the trails

lighting up

We put a range of the Ryder brand lights to the test. Ryder has been around since 1996 and is one of the better “value” brands around. Despite being extremely well priced products, the “value tag” can have a negative suggestion but is completely out-of-place with Ryder. The products are actually as good if not better than a lot more expensive comparisons and we are quick to suggest their products when asked for advice. Ryder products also don’t pretend to be something they aren’t – functional, a well presented and clear guarantee – so they put their money where their mouth is and offer a product that really seem to last. With this in mind let’s look at the lights we tested.


Let’s kick off with the Mini Cob rear light. The only light in the line-up that isn’t rechargeable. At R120 there is absolutely NO excuse for not having a rear light on your bike – yes even your MTB! If you ride to the trailhead, you need a rear light – day or night! This little beauty comes with two AAA batteries, has an easy to attach silicon rubber strap type bracket. Easy to attach to pretty much anything and the light is bright! It really packs a punch for such a little light. The batteries aren’t a negative because they are pretty much as heavy as it gets – they last for ages – we haven’t run them down yet and it’s been days … Carrying two extra AAA’s are pretty much not needed and if you are on the road and they stop, you can pretty much get a couple anywhere. Steady or flashing are your only option – easy peasy!


RRP R120