Hope R4 Epic front light review£295.00

Broad beam trail light

BikeRadar score3/5

Hope’s new stripped down trail light delivers broad spread technical trail illumination at a relatively low weight, but it’s low on features. The new head unit packs in four LEDs for a 1500 lumen output that’s been arranged to give a broad spread of light. This is great for bar mount use on technical trails, but there’s a definite trade off in terms of long-range detail pick up when riding at higher speeds.

Lighting modes are programmable to help match performance to your riding profile. However, to reduce head size and cost, Hope has also left out any sort of battery indicator system. So, we’d recommend this Enduro version (rather than the standard £250, 244g option) with a double capacity four-cell battery so you can get a ride in and get home. Helmet and head strap mounts are included plus the neat metal twist lock bar clamp for maximum versatility and increased value.

Hope r4 epic front light beam:
Hope r4 epic front light beam:

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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