Mountain Bike Light Buying Guide

Answer the following questions and/or think through the points.  This will help with the correct mountain bike light choice.

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The strength of the light.

The strength of the light is measured in lumens. It is suggested that the front handlebar light for night mountain biking be be 2000 lumens plus. This light is essential for lighting the trail. To assist the handlebar light it is beneficial to have a front helmet light 800 lumen plus to light up the surrounding environment.

Waterproof

If you ride in rain or could be caught out in the weather then your bike lights should be waterproof.

Rechargeable and length of light time 

A rechargeable light requires no disposable batteries. The battery is recharged after every use. Make sure the battery will meet your mountain biking requirements. How long will you ride in the dark for? Make sure the battery will provide you the maximum or required lumens for this length of time. You do not want to be caught out without light. There are different modes that utilise different battery strengths. You can choose to use different modes in different environments that may help lengthen your light time. 

Size and Weight

These lights need to be attached to your bike so size and weight is important. You will need space on the bike to attach the light. (if an integrated light = the battery and light are one) or space for both the light and battery if they come separately.

If you attach your light to your helmet then considering the weight and size is important. Too much weight and size would be uncomfortable.

Attachment of Bike Lights

It is unlikely you will want these lights permanently attached to your bike or helmet so a flexible attachment to allow ease of attaching onto and off the bike when you are going for a night mountain bike ride. A flexible attachment also means these lights can easily be shared by other family members

Where should you attach the lights?  Front lights. The handlebars. For the ultimate visibility you can vertically stack your front – one on the helmet and one on the handlebars. Rear Lights – seatpost – so other bikers are aware of you.

For more information see:  Attaching Bike Lights

goRide’s Lights for Mountain Biking at Night Solutions

Enduro Mountain Bike Lights
Light
Feartures
5000 lumen output, vary modes for 2 to 10 hours of riding time. Waterproof
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 6 cell & rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars.
Best suited to
2 hours plus night mountain biking Will flood the trail. Help identify your riding line.
Cost

$399.00

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Night Mountain Bike Light (Fingerless)
Light
Feartures
3000 lumen output for 2 or 3 hours of riding time. Waterproof.
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 4 cell & rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars.
Best suited to
Up to 2 hours night riding for lighting the trail. Help identify your line
Cost

$299.00

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Helmet Mountain Bike Light
Light
Feartures
Helmet attachment. Lightweight. 950 lumen output for 2 hours of riding time. Waterproof.
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 4 cell & rechargeable.
Where to Mount
Mount options: Helmet mount. Flexible handlebar attachment. Headstrap for creating a headlamp.
Best suited to
Up to 2 hours of night mountain biking to light the surrounding environment. See the trail direction and corners etc. Night walking/running (headstrap). Also has handlebar attachment for road/bike path use.
Cost

$279.00

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Rear Mountain Bike Light
Light
Feartures
Adjustable modes to suit light flashing requirement.
Battery
Integrated light. Rechargeable
Where to Mount
Flexible attachment to seatpost
Best suited to
Mountain bike riding in the dark.Help other riders see you from behind. Also use this rear be seen light for road/bike path riding.
Cost

$70.00

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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Recharge your batteries.

Don’t run out of light

Charge your lights after every use. These lights will generally use a Lithium ion battery. These batteries will not deterioate with regular charging.

Get familiar with different modes

These light will come with different modes and strength output. Understand when to use the different strengths and modes so you can maximise your battery life.

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