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. Now it is bright enough for light trail riding and two or three of these on the bike can get real fun on the trail.
Beam pattern is good as it has a spot and a nice wide halo around it.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 scroll through before the light shuts off. Another way to shut the light off is be depressing the switch for about 2 seconds.
One thing we noticed with this light is it stayed cooler than competition during our bench test in front of the fan. That means that it has excellent heat dissipation qualities and it will not only protect the circuits better but it will also stay brighter longer under hot or non-moving conditions.
- Price: $150.00
- Claimed Lumens: 500 Lumens
- Light Head Weight: 112 grams
- Installed Weight: 150 grams
- Run Time: 2.25 Hours
- Measured MTBR Lux: 43 Lux
- Measured Lumens: 480 Lumens
Handlebar mounting is done with a quick release mount that works quite well once snug. It can be aimed left to right. The quick release lever is non-intuitive at first though as it seems to be reversed. Mounting on different diameter bast is a bit tricky as two pins have to be aligned in the right holes to get the proper bracket size.
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