Monday, November 4, 2013 10.00am
By Guy Kesteven
Hope's new single-LED lamp is designed as a multi-sports all-rounder. Its power is decent for the price, but the lofty helmet mount and lack of a run-time display are frustrating.
The offset two-bolt metal clamp sites the tiny light over/in front of the stem centre, while the small hardcase battery fits easily onto most frames with the elasticated Velcro strap.
A pre-coiled cable means less wire dangle, which is a tidy solution. The reasonably punchy yet even beam works well for low-speed technical riding, particularly when helmet mounted. A generous battery life means you can run it full chat for most rides, which offsets the theoretical power advantages of similarly-priced rivals.
The tall stem, which then connects to a tall bayonet mount that bolts into the helmet mount, means the R1 looms off the top of your head like a periscope. We got painfully caught in low branches several times.
There's also no low battery warning light – just a flash in the beam every 15 seconds once it automatically drops to limp-home levels, so judging run times, especially as it gets older, is a lottery.
Hope R1 beam shot
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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