All of these lights are USB rechargeable, which means that while they may clog up all of your outlets, you don’t have to spend the entire US military budget on batteries over a season of night rides. Charges are supposed to last as long as 1.75 hours on full power and up to 45 hours on the strobe setting (which admittedly won’t be super useful when riding in the dark), and I’ve never had an issue with being caught unawares by my own Ion 700 leaving me stranded in the dark, thanks in part to its red-blinky-button early warning system for low battery.
This is all great, but what’s got me really excited is the “T” part of the “RT” nomenclature. All of Bontrager’s “RT” offerings are equipped with ANT+ (for those who don’t know, the predominant “bluetooth” of sporting electronics, including Bontrager’s Duotrap and most cycling computers), which might seem a little odd until you see Bontrager’s next new electronic accessory.
I do have to admit that the mount for the Transmitr seems to follow the trend of Bontrager’s generally weak electronic mounting, but the jury is still out on the practicality of this kind of system for mountain biking until these are available for testing. For now, they are definitely toys that are on my Christmas list.
The Bontrager Transmitr will be available at Trek retailers for $69.99. The Ion 700 RT and Flare RT will be available for $159.99 and $79.99 respectively.