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 at least 2000 lumens. This level of lighting is essential for illuminating the trail. To assist the handlebar light it is beneficial to have a front helmet light 800 lumens or more to light up the surrounding environment.

Waterproof

If you ride in rain or run the risk of being caught out in bad weather then your bike lights should be waterproof.  Most lights designed for mountain biking will be, put please check especially with the more budget options.

Rechargeable and length of light time 

A rechargeable light requires no disposable batteries. The battery should be recharged after every use. Make sure the battery is powerful enough to meet your mountain biking requirements. How long will you ride in the dark for? Make sure the battery will provide you with 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 will 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 it is an integrated light = the battery and light are one) or space for both the light and battery if they come separately.  This is the case for most night riding mountain bike lights.

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 look for 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?  For Front Lights we recommend a vertical stack – one on the helmet and one on the handlebar. For your Rear Light we recommend attachment to the seat post with the light on steady mode, so other bike riders can gauge the distance they need to be behind you.

For more information see:  Attaching Bike Lights

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Enduro Mountain Bike Night Light
Light
Features
5000 lumen output, 5 strong 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
On max 2 hours or more night riding. Will flood the trail & identify your riding line.
Cost

$399.00

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Mountain Bike Night Light
Light
Features
3000 lumen output. Huge variety of settings day & night options. Waterproof.
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 4 cell & rechargeable.
Where to mount
Flexible attachment to handlebars.
Best suited to
On max up to 1.5 hours night riding, lights the trail. Identifies your ride line.
Cost

$299.00

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Helmet Mountain Bike Light
Light
Features
1200 lumen output for 4 hours of riding time. Waterproof.
Battery
Light and battery separate. Battery 4 cell & rechargeable.
Where to mount
Helmet mount (69gms) and flexible handlebar attachment.
Best suited to
On max up to 2 hours of night mountain biking to light the surrounding environment, see trail direction & corners. Handlebar attachment for road/bike path use.
Cost

$279.00

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Rear Mountain Bike Light
Light
Features
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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