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New Bontrager WaveCel Bike Helmets

WaveCel material prevents concussions up to
48x better than industry standard EPS foam*

WaveCel helmets for every kind of riding

The safest helmet there is

In 2019, Bontrager and Trek introduced a new line of helmets with a revolutionary technology to shake up the entire cycling industry's protection standards. With research and studies conducted by Virginia Tech backing their claims, Trek says their new WaveCel helmets offer more protection against impacts from crashes than any other helmet on the market. 

What's new with Wavecel

More size options, affordable price points, and kid's models.

The WaveCel line now comes in 7 styles so all riders can benefit from the safest cycling helmet made to date. Whether you race road bikes, ride mountain bike trails, or commute in town, there's a WaveCel helmet for you. And now the lineup is more inclusive than ever. 







What is WaveCel?

WaveCel is a new technology owned by Bontrager and Trek that is designed to radically improve protection for cyclists. WaveCel is a three dimensional, honeycomb liner that is placed inside the helmet between the outer shell and padding. 

It is designed to slide, compress, and crumple during a crash so riders are more protected in both straight and angular impacts. WaveCel feels comfortable and only weighs 53g so you will forget about the helmet and focus on your ride.

What makes WaveCel safer?


We are finally starting to better understand head injuries that can lead to serious brain trauma and conditions like CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.) Most helmet constructions are based on testing that involves direct impacts on flat surfaces. These kind of tests makes sense in the lab, but fail to address the forces of real-life crashes where the impacts are anything but direct and linear like the testing standards.

Indirect and rotational impact protection: WaveCel is different and more effective than standard EPS foam and one dimensional slip liners because its three dimensional material can act in different ways depending on the types of impact it experiences. This way, WaveCel helmets can better protect you from the rotational forces from real life crash scenarios and reduce your chances of concussion.



First, the cells flex to reduce the initial frictional forces. 


Next, the cells act like a car bumper and crumple upon impact, absorbing the direct pressure.


Finally, the cells glide or shear over on themselves to redirect energy away from your head. 

How much safer is it?



48 times better at preventing concussions

This image depicts how cyclists using Wavecel technology are less affected by impacts from common cycling crashes. Bontrager maintains that Wavecel inserts improve a cyclists' chances of avoiding a concussion by 48 times.*



Nearly 99 times out of 100 WaveCel can help prevent concussions

This graphic from Bontrager shows the probability of AIS 2 Injury (BrIC) at a 6.2 M/S 45° angled impact, and compares industry standard helmets to the performance of the exact same helmets with WaveCel.*

*Results based on AIS 2 Injury (BriC) at 6.2 m/s test at 45° comparing a standard EPS Helmet and the same helmet modified with WaveCel insert as described in detail in Comparison of Bicycle Helmet Technologies in Realistic Oblique Impacts.

The WaveCel Line

Styles for all kinds of riders

Road Performance: XXX and Specter

Mountain Biking: Blaze and Rally

Urban + Commuting: Charge

Multi-Purpose Riding: Starvos

Youth: Jet (comes in two kid's sizes)

Crash Replacement Guarantee

Keep in mind that Trek and Bontrager also offer a great Crash Replacement Guarantee on all WaveCel helmets. They will replace your helmet for free if you're involved in a crash within the first year of owning your WaveCel helmet.

Bontrager XXX
WaveCel Road Helmet

Who it's for: Road racers and riders who are serious about aerodynamics.

Price: $299.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the Boa System for a comfortable fit
  • Adjustable strap dividers allow for a fine tune fit
  • An aerodynamic shape for faster riding
  • AgION antimicrobial pads eliminates odors and wicks moisture away
  • NoSweat pad with silicone channel helps keep the sweat out of your eyes
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee

Bontrager Specter
WaveCel Road Bike Helmet

Who it's for: Anyone who wants an all-purpose helmet that will perform well during everyday rides on roads, trails, gravel, and more.

Price: $149.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the Boa System for a comfortable fit
  • Fidlock magnetic buckles that slide together quickly and easily without the pinch
  • Great airflow from superior ventilation so you stay cool
  • Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking, and washable helmet pads
  • Reflective elements placed on the back of the help you be seen in traffic
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee

Bontrager WaveCel Starvos Helmet Black

Bontrager Starvos   
WaveCel Cycling Helmet

Who it's for: Riders who want the premium protection of WaveCel technology at a more affordable price

Price: $99.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the Headmaster system for a quick, comfortable fit
  • LockDown dividers allow for a fine tuned strap fit
  • Comfortable, washable pads wick moisture away
  • Available in XL
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee

Bontrager Blaze
WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet

Who it's for: Mountain bikers who ride everything from demanding enduro courses to flowy local trails.

