Lights Shootout Reviews and News


Review: CatEye Volt 700

$120 with a measured 773 lumens, 2 hour run time is a winner. Plus it has Cateye quality.

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Review: Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race

It’s a little long in the tooth, but it still has one of the best beam patterns in the business. The Seca 2000 continues to impress with a wide and efficient beam pattern that lights up the trail and the periphery. Check out the riding video with the Seca 2000 in action.

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Review: Sigma Buster 200

To see or to be seen, this $45 light from Sigma actually achieves both. And that is a first at this price point.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

Sporting a big beam pattern, the Bontrager Ion 700 delivers with the smallest package and the lowest price in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: Fenix BC30

This dual-beam self-contained bike light has a good beam pattern and good light color, but the 1800 Lumen claim is a bit disappointing.

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Review: Gloworm XS

This tiny head unit is a monster of a light with 2350 lumens. Good batteries, charging and programability finish off the package.

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Review: Gloworm X1

This light is the ideal helmet light since the light head is so small at 63 grams. And the new GoPro compatible quick release mount is a welcome addition.

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Review: Lumicycle Summit Enduro Pack

It’s a well-sorted light from the UK but it’s not particularly bright or affordable.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 750

The Lumina 750 evolves the line with more output. Beam pattern, form factor and quality continue to be top-notch.

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Review: NiteRider Pro 2200

At 2317 measured Lumens, this $400 light is actually quite practical for the high-end lights customer.

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Review: Serfas USL-505

This light puts out 484 Lumens for $80 in a new Serfas self-contained unit. It’s a decent light, but the $50 Serfas USL-305 is better.

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Review: Lupine Betty R 14 4500

This light is clearly not for everyone, but if you want the Bugatti Veyron of lights, this light cannon will put out 4700 Lumens.

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Review: NiteRider MiNewt Pro 770 Enduro

It’s not the brightest or the smallest but it does answer the call of the endurance racer with its long run time and decent charging time.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1500

The Taz 1500 is all about beam pattern. We’ll even go out on a limb and say it has the best beam pattern of any self-contained bike light.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2

$245 German made light delivers with a huge beam pattern. Ideal as a helmet light, find out what we like about it and how it compares to the Piko 4.

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2015 Lights Shootout: Beam Patterns

A picture is worth a thousand words right? And with bike lights, beam pattern photos tell a very good story. See all the beam pattern photos here.

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2015 Lights Shootout: Lumen Measurements

Mtbr measures actual Lumen output of bike lights by going to special laboratories that have an integrating sphere to measure actual Lumen output. See all the Lumen graphs here.

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2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout

The 2014 Bike Lights Shootout is here! The batteries are charged and the lux meter and lumisphere are ready. We’ve been riding these lights for the last few weeks and the progress in LED technology is dramatic once again.

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Review: Fenix BTR20

The Fenix BTR20 is a nice light with a dual beam pattern coming out of one head. Using special lens optics, they are able to project a wide beam and a focused spot beam at the same time.

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2014 Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout: Tunnel Beam Patterns

We went out to a freeway underpass and risked our lives in the ‘hood’ as we photographed our test lights with our camera. The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern.

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Review: Gloworm X2 1500 Lumen Light

Starting with the Gloworm X2 last year, they now have the X1, XS and a CX self-contained light. We even saw them at Interbike this year, making the trek from New Zealand to show off all their new products.

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Review: Gloworm X1 950 Lumen Light

The Gloworm X1 is a great addition to the Gloworm line as it introduces a single LED, lightweight unit to complement the more powerful X2 and X3 lights. This makes it ideal for helmet mounting, as the measured 918 Lumen light weighs in at under 200 grams.

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Review: Gloworm XS 2200 Lumen Bike Light

The Gloworm XS is a high end light that a delivers a very wide but controlled beam pattern. The beam is rectangular to optimize for width and peripheral vision.

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Review: Supernova Airstream Commuter Light

The Supernova Airstream seems to play by a different set of rules. Instead of creating a low-cost, ultra bright light that will be rendered useless in a few years under harsh conditions, Supernova set out to make the best light for commuting.

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Review: Xeccon Geinea I

The Xeccon Geinea is a 650 Lumen light with a tail light included in the system. A remote switch is included to control both front and tail lights.

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