With advances in lights technology, we’re now largely past the point of ‘is it bright enough, does the battery last?’ and into refinements. Does the battery attach neatly to your frame, is it built seamlessly into the light body, or is it a brick that makes you want for a bar bag? Are cables and chargers bespoke, or a simple micro USB that makes the logistics of charging a breeze? Is the light easy to fit to your bike and/or helmet and are the mounts durable, or replaceable?
Depending on your personal circumstances, a fit and forget mount might do you fine, but if you have multiple bikes you probably don’t want to be fiddling with tools, bolts and a two piece bar mount every time you switch bikes. And it’s not just about being bright – the beam pattern can affect whether you can pick out the detail of tricky trail features that you need for confidence at speed. If you thought your old 800 lumen light was just fine last winter, but have discovered that your group ride mates have upped their light sets this year and now cast shadows every time they ride behind you, maybe you need to do some shopping.
Mountain Bike Lights on Test:
- Exposure Diablo – £215
- Exposure MaXx D – £385
- GloWorm Alpha Plus – £170
- Hope R4+ LED – £230
- Light and Motion Seca Race – £284.99
- Lumicycle Explorer 2 – £295
- M-TigerSports MT-DS – £190
We’ve spent time faffing with mounts, finding the best fitment solutions, and our preferred settings.
For detailed reviews of the above lights, grab a copy of issue 134 of Singletrack Magazine. To check out what else is inside our December issue, hop on over here.
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