Cateye Sumo 2 front light review£299.99

Robust heavyweight

BikeRadar score2/5

Cateye’s Sumo 2 is a robust heavyweight for those after bomb-proofing rather than race-ready performance. The head is a big chunk of geometric alloy, which makes the helmet mount an optimistic inclusion. The worm-screw bar mount needs tightening up hard to stop movement on steppy, rocky descents, and the long rubber-ended battery is hard to fit, let alone secure, onto curved frames.

Despite all the bulk, power output and run times are average with less spread and depth than lighter but comparatively-priced lights. The beam pattern has distinct cross hairs in the centre and a distracting double halo at the periphery.

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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