Helmets are the most important piece of mountain bike safety gear but they can be expensive. Luckily with a little shopping around, there are usually some great MTB helmets on sale, so you can spend less without sacrificing safety on the trail.
While not every rider wears knee pads, for example, everybody from downhillers to cross-country riders wears a helmet. Each discipline of mountain biking has its own demands of what a helmet should feature and do. All helmets are primarily designed to do one thing though, which is to protect your head from the hard ground.
The best mountain bike helmets are continually evolving, from retention to ventilation plus the addition and increased sophistication of rotational protection systems such as MIPS. These features increase rider comfort and safety so that you have a better time on the trail. It is also important to remember that even if your old helmet is still serving you well it may still need to be replaced. Helmets have a shelf life and while manufacturers provide their own advice it's generally accepted that a helmet should be replaced every three to five years based on use as the safety and integrity of the helmet degrades over time.
Luckily for you, Bike Perfect has been hunting down the deals so that you can replace your old faithful helmet with a new shiny head protector. Check out our pick of the best MTB helmets on sale currently or if you want to have a hunt for MTB helmets on sale yourself we have put together a list of all the best places to find them.
Best mountain bike sales — quick links
- Jenson USA: Huge sale with discounts on bikes, components and more
- Competitive Cyclist: Up to 50% off currently during their Summer Semiannual Sale
- Backcountry: Up to 50% off bikes, clothing, helmets and more
- Rei: Stocks brands like Cannondale, Wahoo, and Rahpa
- ProBikeKit: Prodominatly a road retailer but also sells MTB gear
- Eastern Mountain Sports: Up to 80% off cycling products and other categories
- Wiggle: Up to 50% off a huge range of bikes and cycling kit
- Chain Reaction Cycles: Up to 70% off cycling gear and accessories
- Moosejaw: Up to 50% off cycling gear and more
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MTB helmets on sale
Smith Session MIPS | 44% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $160.00 | Now $89.98
Smith packs a combo of Koroyd Technology and MIPs into its Session trail helmet. Offering more protection than an XC helmet but not quite as much as an enduro helmet, the Session is ideal for trail riding. Currently, this deal only applies to size small. View Deal
Leatt DBX 3.0 | 28% off at Jenson USA
Was $169.99 | Now $121.99
We tested the DBX and were impressed with its 360 Turbine Technology that claims a 30% reduction in head impact loads at concussion levels and 40% reduction in rotational G transfer. Discount is available on both Ruby and Black colors
Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS | 41% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $145.00 | Now $84.96
Troy Lee Designs improves on the standard A1's safety features with the addition of MIPS to this lid. TLD has a reputation for a reason, they make some of the best and most stylish helmets out there. It's only the size small that's discounted, unfortunately.View Deal
Bolle Trackdown MIPS | 30% off at Jenson USA
Was $169.00 | Now $117.99
A perfect helmet for all-mountain or enduro riding, Bolle has also used MIPS in this helmet design. If you are a fan of wild colors too, this is the deal for you. View Deal
MET Roam | 47% off at Backcountry
Was $149.95 | Now $79.96
Designed as a do-everything helmet the MET Roam features Safe-T Orbital fit system that offers 360 degrees of adjustment, 22 vents, goggle clips and camera mounts. Discounts are available on small and medium depending on color.View Deal
Cannondale Intent Helmet | 25% off at REI
Was $140.00| Now $104.73
The Intent was designed for enduro stage wins and all-day adventures. Featuring deeper rear coverage for enduro riding, this helmet also has 13 broad air vents to keep you cool. View Deal
Smith Venture Helmet | 27% off at REI
Was $110.00| Now $79.93
The venture incorporates MIPS for better protection against rotational forces. This helmet is ideal for trail riding and doesn't break the bank. View Deal
Lazer Jackal MIPS Helmet | 25% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $199.99| Now $149.99
The Lazer Jackal is the brand's latest helmet for trail/enduro riding. We have reviewed this lid and found that it's up there with some of the best in terms of fit, protection, and performance. View Deal
Bell Full-9 Fusion MIPS Helmet | 39% off at Competitive Cyclist
Was $279.95| Now $169.97
The Bell Full-9 uses the same platform as the Full-9 carbon but uses fiberglass to keep the price down. MIPS technology in this lid will protect you no matter if you're on the downhill or BMX track. View Deal
Troy Lee Designs D3 Carbon MIPS | 40% off at Jenson USA
Was $495.00 | Now $297.00
Troy Lee Design arguably makes some of the most iconic full-face helmets and have done so for years. The D3 Carbon MIPS is one of these helmets and while the retail price is a lofty $495, Jenson USA has softened the blow with a generous 40% off in a size small.View Deal
If you are unsure how to choose, check out our guide on how to pick the best mountain bike helmets. Helmets aren't the only piece of protection that you may need on the trails. If your riding involves fast descending then kneepads are a worthy investment to protect a vulnerable area and keep you riding - check out our guide to the best mtb knee pads for those or our best MTB gloves to protect your hands.
