Cateye Volt 700 light - in brief review£99.99

Well-balanced illumination

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Japanese bike electronics pioneer Cateye has returned to form with its latest Volt light range. The slim torpedo design uses a single LED in the metal front end with side cut outs for a sliver of extra traffic visibility.

The beam has a very tight focus for reasonable – if not excessive – reach and good middle distance fill that works great in most riding situations. Peripheral illumination is a bit vague if you're really cracking on or negotiating twisty lanes, but it was still praised as one of the most balanced light outputs by our test team.

Three power levels then two flash modes help extend adequate battery life but there's no battery indicator light apart from a low power warning. The double click on with inset push button stops accidental starting, in bags for instance. but it can be awkward to operate with thick winter gloves. Cateye reliability is typically excellent though and the band style mount can be persuaded to fit most slim aero bars as well as round ones.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus 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: 45
  • 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 than 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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