The Knog Blinder Road comes in front and rear versions, with a claimed output of 200 and 70 Lumens respectively – comfortably making it their brightest light to date ahead of the 80 Lumen Blinder 4 front light.
Knog lights are popular with the fixie crowd and commuters wanting a light bright enough for riding on well-lit roads but this marks the company’s first move into the road-specific market. At 200 Lumens we’d put the Blinder Road in the ‘serious commuter’ bracket and certainly at the lower end of what we’d recommend for night riding. It’s an innovate package though, with a number of interesting features.
The front light uses two Cree LEDs in separate lenses, one with a narrow, focussed 15° beam, and the other with a wider 22° beam to flood the road. That makes the Blinder Road visible at up to 1,000m, according to Knog, while the front light also uses a thermal management system which automatically regulates light output for optimum performance when the bike is stationary and in motion. The front light has four lighting modes, with a claimed battery life of one hour on the brightest mode and up to six hours in eco-flash mode.
KNOG Road Blinder will be available in Van’s Urban Bicycle from mid April and has 4 vibrant colours – Gun metal, Black, Red and Purple. Come check it out in April 2013.