DHB is one of our instant picks when recommending affordable yet functional kit and, on the (polycarbonate) surface, the HDB R2.0 Road helmet ticks those boxes.
There’s a low-profile design with an aerodynamic finish at the rear, the chin strap is a welcome touch, and the 273g weight is impressive despite the slender price tag. The polycarbonate shell is fused to the EPS foam, but it’s a little untidy at the front and we’d prefer to see the foam fully covered like others on test.
The ratchet dial feels flimsy and that extends to the slender forehead pad, which feels too thin to prevent the Velcro and helmet ridges behind it pushing into our forehead; they’re also slow to dry during moderately sweaty sets.
Verdict: Nice shell, but it’s a shame about the pads and finishing.