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Ravemen FR160 Pro USB Rechargeable Out-Front Front Light

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£44.99

VERDICT:

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10
Sleek and effective daytime running light that fits securely under your computer
Thin and sleek design
Aluminium mounting tab fits securely
USB-C charging
Difficult to switch between modes when a Garmin is attached
Weight: 
56g

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The Ravemen FR160 Pro USB Rechargeable Out-Front front light is designed to work with computer mounts, and features an aluminium mounting tab that fits very securely. It gives out 160 lumens on the brightest setting, and the six different modes make it ideal for daytime riding and low-light conditions.

For more options, check out our guide to the best front bike lights.

Build and fitting

As standard, the light is compatible with Garmin computer mounts and computers, but can also work with Wahoo mounts and computers if you buy an insert and mounting tab separately.

2022 Ravemen FR160 with Garmin.jpeg

It fits directly into the computer mount, with the computer then mounting on top of the light – a simple and easy process.

2022 Ravemen FR160 USB Rechargeable Out-Front Front Light - top.jpg

I used it with a Garmin 520, which fitted securely onto the FR160, while the aluminium mounting tab on this Pro version fitted very securely onto my Garmin mount, clicking into place positively (the non-aluminium tab on the cheaper non-Pro model, shown below, wasn't as good a fit).

2022 Ravemen FR160 USB Rechargeable Out-Front Front Light - base.jpg

Ravemen still recommends using a tether with your computer, but it felt secure enough on its own.

2022 Ravemen FR160 with Garmin on top.jpeg

Despite its thin and sleek design, and a weight of just 56g, the FR160 Pro feels sturdy in the hand. It has an IPX6 rating for weather resistance, which is enough to withstand heavy rain, and it's stood up to the test so far. The cap of the charging port closed securely to prevent water from going in.

Modes and charging

The light has six modes – three constant and three flashing – and it has a memory function, so it'll turn on in the last mode used.

Constant High is 50 lumens with a run-time of 4 hours, Mid is 25 lumens with a run-time of 6.5 hours, and Low is 10 lumens with a run-time of 13.5 hours. Warning flashing, the brightest 160-lumen mode, has a run-time of around 5.3 hours, Rapid flashing is 25 lumens with a run-time of 12.5 hours, and Slow flashing is 50 lumens with a run-time of 8 hours.

I found the claimed run-times to be pretty accurate. Warning flashing, for example, lasted around 5 hours.

Officially, charging takes around 1.6 hours from empty, which again was pretty accurate, and it charges via a USB-C port. This is located on the back of the light and is rubber-bunged for weatherproofing, plus the location means it's out of the way of direct rainfall and spray.

2022 Ravemen FR160 USB Rechargeable Out-Front Front Light - USB port.jpg

A solid red light shows on the back of the light when the remaining battery is below 20%, and a blinking red light indicates the battery has less than 5%. When it's charging, a flashing red light shows, which changes to solid red when it's fully charged. Usefully, the light can be charged while in use.

In use

The different settings worked well; this is a good daytime light to alert car drivers and other road users. It's a good option for daytime conditions where you don't need the light to be able to see, with the flashing modes helping to draw attention over the constant modes.

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The only slight niggle was that to change the modes it's a single click, which is simple in theory, but when it was mounted on my bike, with my Garmin on top, it was difficult to reach the button at the back of the light.

2022 Ravemen FR160 with Garmin button.jpeg

The wide-angle lens is a nice feature as it increases side visibility. The beam pattern is concentrated but wide, and luminescence tails off towards the outer edges.

The run-times aren't the longest, but should cover you on a long ride even in the highest setting.

Value and conclusion

At £44.99 it's not the cheapest option for the output – the Moon Meteor, for example, which Shaun reviewed in 2020, is £34.99 and gives nearly triple the lumens for its daytime flashing mode, and the Oxford UltraTorch Headlight CL200 is just £26.99, though in his review Josh was disappointed with the output and mode choices.

