This light system came through to me to review just before we headed out for nine days of bike packing over summer. Perfect conditions to put any product through its paces....
Knog have been around for a while and hold a leading spot when it comes to top of the range bike/adventure light systems. Gone are the days of riding the Moonride in Rotorua with a backpack just for your bike light battery and wires threatening to hook a low hanging branch or possum!
This light system hosts its own power bank and allows you to swap out the light depending on what type of adventure you have in store. I tested the PWR Commuter light at 450 lumen which was perfect for gravel and road riding at night. More recently, I have been eyeing up the 1000 lumen Trail light after a bit of ‘bike-light envy’ during a recent multi-day bike mission. Sometimes you just need a bit more power.
The first test for both myself and the light was having to quickly work out how to attach the system to my bike before we had to race out the door to catch our train south. Nothing like a bit of time pressure to put your assembling skills to the test. My instinct is to go straight for the product and make sense of the set up by fiddling around a bit – others would take the more sensible option and go for the written instructions. My impulsive nature paid off as I quickly sorted the bracket system and got the light going with a push, pull and tweak. My light had a simple bracket and rubber strap which allowed me to mount it exactly where I needed it. The other front light systems have a bracket that also looks super simple to mount.
In the summer months, you can be excused for leaving your lights behind as the long days give us plenty of light to play with. Yet I know you are all up on the research around visibility when riding in the traffic. The Knog front lights gave us several lighting features to work with from low beam to high beam, flashing to strobe.
Yet it wasn’t the light system that I first needed the Knog for. Day one of our cycle trip took us around the back of Port Waikato on our way to Raglan for our first night. Leaving the dairy at Port Waikato after a fill of ice creams and coke, I realised to my horror that my Di2 had run out of charge! It may be fine to limp along if you are just around the corner from home. This scenario is ‘so not fine’ if you have five hours of riding ahead of you and about 1000 metres climbing! Horror turned to a feeling of smugness as I remembered the second key feature of my Knog light – the power bank. Pulling off the back cap, I could plug my Di2 charger into the power bank port, and then my Di2’s, and ‘voila’ we have power (and gears)! Happy days!
The Knog light came into its own again around 8pm that night as the last of the day’s light would have left us to navigate the narrow gravel roads by star light if wasn’t for my 450 lumens of light – just enough to point out the pot holes and cow pats. As we pulled into the Raglan Harbourside Pub for the night at around 10pm, my first job (after a feed of pizza and chips) was to top up the charge on my Knog light – you never know when you might need a touch more power!
Here is a good video to watch if you are like me and hate reading instruction manuals
Words: Philippa Friary
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