Guest post by Iain
The Knog Gekko lights stand out in a bike shop. With simple packaging and design – but how do they perform?
When the Gekko’s younger brother was reviewed (The Knog Frogs) the light emitted was found to be inadequate. This was definitely for being seen, rather than seeing the road ahead. Even by that measure, the Knog Frogs felt like they underperformed.
The Knog Gekko is definitely a more powerful light. Featuring 3 LED’s vs the Frogs 1 LED. The size is bigger and is determined by the batteries (2xAAA). The unit is contained within a one piece silicone moulding.
Knog’s fitting system using a simple silicone strap is used on the Gekko. This enables the lights to be quickly fitted to your bike. The only downside to this fitting system is the problems it causes by having the light so closely attached to the handlebars. In particular with drop handlebar designs this results in little side visibility. This was noticed in other Knog lights reviewed.
The strength of the Knog Gekkos
To test the lights out, I stopped on a quiet unlit road. I turned off the rest of my bike lights and noticed that the light spread of the Gekkos is impressive. The vision is around 1 metre either side and approximately 5 metres in front. For a leisurely ride along a quiet lane it should suffice.
As with most budget bike lights reaching a stretch of road which was lit by street lighting resulted in the Knog Gekko completely fading out. This is never particularly comforting.
The rear version produces a good output. It is clearly visible from a good distance, with a range of flashing options to grab the attention of traffic.
Overall, I found myself a little reluctant to rely solely on the Knog Gekko for visibility. However, that might be just a personal preference for very high visibility. For riding in the inner city where everywhere is fairly lit anyway this should be fine. On darker and speedier commutes I think you’ll be looking for something a little more powerful.
Wiggle currently have a sale on the Knog Gekko where is is available for just £12.59.
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