I've reviewed a lot of riding lights because riding at night is something I do a lot and consequently, I go through a lot of lights. While rumors of my "vampiric" and "Nosferatu-like" tendencies are unfounded and libelous, there is something quite liberating about zipping around mountain bike trails in the inky wash of a starless night.
Sadly as the years go by, my night vision has worsened accordingly. After using a plethora of lights for racing and leisure riding, I came to the conclusion that not only do I need the maximum amount of light for riding, but I need a light that is small enough and lightweight to mount on a helmet and a battery that can be comfortably stored in a rear jersey pocket. With this in mind, I can say without hesitancy that Cygolite's Centauri 1000 is my new riding light of choice for the foreseeable future.
|Cygolite's Centauri 1000|
When you see better, you ride better if not faster and in the end, those are the most tangible results you can gain from a riding light. The Centauri comes with both handlebar and helmet mounts and plenty of extension cord for folks who store their battery in a hydrapack or run it along their frame's top tube. Run time on high-brightness is 2.75 hours while on low you have a whopping 12 hours.
My only complaint was the 7 hour charge time but for such a powerful light coupled with a small battery, the long charge time seemed like a fair trade-off for performance. MSRP is $449.00