BikeRay Ray-Fi front light review£109.90

Heavy-duty lighting

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This monster from BikeRay resets the big power/small cost benchmark for lights all over again. At 628g, the big three-LED headlamp and hard plastic cuboid battery aren’t aimed at minimalist 24-hour racers.

With a theoretical 3,000-lumen output throwing a ton of well-spread light down the trail and wrapping round to the peripheral, it’s great for bombing down descents though.

There are four output levels to extend run times, but you’ll get nearly two hours before the warning light comes on even at full power. You even get a wireless control switch for toggling modes.

The O-ring mount means a wrap of tape is needed on shinier bars to stop the big head unit slipping and even then it can waggle on steppy/rocky descents, creating a slight shimmer effect, but it’s not a deal breaker. A helmet mount is supplied too.

Twin straps secure the bulky battery well, as long as you’ve got a vaguely flat surface for it somewhere on your frame and the waterproof connectors get a threaded collar to lock them together.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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