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Rapha to launch special edition Synthe MIPS helmet

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The forthcoming Rapha helmet. Remind you of anything?

The forthcoming Rapha helmet. Remind you of anything? (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The Rapha helmet, which is essentially a special edition Giro Synthe MIPS, gets a few special touches like this textured panel

The Rapha helmet, which is essentially a special edition Giro Synthe MIPS, gets a few special touches like this textured panel (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The back end of the Synthe is removed for the Rapha helmet

The back end of the Synthe is removed for the Rapha helmet (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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Plenty of Giro logos remain

Plenty of Giro logos remain (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The construction and functional details are all Giro

The construction and functional details are all Giro (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The Rapha helmet will be available from 20 September

The Rapha helmet will be available from 20 September (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The helmet will come in hi-vis yellow and black

The helmet will come in hi-vis yellow and black (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)
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The black helmet has iridescent lower panels

The black helmet has iridescent lower panels (Image credit: Ben Delaney/Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Performance sportswear brand Rapha will release its first helmet on 20 September, which is essentially a special edition Giro Synthe MIPS.

Design elements unique to the Rapha helmet compared to the Synthe include reflective strips on the helmet straps, an opening in the back of the shell and textured strips running lengthwise across the top. There is a hi-vis yellow model and a black option with iridescent purple low panels.

Beyond the Synthe helmet mold and construction, plenty of Giro-branded elements remain including logos on the fit adjustment dial and the strap connectors.

Rapha isn't trying to hide the Giro partnership though, the British company has worked on similar projects with shoes for years.

Before Alex Valdman joined Rapha as head of product design two years ago, he was design director at Giro's parent company BRG Sports. While his initial work at the company was on the clothing, more expansion products seem likely.

"This is quite likely the start of something further," Rapha spokesman Derrick Lewis said of the Rapha helmet, which will retail for £225 / $330 / €305.