Fake Bike Helmets: Cheap But Dangerous

After impact, the authentic Specialized Evade helmet on the left held up but the counterfeit on the right crumbled. Specialized says the fakes lack reinforced roll cages — internal skeletons that hold the helmets together even after a crash.

Cheap knock-offs don’t provide anywhere near the protection or durability of the products they replace. And most riders won’t be able to tell the difference between real and counterfeit helmets.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Specialized Bicycles)