Bontrager just released the ultra bright Flare R tail light designed for use on daytime rides to keep you visible even during full sunlight, but the future of that product was already brighter.
Centered around their new ANT+ Transmitr Remote, the combo of the new Flare RT and Ion 700 RT lights create a wirelessly controlled front and rear light setup. Which sounds a little ridiculous, until we found out this is only the beginning…
Using a combination of buttons, the Transmitr can control up to seven devices, switching between modes or cycling a compatible device on or off. So, you could just link front and rear lights and turn them both on and off simultaneously using only the center button. Or you could get creative and put a tail light on each pannier and use them as turn signals.
Or you could almost certainly rightly assume that Bontrager has way more Transmitr compatible products up their sleeves. Like cycling computers, which could benefit from more ergonomic button placement now that we’re all putting them far out in front of our handlebars. Or helmet mounted lights, who’s buttons aren’t always easy to use with full finger gloves.
The Transmitr Remote goes for $69.99 with CR3032 battery. The Flare RT comes in at 79.99 (a $20 premium over the non-ANT+ Flare R).
The Ion RT headlight runs $159.99 and pumps out a max of 700 lumens with a focused beam plus side lighting for 270º of total visibility (yours and others seeing you). Like the Flare, it’s intended to make you visible during the day as well as letting you see where you’re going once the sun’s set.
So, what would you like to see the Transmitr control? Our vote is a garage door opener…leave yours in the comments!