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Don't let the shorter days stop you riding and training outdoors. However rural the ride, a good set of bike lights can illuminate the road or trail ahead and ensure your trajectory is clear of potholes and other obstacles. We have taken a closer look at a number of lights, powerful enough to ensure even the darkest of lanes is navigable.

Exposure Lights Diablo Mk11 Front Light

One of Exposure Lights' most respected models, the Diablo has been refined yet again, now in its eleventh incarnation, the light uses a TAP feature, designed to allow you to scroll seamlessly through the functions without the need to remove your hand from the handlebar. Depending on the mode run time varies from 1 to 24 hours. 1750 lumens provides more than enough power for country lanes.

A durable front light, the Anodised 6063 Aluminium casing is water resistant and the light is easily mountable to a wide range of handlebars via a quick release bracket. This compact light may only weigh 120 grams but it punches way above its weight when it comes to performance.

 

Bontrager Ion Elite R Front Light

A front light as suited to your day as it is your night-time adventures, the Bontrager Ion Elite R Front Light has a beam that can emit up to 1000 lumens. This beam is wide enough to illuminate even the darkest of roads. Bontrager's focus, flash and range flash patterns improve daytime visibility, while the double-click on switch lessens the chances of accidentally turning the light on.

The hard mount is adjustable to fit on a wide range of handlebar diameters and the Blendr compatible design allows you to attach the light to a helmet and a range of other Blendr mounts. Run times range from 1.5 hours in the most power 1000 lumen mode to 22 hours in the day flash setting. When the time comes to recharge the light, the Micro USB port makes charging a simple task.

 

Exposure Lights Race Mk14 Front Light

A robust and powerful light from Exposure Lights, the Race Mk14 Front Light, just like the Six Pack Mk10 Front Light, features Reflex ++ technology. 1500 lumens at its brightest and a variety of modes allows you to light up even the darkest of trails. A run time of between 2 and 36 hours makes it a reliable option for those looking to ride all week without constantly being concerned about battery life.

The Anodised 6063 Aluminium casing, as well as being durable, is also water resistant, with an IP6 rating. The Optimum Mode Selector allows you to tailor the light's modes to your speed and the route you are riding, while the Intelligent Thermal Management feature reduces the chances of the light overheating. The Race really excels off road and would be the ideal mountain bike or gravel riding light for those partial to the odd night ride.

 

Exposure Lights Six Pack Mk10 Front Light

When it comes to power there are not many lights that can challenge the Exposure Lights Six Pack Mk10 Front Light. Offering a 5000 lumen output (with Reflex ++ Technology) this front light will bathe whatever trail or road ahead in light. The most impressive number is probably the run time in the 3600 lumen mode being a substaintial 2 hours. A multipurpose device, Redeye technology allows you to charge other Exposure Light accessories off the Six Pack.

This Reflex ++ Technology works with the built in accelerometer and gyroscope to ensure output is boosted when the speed increases and in turn is dimmed when the speed drops, for example when climbing a hill. When setting up this feature the light spends 15 minutes calculating your riding style and adjusts its settings accordingly. Get set for your next ride and the technology remembers your ride style and reverts back to the settings that suit. Should your ride follow a different pattern the light automatically recalibrates to your new riding style.

The easy to read OLED panel displays remaining battery power and run time. Charging takes 8 hours and the light's run time ranges between 2 and 36 hours. One of the larger lights in Exposure's range the Six Pack can be attached to your bike's stem, keeping your handlebar clutter free, using the Quick Release Stem Bracket.

 

There are plenty of fantastic bike light options for those looking to ride through low light and the night without the restrictions of street lights and sunlight. Looking for a more urban light setup? Read our guide to lights for commuting or lights to help keep you seen.

About the Author

  • About Dan: After racing in Britain and France, Dan can now be found tackling gran fondos and riding around Dorset, Surrey and Essex.
  • Article Published On: 19 September 2019

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