Even more cycling deals
Looking for more deals? Check out Bike Perfect's other round-ups of the best deals available:
- Best mountain bike deals: The best deals on mountain bikes, components and clothing
- Cheap MTB clothing: Wardrobe upgrades to look and perform better on the trail
- Cheap MTB shoes: Today's best deals on cheap MTB shoes
- Cheap MTB wheels: Today's best deals on cheap mountain bike wheels
- Cheap mountain bike tires: Today's best deals on cheap mountain bike tires
Haven't found what you want?
Below, we've put together a roundup of the retailers where we regularly find great deals. If our selection of deals picks haven't supplied you with what you need, we won't just leave you hanging. We're happy to provide you with the tools to help you find your own. While not all of the following retailers sell bikes, they all cross over into the world of cycling in some way or another, be that by selling clothing, components or tech.
Competitive Cyclist is one of the largest cycling retailers in the US. Their cycling sale is ongoing and there are deals aplenty.
BackCountry, the US outdoor sports retailer, is one of the United States' go-to online retailers for bikes, components, clothing and accessories. It doesn't limit itself to cycling though, with fishing, skiing, and even yoga in the range of sports catered for.
Jenson USA is another USA-based retailer and always has thousands of offers available.
Rei is an outdoor retailer based in the USA. There's always a sale, and you can currently get up to 64% off cycling products and even more in other categories.
Gear Coop has a huge cycling section currently with discounts on Giro shoes and helmets.
Seshday has up to 80% off in its sale. It's not all cycling, but there's a good portion of tech that cyclists of both road and mountain bike disciplines will get excited about.
Clever Training is the go-to place for all-things fitness training. With everything from turbo trainers to track pumps, the Clever Training sale has discounts on brands such as Garmin, Suunto, Topeak and more.
Moosejaw isn't a dedicated cycling retailer, but it sells a range of venerable brands. There's a heap of bikes on sale, including hardtail, full-suspension and gravel bikes.
Eastern Mountain Sports is another outdoor retailer that also sells cycling products. You can save up to 60% on cycling gear, although they don't sell bikes.
Tree Fort Bikes has a range of mountain bikes, gravel and road on offer, including a number of bikes from Salsa, Surly and Giant.
Alchemy Bikes currently offering $1000 off select bikes, very limited stock left.
Walmart might be a left-field inclusion in this list - even with the Walmart family buying Rapha. We certainly wouldn't recommend a typical supermarket bike, but Walmart has a huge range of electronics, a lot of which are useful to us cyclists - such as GoPro cameras, iPads or laptops for Zwift and Garmin computers.
Wiggle is one of the world's largest online cycling shops, supplying over 70 countries with cycling deals.
Chain Reaction Cycles is owned by Wiggle, and therefore shares many of the same cycling deals as well as an international audience.
Amazon isn't exactly the first retailer you think of when shopping for your bike but there's little the world's largest retailer doesn't sell, such as action cameras or Garmin computers.
Tredz is another British retailer with international delivery options and a range of great cycling deals.
Rutland Cycling is yet another British retailer that operates internationally.
Tweeks Cycles is more UK-focussed, but there are still some great deals worth checking out.
Hargroves Cycles is a retailer based in the UK and regularly discounts mountain and gravel bikes.
Cyclestore, one of the UK's lesser-known retailers, often has Specialized products at the best available price.
Leisure Lakes is another UK retailer. With 11 stores, it's a relatively well-known franchise, and will happily ship overseas.
Halfords is discounting all sorts of cycling products. So whether it's a kids' bike or tools, you can't go far wrong.