Exposure Lights Joystick – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

The Exposure Joystick seems like the first light that launched Exposure into the US light market. It was small, useable and convenient. It practically launched the ‘flashlight’ bike light category.  This year, it claims 325 lumens at $220. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed much over the years and there are many lights  now that are cheaper and produce more light.

Exposure still is the smallest in this category and has the best build quality. Craftsmanship is typical British so expect only the best machining, CNCing and laser etching. We like the ergonomics of this light except the off switch which requires a long 3 seconds of pressing the small button. If you get it wrong, you’ll fall in the dreaded flash mode.

New for 2012 is a gold-plated smart port and a rubber smart port cover. The smart port is typically used for charging but it has other nifty tricks like:

  • Accepting a remote switch
  • Integrating with a tail light
  • Charging another light by leveling the battery levels
  • Accepting a remote battery
  • Charging a smart phone



  • Price: $220.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 325 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 98 grams
  • Installed Weight: 98 grams
  • Run Time: 3 Hours
  • LED Type: one Cree XPG
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 23 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 215 Lumens


Handlebar mounting is done with a handlebar clamp that is bolted on. It has a spring loaded pin that locks a cleat on the light unit. It’s nifty but not ideal if you take the clamp off and on the bike to move it to another. It requires a tool and a rubber sleeve to lock the clamp in place. Left to right aiming is possible but it requires positioning and locking on the cleat with an allen tool as well. This system is really better suited if the clamp just stays on the bike.

Helmet mounting is the best in the business with pivoting ball-mount that can rotate up/down and left/right.  It’s easy to detach the light too as the light pops off easily and can be used as a flashlight around the trail.

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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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