Exposure Enduro Maxx, Race Maxx & Joystick Maxx

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Exposure Maxx Series Video Review

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3436540031312412418
Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Exposure Enduro Maxx $349 720 4hrs Lithium Ion 236g n/a 257g 2.80 1.60
Exposure Race Maxx $279 480 3hrs Lithium Ion 192g n/a 213g 2.25 1.37
Exposure Joystick Maxx $199 240 3hrs Lithium Ion 77g n/a 97g 2.47 0.96

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.
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Exposure Enduro Maxx $ 349.00

Exposure Race Maxx $ 279.00

Description:

The Maxx series of lights are self-contained light systems. The Enduro Maxx has three LEDs and the Race Maxx has two. Both share the same case which about the size of two D-Cell batteries. The machining is impeccable and the laser etching is both attractive and informative. These lights set out to achieve a compact package, light weight, long run-time and a bright, clear beam pattern.

The mounting systems were very well thought-out as well. The handlebar mount features one-handed install and removal of the light head. The Joystick helmet mount is completely adjustable and the light snaps on and off easily but securely.

The Lumen claims of 720 for the Enduro and 240 for the Joystick seem a bit generous compared to competition. Like most companies, Exposure does not measure lumen output. They base their numbers on best case scenarios for the LED bulbs used. From our photos and light measurements, they are about as bright as lights advertised with lower lumens output, such as the Niterider Trinewt and Dinotte 600L.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options:

The Enduro Maxx and the Race Maxx are for handlebar mounting only.

Strengths:

  • Self-contained, no wires system
  • Very light for the amount of light it puts out
  • Nice beam pattern with no hot spot
  • 3+ hour is very impressive for it’s size
  • Handlebar mount is very slick and removing the light when not in use is very simple
  • Piggyback external battery option makes the system very flexible

Weaknesses:

  • On/off switch is small and one of the harder ones to turn off
  • Charging is slow at 12 hours for the Enduro and 8 hours for the Race Maxx
  • Beam pattern could be a bit wider
  • Not as bright as its Lumen claims
  • Handlebar mount is a bit sharp when no lights are connected

Bottom Line:

The Enduro Maxx and Race Maxx are revolutionary products. It’s slick, it’s trick and is very functional. It throws out a bright light with its 250 gram weight and no wires and it looks good doing it. At the end of the day, usability and light brightness is most important and these lights deliver. We would recommend the Race Maxx and Joystick Maxx combo as a great combination of price, size, weight and light brightness for trail riding.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Enduro Maxx on trail, Enduro Maxx

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Race Maxx,

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_131502.shtml

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Exposure Joystick Maxx $ 199.00

Description:

The Joystick Maxx is about the size of two AA batteries and it weighs about that. The brightness and quality of the beam pattern coming from such a small package is truly surprising.

Mounting options:

The Joystick can be mounted on the helmet or handlebars. It is ideal for helmet use, complementing a wider handlebar light.

Light Head Close ups:

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Strengths:

  • Self-contained, no wires system
  • Very light for the amount of light it puts out
  • Nice beam pattern with no hot spot
  • 3+ hour is very impressive for it’s size
  • Brilliant helmet mount for the joystick
  • It’s small size makes it the ultimate flashlight as well

Weaknesses:

  • It rides a bit high on top of the helmet and can get in the way of low-hanging obstacles
  • Not as bright as its Lumen claims

Bottom Line:

This was one of our favorite products of the shootout. While not ultra bright, it’s perhaps has the best brightness per weight ratio. (Lumens per Gram). It virtually disappears on top of your head with its 100 gram mounted weight and no wires.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Joystick Maxx,

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Enduro Maxx & Joystick Maxx, Dual Enduro Maxx

