Ay Up Ultra Lite front light review£140.12

Brilliant value, comically bombproof

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Ay Up Ultra Lite twin lightset has been popular with epic racers for years, but 40 percent more power now pushes it into the trail use limelight. The independently angle-adjustable twin LED lamp unit is tiny (each ‘bullet’ is 45x25mm) but new LEDs and uprated ampage mean the spot beams are far better than most full-size bar lamps in terms of clarity and detail at long range.

Despite the vast power there’s no excess heat and it’s bright enough to be used solo for two-hour rides even at full bore. The sharp fall-off from the focused beam can tire eyes and remove area awareness on tighter technical trails, so the intermediate or wider beam option might be better for solo snaking singletrack use.

Tiny weight and universal clip-in ‘Gecko’ helmet mount mean the Ay Ups are barely noticeable on your nut. The 70x40x20mm battery is small enough to strap on your lid without causing neck ache. The lights are sold direct from Australia which adds a slight delay but they’re brilliant value and the small size makes them comically bombproof. Reliability and customer service reports from users have always been fantastic.

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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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