Magicshine Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2 review

by 9

For all out brightness, the Magicshine Monteer 8000S is a great light. But does that mean it’s for you? It might depend on who you ride with.

  • Brand: Magicshine
  • Product: Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2
  • From: magicshineuk.com
  • Price: £369.99
  • Tested: by Hannah for Winter

I’m going to have to disagree with Andi’s 2021 review here. I’ve got the Magicshine Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2, which is the same as the light Andi tested, but with a remote switch. Before I get on to what difference that makes, let’s start with the similarities and why I have a different take on this light to Andi.

Firstly, I don’t dispute what Andi says about the technical side of the Magicshine Monteer 8000S. He’s got the functions right, and it is indeed very very bright. It gives out a lot of light. A LOT of light. 8000 lumens of light. It has a great big 10,000mAh cell battery. It lasts a reasonable amount of time. You can definitely see the trail… and yet… it’s not the light for me.

Let there be light. May also work on boats.

I think it is actually too bright. The light has a pair of CREE LEDs, and then a row of three. You can switch between two lights, three lights and five lights, and in each you can switch between different levels of brightness. I find it incredibly hard to tell which setting I’m on beyond the dimmer ones. Am I on three lights at bright setting, or five at a mid setting? I found myself pointing the light at cars and shop windows, trying to figure out in my reflection which setting it was on, without blinding myself. Even then I’d find myself with bright spots floating in my eyes. Whatever you do, do not look at the light. Ouch. Neither the light nor the remote switch offers any clue as to what mode you’re in. It’s just green for on, and red for the battery warning. I really wish there was some sort of colour coding, or indicator light, to show which mode and brightness you’re in.

Another reason I consider it too bright is that I generally ride in a group at night. With this light being so much brighter than others, it means I cast a shadow that their lights can’t overcome if I ride behind them – and if they look back at me they get blinded. Again, the lack of easy to figure brightness control makes it difficult to dip your lights when you gather at a hilltop or trail junction. A quick ‘dip’ option would be very useful with a light this bright.

While in some sense the light does light up everything in front of it, it does provide it all from one position. Great if you’re flying flat out on a trail you know well, less great if you’re trying to pick your way through twists and turns or drop offs. I’d rather have fewer lumens and have it paired with a helmet mounted lamp to give greater sense of depth perception, and to help with twist and turns. Since I don’t have a helmet light that’s nearly as bright as this one, anything I pair on my head gets outcompeted by the Monteer 8000S and isn’t terribly effective.

All in all, while I can see that it might be fun for fast solo rides, for me I think the brightness offers more downsides than upsides. Unfortunately I don’t think the remote button adds to the equation. It doesn’t add any clarity of mode to things since there’s no colour coding, and the square and circle symbol on the control don’t intuitively match up to a meaning. One cycles through the modes (the 2, 3 and 5 light options) while the other does the brightness – but as I’ve said I find it hard to tell which is which, and so I’d find myself cycling through the brightness setting wondering if I’ve yet made it to max power, or cycling through the modes trying to work out if I’m on five lights at dim or three lights on bright. The temptation to settle the matter by looking into the light is great. Don’t do it!

The light does pair quite easily to the switch, just disconnect the battery, press both buttons on the switch, and then reconnect the battery, and it should all pair up. Be careful if you’re testing this out off the bike – I singed my sofa during just a very brief period of connecting the light and cycling through the modes. In the high power modes the light gets very hot very quickly (hot enough that you should avoid using your hand as a manual dimmer on a group ride too). I found it hard to get the switch to stay put, often finding it had spun around on my handlebars – more permanent affixation than the double sided Velcro provided is preferable, but not so useful if you want to swap between bikes. Another reason to avoid the Velcro fastening is the way it sticks to gloves – and added faff factor in the event that it does spin round.

I suppose you could put the Magicshine Monteer 8000S on your helmet and then the remote would be more useful, but personally I think it’s too heavy for that, and you’d have to find somewhere to carry the huge battery. On which note, the battery is huge, but the USB C charging point (either for charging the battery or charging accessories off it, like you phone) is very welcome. It’s well sealed behind a rubber bung, too. I’d recommend adding some frame protection, as when I removed my light I discovered it had rubbed my frame a bit. There’s a very long pair of cables with the light and battery – probably too long – but it does give you plenty of scope for trying to find a space to fit it on your frame. Depending on your frame shape and shock layout, it might take a bit of experimenting to find the best position.

Since the remote button doesn’t add a whole lot of simplicity to the functionality compared to the button on the back of the light, I’m not sure it’s really a development worth seeking out. The main button on the light shows green in use, which changes to red once you hit 20% battery, then flashes a warning when only 5% battery remains. If the remote gave a clear indication of the mode and brightness you were in I think it would be a genuinely useful addition. But it doesn’t, and for my purposes I find the brightness to be too much. If you ride mostly alone, or everyone in your group has something as bright, then your experience may differ. Personally, I’d rather have something smaller, less bright, and without the giant separate battery.

All that said, it is a well made set up with good quality attachments. I especially appreciate that Magicshine lights use the same mounting system as a Garmin. If you’re like me and do a lot of bike swapping, it’s great to have easy access to loads of mounts. I’ve also been using some Magicshine Allty 1500 lumen lights for commutes and some off road rides, and the ability to quickly swap different lights between bikes has been a real bonus.

