Light & Mo­tion Ur­ban 1000


Cycling Weekly - - TECH GROUPTEST -

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.madi­


Weight 121g

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