Lights Reviews and News


Review: Blaze Laserlight


Primarily a commuter light, it’s bright enough to get around on the trail or supplement a bar light. But you may get too distracted playing with the laser in the forest.

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Review: CatEye Volt 800


It’s a good helmet light, very similar to last year’s CatEye Volt 700.

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Review: Knog Blinder ARC 640


Knog from Australia makes a serious effort in lights with a staggering selection. Honest outputs, good beam patterns and the best form factors in the business are some of its virtues with this 640 as their brightest offering.

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Review: Lezyne Power Drive 900XL


Good optics, good price and form factor make this a good purchase as long as the customer is able to access the hidden Overdrive mode from right away.

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Review: Lupine Wilma 7


The Wilma 7 is the ‘practical’ exotic light of the Lupine line. Its incredible brightness is balanced out by light weight and good runtime. The new remote is a very welcome addition.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000


With the highest levels of U.S. craftsmanship, CandlePower Tech delivers a light with a very bright and even beam pattern. The GoPro compatible mounting is a big plus as well.

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Review: Sigma Buster 600


The Buster 600 puts out an honest 600 Lumens in a handy, no frills package for $90. Impressed with this offering from Sigma of Germany.

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Review: DiNotte XML-3


The XML-3 is light at 355 grams, bright at 1573 Lumens yet it does not break the bank at $229.

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Review: Light & Motion Urban 850 Trail


This latest Urban 850 Trail model remains very bright and light. Now the side lights have been turned down to optimize for trail use. GoPro mount compatibility is offered now as well.

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Review: Lupine NEO 2


At 188 grams, it is the ideal helmet light with the battery mounted at the rear of the helmet to provide balance to the light head up front.

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Review: Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL


Lezyne made their mark with honest, infinite battery lights. But with the dangers of loose Lithium cells, they are going with sleeker and more compact designs.

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Review: CatEye Volt 1600


The Volt 1600 continues to be one of our favorites as the output bumps up to 1600 Lumens now. Chassis and mount are getting a bit dated now for this much light but this is still a self-contained powerhouse.

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Review: NiteRider Lumina OLED 800


This latest Lumina bumps output to an honest 800 Lumens. It also incorporates an OLED display to make switching through modes very easy. Finding out remaining runtime on any light level is handy as well.

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Review: Cygolite Dash 450


The Dash 450 from Cygolite offers a unique form factor with four auxiliary LEDs to complement the main lens.

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Review: Bontrager Ion 700 RT


Going up in price with a sophisticated remote, the Ion 700 RT is the same compact light that can now be part of a unified system of lights.

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Review: CatEye Volt 6000


The brightest light we’ve ever tested also has the widest beam. And it has a trick up its sleeve, an integrated cooling fan. But is it flawed or perfect for trail use?

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Review: Lupine Piko 4 Smartcore


From its humble beginnings of 550 Lumens, the new Lupine Piko 4 now sports 1500 Lumens, a wireless remote and smartphone app.

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Review: CandlePower Tech TrailTorch TT3000


With the highest levels of US craftsmanship, CandlePower Tech delivers a light with a very bright and even beam pattern. The GoPro compatible mounting is a big plus as well.

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2016 Bike Lights Shootout: Headlights


2016 is an exciting year for lights with brighter lights, more affordable options and new features such as wireless. Check back often to see the latest lights reviews.

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2016 Bike Lights Shootout: Lumen Measurements


Mtbr measures actual Lumen output of bike lights by going to special laboratories that have an integrating sphere to measure actual Lumen output. See all the Lumen graphs here.

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2016 Bike Lights Shootout: Beam Patterns


A picture is worth a thousand words right? And with bike lights, beam pattern photos tell a very good story. See all the beam pattern photos here.

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2015 Bike Lights Shootout


The 2015 Bike Lights Shootout is here! It is quite an exciting crop of lights as lights are getting lighter with improved beam patterns. Check back often to see the latest lights reviews.

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Interbike 2015: CatEye Volt 6000 is the brightest light today


One of our Interbike highlights is this devastatingly bright light from CatEye, the Volt 6000. It also integrates an incredible cooling system.

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Lupine Lighting Interbike 2015


Lupine’s new range of lights continues to impress with increased brightness and longer battery life for 2016. They’ve also mixed things up with a new smartphone app and battery packs capable of charting USB devices.

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Eurobike 2015: Lupine shows off Bluetooth controlled lights


With the addition of new connectivity features, the Pico, Wilma and Betty lights can now all be manipulated with a single handlebar-mounted remote device.

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