Electron F-650 light review£69.99

Budget light gives mixed results

BikeRadar score2/5

Madison’s Electron brand has always pushed more interesting designs than most budget focused firms, and the new F-650 light is no exception – though this has advantages and disadvantages.

This distinctive broad, flat bargain option uses twin LEDs in its metal front end. One of them stays on all the time while the other toggles through off, flash or constant modes via a switch on the back. At full power this gives a broad, but relatively weak, flood right across in front of the wheel for last minute danger dodging, then a separate centre punch with good mid fill for spotting trouble or turns further away.

Battery life is great for the size and main switch colour change indicates remaining run time. The plastic GoPro camera style mount is uselessly floppy, however hard you hand tighten it though. That means it's only worth getting if you've already got a K-Edge or similarly secure GoPro mount that you can clamp it into more firmly.

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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