Troute Liberator Mk2 front light review£295.00

Handmade reliability

BikeRadar score4/5

UK light manufacturer Chris Hadaway has been hand-building the distinctive Liberator for three years. The result is a bulky but rock-solid reliable broad vision trail light.

The custom machined metal head houses a row of six of the latest XPG LEDs, which give great coverage up the trail. While it’s strongest in the centre for decent distance there’s no sudden distracting fall off in light. There’s plenty of coverage to either side too.

The big back of light button switches between ‘boost’, high and low levels. The offset thumbscrew bracket positions the head right over the stem. Despite high overall weight, run times are relatively short so keep an eye on the low charge indicator if you’ve been switching between levels on a longer ride. The new battery bag is easier to fit to fat tubed frames though and reliability of our long-termer has been flawless.

Troute liberator mk2 front light: troute liberator mk2 front light
Troute liberator mk2 front light: troute liberator mk2 front light

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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