Lights Shootout Reviews and News


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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Fenix BT20 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Fenix claimed 750 Lumens and they measured in at 771 Lumens in our integrating sphere. That’s a good start from this flashlight company that is debuting in the bike light market. They also did a bunch of development to get a beam pattern that has a broad beam for peripheral vision and a narrow beam […]

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Gemini Xera – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Gemini Xera is cool. Although it looks like it has Magicshine roots, Chris Lai and his friendly Canadian crew have worked hard to innovate and spec some good lights in the Gemini line. The Xera has a nice, tiny light head and it puts out a good amount of light. It’s ideal for the […]

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CatEye Nano Shot+ – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

CatEye wowed us last year with the tiny Nano Shot light putting out 200 Lumens in a very handy package. This year, the Nano Shot+ measured in at more than twice that at 463 Lumens. More than doubling the output of the light only came with a 20% bump in price so this is a very […]

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2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Mtbr Lumen Tests

Bike light manufacturers can put any lumens rating on their product that they want. There is no governing body out there that states that they have to measure…

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2013 Bike Lights Shootout – Beam Photos and Mtbr Lab tests

The 2103 Bike lights are here and we have four methods of testing and quantifying each light: 1) Photographing them in a controlled environment using a good camera in manual mode, identical settings

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Serfas True 1000 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Beam pattern is great as it has a big center spot with a huge, wide halo around it. The light combines good peripheral beam with a far-reaching center throw. The case and switch ergonomics seem  excellent as there is a positive click when activating the switch. There’s three light modes and a flashing mode to […]

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Jet Lites Dual A-51, X-51 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The new A-51 and X-51 are good lights but what if we can have two of them. Share the mount and the battery and charger to offset the costs. What we end up is a light with twice the light at only 50% higher cost.

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MyTinySun Sport2700x – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

We didn’t know what to to expect when I opened this package with a funny name, MyTinySun. Was it another rebadged Magicshine knock-off?  Oh how wrong we were. What we have here is a meticulously engineered light from Germany that is one of the most powerful lights I have ever tested. The MyTinySun Sport2700x is […]

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Jet Lites X-51 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Jet lites does not mess around. The proprietor, David Joseph solves problems then he iterates over and over until the solution is as good as can be for his customers.

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Jet Lites F-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Jet Lites F-1 is a late arrival to this year’s night riding season but that just means they’ve had time to evolve their design and wait for the best components available.  What they sent us is a true work of art in terms of construction and design. In a field of exciting but crowded […]

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Serfas True 500 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Serfas teased us last year with the True 250 light. It was interesting but not quite bright enough for anything but commuting. Well, this year, they doubled the output with the True 500.

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TrailTorch TT1800 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

We got the call from a fairly new company called Candlepower Technology that we had to test their brand new light called the TrailTorch TT1800.  Candlepower Technology is run by a couple of really smart engineers who wanted a light that was ultra-bright and reliable to feed their love for mountain biking as they rip through the […]

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Cygolite TridenX 750 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This light features a small but wide aluminum light head with good heat-dissipating surface area. Quality of materials is instantly obvious in the light, acessories and packaging. This light features 4 light levels and 4 flash modes. It also has on site light level programming called OSP.  We tested it and it’s one of the […]

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Cygolite Expilion 350 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

We’ve never really tested any Cygolite products before and it is perhaps the most requested (by readers) addtion to our Lights Shootouts. Cygolite finally obliged to request and they sent us the Expilion 350 and the Mitycross 750. We were giddy with excitement to finally experience one of the top selling lights in the market. […]

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Dinotte 1200L – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Dinotte 1200L is not a new light but it is the most expensive in Dinotte’s line. It features 8 emitters in two sets of 4 and they combine to produce a very wide and bright beam. It is a great bar light as it really helps

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Full-Beam Fusion – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Holy moly, a self-contained light arrived from the UK from a brand new company. It must be a good day. Prior to this, I did a lot of riding with the Lupine Wilma TL and the the Exposure MaxxD both reviewed on this light shootout.  This category of High End self contained bike flashlights is […]

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Cateye Econom Force HL-EL540RC – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Cateye Econom Force is a commuter light from the manufacturing wizards from Japan. Don’t expect too bright a light here but expect an affordable light that is constructed with high quality materials. We tested the standard AA version but there is also a rechargeable version of this light. And of course, one can always […]

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Lupine Betty – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Lupine Betty is the ‘aspiration’ light. It’s what riders aspire to own when they’ve arrived. It’s what other lights aspire to be when they grow up. It’s like the Porsche of the lights category. It’s not cheap but it delivers stunning performance and decent value.

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Lezyne Mini Drive – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The Mini Drive is in the line for the buyer who really wants to insists on the lowest price point possible for a light that is rechargeable and LED based. It is more of a ‘to be seen’ light than ‘to see’ since 150 lumens is not bright at all. The problem is it is the Lezyne Super Drive is 200% brighter but only 64% more expensive.

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Baja Designs Strykr II – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

This year, the Strykr is called the Strykr II and the output has increased from 700 claimed lumens to 950. On our light meter, the reading has increased from 52 lux to 74 lux

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Baja Designs Strykr SL – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

The purpose of the Stryker SL is primarily for helmet mounting as the Stryker II has a huge head.  The Stryker SL is a much smaller, sleeker package with more advanced mounting system.

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Dinotte XML-1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

So we were surprised to see the tiny XML-1 from Dinotte rated at only 400 lumens. The good news is it measured higher than that at 459 lumens so it is brighter than many 500 and 600 claimed lumen lights today.

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