Full-Beam Fusion – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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 the most exciting today as the latest LEDs are crammed into one  case with the highest quality batteries available.  The rider is left with a small light with no wires that puts out about as much light as a car headlight.

Vital stats for the competition are:

Lupine Wilma TL

  • Price: $549.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 1100 Lumens
  • Installed Weight: 234 grams
  • Run Time: 1:10 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 113 Lux

Exposure MaxxD

  • Price: $500.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 1285 Lumens
  • Installed Weight: 276 grams
  • Run Time: 3 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 85 Lux

Full Beam Fusion

  • Price: £400 GBP
  • Claimed Lumens: 2100 Lumens
  • Installed Weight: 339 grams
  • Run Time: 1:20 hours on high, 5 hours at medium of 700 lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 157 Lux

So we are taking the time and space to detail the competitive landscape here because that is the only real way to understand this light. This is a new category and it is put up here against the best. Notice that it is the Europeans that are leading the charge in this arena. This seem to have a penchant for machined, minimalist widgets like these lights.

This category now gives you light weight of under 300 grams (less than an pound), amazingly bright light (about 3x the output of the old HIDs).  The only downside is battery run time which is usually an hour and half.  The good news is these lights are so bright that there’s no need to run them at full power so run time can be easily doubled.  The Exposure MaxxD  however delivers a 3 hour runtime.

 

Run Time Specs:

With these very compact and powerful lights, there is a tendency to be discouraged by the short run times on full power. The good news is these lights are so powerful that the rider will usually run it on medium level for most of the ride. The medium on this light delivers a 5 hours at 700 lumens which is on par with the old HID lights.

High: 1h20 @ 2100 Lumens
Medium: 5+ hrs at 700 lumens
Low: 20hrs at 150 lumens.

 

Mounting:

Mounting is done with a robust, attached mount that is hand tightened and quick release. These are the best mounts available today as they require no tools, can accomodate both handlebar sizes, can be attached and removed easily. And they look clean and slick too. It can be aimed left to right as well.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Patrick says:

    I bought a brand new FULL-BEAM FUSION light at US$195 from the UK three months ago. I like the convenience of self-contained light. The construction is solid. Workmanship is not as good as EXPOSURE lights. However it meets IP67 standard. LIght beam is wide and there is no hot spot. I really like the light as I cannot find other light with similar output at this cost. Actually I use the light in flash mode on road during day time. Drivers seem difficult to ignore me on the road.

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