Complete wheels available with built-in LEDs

Revolights City Wheels are now available in the UK, with lighting technology being permanently built into custom-designed wheels.

We’ve covered Revolights on a couple of times in the past. Essentially, they’re wheel-mounted LEDs that both add to your visibility so that you’re seen by other road users, and light the road ahead. The Californian company behind them launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $200,000 in funding. The City Wheels are now available in the UK for the first time.

To get the idea, it’s probably easiest to just watch this video. They’ll make you really popular, judging by the footage.

There are eight LEDs per wheel, each of them 35 lumens. The front wheel LEDs are white, the rear ones are red. Revolights reckon the battery life is four hours and they’re rechargeable via the mains or USB. You need a fork/chainstay opening greater than 40mm to fit the wheels.

The Revolights City v2.0 LEDs are riveted onto 30mm-deep double-wall wheels. Those wheels, which are assembled in the US, are 700c, come with a Shimano/SRAM-compatible 8-speed to 10-speed hub, and they’ll take 18-25mm tyres. A track wheelset is available too.

The Revolight City wheels are priced at £399 and you can buy them only from Pedal-Pedal.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.