Light & Motion Urban 1000
Despite it being called Urban 1000, 1,000 lumens is easily enough power for riding on unlit country roads. Urban references the fact that this light is compact and lightweight at 121g and, like others in this test, can be fitted and removed from the handlebar quickly and without tools via the type of rubber strap mount that other lights in this test use. These have their pros and cons: the pros being that they’re fairly versatile and can fix the light to a variety of different-shaped bars; the cons mostly being that it’s not easy to get the strap onto the hook, especially if you’re using aero handlebars.
The 1,000-lumen high setting, with its burn time of 1.5 hours, is very bright and has a nicely focused centre, flooding out well to the roadside peripheries.
Also at your disposal are medium (500 lumens), low (250 lumens) and pulse modes; the latter lasts 12 hours and pulses between 250 and 500 lumens with a burst of 1,000 lumens every 7-8 seconds. This is designed not only to help you be seen but also to help enhance the depth perception of other road users in order for them to gauge how far away or close to them you are — something that can be difficult with a strobe.
The ‘race’ setting, which is similar to the Lezyne’s, allows you to toggle between medium and high only and is perfect for a training ride when you might need an extra burst of power quickly to illuminate a particularly pot-holed section of road. We preferred the Urban 1000’s medium/high race mode to the Lezyne’s Overdrive/ Economy, simply because the Lezyne’s 150-lumen Economy mode is not bright enough for unlit roads, though of course it has a longer burn time.
If your rides consist of a mix of lit and unlit riding, the Urban 1000 should be top of your list. www.madison.co.uk