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Review: Xeccon Spiker 1210

The Xeccon Spiker is a light with 4 LEDs and a big hard cased battery. The beam is big and bright and it is best used as a bar light to project a wide beam pattern. A spot helmet light would complement this light nicely.

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Review: Xeccon Sogn 700 – 2800 Lumen Bike Light

The Xeccon Sogn 700 is a powerful light from Xeccon that features two banks of 3-LED lenses. It is a big light at 658 grams, but it’s good to see a huge beam pattern from this light. It throws far and wide and that’s a good thing with this many Lumens.

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Review: Trail Led Halo – 6000 Lumen Helmet Light

Trail Led is a bike light company similar to the great handmade bike builders like Moots and Vanilla Cycles. It is run by craftsman Grady Pace who is meticulous about his work and craftsmanship. The Trail Led Halo is the most extreme one of the group putting out a measured 5350 Lumens.

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Review: Magicshine Eagle 600

The secret sauce of of this light is an OLED display that tells you current battery level and current run time left. It tells you exactly how much battery charge you have left and it will calculate in real-time your runtime based on your current light level.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700

It is a tiny light that is manufactured to the highest standards. It is a bright light in a tiny package. It’ll fit on your bars, your helmet or in your pocket. At the price of $100, it trumps all of the competition in the 700 Lumen category.

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Review: Trail Led XXX 1800 Lumen Helmet Light

Trail Led is a bike light company similar to the great handmade bike builders like Moots and Vanilla Cycles. It is run by craftsman Grady Pace who is meticulous about his work and craftsmanship. Mounting the XXX model is the easiest in the family and it can be mounted anywhere on the helmet.

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Review: Trail Led DS 3000 Lumen Helmet Light

The Trail Led DS is the middle-ground light hitting 2640 measured Lumens. The form factor and shape is just right with 6 LEDs in a curved row. This forms kind of a halo around the helmet and is shaped to follow the curvature of most helmets.

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Review: Serfas TSL-T1000

The Serfas TSL-1000 is a cool light. It dares to innovate where many others stay the same and just employ the latest LEDs in their old light chassis. It’s a completely new light for Serfas with a tiny head unit much like the Lupine Piko, but this one is a little bigger and has air ducts to help dissipate heat.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina Flare 650

To complement the NiteRider Lumina 700, the Lumina 650 comes in with a little lower Lumen rating at 650, but integrates a red tail light at the back of the integrated light unit.  This leverages mounting, electronics and battery for a much needed commuting tail light.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive

The Deca Drive is Lezyne’s follow-on to the Mega Drive of last year. It measures almost 900 lumens and is only 100 lumens weaker than last year’s Mega Drive. But it is $50 cheaper and that makes this a terrific value.

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Review: CatEye Volt 300

This year, the new light is the Volt 300 for only $60. And the good news is actual output is 349 lumens in the sphere.  So not only is it significantly cheaper but it’s much brighter as well.

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Review: Lupine Piko 4

The Lupine Piko 4 is the bread and butter of the Lupine powerhouse line-up. While far from being the most powerful, it is reachable by many at $335. And what it really offers is size and functionality.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 700

The Urban was one of our favorite lights last year as it delivered an honest 550 Lumens in a very compact unit. This year, claimed output is bumped up to 700 Lumens and we measured their output at 708 Lumens.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1000

The Taz 1000 is our favorite light in the Light & Motion line up. It delivers 1000 honest Lumens and it seems like a brighter light since the beam pattern is very efficient.

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Review: Lezyne Mega Drive

The Mega Drive is the flagship of the Lezyne light line. It features a robust and machine chassis with more heatsinks that we’ve ever seen in a light head. The beam is produced by two LEDs working in concert to produce both width and throw.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7

Last year, when folks asked me for the best light, I would say “Lupine Wilma 7″. It wasn’t cheap but if someone was looking for the ultimate setup, this was the one that deliver ultimate brightness and flexibility.

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Review: Serfas True 750

This new player was showing hints of brilliance on the the self-contained category but we just wanted more light so it would be sufficient for trail riding. So now, we are happy to see the the Serfas True 750 which actually measures better at 773 lumens.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina 700

So now comes the the Lumina 700. It’s just a little better than the 650, but it is dialed already and is NiteRider’s best selling light of all time, selling about 30,000 units last year.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1200

This light is definitely a winner with its price to performance ratio.  It is a potent little package that throws a lot of light.

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Review: Lezyne Mini Drive XL

This stubby little light from Lezyne is interesting at $75 with 250 Lumens that lasts about an hour. The light has the ‘infinite’ battery design which is field replaceable if the rider carries spare batteries.

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Review: Serfas True 350

The top dog in this series is the the True 750 for $160 but the sibling, the True 350 can be had for $120. The other advantage besides fitting it in the budget is the run time increases to the coveted 2-hour mode in the highest setting.

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Review: Light & Motion Taz 1200

The Taz 1200 is a great light that delivers 1206 honest Lumens and it seems like a brighter light since the beam pattern is very efficient. The light is directed to the ground so there is very little light wasted into empty air.

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Review: NiteRider Lightning Bug 100 USB

This is a pretty cool commuter light. It’s small, puts out 122 lumens and it’s only $45. It was difficult to achieve a rechargeable light for under $50 but the folks at Niterider got it sorted out in this 40 gram device.

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Review: Lezyne Macro Drive

The Macro Drive is a decent $70 light putting out 307 Lumens against a claimed 350 Lumens. The light output is pretty steady throughout the battery cycle and it lasts two hours in the highest setting.

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Review: Lezyne Micro Drive Rear

This is a tail light for $50 that puts out about 70 Lumens. It’s got good side visibility and can be seen from well over a mile on a clear day.

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