Cycling during the winter months means you’ll probably be riding during the darker hours of the day at some point. So having a good set of lights is essential, and we’ve put a bunch of rear lights to the test and picked six of our favourites below.
CatEye Rapid X3
Cateye Rapid X3 Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
Cateye’s three Rapid series lights use a slimline curved design with optional deep-finned back piece and selection of rubber straps to mount securely on deep, sharp-pointed aero seatposts.
With a 150-lumen max from two COB LED strips the 51g X3 is powerful and all-round visible for the busiest roads. Run-time is 1 hour 20 mins on max power.
Alpkit Tau Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
Alpkit’s value 20g Tau mounts most places with twin-hooked rubber bands. The single 20-lumen COB LED strip gives two constant modes, pulse and two flashers to grab attention with useful side coverage, with a run-time of 3 hours 30 mins on max power.
The switch is backlit to show full or low charge and it powers up quickly.
Moon Nebula Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
Moon’s 63g COB LED gives great visibility up to a 100-lumen max through four constant and four flashing modes, and, from experience, the metal casing aids durability.
The range of mounts — hinged O-ring strap, secure belt/clothing clip and saddle rail clip — and a cabled remote option make the Nebula a user-friendly package.
Knog Blinder Mob V Mr Chips
Knog Blinder Mob V Mr Chips Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
The 44-lumen 43g Mr Chips is part of a huge range of lights using the silicone wrap strap design Knog pioneered for easy fitting.
The hook section includes the USB charger ‘tongue’ for easy plug-in recharging. Multiple modes manage visibility and run times (2 hours 25 mins on max power) and it’s waterproof.
Bontrager Flare R
Bontrager Flare R Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
This one-eyed, 47g Minion lookalike gets an angled bracket to point its range of steady and flash modes in the right direction.
Additional LEDs throw light sideways and forwards and it can be controlled and synced with Bontrager front lights via the £44.99 Transmitr wireless remote or via your Garmin. Run-time on max power is 4 hours 50 mins.
Exposure TraceR MK1 DayBright
Exposure TraceR Dave Caudrey / Immediate Media
It’s not a universal fit option but this 49g UK-built light uses an angled round post/tube compatible bracket to aim its 75-lumen max output.
It can be switched between three sets of constant and pulsing modes to tune its long run-times (3 hours 10 mins on max power). The metal-bodied build is backed by a two-year warranty.