However, you are getting the Ravemen's compatibility with a computer and mount, not only looking sleek but also saving bar space.

The non-Pro version, which I also tried, is £37.99, but it doesn't have as secure a fit as the Pro.

Overall, I really like the sleek and lightweight design of this light, and its multiple modes increasing visibility for daytime riding in various conditions, though it could be easier to reach the button at the back with a computer attached. It's a bit pricey, but I'd say it's worth it.

Verdict

Sleek and effective daytime running light that fits securely under your computer

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ravemen FR160 Pro USB Rechargeable Out-Front Front Light

Size tested: 160 Lumens

Tell us what the light 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 light is specifically designed for computer mounts and is suited to daytime riding.

Ravemen says, "FR160 is a light-weight and easy-to-use daytime visible bike headlight. With the high-efficiency COB LEDs (max 160 lumens) and the special design of the eye-catching warning flashing mode, it increases the riders' visibility significantly in daytime riding. The light is compact and compatible with Garmin/Wahoo computer mounts and works with Garmin/Wahoo computers. It is IPX6 heavy rain resistant and designed with type-c charging port."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?

From Ravemen:

LED: COB LED

Battery: 380mAh/3.7V rechargeable Li-polymer battery

Dimensions (Headlight): 75mm (L)*57mm (W)*21mm (H)

Weight (Headlight): 55g

Features an aluminium mounting tab

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Feels sturdy in the hand and fits securely.

Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
7/10

The modes are simple to change between when the light is on its own, but when a Garmin is attached it is harder to reach the buttons. It's easy to slot onto a Garmin mount and fits securely.

Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
9/10

The mounting system is a nice alternative to a clamping system, and the aluminium mounting tab on the Pro version fits very securely.

Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
8/10

IPX6 bodes well for the wettest of rides, and it's stood up to the test so far.

Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
7/10

In the highest settings, the run-times aren't huge, but are still adequate for a long ride. The charge times are quick, charging from empty to full in less than two hours, and you can charge the light while it's running to extend run-times, which is a definite plus.

Rate the light for performance:
 
7/10

The wide-angle lens helps with visibility from the side, and the modes and output are generally good. It's not a light to see by, but good for riding during the day when the light can fade and to enable other road users to see you.

Rate the light for durability:
 
8/10

Feels well made and no issues so far.

Rate the light for weight:
 
8/10

Small and light.

Rate the light for value:
 
5/10

Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It performed well as a daytime running light and fitted securely, making for a handy alternative to a conventional clamping system.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

The sleek design and wide-angle lens.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

The on/off button could be located better to make it more accessible when a Garmin is attached to the light.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

There are cheaper lights with higher outputs, such as the Moon Meteor, but with conventional attachment systems.

Did you enjoy using the light? Yes

Would you consider buying the light? Yes

Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

This light has a sleek, lightweight design with multiple modes that are good for increasing visibility when riding during the day. It fits securely into a Garmin mount, though the button to switch between modes could be better located for when a Garmin is attached. Overall, I'd say it's a good light.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 23  Height: 175  Weight: 64

I usually ride: specialised tarmac sl6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

Emily is our track and road racing specialist, having represented Great Britain at the World and European Track Championships. With a National Title up her sleeve, Emily has just completed her Master’s in Sports Psychology at Loughborough University where she raced for Elite Development Team, Loughborough Lightning.

Emily is our go-to for all things training and when not riding or racing bikes, you can find her online shopping or booking flights…the rest of the office is now considering painting their nails to see if that’s the secret to going fast…

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maxdabrit | 1 year ago
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Love these lights which make a rider more visible without been obtrusive. My only wish is that the Ravemen would be Fabric Lumaray sized (sadly no longer available) . The Lumaray fully hides under a 5 or 8 series Garmin etc , shielding the rider from the blinking light and is exceptionally discreet.

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mark1a | 1 year ago
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More details on how to mount the pro & non-pro versions under the computer mount in the comments on the original review https://road.cc/content/forum/ravemen-fr160-daytime-visible-bike-headlig...

