If you’re looking to really illuminate the trail ahead, and want to see what this kind of money gets you, then check out the Exposure Reflex Mk 2. This is at the high end of bike lights, and is definitely aimed at off-road mountain bikers.
With a whopping 2,200 lumens of light output (for reference, the Knog Blinder lights pump out about 80 lumens) this will light up the way ahead clear and bright, just be careful not to look at it directly!
The battery life is between 2 and 36 hours – pretty impressive for a light without an external battery pack. The variation in battery life is linked to a particular feature of these lights – the Exposure Reflex Technology.
The light senses its surroundings, so it knows when you are climbing and when you are descending. On the up, it drops the output, saving battery power so it can increase its illumination when you need on the downhill sections. Clever, huh?
There’s a raft of other features (weather proof casing, gold plated contacts, digital gauge so you know the battery levels) which go towards why this light is the price it is – it’s a lot of money, but you get a lot for it if night riding is your thing.
RRP: £434.95 (many discounted online)
Available from: Evans Cycles, Chain Reaction Cycles and independent bike shops
Suitable for: The off-road mountain biking enthusiast, who likes dark trails on moonless nights.
Rear light? No