German firm Abus are best known for their locks, but they also make a range of cycle helmets and they’ve just sent us one of their new commuter lids to test.
The Abus Urban-I has a rather unusual shape, but what really sets it apart from the pack is the twin red LED light built into the sizing dial on the back.
This has two modes – constant and flashing – and is complemented by a triangle-shaped reflector. The back of your helmet is a pretty good place to have a light – the height makes it easy for drivers to see and it can’t be obscured by flapping trouser legs like a seatpost-mounted lamp.
The helmet itself has all the normal features – a removable peak, ‘Zoom’ size adjustment system (basically, you turn the dial with the LEDs on and an internal cradle tightens around your head) and adjustable straps with padded chinguard. It has 21 openings and vents for good airflow, weighs 250g and meets the EN 1078 safety standard.
The Urban-I has a shape more akin to one of Giro’s Hex trail lids than a typical road helmet, with quite a close fit, low profile and a dropped rear for extra protection. We think it looks good, although the light on the back does rather spoil its smooth lines.
Our helmet was a stealthy, matt ‘velvet black’, but the Urban-I is also available in grey or olive. Suggested retail price is £49.99. We’ll post a review as soon as we’ve put in a few miles with it on.