Bikeray IV front light review£120.00

Top value lighting

BikeRadar score4/5

Bikeray’s IV model has been round for a couple of seasons, but reduced pricing has made it more of a power-for-pound bargain.

The simple barrel-shaped head mount attaches with a chunky O-ring and a curved mount that’s stable enough to keep it fairly secure, even on rough ground. A helmet mount and extension lead are included.

The IV has a pronounced central beam with an outer peripheral halo. Its reach is adequate rather than amazing, and there’s a potentially eye-tiring dim ring between the centre and the halo. That’s pretty much on par for the money though, and is certainly not a deal breaker.

The backlit button on the rear is easy to find and use, even when wearing thick gloves, and there is a basic runtime indicator. Battery life is shorter than claimed but still better than most lights of this power or at this price. You can leave it running at full whack for most reasonable rides, which keeps things simple.

Unlike a lot of cheaper lights, the battery bag has an additional strap to stop it sliding around. Bikeray lights that we’ve used long term have been reliable, and there’s a year’s warranty.

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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