At A Glance
Night riding feels like an arms race to put as much firepower on the front of your bike as possible. Lumens now number in the thousands and lights can burn the retinas from any unsuspecting nocturnal animals on the trail. What is sometimes forgotten is something pointing the other way, especially if you intend on using roads to get to, from, or between trails. Having been very impressed with Ravemen when I tested the 1600 lumen front light they seemed like an ideal choice for a rear.Buy Lights on
The TR300 is their most powerful rear light but comes in a tidy, compact package, which can easily be left on the bike or stashed in a pack for emergencies. Designed to be clearly visible day and night, this light packs a punch and has 3 LEDs, which give off 300 lumens.
It has various flashing modes, continuous modes and run times go up to 27.5 hours on a rapid flash. It is both impact and water-resistant, charging is done via a standard USB cable. The weight is 77g and the price comes in at £55, which is certainly more than many mountain bikers may consider for a rear light.
On The Trail
Firstly the attachment to the seat post or frame is simple with a rubber strap wrapping around and holding the light firmly in place. It comes with an 'aero frame' adapter, suggesting this is certainly more of a road-focused product. The only issue with the attachment is that the light is held at the same angle as your seat tube. This means is you have a slack angled tube the light will have a slight angle towards the ground rather than being at right angles.
Given the flashing and bright nature of the light, I didn't find this downward angle to be much of an issue, but a wedge-shaped spacer would have helped to move the light up a little. In terms of visibility, it is exceptionally powerful and certainly irritating to any rider behind you on the road. Drivers will certainly know you are there, and even with a layer of mud, it's still visible although wiping it every now and then on a winter ride is recommended.
For those who ride to the trails at night or transfer between them a decent rear light it is a good investment. Sure, the sheer power of your front light probably do a good job of keeping you visible from all angles, but a dedicated rear light is sensible.
The TR300 is a powerful rear light that would happily get you home safely on the roads or double up as a commuter light. This light is now living in the bottom of my pack for long days out in winter and is solid and dependable enough to be an excellent winter MTB light.
This review was in Issue 63 of IMB.For more information visit Ravemen Lights
By Ewen TurnerEwen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.