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RSP’s Micro Flexilite front is a versatile LED that is remarkably proficient beam relative to its size, so it's perfect for clutter-free Audax, tourers and extended playtimes on the best bike(s). Weather seals are top-notch and burn times are broadly on par with the competition, although the tiny screws mean batteries are best replaced from the comfort of home, rather than by road or trailside.
The Flexilite is better designed and has more road presence than many similar lights thanks to high quality optical components making the most of the solitary LED. The rubberised bracket is easy to use and remains rock steady, not only around the full complement of handlebar diameters/extension brackets but it also grasps the fork blades securely – no amount of rough stuff has seen it move a millimetre.
The extensive use of rubberised components coupled with a screw-down cover gives it superior weather and shock resistance (submersion, hose and similar tests have made no impression whatsoever). Engaging the switch rewards with a very pure blue-ish hue and surprisingly accurate beam of light for close up work – roadside fettling, pannier rummages and so on. Clear nights in either mode prick driver consciousness better than you’d have any right to expect – you're visible from around 300-450m metres, dropping to approximately 230/350 in murky weather.
Peripheral illumination is surprisingly good too, my only slight misgivings concern burn times. The flashing mode returned a typically frugal 85 hours but the steady mode a disappointing 23 from the single CR2032 battery, which could prove expensive if used regularly over longer periods. It's definitely something to bear in mind - that said we reckon this will be mainly used as a back up light in flashing mode and it does bang out quite a lot of light for a tenner.
Great little light let down by poor economy in steady mode
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Make and model: RSP Micro Flexilight front
Size tested: One
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?
"The co-moulded construction provides durability and grip. The flexilite design means the light can be fitted in a myriad of ways, including : handlebars, seatpost, stays and back packs .
The specially designed optical lens provides maximum brightness, with constant and flashing modes. The Micro Flexilites are ideal to keep in your backpack or saddle bag in case of emergencies".
Mirrors my sentiments.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes, as contingency lighting
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)