Exposure Flare rear light review£40.00

Peak performer

BikeRadar score4/5

There are loads of LED rear lights available, but if you really want to stand out on the road this winter, Exposure’s new Flare is fantastic.

A super-powerful single red LED sits behind a refractor lens that spreads the ‘can’t help noticing’ light across a wide span. It can be used in a retina searing constant or rave quality flashing pattern, and either setting is bright enough to stand out, even on a sunny day.

It turns on and off with a twist of the lens, which is easy in gloves, and means there’s no potentially leaky switch. The 45g, 60mm-long unit secures with a silicon band that’ll stretch round any seatpost. It’ll even work on thinner aero profile posts or integrated seatmasts with a bit of bodging.

It’s powered by either a 3V lithium disposable cell (£6 per pair) or rechargeable battery (£25). The latter gives shorter run times but is more cost effective in the long run. The only problem we can see is complaints from riders getting dazzled behind you on training rides.

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

Related Articles

Back to top