We recently reviewed the Blackburn Atom 4.0. Now it is the turn of the little brother, the Blacburn Atom 2.0, essentially the wired version of the Atom 4.0.
The 2.0 by Blackburn is a neat little unit that can be mounted either on the stem or on your bars. The stem mount supplied allowed me to try this on both my normal road bike and also my TT bike with the computer fitted to one of my aero extensions which worked well.
Blackburn’s Atom 4.0 is not a bells 'n’ whistles, all-singing and dancing computer for those who want to scrutinise every moment of their training runs, or indeed bore their riding companions, friends and family to tears. On the contrary, it’s a pared to the essentials, slimline unit with uncluttered display for racers needing a combination of pinpoint accuracy (Speeds measured in tenths of a kph/mph) and crystal clarity.
At £39.99 the Blackburn EX2 rack is a sturdy, good value piece of kit for commuting and touring alike. Made of aircraft quality aluminium with 4 supporting stays, the rack represents a stable and durable platform on which to carry either pannier bags or a child seat. The black anodised finish has shown to be neat and hard-wearing and, despite a good deal of bashing about and load carrying in some pretty bad weather, the rack has endured well this winter. A silver finish is also available for those that prefer it.
Blackburn’s aptly named fleas are one of the most exciting contingency LED lights I’ve used in a long time thanks to tiny dimensions, robust construction and a claimed output of 40 lumens each. Powered by a 1.5 volt rechargeable Li-On battery complete with a unique micro-charger increases the wow factor but charging from 1.5 volt AA batteries is a double edged sword: fantastic as you’ll find them pretty much anywhere but pricey if regularly charged from disposables.
Blackburn's EX1 rear rack is a bit of a touring classic designed to be a one size fits all load-lugging solution. This has certainly been my experience, it's easy to fit too, have had no trouble installing on a number of 700c and 26in wheeled bikes.