Price: $299.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the Boa System for a comfortable fit
  • Fidlock magnetic buckles that slide together quickly and easily without the pinch
  • Front Blendr mount system lets you easily mount a GoPro or lighting accessory
  • AgION antimicrobial pads eliminates odors and wicks moisture away
  • NoSweat pad with silicone channel helps keep the sweat out of your eyes
  • Drop-in coverage on back of helmet gives you better all-around protection
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee

Bontrager WaveCel Rally Mountain Bike Helmet Green

Bontrager Rally  
WaveCel Mountain Bike Helmet

Who it's for: Mountain bikers who want the premium protection of WaveCel technology at a more affordable price

Price: $149.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the BOA fit system for a comfortable fit
  • Adjustable visor to keep sun and rain out of your face
  • Helmet shell extends in rear for added protection 
  • LockDown dividers allow for a fine tune strap fit
  • Comfortable, washable pads wick moisture away
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee

Bontrager Charge
WaveCel Commuter Helmet

Who it's for: Commuters and city cyclists who need something functional and stylish.

Price: $149.99

  • Easy one-handed adjustments with the Boa System for a comfortable fit
  • Fidlock magnetic buckles that slide together quickly and easily without the pinch
  • Easy integration of Bontrager light accessories with the Rear Blendr mount system
  • Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking, and washable helmet pads
  • Built-in visor provides keeps the sun and rain out of your eyes
  • Reflective elements placed on the back of the helmet make you more visible to traffic
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee
Bontrager WaveCel Jet Kid's Helmet Yellow

Bontrager Jet
WaveCel Kid's Helmets

Who it's for: The young rider in your family who you want to make sure is protected

Price: $99.99

  • Two sizes: Children (48-52cm) and Youth (50-55cm)
  • Tested to meet ASTM helmet standards specific to younger riders
  • Fidlock magnetic buckles that slide together quickly and easily without the pinch
  • Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking, and washable helmet pads
  • The 1 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee





Frequently Asked Questions

Who developed WaveCel?

A team of doctors, researchers, and engineers who have been studying head injury prevention for the past 15 years. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has given this team multiple grants to support their work.

What kinds of tests have been performed?

Besides passing all current required safety standards, WaveCel went above and beyond to test more realistic crash scenarios involving angular and rotational impacts. A third party helmet review institution at Virginia Tech awarded WaveCel its highest ratings after its own testing, which you can read more about at https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicyclehelmet-ratings.html

Is my standard foam (EPS) helmet unsafe?

While standard EPS foam helmets still pass the current safety tests, they are designed to protect against linear impacts and skull fractures. WaveCel goes a step further and protects you from injuries that are common in real life situations, where the impacts are angular and rotational. Standard EPS helmets aren't unsafe; they won't protect you as well as WaveCel will, but they are better than no helmet at all.  

What's the difference between WaveCel and other honeycomb systems?

While other honeycomb systems address linear impacts and use a slip liner to address rotational force, WaveCel material moves in 3 different ways to absorb impact from both linear and angular impacts and is more effective at transferring rotational energy away from your head.

Can it sustain multiple impacts?

Nope. WaveCel is designed to be your best protection against a crash, but after it's done its job, you'll need to replace it like any other helmet.

How do I know when to replace it?

Replace your WaveCel helmet if it's involved in a crash. They should also be replaced every 3 years like all Bontrager helmets, as parts and materials can lose strength over time. Bontrager will replace your WaveCel helmet if it's involved in a crash within your first year of owning it.

Does WaveCel change the fit of the helmet?

WaveCel's flexible dome is comfortable and doesn't change how the helmet fits. You'll be fine ordering your usual size.

How does it affect breathability?

The WaveCel material channels air flow differently, allowing for better ventilation than traditional EPS foam. WaveCel helmets let out a lot of heat and due to less insulating foam material.

Is it heavier than a helmet without WaveCel?

WaveCel technology adds 53g to the helmet, which will most likely be completely unnoticeable for riders.

Can I buy just the WaveCel (and put it in my regular helmet)?

Nope. You can't buy WaveCel separately and you can’t remove it from a Bontrager helmet.

I sweat, like, a lot—will that hurt this technology?

If you sweat a lot you should clean your helmet once in a while but it will not have an impact on the functionality of the material.

What can render the helmet un-usable?

Besides being replaced after a crash, compounds such as bug spray, solvents, oils, paint, and aerosols can degrade helmet materials. See the owner’s manual for a complete list.