Hope R4+ (4-cell) £230
Hope’s four-LED all-rounder isn’t the punchiest or lightest, but its all-metal build quality and reliability is exceptional, and Hope’s legendary customer service means you’re investing in a light for life. The small, intricately-machined head twist-fits securely into a rock solid bar mount that positions it over the stem. Three ridable power levels (there are three walking levels too, on a separate menu) are communicated via the colour-change main switch. A ‘traffic light’ battery indicator makes it easy to extend the already generous run times. The price is high for the output, but the calibrated 1,500-lumen beam is softly coloured to avoid eye strain and broadly spread in all directions for twisty trail context. It lacks reach for full-gas pinning though, so it’s best combined with a lid unit like Hope’s R2.