Lights Shootout Reviews and News


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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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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