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Night Lights: Tumble and Fall Pro 1200L

12:28 2nd November 2011 by Billy Thackray
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Boom! Just like that the clocks go back and suddenly the darkness and dampness is with us again. Mud tyres are being fitted and night riding is being discussed…

If you’ve read our recent bike light feature in issue of Dirt #117, you will have undoubtedly noticed we ballsed up on the info text for the Tumble and Fall lights, sorry about that.

Here’s a bit more about the lights then:

TUMBLE AND FALL PRO 1200L LIGHT SET

Words: Sean White

‘What lights would you recommend?’ is the question we are getting asked right now. ‘I want to get out on the trails at night without spending a fortune. But a want a quality light!’

Well the Tumble and Fall Pro 1200L would be my ‘Best buy’ right now. Distributed by ‘nrg4’ (check out the range of bikes and other kit they deal with) you get an impressive light and kit for your £150.
A very high quality waterproof system weighing an impressive 375g (light, lead and battery pack) is supplied with both handlebar mount and a helmet mount/extension lead. Headlight only with mount is 151g. Light!

Charging time is quick at 4–5 hours and the headlight has a ‘5 step’ fuel gauge showing just how much light you have left via a range of changing colours. Very easy to understand and something other brands could learn from.

So how does it ride out on the trail? With a Cree XM–L LED headlight pushing out an impressive 1200 Lumens, the tracks ahead are lit with a combination of spot and flood beam pattern. This gives visibility both straight ahead for technical ‘point and shoot’ attacking and enough light to see the edge of the trail and apex of corners. Again, amazing considering the price of this light.

What also impresses me is the whole ‘ease of use’ approach with the Tumble and Fall lights. Mounting the light bracket to the handlebars (via a choice of two sizes of ‘O’ ring supplied) and the battery to the frame takes no time at all. You are up and running and ready to ride in less than one minute! No faffing here. When riding the silicone ‘glove friendly’ toggle switch on the headlight unit is easy to use with mucky gloves and scrolls through high/medium/flashing modes. Very intuitive to use and you don’t find yourself confused as to which power level you are on. Again, something other brands seem to have forgotten about in the race to make a ‘better’ light.

So how long can I stay out for then? Well you can ride until you’re whacked out with this light. You can leave the light on ‘Full’ and the Li–ion battery will give out a lengthy 3.5 hours of run time. That’s ample for a good length night ride for most folk with enough left for the ride back home from the pub.
Still deciding whether or not to get a set of lights this winter? For little more than your average rechargeable ‘commuter’ lightest you could have the Tumble and Fall Pro 1200L…
What more could you want from an off–road light set?

Price: £149.99 (light, battery, charger, lead and mount)
Lumens: 1200
System weight: 375g
Burn time on max: 3.5 hours
Tel: 0870 2404219
www.nrg4.co.uk

  1. Gogzee

    Would you recommend these over the Ay Up ones?

  2. marki3boy

    @ Gogzee, this is brighter than a twin lamp Ayup setup, but the Ayup has better beam patterns (more even with no hotspots), better mounts and build quality.
    This is another version of the magicshine/dealextreme lights, which are great for as long as they last, and if you can put up with the bar mount sliding around when it gets wet.

  3. Gogzee

    @marki3boy, Cheers for that. It’ll be my first set so wasn’t sure whether to get 2 of the Tumble ones but the Ay Up looks like a wicked package and all reviews look sweet.

  4. Dolemite

    I recently got a T&F Pro1200 light from http://www.mtbgear.co.uk. I put the Tumble and Fall on my handlebars and pair it up with my old Stella 180 on my skid lid.
    It is mega bright and the indicator on the button for battery life is handy.

  5. Gavala

    Awesome light for £150 i was very dubious but well chuffed with it,the only criticism is the mounting doesn’t adjust left- right and with tapered bars it points to one side but nothing that can’t be tweaked.Also http://www.mtbgear.co.uk delivered double quick

  6. Joey

    I have the 1200 light and it really is a great light. I got mine from Peak cycle sport in Macc.
    It has a good spot beam and also shows up the forest trail in Macc much better than any light I’ve had before. I
    Swapped out my old Hope4 for this and at first was sceptical but soon proved wrong. I’ve since bought a second for the wife for Christmas and I got the Pro900l light as part of a deal so now have 900 lumens on my lid too…. Total 2100 lumens for less than the equivalent one 1400 lumen light -awesome

  7. Bobbo

    I have just set myself up with a set of the Tumble and Fall Pro 1200, a cracking light that really gives me confidence out on the trail.The battery life is really good.I also got my lights from http://www.mtbgear.co.uk and got a free back thrown in. Result.

  8. Chris

    Its just a rebadged Magic shine you can get from dealextreme for around 60 quid. I got a 900L about 3 years ago, good light, batteries don’t last particularly long. Running a lumicycle led now- over three times the price but better in every respect. My 2 cents. Check out the deal extreme site or google magic shine. They all come out of the same chinese factory with slightly diff cases and badges

  9. GreenBananaT

    We’ve just done a test on theses lights and whilst doing my research on them, I kept coming up with someone who thinks they know oh yeah its just a rebadged magic shine. And Actually they;re not. Yeah the 900 unit LOOK SIMILAR to the magic shine but when you get the two together they’re not. The beam patterns, light colour etc are different. Its hard to tell from just looking ont web, but together side by side we could notice the difference, and we favoured on the side of the T&F’s.

    They also outshone my twin Ay-Up set up which is a narrow and intermediate beam pattern setup on bars and helmet. I’m a bit gutted as I forked out £400 for them, and now a £149.99 single unit on the bars beats them hands down. Guess the Ay-ups will be going on ebay :)

    So yeah I’m loving the Tumble and Falls, and I think you’ll find to say they are a rebadged rival unit is like saying a DB7 was a rebadged Jaguar- similar but not the same :)

  10. Andy

    Chris, thats statement I assume you can support? – These lights are nothing like the DX lights and are not some ‘of the shelf’ products that anyone can buy? Tumble & Fall have been supplying lights for nearly 5 years the value for money lights should not be mocked without the evidence to support it.

  11. conio

    I have Pro 1200 L and it has a fault. The torch overheats. I cant touch it because it is so hot.

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