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Specialized Align Road Cycling Helmet 2018

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The Specialized Align road helmet is a staff and customer favourite. At this price point, it's the most capable road cycling helmet that can also be used for commuting and leisure riding. Around the back, the Headset SX fit system dial allows you to easily adjust the fit as you ride to micro levels of adjustment.

Specialized's 4th Dimension Cooling System actively pulls air through the front vents, over your head and out the rear exhausts, helping to keep you cool on those warmer rides. An in-moulded shell offers extra strength whilst keeping the weight low.

There is a day-glo option for commuters who want that little bit extra visibility. A useful extra feature is a clip-on visor which will help to protect your eyes from the sun's rays and help to keep dirt and debris from them too.

Review | 4 / 5

“Specialized's Align helmet may look cheap in price but it's far from it in performance. The fit is absolutely spot on, with simple adjustment, and it looks way more expensive than it is. The only thing standing in the way of a higher score is that it is quite weighty.” – Road.cc

Weight - 310g

Key Features

    • One-size system, designed for easy and accurate fit to a wide range of head sizes
    • Headset SX fit system with micro-adjustable dial for easy, secure and accurate fit
    • 4th Dimension Cooling System optimises ventilation
    • Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments
    • In-moulded shell improves strength and reduces weight
    • Reflective webbing and decals for added nighttime visibility
    • Patented clip-on visor included
    • Complies with one or more following safety standards: CPSC, SNELL B90A, CE and AS/NZS

      Specialized Align Road Cycling Helmet 2018 Reviews

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      Overall Rating:
      4.8
      out of 5
      4.77
      Build Quality
      4.81
      Performance
      5
      Value For Money
      4.79

      Customer Reviews (60)

      5
      I feel the breeze through my hair (if I had any!!)

      Great helmet feels secure and the design to keep your head cool certainly works. Liked it so much will be ordering one for the missus once she chooses her bike!!

      Great helmet feels secure and the design to keep your head cool certainly works. Liked it so much will be ordering one for the missus once she chooses her bike!!

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      5
      amazing

      the helmet is really good it fits my head and is yellow and it keeps me safe if i fall off its really cool

      the helmet is really good it fits my head and is yellow and it keeps me safe if i fall off its really cool

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      5
      specialized align road cycling helmet

      Great looking helmet and great price, light weight with easy size adjustment wheel at the rear. The safety ion colour helps you stand out and looks good without being too dazzling... I'm very impressed with this helmet...so much so that i purchased a second one in white. The included visor is a good addition for blocking out the suns rays or flying debris

      Great looking helmet and great price, light weight with easy size adjustment wheel at the rear. The safety ion colour helps you stand out and looks good without being too dazzling... I'm very impressed with this helmet...so much so that i purchased a second one in white. The included visor is a good addition for blocking out the suns rays or flying debris

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      5
      Great Value helmet.

      Excellent quality helmet for a reasonable price. The one size fits all dial works well.

      Excellent quality helmet for a reasonable price. The one size fits all dial works well.

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      5
      AMASHING

      Lovely helmet, stands up to anything. Too bad I wasn't wearing it when I went over the handlebars and buggered up my face. :)

      Lovely helmet, stands up to anything. Too bad I wasn't wearing it when I went over the handlebars and buggered up my face. :)

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      2
      Too Small

      Had largest size helmet and the structure of the helmet is way too tight on the sides. My old (smaller) helmet is a better fit.

      Had largest size helmet and the structure of the helmet is way too tight on the sides. My old (smaller) helmet is a better fit.

