WaveCel: the biggest advancement in the protection against cycling concussions

Trek and Bontrager have partnered with WaveCel to create a helmet technology that disrupts 30 years of accepted safety standards. You only get one brain. It's worth protecting.

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What is WaveCel?

WaveCel is a revolutionary, Bontrager-exclusive helmet technology that's up to 48x more effective than standard foam helmets in preventing concussions. *

* 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.

Helmet Construction

WaveCel is a collapsible cellular structure that lines the inside of your helmet.

WaveCel helmet construction: insert with shell overlay

It works like a crumple zone that absorbs the force of an impact before it reaches your head.

How it works

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

Flex

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

Crumple

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

Glide

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

WaveCel has been shown to reduce the likelihood of certain cycling related concussions by up to 48X when compared to a standard foam helmet. *

This graphic depicts the probability of AIS 2 Injury (BrIC) at a 6.2 M/S 45° angled impact, comparing standard foam helmets and the same helmets with WaveCel inserts. *

EPS foam

WaveCel


Superior protection. Proven.

Bontrager WaveCel helmets offer significantly better protection than standard foam helmets. They're up to 48x more effective in preventing concussions caused by common cycling accidents. *

* 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.

* 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.

EPS Foam Concussion graphic.

EPS Foam

WaveCel concussion graphic.

WaveCel


WaveCel deconstructed

Bontrager helmet shell.

Cool and comfortable

The best helmet is one that doesn't distract you when you're riding. WaveCel helmets are extensively tested in the wind tunnel for air flow.

WaveCel helmet insert.

Nothing outweighs safety

Gram for gram, WaveCel punches way above its weight when it comes to protection. This revolutionary safety tech adds only 53g on average to Bontrager helmets.

Helmet Boa dial.

Dial your fit

WaveCel helmets are engineered to fit and feel great. They're easy to adjust with a single Boa dial and the included fit pads, and every one has a uniform dome shape developed from over 150 studies on what feels best in helmets.


If your WaveCel helmet is impacted within the first year of ownership, we'll replace it for free through the Bontrager Crash Replacement Guarantee.

WaveCel is available exclusively on Bontrager helmets online and through authorised Trek and Bontrager retailers.

Every Bontrager WaveCel helmet received a five-star rating in Virginia Tech’s safety rating system. That’s perfect marks on every helmet in the line-up.


Black and white photograph of riders on the street Woman looking over her shoulder with Specter WaveCel Road helmet on.
Young woman looking over her shoulder with a Charge WaveCel Commuter helmet on.

Find your WaveCel helmet

Bontrager WaveCel helmets offer the best in high-performance protection and comfort, and there's an option for every rider.

See WaveCel helmets