GearBest: Online Shopping – Best Gear at Best Prices contacted me to review some products. One product that interested me was the Raptor Bike Light and Computer. This computer combines a bright 2 LED light with a large screen wireless bike computer. The combination light and computer means only one item mounts on the handle bar saving space.
After I received the computer I opened the box and attached it to my mountain bike. I will do a ride test later and add that to this review.
What I learned setting up the computer:
1) Two mounting attachments come with the computer
2) The lights are bright and cast a circle light beam
3) A USB cable is included but no AC power adapter
4) The mounting bands stretch but you may need to exert extra effort if the handle bar is larger diameter
5) The instruction book shows using 1 band to mount the sensor to the fork but the suspension fork on my bike was too large diameter and I used 2 bands.
6) Setting the computer up was easy with the included instruction book
– Cree white LED’s
– Light output: 300lm
– Rechargeable Li-ion battery, 2600 mAh
– Bike light running times: 3hrs (bright), 6hrs (dim)
– Sensor: 2.4Ghz wireless
– weight 120g
– size: 106mm x 57mm x 35mm
The handle bar mount using the stretch bands attached firmly and the computer did not move when I removed it but I put the end of the stretch band with the gripper tab on the front of the handle bar and this blocked the release tab.
The second mount secures to the handle bar by turning a small knob that tightens the band around the handle bar. The design allows a wide range of handle bar diameters but the knob’s small size and location makes it difficult to secure it snugly to the handle bar. I could remove the computer but I felt the mount shift a little.
I mentioned above the sensor attachment on the front fork took 2 bands rather than one as shown in the manual. The fork on my Motobecane 700HT MTB was too big and I used 2 of the included large bands. Next I needed to position the sensor close enough to the magnet attached to the spoke. Moving the sensor closer to the spoke meant I needed to slide the sensor but the extra tension from the bands and the soft pad on the sensor held the sensor in place. After a couple of adjustments I got the sensor close enough to the magnet. I could now see the speed registering on the computer when I spun the front wheel.
The computer is setup and waiting for my next ride. I will compare it with my Garmin Edge 520 for trip accuracy.