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      2.2 out of 5
      Build Quality: 1/5
      Performance: 3/5
      Value For Money: 2.5/5
      5
      Life Saver

      I took a bad fall while wearing this helmet and cracked the hell out of it, but it stopped my head from being damaged, so I'm chuffed that it did so well. Like any helmet, after one hit, you going to want to buy another one. I see no reason not to buy this again. The fit is great too and easy to adjust everything. Colours are fab. Bright orange looks

      I took a bad fall while wearing this helmet and cracked the hell out of it, but it stopped my head from being damaged, so I'm chuffed that it did so well. Like any helmet, after one hit, you going to want to buy another one. I see no reason not to buy this again. The fit is great too and easy to adjust everything. Colours are fab. Bright orange looks

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
      4
      Excellent helmet

      Second one I have bought - comfortable and secure fit. Yellow improves visibility

      Second one I have bought - comfortable and secure fit. Yellow improves visibility

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      4.5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 4/5
      Value For Money: 4.5/5
      4
      great helmet

      Great colour size and so light.Read the reviews before purchasing and so glad i went ahead with it

      Great colour size and so light.Read the reviews before purchasing and so glad i went ahead with it

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      4.5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 4.5/5
      Performance: 4.5/5
      Value For Money: 4.5/5
      5
      Specialised Align Road Helmet

      was a bit dubious about buying this due to the low price, but after reading other reviews I decided to go for it and I'm glad I did. It is light weight and the fitting system is very easy even when cycling. Tredz were very good and delivery in about 3 days, will definitely buy from them again

      was a bit dubious about buying this due to the low price, but after reading other reviews I decided to go for it and I'm glad I did. It is light weight and the fitting system is very easy even when cycling. Tredz were very good and delivery in about 3 days, will definitely buy from them again

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      5 out of 5
      Build Quality: 5/5
      Performance: 5/5
      Value For Money: 5/5
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      Size Chart

      Specialized

      Specialized Helmets

      How to measure yourself for a helmet
      helmet sizing To find the circumference of your head, place a tape measure in the centre of your forehead, wrap it around above your ears and around the back of your head. If there's a slight difference between two different sizes, always go for the tighter size.

      Sized helmets

      SizeCentimetresInches
      S 51 - 57 20 - 22½
      M 54 - 60 21¼ - 23½
      L 57 - 63 22½ - 24¾

      Universal helmets

      NameCentimetresInches
      Flash 50 - 58 19¾ - 23
      Sierra 50 - 58 19¾ - 23
      Align 54 - 62 21¼ - 24½
      Max 56 - 64 22 - 25¼

      Kids helmets

      AgeCentimetresInches
      Toddler 44 - 52 17 - 20½
      Child 47 - 55 18½ - 21

      Specialized cycling helmets are expertly built to provide the ultimate protection for your head, whatever your cycling discipline. Great ventilation, great fit and great design - the perfect safety accessory.

      Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

      Road Helmet Guide

       

      Road Helmet Guide

      Road Helmets

      Wearing a road helmet while cycling is the best way to maximise your safety. All our road cycling helmets meet the minimum EU safety standard (CE EN1078); what you pay for is aerodynamics, reduced weight, more vents and enhanced safety features such as MIPS. 

      We’ll look at all these features in-depth below:


      Features

      Shell

      Most bike helmets are built with an outer plastic shell bonded to polystyrene inner. It’s this inner material which absorbs the energy from an impact. The plastic outer layer stops small bumps and scratches from damaging the inner, and it also stops UV rays degrading the polystyrene.

      Road helmets are designed to be as lightweight and aerodynamic as possible with plenty of venting to keep you cool.

      Performance road cycling helmets are more aerodynamic to reduce drag as you ride. High-end models often go through some form of wind-tunnel testing for efficiency. Time Trial helmets may taper like a tear drop at the back to help wind slip around the lid and out the back.

      Road helmets are designed to be light, aerodynamic and well ventilated

      Core

      Bike helmets are constructed of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) which is a great material for absorbing impacts, whilst being lightweight. 

      Nowadays almost all helmets use in-mould technology where the shell and EPS core are moulded together, allowing for more intricate shaping for vents and aero designs. It also stops the shell separating from the core. Crucially in-mould lids improve impact forces transferring to the foam core.

