We accept the vast territory that comes with mountain biking. Cuts, grazes, dirty faces, and multi-coloured bruises that speckle our bodies, it's all part of the freeing sense of wonder that keeps our inner child hungry for more. So why not let the darkness be a part of that too?
Night time riding should be every mountain biker's must-do this Winter. It's scary, exciting and a totally new experience on the bike. That favourite trail of yours that you know like the back of your hand, will be 10 times more fun when it's lit up only by your bike lights.
Like with everything, you need to stay safe and ensure that you're always riding comfortably. That's why no ordinary light will do, so don't try cable tying your camping flash-light to your handlebars just yet...
Exposure Lights - Six Pack MK7
British company, Exposure Lights has been illuminating the MTB scene for a number of years. They offer a wide variety of bike lights for all bikes and conditions, and strengths. Last year, we were impressed after testing their Maxx-D and joystick light.
The new 2017 Six Pack MK7 is the ultimate beast for night time trail riding. At the front of your bars you'll have 3,400 lumens (boosted to 4,500 with Reflex) which is will carve through the darkness. It's aluminium body is fully CNC'd machined, and the forged Aluminium bracket securely mounts the light to the bike.
It takes 12 hours for a full charge of the 15,500mAh battery, which will see you through 2 hrs of use on the highest setting, and 36 hrs on the lowest.
The Gemini Titan front light is simplistic in design, but incredibly powerful. You can choose between a 6 or 8 celled battery which powers 6 LED lights in a shared housing. This then wraps with elastic ties around your handlebars.
The strip of bulbs pumps out 4,000 lumens over a wide area span. There's a wireless remote included which allows you to control the four settings: Low, Medium, High, Flash and activate Low / High Beam.
On 100% power, a full charge will last approximately 2hrs. On the lowest level of power, you can expect to get 17 hrs (with the 6 cell battery).
Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL
Lezyne are renowned for manufacturing some of the best bicycle tech and gadgets on the market. Everything from road to mountain, and the GPS devices to take you there, Lezyne has you covered.
Improving on the predeceasing model, the Mega Drive, their Deca Drive 1500XXL is for the serious night time riders who want performance visibility and a no nonsense set-up. There's 6 light settings to choose from, delivering up to 1,500 lumens.
It's fully waterproof and on a full charge, you'll get anywhere between 1h 40 - 25hr of light time, depending on brightness mode.
Hope Tech R4+
Hope Tech has always been at the forefront of British manufacturing in the bicycle industry. They are renowned for their high quality components and exact attention to detail.
Their lights have the reputation for being long lasting, both in power and in years to come. The R4+ front light is compact, but bursts a powerful beam of 2,000 lumens to light up your way. There's six different power modes to choose from, with a range of battery options when purchasing. On a full charge, this light will stay bright for over 2hrs on the highest setting.
Light and Motion - Urban 850 Trail
If you're looking for something small that you can throw in a bag, but bring out when the suns going down, then the Urban 850 Trail is ideal.
It's the most powerful single LED bike light that exists, making it he lightest, brightest, most compact light in its class. It'll be fully charged in just over 2hrs via a USB cable, and it'll generate a considerate 850 lumen beam.
It's simple to attach, simple to use and ultra compact for convenience.
Fourth 4th - Holy Moses
The Holy Moses light from Four 4th is pretty cool because you have a degree of flexability in the construct, but you can choose to have green LED bulbs. Sounds strange, right? Well, feedback from some cyclists is that white LED's can be so bright that they reflect off surfaces and create a halo effect for the rider. Green LED's reduce this affect so you can see more clearly with reduced glare.
There are four different battery pack options, 2 lens options and varying models that are suitable for both the handlebars and the helmet. There's three brightness settings which generate varying luminocity: High (4600 lumens) , Medium (2100 lumens), Low (730 lumens).
With so many different brands, models, builds on the market, you can easily find yourself a device to illuminate those trails. With such variety on offer, it's never been easier to stay safe, and get involved with some awesome night riding.
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