Light and Motion is nearly synonymous with quality bike lights. Its ultra-bright endurance lights have been standard-setters for many years, but its smaller lights are not to be overlooked. The Urban 1000 might not be the brightest or most feature-packed light out there, but it's solidly built, easy to use and certainly the underdog in the ring.

Light and Motion Urban 1000

 

  • Output1000 lumens
  • Runtime1.5 hours*
  • Price$90
  • Modes – 2 Groups: 1000 lumens, 500 lumens |1000 lumens, 500 lumens, 250 lumens, Pulse 500 lumens
  • Recharge6 hours (no fast charging support)
  • Water ResistanceIP67
  • Light Weight – 121 grams
  • OtherYellow sidelights for road visibility

    • The Urban 1000 has one of the easiest interfaces, making it ideal for rolling trail when changing brightness modes is a constant affair.

Mounting

The Urban 1000 attaches with a simple rubber strap, similar to the Lezyne 1100i. The installation process is simple. Wrap the strap around the bar and attach it on a hook at the rear of the light. The body twists out of the way, so that hook is easy to reach, even with meaty fingers, puffy gloves or both. Once on, the light held on, albeit not very tightly. As with the 1100i, I found it was best to mount the Urban 1000 upside-down to prevent it from dropping out of line under hard impacts.

Light and Motion also offers a GoPro-style mount for $10, which opens up many perching possibilities, including using other brands’ gadgets like Lezyne's Direct X-Mount System or those from K-Edge.

In the Wild

At 1000 lumens, the Urban 1000 isn't the brightest light in the test, but that certainly doesn't mean it's dim either. It’s plenty shiny for normal trail riding, and its narrow beam pattern is best for high-speed or open trails on which looking around tight corners isn't a big concern.

Its small size and side illumination make it ideal for riders who commute to work and might want to sneak in a ride on the way home. Other lights in this test, like the Bontrager Ion Pro, also have side illumination, but the Urban 1000 has far bigger and brighter sidelights and is more easily seen.

The Urban 1000 has many mounting options, including a GoPro adapter (sold separately). The included strap was secure, but did slightly twist under heavy landings unless the light was turned upside-down.

Living with the light

Battery life of the Urban 1000 falls near the shorter end of the spectrum, similar to the Lezyne 1100i. But this light lacks the 1100i’s ability to tether to an external battery pack for longer life. That said, for most riders, an hour-and-a-half at night is a good-length ride, and if used on a lower power mode the Urban 1000 will last much longer into the night than it will on full blast.

On that note, switching between modes is the easiest process of any of the lights I tested. The modes are in two groups, which is a nice touch for a light designed to be as much a bright commuting light as a trail-worthy one. One press of the button turns on the light to access all the modes, including the brightest 1000-lumen mode. Keep holding the button, though, and you'll switch to a group with only the brightest setting and one lower power setting to save power. Once there, a single press toggles between the two settings, and a long press turns it off.

The charging port is easily accessed, despite the Urban 1000 having the best weather-proofing rating in the test.

It's also prudent to note that the Urban 1000 offers the best weather protection in the test with its IP67 rating. The Lezyne 1100i offers the same water protection, but its IPX7 rating doesn't specify dust protection.

For whom does it shine brightest?

Riders looking for a dedicated, race-worthy light might be left a little wanting by the Urban 1000 compared to other lights tested in the group, but that's not to say the little light doesn't have its place. Riders who want a light that can be used for both night riding and commuting will find the Urban 1000 minimalism and side-lighting features attractive, and the 1000-lumens offered in the highest setting are still plenty for normal trail riding.

This review is part of a four-part series of mountain bike lights under $100. If you missed the others, catch the link back to all the reviews here.