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_131500.shtml

A word from the Manufacturer:I would like to add my words of appreciation to Francis and crew for conducting a comprehensive and thorough review. Before summing up the benefits of our products, I would like to address some of the comments that Francis has noted and I believe that the prospective user will benefit from further consideration before making a purchase decision:With due respect to Francis and crew (who have had the task of learning how to use 24 lights from 13 manufactures), Exposure Lights are extremely easy to turn off. Like a cell phone, simply hold the button (until the light goes off/3 seconds).The button gets easier to operate as the rubber ‘breaks’ in. Also, with a 3 hour burn time on max it is normal to switch the light on and leave it alone until the end of the ride i.e. For most night ride duration there is no need to switch between brightness settings. Another valuable feature is that the button doubles as the fuel gauge indicator.The lithium ion battery charges to 90% of capacity in 3 hours (Joystick), 6hrs (Race MaXx), 9 hrs (Enduro MaXx) Hours. Furthermore, the charging procedure is completely foolproof and the battery has no ‘memory’ and can be partially charged or discharged.We acknowledge that there are different schools of thought on Lumens measurement. However, The Exposure line ranked as one of the brightest in the review’s LUX measurement and we suggest that these figures and better yet, the trail are a great place to make comparisons.With regard to the Joystick, it sits no taller on the helmet than most other systems and we have not heard any complaints about this being a problem. However, if losing the light is a concern, we offer a lanyard for sale, although it would be simple to either find (e.g. from an old camera or phone) or improvise one at home. As Francis notes, one of the beauties of the Joystick is the increased practicality of it on the trail. As it is wireless, it can be disconnected for use as a flashlight for rummaging through Camelbaks, working on the bike etc. without blinding your riding partners! This versatility is a benefit that users appreciate a lot. By the way, a head strap will soon be available to make the Joystick an option for all types of sports conducted in the dark.Exposure Lights was the first to make lighting systems with high powered ‘Super’ LEDs and our family of lighting systems has been built from the ground up to take advantage of the cutting-edge technology.Born from a culture of night riders and 24hr racers we know that riders crave the lightest, most compact and user friendly lights with fantastic burn times and brightness.While some systems now offer the benefits of using these LEDs they also fail to offer the full performance benefits of lightweight, compactness and convenience.Only Exposure Lights gives you the complete balanced package that offers the perfect blend of power to weight and brightness. In the MTBR review our lights are mostly half the weight of comparable models and in some cases 3 times lighter.It’s a wireless world! We invite you to experience the beauty of riding the lightest, cable-free systems.Please feel free to call or email us and we’ll be pleased to discuss lighting with you (please don’t expect advice on home interior decorative lights).Check out our specials and combination discounts at www.exposurelightsusa.comThanks for reading!

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  • Cino says:

    You overlooked a major downside to the Enduro products. The batteries are not user replaceable. You have to ship the lights back to the manufacturer to have the batteries replaced.

  • Steve says:

    With regular use and “proper” care, it is unlikely that one will have to replace the battery inside of five years time. If the battery does need repair, North American customers can send their lights back to Exposure lights USA in New Hampshire for repair. Also, in some cases, we provide a loaner light. I don’t know of any other companies out there that provide “loaners” when one needs repair on a product in the cycling industry. Furthermore we pride ourselves on fast turnaround with respect to all customer service inquiries.

  • Steve2 says:

    Is there a headband mounting system? it seams like this might be a great light for trail running and cross country skiing. Also is there any effect on the batteries (run time) in really cold temps, like 10 above to 20 bellow zero F?

  • Stratmosphere says:

    The lumens per gram tells it all. NO WIRES or external batteries!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian says:

    What was your lux measurement?

  • Jason says:

    Just bought the Enduro / Joystick Combo. I can’t wait to get my hands on them for a test ride. I was sold the moment I saw the burntime, lightweight, and no-wires. No wires is the best. I lost my Niterider battery, and it costs as much to replace it, as the entire light system. I’ll let you know what I think.

  • Neil Phillips says:

    Bought the Endoro Maxx a few weeks ago. Blown away by it! So simple and easy, while as bright as any of my mates HID’s. No longer a pain to bolt the lights on in case it gets dark at the end of a ride – just pop it in the Camelback just in case you need it. If you don’t you won’t even notice the fact you were carrying it around. Possibly a bit pricer than some competition, but I see myself using it more because of it’s versatility – so, better value for money!

  • DeWayne says:

    Are there plans to produce a tail light?

  • Off Road Roadie says:

    How about an optional red taillight module? Some type of red LED that you could plug into to the rear of the unit so you could have a flashing red light while you’re using the helmet mount?

  • Neil Wragg says:

    Have been running the new 2008/09 Exposure Maxx-D light with the four LED’s. I’ve been through Lupines, Light & Motion, BLT light plus loads of lead-acid DIY kits! These are simply the most convenient, hassle free setup to date. Charge, clip on and ride. Burn time is just as important as brightness, there’s no point having a stack of light if it lasts just an hour and a half. Unfortunately, I havent been able to get out on a night ride long enough yet to hit the three hours on full! It’s easy to switch between max and high and low to save battery time but so far I’ve had more light than I need. Looking forward to the nights drawing in….

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