Cateye R2 front light review

Double LED dazzlers

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £259.99 RRP | USD $402.98
Cateye R2

Our review

Lightweight but powerful twin LED system that works well on bar or helmet
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Cateye’s latest LEDs are their best yet and this dazzling double header proves it. Despite its compact dimensions, this unit throws a serious amount of fairly focused light down the trail. It’s not far off matching four-LED lamps and is enough for confident riding on technical trails.


While full power only lasts two hours, the remote switch shows the time left and the low power setting is still enough to ride fast with. Its light weight and included extension lead also make it a great helmet light, as long as you tighten it firmly.


The big screw connectors, awkward remote tether and excess flex are a bit of a pain, but the neat universal bar mount is a definite bonus.

Product Specifications


Name R2 Front Light
Brand Cateye

Type of Battery Required Lithium-Ion
Position Front
Manufacturer's Description A masterclass in compact design and minimal weight, the versatile R2 makes a perfect bike or helmet light, whether commuting or adventure racing. The 2 new Lumiled LEDs generate a phenomenal amount of focused light, powered by a fully waterproof, lightweight, tiny 7.4 V-2300mAH Li-Ion battery that gives the R2 a runtime of 2 hours on high beam or 4 hours on low beam. Includes a battery life indicator -full, 50%, 20% - within the switch unit, the Flex Tight handlebar bracket and a helmet mount.
Weight (g) 318
Features Latest high power LED technology, Waterproof battery case, Interference free: Compatible with Cateye wireless computers and HRM's, Locking cable connectors to prevent accidental disconnecting