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Shanren Raz Pro Bike Light Review – A naff light you SHOULD buy!!

The bike light market is saturated. There is no doubt. You can have brightness, low cost, even AI in the lights. So the Shanren Raz Pro has had to come up with a rather unique differentiation feature…

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Shanren Raz Pro Bike Light – Group Bike Light

TLDRGiven the price, a brilliant light, but we’re only just outside safety light territory at 60 lumens TG SCORE: 4/5

So it’s autumn and that means everyone is releasing either a bike light or a trainer it seems! Shanren is one of the Chinese manufacturers who are beginning to break into Europe at the moment, with the launch of a smart bike light. Founded in 2012, whilst headquartered in Shenzhen their design centre is in Silicon Valley, giving a very unique flavour to their design

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The company also makes a range of GPS units and heart rate monitors, but the Shanren Raz Pro, which is now on KickStarter, in many ways feels like their proper launch party type device, with their own design and a core unique feature

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I can hear people now raising an eyebrow as I type this: “How unique can you make a bike light?? It is a light, flashes and it hopefully waterproof!

Well, there is actually a LOT of innovation in the bike light realm, just to try and get noticed. See.Sense has its AI system for safety. Garmin has the utterly superb, if expensive Radar system. So Shanren is using an automatic Team Sync feature, whereby all the lights can be set to synchronise with each other.

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When seeing the press videos, it looks ok. But it isn’t until you actually see it happening that you realise there is clearly some dark magic going on. Or some clever silicon! Particularly as the sync takes SECONDS

So with that in mind, let’s have a look what we have got

Shanren Raz Pro – Design

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There are two options, tail light, or saddle light. Both contain the same Raz Pro light, and charging cable, but differ in their fixing options

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The RX1 box has the seat post mount within which a lot of people might recognise as being a Garmin mount. When talking to Shanren about the mount, I must confess to not being too impressed to hear that the mount is not actually a Garmin quarter turn mount. As it has been changed just enough to avoid having the license it… yet still being compatible with existing Garmin mounts

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I can confirm that the mount does fit, as I have been using the Shanren Raz Pro on my commuter bike attached to the Garmin Varia Radar mount on the rear – made my life easier

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The mounts attach easily to the back of helmets

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Although I did find that the low profile mount does tend to direct the light downwards. Good for the other road users though, if not quite so for the brightness

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I’m a big fan of illuminated helmets and think that Lumos has done an amazing job, with their cycle helmet and the new Lumos Matrix Helmet. But if you are not in the market for a new helmet, then lights such as the Shanren Raz can be a really effective stop gap.

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The seat mount is the same mount with an adapter to position over your seat rails and then held in place with cable ties. Inelegant, but effective. Whilst we are talking about elegance, let’s not forget the price that this is going for on Kickstarter – £29 – so for that price, I think I can accept cable ties

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Save for the ring of 12 LEDS. The Shanren Raz is actually very simple on the exterior. A single power button on the side

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Along with proprietary, magnetic contact charging via USB. Which is how the Raz get’s it’s IP68 waterproof rating. When fully charged after 2 hrs plugged in, the Shanren light will happily burn for up to 80hrs depending on settings

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Shanren Raz Pro – Specification

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  • Device weight:
    • 20g grams
  • Battery: 
    • 24-80 hr Runtime on “reactive flash”
  • Communication: 
    • Bluetooth
  • Water resistance: 
    • IPX 68 – 2m for 30mins
  • Visibility:
    • 200 deg
  • Light:
    • 60 Lumen Rear,
  • Other bits:
    • 16 million colour options – because who needs restraint!
      • Although I am hearing that this will be locked to white and red for the UK firmware – thankfully
    • Brake Feature
    • Road Bump Alert
      • The rear light flashed white when a bump is encountered
      • Again, I do not believe this will remain active in UK firmware
    • Auto Wake / Sleep
    • Light sensor – kind of like the auto wake function. If it is bright, and you are not using the light for 4 mins, it will switch off

Shanren Raz Pro – Manual

There is no manual yet online – however the website from Shanren is EXTENSIVE

Shanren Raz Pro – Using the Light

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Connecting the light is ridiculously simple. Turn it on and attach it to your bike. But what about the Team Sync function? It really is that easy. Turn the lights on, and if you haven’t locked the sync function in the app (Something you can do so only your lights sync) then any light within 5 meters will connnect and sync together

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The first time the Shanren Raz syncs with other lights, seriously it is just magical. On the back of this, I would argue that this is the strength of the light and the reason to buy it – IN ADDITION to any other lights you have. You see, on it’s own I don’t think the Shanren Raz Pro is bright enough. Particularly not in the day time.

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As a bike light on its own, the Shanren Raz Pro bike light is rubbish. Sorry, but if I had bought this, I’d be quite disappointed. Yes, the specification is 60 lumens, which is not that bright, but we most people can’t visualise the difference between 50 lumens and 100 lumens in the way you can with a 50 vs 100 watt light bulb. The Shanren photos on Kickstarter don’t really help the issue, where I feel that the brightness is given a very positive photo

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If you compare the Shanren Raz Pro with the See.Sense ACE rear light at 125 lumens, you can see that the Raz just doesn’t have the brightness to work as a daylight running light. HOWEVER, I think if you are expecting this unit to be the only light you need, then you need to reconsider how safe you are with only 60 lumens

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In the app, you can choose to have the light as your front or rear light – which certainly saves money for Shanren, in terms of stocking two separate units. But again, the brightness really isn’t there for another more than a safety light

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Now the light is available for £29 on Kickstarter, and I think that is going to be a key factor here. Let’s put that price into perspective, and grab a selection of lights from Run and Ride – who are now offering a 10% discount to TitaniumGeek readers

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If we look at the light range from £29.99 to £32.99, we have a range of lumen output from 20 lumens from the £32 Zecto, to 30 lumens with the £29.99 Fabric – to be clear, none of which would I want as anything more than a safety light.

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So the Raz Pro begins to look like a great bargain at 60 lumens. BUT I’M STILL NOT A FAN OF SAFETY LIGHTS – go bright or go home! How have I given the Shanren Raz Pro 4/5 TG stars?

Shanren Raz Pro Bike Light – Conclusion

The Shanren Raz Pro bike light is a type of light we haven’t seen before a GROUP safety light. This is where the price is key. The Raz Pro is an additional light. It is the sort of light which a club and group of friends should all buy one, or two off, for the sync feature when on a group ride.

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The light can be attached to a seat stay in addition to your normal lights. Plus with the IPX waterproofing, it won’t have any issues sat down there under the mud flaps

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I’ll be honest, I’ve had a variable opinion on this light since I received the review units. From “wow this is cool” to “not really bright enough” to “now I get it!!”

If you are the sort of person who has a club jersey, and rides with a group. This is the sort of light that you, and your friends need to invest in. Until the price goes up. The RRP of this Shanren Raz Pro Bike light is expected at £40, which is in keeping with similar lights as we’ve seen. But the £29 on Kickstarter is a steal – as long as you don’t expect it to dazzle you!

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James Gill

Author of TitaniumGeek, which started after smashing off my RIGHT elbow. <br /> <br /> After learning a lot about olecranon fractures, I was introduced to the world Zwift, and slowly transitioned into writing about sports gadgets and the like<br /> <br /> Trying to keep up cycling, swimming and running whilst being a busy General Practice Doctor