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One of the most overlooked aspects of recent technological advancement in cycling is in lighting. High-powered light systems, once solely the realm of mountain biking, with heavy bottle cage-mounted batteries that weighed more than cinder blocks, is now accessible from the road. Bontrager's Ion 800 R is a shining (literally) example of just how far lights have come, and is our weapon of choice when it comes to commuting, riding at night, and in low-visibility situations. With 800 lumens of illumination at full power, it offers five different modes for various conditions, including Bontrager's touted strobing daytime setting, visible from 1.5km away in daylight with 20 hours of burntime.
With an adjustable sync bracket, the extremely compact Ion 800R can mount to bars and stems with endless options for placement and angle choice. It charges via a sealed micro-USB port, offering versatility when it comes to meeting the 800R's six-hour charge time.