For over 30 years bike helmet technology has remained relatively unchanged. Trek is changing the equation with WaveCel technology — a breakthrough innovation that underscores Trek’s commitment to making cycling safer for every rider. Watch the video here or click on the image below.

“WaveCel is the most advanced helmet technology ever designed, and these helmets are a big step toward making riding a safer, more enjoyable experience for everyone.” – John Burke, President, Trek

WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager WaveCel helmets. The material is proven to be up to 48-times more effective than standard EPS foam at preventing concussions from common cycling accidents.* Developed by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Steve Madey and Biomechanical Engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang, who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention, the result is unlike any standard foam helmet on the market.

Designed to protect against direct impacts, WaveCel accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen—ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts. WaveCel absorbs energy in multiple ways. On impact, the layers of the material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head.  This three-step change in material structure—flex, crumple, glide—is effective at dispersing the energy from an impact. Nearly 99 times out of 100, WaveCel prevents concussions from common cycling accidents.*

Bontrager WaveCel helmets are initially being offered in four models:  XXX WaveCel Road Helmet • Blaze WaveCel MTB Helmet • Specter WaveCel Road Helmet • Charge WaveCel Commuter Helmet

Photos courtesy Trek x Bontrager


*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.