Silva Alpha 6 light review£299.99

Multi-purpose lighting

BikeRadar score3/5

This new adventure racing lamp trades multi-sport versatility for pure mountain bike performance. The chunky triangulated head packs in three Luxeon K2 LEDs to give a spread that’s midway between a spot and a flood.

This is okay for medium speed trail work or riding stuff you already know, but its lack of distance throw lets it down in faster situations, and it lacks sharpness on more technical trails.

Despite a bulky, awkward to fit battery, its run time is surprisingly short before it automatically drops to single LED running to conserve life.

The bar mount is very basic and the stick-on, strapless helmet mount next to useless. The bright-brightest-dimmest output menu is counter-intuitive too.

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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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