Ni­terider Lu­mina Mi­cro 450 £64.99

Cycling Weekly - - Grouptest -

The Ni­terider Lu­mina Mi­cro 450, as you might guess from the name, pumps out 450 lu­mens in its high­est mode, all from a rel­a­tively small light mea­sur­ing just 9.5cm long and 3.8cm wide

On its high­est mode the Lu­mina Mi­cro 450 is just about bright enough to tackle un­lit lanes.

The beam pat­tern casts the light a lit­tle fur­ther ahead than with most other front lights, which is fine if you’re on a road that you cy­cle along reg­u­larly; it means that pot­holes and bad road sur­faces aren’t lit up quite as well as they could be, giv­ing the oc­ca­sional un­ex­pected bump.

We would like to have seen a bit more side vis­i­bil­ity. How­ever, at least there is a lit­tle hood over the light that stops driv­ers from be­ing blinded.

Other than the 450 lu­men high mode, there are two other con­stant modes at 90 lu­mens and 200 lu­mens, which are use­ful when rid­ing un­der street­lights. There is also a flash­ing mode and a low-power 20-lu­men mode.

Ob­vi­ously bat­tery life de­pends on which mode you’re us­ing, but in gen­eral it is good. On high mode the bat­tery will last for 1.5 hours while on low you get four hours. This should be more than enough given that the light is USB recharge­able in 1hr 45min /3hr 30min (de­pend­ing on the power source you’re us­ing).

Fi­nally, the mount, which is tool free and sim­i­lar to a watch strap in de­sign, fits a wide va­ri­ety of bar sizes (in­clud­ing aero bars) which is a nice touch, and the light is held se­curely in place, be­ing easy to re­move at the end of a ride. Its list price in­cludes the Ni­terider Sabre 50 rear, so it’s very good value.

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