A do-it-all light from one of cy­cling’s fastest-ris­ing brands

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

Fab­ric make some of the most highly-rated sad­dles around, and now the same can be said of their lights. The range is small, with the 300-lu­men Lumabeam be­ing the most pow­er­ful in their range, sug­gest­ing they’re aimed mostly at road cy­clists.

On the bright­est setting, it emits a nar­row but pow­er­ful beam that’ll last 2hrs (we got six out of it on flash mode), and in­stead of re­lent­less but­ton-press­ing there’s a dial that you turn to change be­tween light set­tings so it’s far eas­ier to al­ter with gloves on. But there is one but­ton, which has an­other smart func­tion: the alu body of the 75g Lumabeam also has a low-pow­ered strip for emer­gency use that you can switch to us­ing via said but­ton. There’s a red rear setting, too, pic­tured, last­ing a mas­sive 58hrs. The light slides onto a multi-di­rec­tional mount that’s se­cured with a tough rub­ber fas­tener and can be mounted ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally.

There are brighter beams for less, with Lezyne’s Hec­to­drive 400L com­ing in at un­der £40 as an ex­am­ple, but you won’t get a 300-lu­men light any­where else that can also be used as an emer­gency back or front light with pre­ci­sion-ad­justed bright­ness, and for that we thor­oughly com­mend Fab­ric on a clever yet in­tu­itive de­sign. For any­thing but late night off-road rides and our evening com­mutes on very sketchy un­lit paths, this is now our beam of choice. JS fab­ric.cc

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