Winter might be firmly behind us now, but it doesn’t mean you might not need lights. If it’s gloomy weather, or you’re doing an Audax or long-distance ride that might start and finish in the dark, or a very late commute, then you might still need lights.
The new Knog Cobber front and rear lights look ideal for emergency use with a compact and smart design available in three sizes, and offering a claimed 330-degree beam angle. Inside the light is an “Efficient Chip on Board (COB) LED which the company claims provides maximum brightness level for up to 90% of the battery run time on each mode.
The lights are claimed to be 100% waterproof and attached to the bike using silicone straps, catering for up round and aero seatposts and up to 32mm diameter handlebars. The light can be removed in seconds thanks to a magnetic clip, leaving the straps in place.
Charging is via a standard USB cable with run times ranging from 1.4 to 40 hours depending on which of the five modes you use. Additionally, Knog’s Modemaker lets you program the light modes on your computer using a companion app.
The smallest Cobber front and rear light provide 110 and 50 lumens respectively, up to 470 and 270 lumens for the biggest lights.
Prices range from £44.99 for a single Cobber Lil to £139.99 for a Cobber Big twinpack. More info at www.knog.com.au
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.