November 12th – I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a Hope R2i light to test, and I’m very impressed with it.
I’ve been looking for an integrated, one-piece rechargeable front light for a while, as I’m fed up with using external batteries. I have been using a Lezyne thing, but it’s just not up to the job on long commutes.
My favourite light maker, Hope of Barnoldswick have produced an integrated version of their R2. It’s no lightweight, but the body is machined aluminium, and it’s well sealed from the elements. The twin LED elements are bright enough to ride unlit lanes fast, even on the lowest of the five constant settings.
The mount is the same as the hope R4, and is a solid, sturdy bayonet action with all parts made in metal.
Fitted with a handy barograph charge indicator, if this lasts a working week on a charge (and Hope claim 30 hours on low power) I’ll be a happy bunny and buy one.
A nice product with a solid look and feel – but man, it feels heavy next to the Lezyne unit it’s replaced.