Kryptonite made the leap into the lighting world in 2016, but their first attempt was just the beginning. After acquiring two European light brands, Kryptonite essentially bought their way into a long history of light manufacturing along with the engineers involved in the process. That has allowed them to go from the original lights to the newest additions in a short period of time while offering some serious improvements.
Using the same naming structure as their original lights, Kyrpronite continues with the Alley and the Street for front lights with the Avenue playing dual duty with both white and red LED options. Most importantly, the lights are brighter, offer longer run times, and have better straps than the originals while offering improved form factor as well.
Offered with or without Avenue rear lights, the Alley and Street headlights range from the Street F-250 with 250 lumens to the Alley F-650 with 650 lumens. The lights now have 6 modes including day and night pulse modes with runtimes from 2-26 hours depending on the mode. Side illumination ports allow the lights to be seen from the side, and they also feature a battery indicator to tell you how long before they need to be recharged. The built in memory function will turn the light on in the last mode that was used, and power saving will switch to lowest lumen output with 10% battery remaining. As the most expensive of three, the Alley F-650 comes in at $64.95.
The Avenue is available as a COB (Chip On Board) or a pill-style light with single or double LEDs, and in both red and white LEDs. These would be considered the “to be seen” lights, though the Avenue does come in an impressive 150 lumen COB style version which should put out decent light. Also fully USB rechargeable and packed with the same six modes, run time varies by the model but goes up to 24h for the Avenue COB F-150.
As Kryptonite sees their light range as protection for yourself, and their locks as protection for your bike, you’ll soon see some bundles with a lock and a light to protect both.
Kryptonite admits that the folding linkage style lock has been done for years by brands like Abus, but options are always good. The new Keeper 695 and 810 Folding locks will soon join their lock line up for another lock choice.
Finally, the new Keyless integrated chain series provides an option for those that don’t want to have to remember a key. Using a user-programmable five digit code, the locks will be available in various lengths and security levels for $70-80.