Hope R2i LED Bike Light Review

If you're on the hunt for a bike light that's as tough as your hubs, the Hope R2i light is what you've been looking for.

Hope R2i LED bike light specs

  • 1300Lm max brightness
  • Weight: 252g
  • Runtime: 1-30hrs depending on mode
  • Mounts: Handlebar and helmet included
  • Price: €215 ($254.05 at the current rate) MSRP

Like the Hope R2 light, the R2i LED is built to tank standards. I tested this light on my handlebars and helmet, as it comes with both mounts, but it is over the helmet weight limit for my liking. At 252g, it pulls the helmet around from side to side and causes a lot of distracting bouncing where it’s not wanted. However, mounted securely on the handlebar it makes a stellar flood lamp.

When the bars are pointed the same direction as the trail this light shines further than my eyes can see, brightly blasting details in the forest. The handlebar mount is as sturdy as everything else Hope makes, keeping the light right where you put it. The modes can grow quite wide or narrow as you prefer, with enough power that one of my riding buddies said that this light was too bright for his taste.

There’s a test button on the back side of the light to indicate runtime in a given mode, which should help cut out the guess work. The R2i does use a proprietary charging cord, which may not fit well with everyone’s needs. I prefer Mini or Micro USB chargers so that if I forget the cord I can easily borrow or buy one from any local electronics story.

Bottom line

If you’re on the hunt for a mountain bike light that’s as tough as your hubs, and might last longer, the R2i is what you’ve been looking for.