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The Abus Urban-I 3.0 MIPS helmet offers a lot of useful features, top-notch safety tech and a choice of colours and sizes. The narrow fit won't suit every head though, and you are paying the MIPS premium.
Touted by Abus as 'one of the best-known urban helmets in Germany and Europe,' the Urban-I is now in its third generation. MIPS comes as standard – if you haven't come across it before, it's the yellow cradle inside the shell, and it's held in place by four yellow tabs.
These tabs are stretchy and are attached to the helmet itself, allowing the yellow cradle to essentially float inside. It helps absorb rotational impacts that can be a particular problem in crashes.
Aside from MIPS, the helmet has quite a few features that are nicely focused towards the urban rider.
There's an integral LED rear light on the back with steady and flashing modes, reflective accents and an easy-to-use magnetic closure.
There's also plenty of ventilation, a small peak, and the helmet is ponytail friendly.
I tested the size M – designed to fit heads between 52-58cm. The adjustment is excellent, with an easy-to-operate dial at the back, but I did find the shape didn't really suit my fairly standard-shaped noggin. The length and volume are fine, but it feels relatively narrow.
The peak doesn't obstruct my vision, but is just big enough to soften the 'functional' aesthetic and offering a modicum of weather and glare protection.
As well as being very user-friendly, the magnetic closure has a nicely cushioned pad behind the fastening.
The fit (narrowness aside) is confidence-inspiring in its stability, too, while the plentiful venting gives good air flow for most commuter-type riding.
I really like the the integral LED light at the back, and it's super-easy to use, if not the brightest light ever. However, while it's fairly straightforward to prise out of the helmet once it's battery replacement time (it takes a little coin cell), it's very fiddly to actually get to the battery itself.
At £104.99, the Abus is on a par with most commuter helmets with MIPS. The MET Vinci Helmet is £100 but doesn't have the integral LED, for instance, while the Bern Hudson DOES have the LED but is £109.99.
The Abus Urban-I 3.0 MIPS is a well-made and confidence-inspiring lid with some nice features, and – assuming the narrow the fit suits your head – it's a great option for commuting.
Well-designed helmet with good features for urban riding, including MIPS. Check the narrow fit suits your head, though
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Abus Urban-I 3.0 MIPS
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Abus says: "Our most popular urban helmet and not without reason! The Urban-I 3.0 is a perfectly equipped city helmet full of practical features. Large reflectors and a high mounted LED rear light with 180° offer improved visibility in road traffic."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
In-Mold for a durable connection with the outer shell with shock-absorbing helmet material (EPS)
High visibility due to reflectors
Foamed-in fly net
Ponytail compatibility: Perfect fit for people with long hair
Full-ring: Adjustable ring connected to adjustment system enclosing all of the head
Available in sizes to suit heads between 51cm and 65cm
Ventilation with 12 air inlets and 5 air outlets
Zoom Ace Urban: Finely adjustable adjustment system with handy adjustment wheel for customisable fit
Large, highly mounted and integrated LED tail light with 180° visibility
Fidlock magnetic strap buckle
Very well-made and feels very solid, without being overly heavy.
As long as the fit suits your head, this is a reliable and confidence-inspiring helmet for city riding.
Apart from the fiddly battery replacement in the LED light unit, this is a very solid and durable helmet.
It's not the lightest, but far from being a heavyweight.
The narrow fit won't suit all head shapes, but if it does suit yours, it's very comfortable.
On a par with most urban-focused helmets with MIPS.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Reasonable weight, useful rear LED, good range of sizes, comfortable magnetic fastening, MIPS liner.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Narrow fit won't suit all heads, fiddly battery replacement for LED light.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
At £104.99, the Abus is on a par with most commuter helmets with MIPS. The MET Vinci Helmet is £100 but doesn't have the integral LED, for instance, while the Bern Hudson Helmet DOES have the LED and is £109.99.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Probably not, but only because the shape didn't suit my head.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
This is a well-designed and nicely featured helmet with a strong urban focus. It offers good comfort and protection at a decent price.
About the tester
I usually ride: Liv Invite My best bike is: Specialized Ruby Elite
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.