Maia RX1000 Li-ion front light£59.97

RX1000 Li-ion front light

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The latest entry in the ‘best-priced proper off-road light without buying from China’ charts is this serious bargain 1,000-lumen Maia RX1000 light from Tweeks Cycles.

 As with most bargain lights, the lumen rating is based on theoretical rather than actual output. Whatever the actual number, the tightly focused centre beam punches a long way down the trail (or road if you’re bi-bikeual) and is impressively free of holes or dark spots.

There’s a dramatic drop off to a relatively feeble peripheral glow though, so for twisty stuff we’d use the included helmet mount.

The battery’s small size and long lead make it easy to mount on most frames (or drop in your bag/back pocket), and the run times leave a safety margin on a two-hour night ride at full power.

 O-ring mounts are provided for both oversize and old skinny bars, and while the head unit can slip on steps and rocky descents, that’s easily solved with a bit of inner tube. To toggle between the three constant-power modes you also have to skip the strobe and ‘off’ settings, which isn’t ideal, but it’s still an utter bargain for £60.

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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