The Fly6 has been on the market for a couple of years, but it’s not a device everyone knows is available. Launched via a Kickstarter campaign and the first of its kind, this rear light features a camera which records video of everything going on behind you as well as performing the standard task of marking you out on the road.
Unlike the bright red beam, the video camera function won’t keep you safe – but having a record of everything that’s happened can certainly act as an excellent insurance back-up should you ever need to prove another road user was in the wrong.
It’s not just about safety, either – a Fly6 could provide excellent viewing after a race, or in tandem with front camera footage from a ride with your mates.
The exciting news is that Fly6 have been busy working on something new since the product was first launched, and very soon the front light Fly12 version will be available. In the mean time, we’ve checked out the functions of the rear light to give you our verdict on its effectiveness. And yes, we made a video so you can really see how well it works.
The Fly6 arrives in a fancy looking matte black box. And so it should – before we go on we’ll highlight that the light does cost £99. For all the bells and whistles the light provides, that’s not a lot. However, it is a lot if you’re only after a bog standard rear light, so if that’s you – step away.
Inside the box is everything you need, and then some. There’s the unit itself, plus two mounts (we suppose so you can swap the light between bikes without removing the mount), and a selection of adaptors to ensure that the light will fit on any seat post. There’s even an aero seat post adaptor.
I can see a huge merit in this extra adaptor – getting a rear light that sits well on a time trial bike is a challenge in itself, and since they often take place on busy roads, being safe in the knowledge you’ve got proof of what’s going on could be useful.
Finally, there’s a USB cable – this is used for charging and for uploading footage.