Dinotte XML-3 – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

Rob from Dinotte encouraged us to spend some time riding with the new Dinotte lights and we were smart enough to listen to his advice. This XML-3 shines on the photos, mtbr lux meter, integrating sphere  and most importantly, on the trail.  It is a light that could sell for $500 but Dinotte is offering it at $229.

The head is small and light at 102 grams. This includes the mounting system that is probably the easiest to use and the most secure. Three Cree XMLs are integrated in this light head and there are deep cooling fins to keep temperatures under control.

Battery and charging is provided by the existing four-cell battery and charger systems. So existing customers with these batteries can just buy the new XML-3 light head to experience the latest in Dinotte engineering.

As you will see in the photos and measurements, this light is a just a breakaway hit. It just continued to surprise us in performance so we had to re-check everything twice. It was brighter and had a better beam pattern than many lights that cost almost twice the XML-3’s $229 price.

Couple that with Dinotte’s safety, quality and customer service and this package almost seems too good to be true. Dinotte uses good batteries and charges them properly. Everything is UN and UL tested. And the lights are never over-driven. They are designed and manufactured so the small Dinotte headquarters can spend time producing lights instead of answering problem/failure phonecalls.


  • Price: $229.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 1200 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 102 grams
  • Installed Weight: 340 grams
  • Run Time: n/a Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 154 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 1550 Lumens


Handlebar mounting is one of the best in the business.  It’s not a fancy CNC mount but this rubber strap will allow you to install the light on the bar in seconds. Pull up on the strap and lock it down. The light head can be aimed left to right easily.

A helmet mount is included for the standard price so that’s a great deal. The mount simulates a handlebar pipe so the same strap action is used to secure the light on the helmet.

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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  • Dale Earixson says:

    I have been very happy with the performance of this light. I did break the bar mount in a crash and Dinotte just mailed me the replacement part no charge. Great product, great customer service.

  • Augsburg says:

    I picked up an XML-3 off Dinotte’s website store. The light output is so uniform, it doesn’t seem as bright as it really is. Other lights have hotspots that look very bright, but are not as useable riding. I ride in city/urban conditions and the XML-3’s light output is great. The road is very uniformly lit and I can see all the chuckholes and obstacles well in advance. Only criticism, is the handlebar mount is not as secure as I would like. The rubber pad under the clamp is too small and too slippery. The rubber strap is limited in how tight you can clamp down. I find the light slips on the handlebar when I push the button switch to turn it on or adjust output. It would have been better to have the switch on the top, so you push down on the lamp. There’d be less chance of slippage that way. Also, a real screw down clamp would have been better.

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