Solidlight 1303 review£280.00

This looks basic, but has neat practical features. The centre-pointed three-LED output gives decent coverage for middle ring single-tracking, although it lacks depth compared to HID lamps.

BikeRadar score4/5

This looks basic, but has neat practical features. The centre-pointed three-LED output gives decent coverage for middle ring single-tracking, although it lacks depth compared to HID lamps. With both small battery pouches linked up it runs for a fair time, and it has a dimmer cruising setting to conserve battery life.

The weatherproof glass-free head, locking cable connectors, 'flash when connected' battery life indicator, tiny pouch batteries and thermal regulator mean easy set-up and running. It's light, though the broad head can be a fight to fit on higher rise bars. The single battery pack version is £250, and the single LED 1103 option costs £195.

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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