Electron Terra 1 front light review£74.99

Minimal headlight

BikeRadar score3.5/5

This new minimal headlight is a versatile, high-value intro to nocturnal off-roading.The small head unit houses a Seoul LED that gives a tight focused spot with peripheral halo to keep things in context.

There’s some random light/dark variation across the beam but it’s enough to ride off-road safely, as long as you’re sensible with your speed. There are low power and flashing options for road use plus side vision slots to improve visibility in traffic.

Battery life is outstanding, so you’ll rarely see the '20 percent left' warning light. The lightweight, compact Li-Ion battery is a great easy-to-fit feature at this price, but it takes ages to recharge so plan ahead. There’s also a double-head spot-and-flood Terra 2 option (£99.99) for more spread and versatility.

Electron terra 1 front light beam: electron terra 1 front light beam
Electron terra 1 front light beam: electron terra 1 front light beam

For more information on how we tested this year's crop of lights, see our latest buyer's guide to mountain bike lights and Tested: 30 high-power mountain bike lights.

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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