Also to add that the pro version is currently £37.99 at Merlin, £7 saving on RRP. 

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OnYerBike | 1 year ago
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Just to clarify, is the aluminium tab that is the selling point of this "Pro" model the bottom tab, the top tab, or both?

If the bottom mount, is that replaceable with other versions (i.e. Wahoo fitting)? If so, is there any point in buying this "pro" version if the tab is just going to be replaced anyway? If not, then that's a deal breaker for me - my computer is a wahoo and I'm not going to replace my out-front mounts just to fit this light.

If the top tab is improved too, again is there any point if you're going to be replacing the tab anyway? Are replacement tabs available in "Pro" vs non-pro versions?

It also seems a bit cheeky to essentially admit the non-pro version has a flimsy mounting system, but rather than simply improving it in a "v2" they release a "Pro" version alongside the standard version. 

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Hirsute replied to OnYerBike | 1 year ago
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I have the pro as that was all sjs cycles had !
The top is alu and I think the bottom is too judging by the temperature difference between those and the rest of the body.
The wahoo requires an additional mount kit but the manual does not state what it is made of.

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Hirsute replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Hirsute replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Steve K | 1 year ago
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I've got one and like it a lot (and I agree with Rendel about night time use in urban areas). What I would say is that the issue identified in the review is even more of an issue with one of the larger Garmins (I have a 1030)

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Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Although this is described as a daytime running light, I find it more than adequate - excellent in fact - as a nighttime light in urban conditions, it's easily bright enough and the additional side visibility is a great feature. You'd want something bigger and brighter for country lanes, obviously, but in town it's very good.

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Brauchsel replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Seconded. I've just got one: it's a bit alarming how little light you can see from the saddle, but from the rather more relevant point of view of people not on the bike it's got really good visibility from the front and sides. I haven't yet found pushing a button to switch it on/off particularly onerous. 

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Rendel Harris replied to Brauchsel | 1 year ago
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Brauchsel wrote:

Seconded. I've just got one: it's a bit alarming how little light you can see from the saddle

Yes, I found that, to the extent that when I first had it I found myself putting my hand over it to check it was on, but when I saw it reflected in the back of taxis, shop windows etc I was really impressed. I also find now, on the rare occasions I let it run out of charge and put on my backup light, that the upwards-projecting light from a "normal" design is quite distracting and spoils my night vision.

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cdamian | 1 year ago
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This reminds me of the Fabric Lumarary, which doesn't seem to be available any more.
I'll give this one a go.

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mark1a replied to cdamian | 1 year ago
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Very similar concept. I had a Lumaray and Lumaray v2, until the battery life deteriorated. See size & weight comparison I did last year here. https://road.cc/content/tech-news/five-cool-things-coming-soon-296043#co...

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mark1a | 1 year ago
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Hmmm. Difference between the pro and non-pro version which I already have is the alu mount... is this worth the upgrade? Maybe not as I always mount the head unit directly to the mount, and the light on the bottom of the mount rather than between the two. 

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Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Is there an option to pair it with the Garmin (etc) so that the light switches on/off with the head unit?

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Rendel Harris replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Sriracha wrote:

Is there an option to pair it with the Garmin (etc) so that the light switches on/off with the head unit?

No, though I personally don't find it too onerous to press two buttons instead of one before setting off! I'm a big fan, the side view capacity is excellent, the daylight running mode very effective and it really tidies up the clutter on the bars.

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Hirsute replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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There is the option of the under mount which should give a bit more room to access the button.

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Sriracha replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago
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Review says pressing the on/off button is onerous!

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Rendel Harris replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Sriracha wrote:

Review says pressing the on/off button is onerous!

 These young 'uns...if they can't turn summat on and off with an application whatnot on their portable telephones they think it's hard work!

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Hirsute replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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It's got usb c what more do you need ??!!

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Sriracha replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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And you've got a good memory, chapeau.

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