Good looking, slim, and with an innovative attachment method, the Reelight GO Bike Lights looked really promising on the Pinhead website when I first saw them. Despite their nice design, unfortunately, these lights just fell flat for me. Click ahead to find out why.
Cost: $39.99 US
Where to Buy: https://pinheadlocks.com
What are Reelight GO Bike Lights?
I first found these lights browsing the Pinhead Locks website when I was looking for a locking skewer option. I thought these lights looked pretty neat so I picked up two sets – a white one and a black one.
Each set comes with a front white light, and a rear red light. The mounts are stretchy bands of rubber held in place with a round plastic ring and a rare earth magnet that brings everything together solidly. The mounts themselves are very sturdy – they grip the handlebars and seatpost well, and don’t move around at all.
The lights themselves are also coated in the same rubbery kind of substance, and with a twist, you can open them up and replace the 4 CR2032 batteries. On the inside, there is also a switch to change the light mode from flashing to constant.
The showpiece of these lights is that they turn on automatically when you mount them, and they turn off automatically when you unmount them. They are held to the mounts with a strong earth magnet.
Reelight GO Bike Lights – The Good
The lights look great! It’s also pretty cool how they connect and disconnect, and how they click together when not attached to the bike. They will look cool stuck together when they are not even attached to your bike. Even the mounts look pretty slick with and without the lights connected.
The lights are fairly bright – nothing amazing, but they will certainly make you visible.
Reelight GO Bike Lights – The Bad
The mounts, while good looking and easy to use, were not strong enough for my daily commute. I lost two rear lights without even knowing it. I most likely dropped a small curb, or hit a sewer or pothole, and the light just popped off the magnet never to be seen again.
The brightness of the lights, while sufficient, is really not that great in comparison to dollar store LED lights that only use 2 CR2032 batteries and weigh a fraction.
The cost is the final deal-breaker for these lights. There are simply too many options at this price point and lower, that offer higher performance without the disadvantages.
Good looking lights no doubt, hindered by a relatively weak mounting system, and poor performance for their weight and battery usage.