Light & Motion Urban 800 Fast Charge - in brief review£139.99

Tough unit from diving light specialist

BikeRadar score3/5

Dive light specialist L&M produces unsurprisingly tough, weatherproof lights and this well sealed, superlight unit secures with a simple rubber ladder strap clamp that fits all round bars as well as flatter aero shapes with a bit of ingenuity.

Power is impressive for its size and the beam benefits from copying the pattern Light & Motion uses on its big, separate battery Seca lights. This means a bright 'smile' around the bottom and up around the edges of the beam for peripheral awareness.

Short to mid range infill falls off slightly but a powerful centre strip gives decent reach for speed work. Three power and pulse options extend otherwise short battery life to long commute/training ride-friendly levels and a helmet mount is also included. The lightweight casing is extremely hot running though, and the over-cautious red, then flashing warning light comes on with over 30 minutes of limp-home power still remaining.

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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