Cygolite Expilion 350 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 31 lux ont the MTBR Lux setup.  This is exactly the output we measure with the Lezyne Power Drive for $90. The Lezyne Super Drive is a bit brighter at 44 Mtbr Lux

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  • Excellent build quality
  • Robust light head with good durability and heat dissipation
  • Best of class mount
  • Pretty bright with tight and consistent beam pattern
  • Great value at $110
  • Perfect for commuting
  • It’s overbuilt


  • Does not turn on High by default and too many light levels
  • Beam pattern is not that wide with lack of peripheral halo beam
  • A little overbuilt and thus bigger and heavier than the competition

Bottom Line:

This is a great package from Cygolite. It is a very high quality product and it is competitive both at performance and price.  If you want more light, the Expilion 400 and other Cygolite offerings will offer the same standard of quality.

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Value Rating:  It’s very compelling at $110.

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating: Perfect commuter light or second mtb light.

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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  • Tim Reifschneider says:

    I love this light for everything! It fits perfectly in the center vent of a Giro Altus helmet, just put a strap around it and go. For commuting, you don’t need a brighter light and for offroad, I have yet to make it go dim. I use the med-high and have ridden 4hrs with no problems. Superlight and overbuilt, need I say more?

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