One23 Extreme Bright 3 front light review

Great reach down the trail

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The small white head and equally compact battery keep weight low and they’re both easy to fit. The white colour also makes it easier to find the light in a dark car park or CamelBak if you’re using it as a back up. In common with most smaller wattage lights, the beam is designed more for road use, with a surprisingly powerful but tightly focused light patch.

This gives a great reach down the trail considering the price just sneaks over the £100 mark, and if you just need something that’ll warn you of any fallen trees, big puddles and so on on familiar trails then it’s fine. The dim peripheral area is made more distracting by random halo patterns so more technical, twisty or entirely new trails need treating with caution. Epic battery life lets you run it full beam for most rides, although output does dim noticeably as the battery drains.

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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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