2 helmet brands.
true, but i think it was the other way around..._rt_
Mar 14, 2003 6:49 AM
Giro bought Bell. don't quote me on that though. ;-)

No poster was right....Bell owns Girojohnrg
Mar 14, 2003 8:11 AM
oh well. i'm wrong..._rt_
Mar 14, 2003 11:15 AM
there has to be a first time for everything.


Good than either way...Raven1911
Mar 14, 2003 12:45 PM
you can buy Giro or Bell and still be supporting a company that saw Lance through his cancer and treated him right! Thanks for the information. Remember to buy Oakley and Nike as well for the same reasons as stated above.

re: Giro pneumo or Bell Ghisallo?ArvinC
Mar 14, 2003 5:50 AM
Hello. I recently bought the Ghisallo (size Med/LG) after trying the Pneumo, Limar's F111 and Briko's Twinner.

Best bet is to go with what fits. I found that the Limar and Giro had a "narrow" fit for the given size. For me, the Bell just fits better.

Like a previous poster stated, you can't really go wrong when you get a top-of-the-line helmet, no matter who makes it.

depends on your head.....i love my pneumo_rt_
Mar 14, 2003 6:48 AM
don't know much about Limar since i've never tried one on. i can't wear any of the Bell helmets. they just aren't shaped for my head. my pneumo is wonderfully comfy & cool. i'd highly recommend it.


ps- specialized used to make a really cute light blue helmet w/daisys on could look like a complete blond! ;-)
Was that a blond joke?katie1
Mar 14, 2003 7:15 AM
I can hear the boys now laughing at me with that on!!!!