Raveman FR160 GPS Computer Mount Blinky Light

Raveman FR160 Light $36  

Let’s face it. It can be treacherous out there. Driver distractibility is at an all-time high resulting in a massive spike in car-on-bike mishaps. You need to run a strong offense. The folks at Ravemen have a complement of front and rear lights to brighten the road and trail.  We recently received a demo sample of the Ravemen FR160. Designed to integrate with your Garmin or Wahoo head unit for a seamless front daytime light flasher and safety beacon, the FR160 provides a thoughtfully designed front light flasher/beacon to keep you safe on the roads.  Let’s take a closer look.

Features:

  • Highly efficient COB LED boasting 160 lumens
  • Eye-catching warning flash for daytime riding with 3x brightness settings
  • Compatibility with Garmin and Wahoo (sold separately) head units and bike mounts
  • USB-C charging port
  • Memory mode to remember the most recent setting
  • IPX6 water resistance for use during heavy rains

The FR160’s arrival at fat-bike.com coincided with the return of bike-to-work season in March. Pre-dawn departures followed by post-sunset rides demand visibility. The Ravemen unit has been a solid addition to my ride setup. To be fair, I’m not battling for lane space with four-wheeled coffins like my urban crawling homies. My commute follows an 11.4-mile stretch of sublime country miles along the St. Croix River. Cars are few, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need to be seen.

My setup features a Dyno Hub-powered front light coupled with a Garmin Varia rear radar. The unit integrates smoothly with my Garmin Edge 1030 providing added visibility whether traveling by day or night. The unit’s design features wrap-around visibility so vehicles can see your blinky from the front and sides. This design feature is awesome for vehicles approaching from the sides and intersections.

The on-off button is located on the rear of the unit. You will struggle a bit to reach it when the unit is coupled with a computer. If you’re wearing gloves you can forget about it. I routinely decouple the two units or pull them off the bike mount entirely to turn it off and on. To be clear, this is a minor inconvenience for the safety and security it provides once it’s running.

The FR160 has 3 three constant levels and three flasher modes. Lumen brightness is as follows:

ModeBrightness/LumensRun Time (hours)
High504
Mid256.5
Low1013.5
Warning Flash1605.3
Rapid Flash2512.5
Slow Flash508

The run times are based on their lab testing. You may find some variability in your experience. I’ve yet to find a light that actually performs at the peak run times advertised, but so far, my experience with the Ravemen FR160 has been consistent. Running a constant headlight with the Dyno, I usually run the FR160 in Rapid Flash to extend my battery time.

Overall, I think the Ravemen FR160 is a good buy for the money. It charges quickly and does the job it’s designed to do. Give it a look if you’re interested in a front-running daytime light to keep distracted drivers on their toes.

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