Met Rivale MIPS helmet review

The updated Met Rivale gets better comfort, bolder styling cues and improved safety measures than the model it replaces but how does all of this translate in the real world? Our tech editor, Aaron Borrill, accidentally crash-tested one during a mountain bike race and lives to tell the tale

Red Met Rivale MIPS helmet
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

A lightweight, aerodynamically designed helmet that can double up for use on both the road and mountain bike trail - the MIPS and protection measures work superbly well, too


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    Lightweight structure

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    Attractive and sculptural aesthetics

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    Good comfort and adjustability

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    Impressive all-round head coverage

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    MIPS slip-liner for rotational impact protection

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    Obstructing strap management


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It's easy to fall prey to the marketing hype spewed forth by cycling equipment manufacturers - after all, when it comes to aspects such as safety claims, this can become a very difficult area to quantify, especially pertaining to the best road bike helmets. Apart from attributes such as fit, comfort and ventilation, there's not much we as journalists can add to our assessments without genuinely doing our very own independent crash testing, but that's a specialised field on its own. Of course, there's the Virginia Tech Helmet Rating, which has become a wealth of information in terms of evaluating the crash effectiveness of helmets. 

Nothing, however, truly speaks more truth than an actual crash test in real-world conditions, something I experienced at the Pippingford Park leg of the Southern XC MTB series back in June this year. 

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.

Height: 175cm

Weight: 61.5kg

Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB