Bontrager Ion 700 light - in brief review£89.99

Slim, well-featured option

BikeRadar score4/5

Bontrager's distinctive Apple-styled Ion light uses a very slim, white metal case with small orange side indicators for a hint of side visibility. The simple rubber hook mount with indexed swivel fits all round bars securely, plus less dramatically shaped aero cockpits, and the light slides on and off easily too.

The 700 lumen output gives good middle distance coverage and reach so you don’t need to compromise your back road riding speed after dark. The close in and peripheral lighting coverage has a real edge but there’s still enough light to keep potential trouble lit all the way up to your wheel or give you cornering context.

If we had to grumble about anything, the ‘B logo’ button is a bit stiff and hard to find with gloves on. Once you’ve found it though it toggles through three power levels and a flash option. The backlight changes colour as battery life fades too, making this an impressively practical, usefully powerful full feature light for the money.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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