I’ve had a few front light fail on me in the past. Multiple brands, but always with the same trend. It always seems to be the cable between the light and the battery. As a result I’m thinking of getting a second light to complement my Hope Vision 2.
I can get an Exposure Joystick, with a Flare (convenient, my rear disappeared on the last ride), for £90. And an additional £16 for the helmet mount. Has anyone got experience with either of these? This price is from Rutland Cycles, anyone seen them any cheaper?Posted 4 years ago
Wouldnt buy any other brand of lights now.
Have had to use their aftersales after stupidity saw me drop my 5 year old maxx d. Fixed for 20 quid and posted back in under a week.
My joystick and maxx d are 5 years old and have just completed their 5th strathpuffer 24 and still seemed competitive. Certainly didnt slow me down.
When mrs t-r needed lights for 24 hr racing i bought her exposure lights one was. A mk7 joystick -also off the back of mine lasting so long. Its much brighter than mine is but also more of a spot- this is a good thing for a headmounted light.
She then won some nice rechargable commuting lights from the nice chaps at exposure
We like exposure lights and their staff.Posted 4 years agoanotherstanMember
have owned a joystick for a couple of years now, i’m not impressed at all.Posted 4 years ago
battery life is crap and it’s not as bright as the cheap chinese things i have on my bars. it’s basically been demoted to my back-up light.
sent it back in the early days contesting the performance, they swapped it for a new one …same results.
wouldn’t have another exposure light.NorthwindSubscriber
It’s a very expensive torch,not particularily bright,and which loses the one big advantage torches have- changing the battery. Which is more of a problem these days with lipo as the batteries are more temperamental.
The clamp is genius though and they’re very small and light, and the convenience of a fully contained light can be good.Posted 4 years agoroverpigSubscriber
I dare say that somebody will be along soon with a negative experience, but it wont be me. I’ve got a Joystick for the helmet (and as a general torch). This goes with a Reflex on the bars for off road rides when it’s proper dark, but I’ll use the joystick on its own on the road or for those spring/autumn dusk rides. Can’t really fault it.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Sigh, it’s just a really expensive, overpriced candle. I don’t get why people get so excited about them, I spent hours trying to light mine and it just wouldn’t catch so I sent it back, the replacement was just as bad and now I have relegated it to use as a handy paperweight. Instead I just buy Chinese fireworks by the skip-load and jam them in my helmet vents, etc… 😉Posted 4 years agotomtomthepiperssonSubscriber
I like my mk7 – it’s a neat little thing. But my Chinese torches are brighter and you can change the batteries in them… And they fit perfectly in the (over priced) exposure helmet mount.
I did have a problem with my joystick a while back – the switch seemed to die and it wouldn’t turn off. I let it run down and left it for a couple of weeks – then charged it up and it worked perfectly. Has been fine ever since.
Only really bought it cos it was on offer – 50 something quid. Still not particularly good value IMO. Probably wouldn’t buy another one.Posted 4 years agob rMember
I’ve an earlier one.
Not as bright as the cheap lights.
Far, far dearer.
3 hrs on full power and with the small piggy-back battery 6 hrs
On winter all-dayers I have it in my Camelbak just in case
Works as well now as it has ever done.
Charging is easy and can just be left on
Good product.Posted 4 years agoscaledMember
I love mine, compliments a fluxient 4x XML thing in the MTB bars and works as my road night riding and commuting light.
USB charger stays at work and it never gets charged at home. Burn time is hard to track as I mix between modes but 50 miles round dark lanes isn’t a problem.Posted 4 years agomalverniteMember
It is a nice little light, but a bit useless compared to the cheap Chinese ones.Posted 4 years ago
Wiggle had a deal on these last year around March time and I bought one for £50 with a red eye micro, lanyard and head band thing.
Maybe worth waiting to see if they do the same sales again in March.eyerideitMember
I’ve had a Joystick mostly for commuting since 2008 and it’s been really good. No sign of the battery losing charge. It’s now joined by a flash up front which is just as good.
I’d buy one of the bigger lights if I did night rides more than twice a year.
However I’m not so keen on the rear lights as everyone I’ve seen seems to be shining right in the eyes of the rider behind.Posted 4 years agobenp1Subscriber
I really liked the idea of one, and still like the look of them, but decided that they aren’t actually that good for my purposes
They’re quite focussed and have a non replaceable/changeable battery
I run a Fluxient U2 mini on the bars of my road bike as it has a wide beam pattern (on flash, replaceable 18650 battery), and a Sunwayman V20c on my helmet for road and off road riding as it has a good blend of throw and flood (infinitely variable brightness and 18650 battery). This set up means one spare battery can cover both lights if neededPosted 4 years agoprettygreenparrotSubscriber
Saw Exposure at last year’s Mayhem. They had some OK deals on factory seconds but I demurred, having just bought a light recommended by a fellow rider from Jazooli on amazon. The Jazooli light is a Magicshine-alike. It works. It is bright. It is a fair light for the money.
I just bought a Joystick Mk7 from Rutland. As a small light it is pretty darn good.
The Joystick is a lot smaller than I remembered from Exposure’s stand. Although I was looking at the higher-end lamps like the MaxxD.
It is surprisingly bright. its “400 lumens” go a long way. Perhaps due to the beam pattern. Perhaps due to the honesty of the measurements.
A while back I bought an LED lenser torch from Maplin. It was on sale. I could not resist. It is bright. It uses 3 AAA cells. It has already had a replacement switch, happily provided by LED Lenser at their cost. As a torch it is great. I’d buy another. Its retail price is less than 1/2 that of the Joystick. Unsurprisingly, the joystick beats the LED lenser hands down for its brightness and beam pattern.
The joystick rocks. I’m looking forward to taking it on a ride rather than using it to light my way to my chickens early on a morning.Posted 4 years agojimjamMember
Wouldnt buy any other brand of lights now.
Same here. My diablo is getting on for five years old now and has never missed a beat. Five winters of pretty regular night riding. Used as a torch all year round, a fair bit of commuting ( 2 hours a day 3 – 4 days a week) and I even caught my dad using it to hammer bits of mortar out of a chimney breast he was working on.
It still shades many so called 2000 lumen (or more) chinese lights. Working in a bikeshop I’ve seen dozens of of people brag about their chinese lights only to have them fail, often multiple failures. Buy cheap, buy thrice.Posted 4 years agoboriselbrusSubscriber
Yes after years mucking about and spending a fortune on cheap lights I now haven a full stable of exposure lights. Love the cable free design, range of accessories, back up, and the way they don’t set fire to my house like the Chinese lights have been known to do.
If you want extra batteries then you can get the piggyback batteries to extend run time and you can use the lights and piggybacks to recharge your phone or GPS as well.
Also they are much brighter than you would think from their lumen rating. My 1200 LM Toro gives much better lamination than my 2200 LM Troute lumen liberator.Posted 4 years ago
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