Specialized's new Dissident 2 full-face helmet is ready to race with added protection, improved ventilation, and a new look

Specialized's new Dissident 2 full-face helmet
(Image credit: Specialized)

Specialized has released a new version of their Dissident helmet which has been designed in collaboration with Specialized Gravity Team riders Loic Bruni and Finn Iles. Specialized's best full-face MTB helmet features a number of improvements and has already seen success, being worn by Finn Iles on his winning run at Mont-Sainte-Anne last year.

The three-layer construction features a Carbon Shell, Poly Carbonate, and EPS. Specialized has combined five different density EPS foam inserts in specific positions, allowing Specialized to tune the amount of energy absorption as well as reduce the weight of the helmet.

Inside, Specialized uses MIPS Evolve liner, which uses fabric pocket attachments to reduce "bobblehead and creakiness" that could be distracting when riding. Interestingly, the second edition of the Dissident doesn't feature Specialized's crash alert sensor ANGi, which was fitted to the previous helmet.

One feature that we are sad to see dropped from the Dissident 2 is the Magnetic chin strap buckle that was specced on the first helmet and allowed for simple and secure fitment. Specialized has opted for a traditional and more fiddly D-Ring on the Dissident 2 instead.

The new helmet is just part of a raft of Specialized gear announced today. The US brand has also just revealed its new Epic World Cup XC bikes, updated versions of their 2FO Roost Flat shoe including a brand new street Method model, and a redesigned Purgatory tire range.

Specialized's new Dissident 2 full-face helmet pictured from the side floating above a platform

The new Dissident has a far more angular aesthetic (Image credit: Specialized)

The vents of the Dissident 2 have been reworked to improve airflow. Most notable difference is the addition of a hood scoop to channel a flow of cool air in. Work has also been done to help direct warm air out the rear of the helmet too.

The Dissident 2 features a claimed weight of 940g (medium, which is around 60g lighter than the original Dissident. That means it's still a downhill-specific helmet and riders looking for lightweight full-face protection for enduro will be better served by Specialized Gambit.

The Dissident 2 only comes in black and is available to buy now. Pricing in the US and UK is $500 / £350 respectively.

Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg