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2014 Specialized Dissident Comp

High End Style at Entry Level Price

Words by Morgan Taylor. Photos by Morgan Taylor.
July 24th, 2013

Specialized introduced the Dissident helmet in 2012 as a high end, moto style carbon offering with all the features one might expect from a modern full face. Below it in the line sat the Deviant II, an entry level full face that from an aesthetic perspective seemed to be based on a traditional bike helmet.

For 2014 the Dissident Comp helmet provides that high end aesthetic at the entry level price. For around $150 US (CDN pricing yet to be determined, but expect numbers to fall in line) you get a composite shell and many of the features found in the carbon model at more than twice the price.

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Polished good looks at an entry level price. This is the Specialized Status of full face helmets.

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The Dissident Comp shares its carbon predecessor’s shell shape and ventilation, and sports its own colour schemes.

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The Dissident also shares the helmet EJECT system to allow safe removal in the event of an injury.

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The Dissident Comp complies with the usual safety standards for bicycle helmets: CPSC, SNELL B-95, CE and ASTM 1952 (standard for downhill mountain bike racing helmets).

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Dissident Comp next to the carbon Dissident (in Troy Brosnan’s custom paint). Both are available in four sizes.

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The 2014 Specialized Dissident Comp is available in a colour range from “grom splatter” to “none blacker”.


Always nice to see a stylish option at the affordable price point…