Waiter, waiter, there's an RSP micro flex light rear in my soup...Keep you voice down sir; they'll all want one. Superb weather seals, shapely, tactile design and impressive power to size ratio, the flex light ranks high in my back up lighting hall of fame and should be of particular interest to winter time trialists or road racers who don't want to find themselves cheated by the sudden onset of darkness. Run times range between an impressive forty-five and ninety odd hours while the remarkably secure clasp ensures limpet like, universal fit to seatposts with aero and standard profiles. However, access to the CR2025 watch type batteries is via two tiny jewellers screws-not the most convenient for roadside operations.
On the face of it, the flexi light is very similar to others of the super minimalist genre with a nice rubberised switch and easy-peasy bracket that wraps effortlessly and securely around seatposts, seatstays of most diameters. Build quality is spot on. High quality plastics and rubberised construction means it should survive an untimely tarmac encounter or two while impervious to vibration through forest trail and concrete jungle. Being a tiny, single LED it needs to be special to stand out. RSP tell me the lens is made from a high quality plastic, designed specifically for optical use and to provide a 180 degree arc of illumination without compromising rearward prowess. Engaging the rubberised switch requires a definite press but it's easily operated in gloved hands and is waterproof in the fully immersed and toggling between modes sense.
Output is reassuringly good relative to its size, delivering a strong beam of red light in steady mode. Flashing is best described as a slow pulsing closest in sync to a car's indicator and very eye catching to around three hundred, maybe three fifty metre mark on a clear night. The beam's peripheral prowess is equally good; light bleeds through the white casing as well as the lens, although the relatively small surface area left me feeling a touch vulnerable when tackling poorly lit roundabouts and junctions.
Versatile and surprisingly bright contingency light spoilt by fiddly battery changes.
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Make and model: RSP Mico Flexilight rear
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:
seat post, stays and back packs.
The specially designed optical lens provides maximum brightness, with constant and flashing modes.
The Mico Flexilites are ideal to keep in your backpack or saddle bag in case of emergencies".
No arguments here-does exactly what it says on the tin.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes as and extra or emergency light
Age: 37 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)