The Niterider Solas 40 rear light is a little gem. Forty lumens doesn't sound like a lot, but in the modes offered here, it's very effective at increasing your visibility.
A few years ago, 40 lumens was a lot for a rear light; now it's about standard and that makes this a good light for town and city riding, or if you are in a group of cyclists where you are all lit up.
This is also where what Niterider calls 'group ride mode' comes in. The light has four modes and they all have a decent battery life. The first mode is a rapid flashing mode that runs for a good 18 hours. The second mode pulsates and lasts for around 7 hours. The third and fourth modes are both constant, the third being brighter than the fourth. In the third mode it will last for 4.5 hours and the fourth '' group ride mode '' mode will last a massive 36 hours. The claimed run times have all been pretty accurate, with the charge time (4 hours) being very accurate.
The idea of the lower-power steady mode is that it won't be dazzling or annoying to other riders, an idea you'll appreciate if you're ever followed a rider closely in the dark who has a really bright rear light.
It comes with a battery indicator that works by flashing blue five times when there is above 25% battery power left, or by flashing red five times when the power falls below 25%. You get these flashes each time you power off the light.
The light comes with the micro USB charging cable, which isn't that long, but it doesn't need to be. There is also a very sturdy seat post mount included, from which the light can detach very quickly and easily. The strap is very robust too, but with just enough give in it that it would fit most larger seat-posts, and certainly most thinner ones too.
The RRP for this light is £34.99 and I feel this is not too bad at all. The modes, the durability and the ease of use make it worth the price, but shop around and it will be cheaper.
Robust and useful rear light with handy less-dazzling group mode
road.cc test report
Make and model: Niterider Solas 40
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Niterider says: "A great light for all types or riding, the NiteRider Solas 40 Rear Light even features a special group ride mode for when you're out with friends or on a club ride."
The light has various modes and it's a good choice for all sorts of riding.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
40 lumen super bright tail light
Group Ride Mode – be seen without annoying fellow cyclists
Super bright day time flash mode
The light is well made and feels like it will last.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Worked well, making me feel visible, especially in the flashing modes.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The four modes.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's a decent price, has really good battery life in each mode, and feels like it will last.
About the tester
I usually ride: Scott Contessa My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,