The Ravemen CR1000 is well-designed, easy to use and has a high-quality beam that uses an anti-glare T-shaped pattern to balance brightness and peripheral vision, with a close-range floodlight and far-reaching spot.
The 1,000-lumen output is versatile enough for riding in a wide range of conditions and comes packed into a light that only tips the scales at a shade over 150g. It has a good IP6 rating too, so should withstand heavy rain.
The modes are cycled through using the on/off button, and helpfully there is a memory so it will switch back on in the last mode used.
Ravemen includes a useful wired remote button, which lets you change modes without removing your hand from the bar.
The Ravemen feels like a more expensive light and has a well-made and tidy quick-release rubber strap mount that secures the light with a slide and click.
It also gives about 10 degrees of lateral movement, so you can direct the beam.
Although the light is not StVZO compliant (the StVZO standard is one that meets German road-safety regulations for beam cut-off), the beam does have a clearly defined cut-off at the top and at the sides, which makes it especially good in traffic because it is less likely to dazzle oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
In practice, it provides an even light that is bright enough for unlit roads. There’s no light lost upwards and although the spread is not wide, it illuminates enough on either side to still feel fully aware of your surroundings.
Junction visibility is enhanced by orange-glow side lights, which are bright without being intrusive to the rider.
A lip around the light’s back (which houses the micro-USB charge point) and front helps protect both the lens and its aluminium body from knocks and drops.
In all, the Ravemen CR1000 is a well-made light that’s versatile across a range of conditions, from urban streets to unlit country roads.
How we tested
With darker nights upon us, we put eight front road bike lights to the test.
Unlimited budgets are a luxury, though, so each light is priced under £100 and has a brightness of between 500 and 1,000 lumens (with one measured in Lux).
As well as brightness, we considered beam performance, run times, mode options and any waterproofing claims, as well as the unit’s construction and other features, such as mount types.
The lights were all tested in urban conditions and on unlit and rural roads.
Also on test
- CatEye Sync Core
- Halfords Advanced 500
- Lezyne Micro Drive 600XL
- Lifeline Pavo 720
- Oxford UltraTorch CL1000
- Sigma Aura 80
- Specialized Flux 850
|Weight||153g – with bracket|
|Features||Lux @ 5m high beam: 142
Run time: 120 minutes at max power
IP/waterproof rating: 6
Battery capacity: 4000mAh
Modes: 6 – high, mid, low, eco, pulse flashing, rapid flashing