Cateye R2 front light review£259.99

Double LED dazzlers

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Cateye’s latest LEDs are their best yet and this dazzling double header proves it. Despite its compact dimensions, this unit throws a serious amount of fairly focused light down the trail. It’s not far off matching four-LED lamps and is enough for confident riding on technical trails.

While full power only lasts two hours, the remote switch shows the time left and the low power setting is still enough to ride fast with. Its light weight and included extension lead also make it a great helmet light, as long as you tighten it firmly.

The big screw connectors, awkward remote tether and excess flex are a bit of a pain, but the neat universal bar mount is a definite bonus.

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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