Overall

If all out brightness is what you want, then the Magicshine Monteer 8000S delivers. I remain unconvinced that the remote button brings anything significant to the party, so whether you pick up the earlier (and cheaper) 8000 model that Andi reviewed, or this one, the way ahead of you will be bright. Ride into the light, don’t look into it.

More Reviews

Last Coal V4 review

Last Coal V4 vital stats: full 29, 180mm fork, 165mm rear, 63° head angle, 77.1° effective…

The Grinder: Aeroe rack, Repente saddle, Madison glasses, Shimano shoes, Sinter pads, Muc-Off tool, Hyperlocal

Tools and tech for your convenience and comfort. Because suffering is overrated.

The Grinder: Zefal Bike Taxi Tow Rope, Continental Argotal, Fox Dropframe helmet, Zipp 1ZERO HiTop Wheels

Is that creak me or the bike? Real-world product reviews from real-world riders.

The Grinder: Wolf Tooth pedals, DMR cranks, Ceramic Speed SLT bearings, USE bar, Madison bib-trouser, Leatt knee pads

The only lateral stiffness is in our backs; real-world product reviews from real-world riders.

Review Info

Brand: Magicshine
Product: Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2
From: magicshineuk.com
Price: £369.99
Tested: by Hannah for Winter
Author Profile Picture
Hannah Dobson

Managing Editor

I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

More posts from Hannah

Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total)
  • Magicshine Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2 review
  • johnnystorm
    Full Member

    Perhaps I’m just too slow now but I think “peak lighting” was reached a few years back and if you’re spending more than £200 you should be getting perfection.

    For me, the Lumenator has all the light I need and is a doddle to use. I’d rather the extra money was spent on run times.

    Perhaps I like the review above because it reinforces my opinion but I appreciate the alternative view between testers and the “less is more” consideration.

    desperatebicycle
    Full Member

    Splashed out on a 1500LM Light & Motion Seca years ago, still brighter than I really need. Plenty of battery & life paired with my “Troutlight” (RIP 🙁 ) Hope Vision on the lid.
    Garmin Mount looks happy anyway 🙂

    simon_g
    Full Member

    Yeah, my Exposures are a several years old but working fine and nothing new really seems any better.

    All I’d really want from a remote would be to quickly flip to a dipped / “not blinding” mode for the bits on the road.

    HoratioHufnagel
    Free Member

    I found exactly the same, and swapped the magicshine for a Exposure Toro, which is nowhere near as bright, but has a more even and thereful useful beam, an actual readout of remaining battery time, plus it’s easy to see what mode you’re in, though I tend just to leave it on “Reflex” the whole time. My previous Maxx-D was 10 years old and still had enough battery life for a 2 hour night ride on full power.

    ta11pau1
    Full Member

    Used my 8000 V2 last week for the first time on some trails, along with my diablo mk11 1900lm helmet light.

    All I can say is bloody brilliant. It was like riding in the daytime!

    The remote for flicking between 2nd level power on the floods only for climbs then straight into the full beans when dropping into a trail is brilliant.

    halifaxpete
    Full Member

    I have the older 6500 version and agree its a PITA cycling through the different lighting modes. Great light otherwise but for knocking on £400 I’d be looking at something from exposure TBH

    reeksy
    Full Member

    I found myself pointing the light at cars and shop windows, trying to figure out in my reflection which setting it was on, without blinding myself.

    I imagine your local FB groups are full of apoplectic residents complaining about that weird cyclist going around shining bright lights and dulling their paintwork and shop displays.

    The only Magicshine I had was a nightmare. The terrible not-Garmin-style mounting system meant it flew off my handlebars in a forest never to be seen again (it hadn’t got dark at that point in the ride).

    andyspaceman
    Full Member

    Agree with the comments about having too much light. There’s typically about 5-10 of us that head out together on Thursday nights, and having so much power makes it a real arms race, particularly when people behind you are putting out more light than you are, and all you can see in front of you is your shadow.

    Thankfully most of our group have pretty good etiquette, and drop down to lower settings when not riding at the front. Personally I’ve got a max of 4k lumens on my bars, and 1.5k on my helmet, but I only ever use that when on the front and off-road. The rest of the time I’m sat in minimum power, at 1.5k and 500 lumens respectively, which is still plenty for pretty much everything.

    Maybe 8k is worthwhile if you ride alone, or in pairs, and if you are racing, or hitting a lot of technical terrain in the dark, at speed. Otherwise, meh.

    adagiodesign
    Free Member

    Magic Shine – in my opinion are not worth the money. I am sorry to say that I disagree with this review, I would not recommend this product. I purchased a Magic Shine light 2021 after the previous top marks review. they last for a just over a year, when they failed due to a common issue, the cable from the battery to the light. I sent it back, they said yes its a common problem. Then after a month it failed again, they have then since never responded to my emails. I recently ordered another cable which arrived with an exposed part of the cable I sent them pictures and no response. The light is no longer used.<br style=”box-sizing: border-box; color: #2a2e2e; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;” />They were an amazing light at first, so if you are testing them on straight out of the box, they would be impressive, but spending over £300 now £400 I would expect the more last more than a 12 months+.<br style=”box-sizing: border-box; color: #2a2e2e; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;” />These lights due to the expense need to be on a long term test to show their property quality and reliability, also aftersales is important, I am not a professional rider or access to abundance of cash, but i feel strongly about being mis led. And think they are not in the same league as other brands.

Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.