      Consider foam density when making your choice. Helmets with single density foam will deform more in a collision than those with multi-density foam, which offer more impact protection.

      A brand-new material called Koroyd is coming onto the market and offers enhanced protection with a lighter weight. Thermally welded hollow tubes form a honeycomb structure which can absorb 30% more energy than a similar cycling helmet made from polystyrene. Koroyd also enhances ventilation as all those hollow tubes allow heat to escape.

      In-moulded helmet with large ventilation channels - for better cooling

      MIPS

      Mips (Multi-directional impact protection system) is a new safety technology being released on premium helmets. It is a moveable plastic layer that sits within the helmet and slips around your head during angled impacts. This helps to reduce twisting impact forces on your brain. Currently helmets with MIPS are pricey, however, the slip-plane technology is getting cheaper all the time.


      Fit & Straps

      Fit is a key part of safety and comfort. All road helmets feature an adjustable fit system that ensures the helmet stays securely attached to your head.

      There are a few variations, but the theme is generally the same, a retention system pulls the inside liner webbing together to cradle your head. Many helmets will come with a ratchet dial on the rear that you can adjust. Look for a dial system that can be used easily with one hand, so you don’t have to stop cycling to adjust the fit. Premium lids will also come with height adjustment, offering a better fit for all head shapes.

      Chin straps are there to keep your helmet in place, even if you have a fall. These are usually fully adjustable on all helmets.

      A road rider wearing a helmet with correctly adjusted straps

      Liner Padding

      Liner padding is essential for comfort while wearing your helmet. It is the part of the helmet that directly contacts your head. If you’re a regular rider then you’ll want quick drying, hydrophilic and anti-microbial padding to help reduce odour. Removable padding is great for a deep clean.

      Liner padding is essential for comfort

      Ventilation

      When choosing a road cycling helmet, ventilation is key for comfort and it will be a big factor in the cost of the lid you choose. The general rule of thumb is the more expensive a road helmet is, the more advanced the ventilation will be, and the more vents you’ll get.

      More sophisticated venting systems link deep vent channels from the front through to the rear of the helmet. These channels work to pull cooling air over your head and out through the exhaust ports.

      Aero road helmets will limit the use of vents to create a clean, slippery profile to help reduce drag. You can even find helmets with vents you can snap shut if you need an aero boost, or open for breathability. You’ll find that TT lids will have no vents at all because of aerodynamics.

      Rider wearing a well ventilated road helmet

      Weight

      Wearing a heavy helmet on a long cycle ride is uncomfortable. When it comes to road helmets, the more you spend, the lighter it will be. Helmets can range anywhere from 190g at the premium end of the market to over 600g for entry level models.

      Lighter weight helmets tend to offer more comfort

      Sizing

      It is important to get a helmet that fits correctly. Simply measure the circumference of your head and match it to the helmet size. Do this by placing a tape measure on the centre of your forehead and wrap it around your head above the ears. See our clothing size guide for more details.

      Delivery & Guarantee

      Christmas Delivery

      We will try our very best to get your products delivered to you before Christmas, but due to Santa's overspill into our delivery services, we would like to make you aware that while we are making every effort to deliver your order to you in time for Christmas, there may be a potential risk of delay.

      The last date to order a bike that is available for Christmas delivery is 5pm on Tuesday 18th December. For all other items the last date to order items that are available for Christmas delivery is 12pm on Wednesday 19th December.

      You can easily spot which items are guaranteed for Christmas delivery with the icon. Choose your size and colour to see if the item qualifies for Christmas delivery.

      UK Delivery Information

      We are committed to offering fast and free delivery, whether you're ordering bikes, accessories or clothing. Our standard delivery service is FREE to mainland UK, regardless of the size and on all orders over £20.

      Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

      Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

      Click here for more UK and international delivery information.

      Returns & Warranty

      It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns. 

      We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

      Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

      If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

      For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.

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