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Trek and Bontrager have partnered with WaveCel to create a helmet technology that disrupts 30 years of accepted safety conventions.

Staff Pick | April 2019

Bontrager WaveCel

A Major Advancement in the Protection Against Cycling-Related Head Injuries

WaveCel is a revolutionary helmet safety tech that accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen: ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts. Standard foam helmets are designed to protect against direct impacts. These WaveCel road, mountain, commuter, and e-bike helmets are remarkably effective at preventing concussions caused by common cycling accidents. You only get one brain. It's worth protecting.


WaveCel is a collapsible cellular structure that lines the inside of your Bontrager helmet. It's designed to be more effective than traditional foam helmets in protecting your head from injuries caused by certain cycling accidents.*

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 *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 Evaluation of a Novel Bicycle Helmet Concept in Oblique Impact Testing. This study compares standard foam helmets and the same helmets with WaveCel inserts in a simulation of a typical bike crash.


In order to protect your head and absorb the energy created by an impact, WaveCel goes through a three-step change in material structure.


First, the cells flex to reduce initial frictional forces.


Next, the cells crumple like a car bumper at impact.


Finally, WaveCel glides to redirect energy away from your head.

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