Lights Shootout Reviews and News


Fluxient 1xU2 1000 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $100 Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens Measured Lumens: 667 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 65 Lux Light Head Weight: 100 grams Installed Weight: 347 grams Run Time: 3.3 Hours Category: High End Strengths: Good value Familiar Magicshine design Weaknesses: 667 Lumens is well short of 1000 Lumen claims

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Fluxient 4xR5 1600 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $130 Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens Measured Lumens: 879 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 90 Lux Light Head Weight: 120 grams Installed Weight: 375 grams Run Time: 2.5 Hours Category: High End Strengths: Wide beam pattern Familiar Magicshine design Weaknesses: 879 Measured Lumens falls well short of 1600 claims

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Exposure Diablo Mk4 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Diablo is now in its fourth edition as it claims 1100 Lumens with a run time of one hour. It is still the light with the most polished construction and most functional helmet mount. However, it is under attack from a whole host of self-contained lights that exhibit longer run times and bigger beam patterns.  The […]

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NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The NiteRider 750 sits in a middle of a crowded line of lights  with a small lighthead and small battery that provides 1.5 hours of output at a claimed 750 Lumens. It delivers this in a $250 price point. It is not a bad light but NiteRider’s own Lumina 650 is a much better light for […]

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Jet Lites F-U2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The JetLites F-U2 is the successor to the JetLites F-1 introduced late last year. In a field of exciting but crowded self-contained bike lights, the scientists at JetLites managed to come up with a light that is truly high end like Lupine and Exposure but is affordable at $179. The most dramatic part of this […]

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Magicshine MJ-880 U2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Every time we get a new light from Magicshine, the design and quality seems to step up a notch and the MJ-880 is no exception. The light head looks like a solid piece with some nice, polished surfaces. It has two Cree XML LEDs that claim 2200 Lumens. The battery is huge so the system […]

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DesignShine DS-1300 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The DesignShine DS-1300 is an engineering marvel. It uses three Cree XP-Gs and three Cree XP-Es in a head unit size that would typically be used to house one or two LEDs. To keep it cool, deep fins were machined to create 30+ square inches of cooling area. The six LEDs work in concert to […]

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NiteRider Lumina 650 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Last year’s Minewt 600 is replaced by the Lumina 650 this year. And if you like the 600, you’re sure to love the 650 as most aspects were improved. It is smaller now and looks better with a good blend of black and silver design and heat sinking. Light output has been improved not just […]

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Gloworm X2 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Gloworm X2 is one of the surprises of the year. Born and raised on the Mtbr forums with headquarters in New Zealand, a couple of entrepreneurs listened to what the market had to say and delivered a product that addressed their needs. Gloworm X2 features a small head unit that weighs 80 grams but […]

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Lupine Betty R 9 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

In every shootout, there has to be a top dog. This year, the Lupine Betty takes the crown by a devastating landslide. They not only spec’d a 3600 Lumen light but they also backed it up. This light is almost scary in brightness level and one really has to look away from the light head […]

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Lupine Wilma 6 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Lupine Wilma 6 is a little beast. At only 364 grams, it puts out a staggering 2340 Lumens. And though $595 is not cheap, it’s actually a great value delivering a very competitive 4 Lumens per dollar. That makes it the best value in the Lupine line and better than some Chinese manufactured lights. […]

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Lezyne Macro Drive – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This is a pretty basic light from Lezyne. 300 Lumens in a very compact package. It has a good beam pattern and a little bit of side visibility. It’s good for commuting and great to have around the house. Specifications: Price: $70 Claimed Lumens: 300 Lumens Measured Lumens: 312 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 25 Lux […]

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Lupine Betty R 12 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

In every shootout, there has to be a top dog. The Betty R 12 is the big brother of the Betty R 9 as it includes a 2-hour battery instead of a 1.5 hour. This year, the Lupine Betty takes the crown by a devastating landslide. They not only spec’d a 3600 lumen light but […]

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Light & Motion Taz 1200 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Taz is the crowning achievement for the Light and Motion in 2013. They created a light with the beam pattern of a Seca but with the form factor of an Urban self-contained light. They used their knowledge with multiple beam patterns to make a light that has both spread and throw. And to top […]

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Full Beam Fusion Speed LED – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This is a pretty ground-breaking light. It uses a speed sensor magnet on the wheel to vary the light intensity with the speed of the bike. The faster you go, the brighter the light is. It’s all configurable of course so the rider can define what ‘fast’ is and how responsive the light changes intensity.

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Light & Motion Urban 550 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Urban was one of our favorite lights last year as it delivered an honest 500 lumens in an incognito unit. This year, claimed output is bumped up to 550 lumens and we measured their output at 604 lumens. The mountain biker still cannot turn the side lights off but that’s not a big concern […]

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Light & Motion Vis 360+ – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Vis 360+ was designed for the helmet, and is all-in-one commuter light system, and combines a front light, which is connected by a power cord to the rear, which also houses the Lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery. It is similar to the Vis 360 from last year but the Lumen output has been more than […]

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Light & Motion Seca 1700 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This used to be the Seca 400 and last year it grew up to be the Seca 1400 with 1400 Lumens. It was plenty bright but the price was too much at $700. This year, they increased the brightness and efficiency to put out 1700 Lumens in a beam pattern that puts the light where […]

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Gemini Olympia – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Gemini Olympia is surprisingly bright. Turn it on and be prepared for big, intense beam pattern. This light can definitely be used by itself or mated with a Xera or a Duo on the helmet for the ultimate setup.

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2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Mtbr Tunnel Beam Patterns

This is part of the 2013 Bike Lights Shootout. Other sections are: 2013 Backyard Beam Pattern Comparisons » 2013 Mtbr Lux measurements » 2013 Mtbr Lumen Tests » 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 […]

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Lezyne Mega Drive – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This is a compelling new light from Leyzne. It measured 1100 Lumens on our sphere and displayed a beam with good throw and spill. It has all the right moves and is available for $200. Specifications: Price: $150 Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens Measured Lumens: 1133 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 115 Lux Light Head Weight: 266 […]

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Gemini Xera Flashlight – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Xera Flashlight comes to us from Gemini and it is exhibits nice design and construction. The light head flares out a bit giving it extra cooling surface area.  The mount is slick and the battery is field replaceable for extended run time with spare batteries. Specifications: Price: $160 Claimed Lumens: 850 Lumens Measured Lumens: […]

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Lupine Piko TL MiniMax – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Now this is just mountain bike jewelry. It is small, expensive and coveted. The size is diminutive and it only weighs 145 grams, but turn it on and it packs quite a punch displayed in big, even beam pattern. It is really hard to believe that such a big 928 Lumen light comes out of […]

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Magicshine MJ-872 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Initially, we had this light rated at 1200 lumens since that’s about how bright it is after you turn it on. But after looking at the graphs and measurements, we realized this light plummets to about 900 lumens after one minute. We put a powerful fan blowing on the light head but it still got […]

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Lumintrek TrailBlazer 1600 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Specifications: Price: $170 Claimed Lumens: 1600 Lumens Measured Lumens: 859 Lumens Measured MTBR Lux: 78 Lux Light Head Weight: 124 grams Installed Weight: 345 grams Run Time: n/a Hours Category: High End Strengths: Very affordable Beam pattern is very wide Weaknesses: 859 measured lumens is much lower than 1600 lumen claims Beam does not have […]

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