Hope R8 LED front light £350

Range-topping moutain bike light

BikeRadar score 3.5/5

The mighty R8 heads up Hope’s light range, pumping out a massive 2,200 measured lumens, with a build quality that’ll survive the worst the weather can throw at it.

It can be helmet or bar mounted, though given its 180g bulk, we found the bar option to be best.

Eight LEDs combine in a 4x spot, 2x diffused and 2x elliptical formation to create a beam that’s both broad and reaches down the trail. The spread of light is nearly as wide as it is deep on maximum power, which was useful in tight situations where we’d normally rely on a head mounted light for assistance in the turns.

An illuminated rubber button on the top accesses two light sequences and gives feedback on settings and battery life. ‘Trail’ mode offers low power and flashing options, while the ‘race’ sequence toggles between the three brightest settings.

The battery’s weight (450g) and bulk (90 x 50 x 65mm) mean it’s a good idea to mount it down low on the bike. A rubber sleeve and velcro strap keep it securely in place, and there’s a useful battery life indicator too.

Hope claim a two-hour burn time on full power but ours was still going well after two hours and 15 minutes.

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

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