Exposure has been at the forefront of bike light technology for many years now, pioneering their ‘cable free design’. With development, testing and production all carried out in their UK facility they have built a reputation for both high performance and reliability.
We take a look at the two lights featured in their video – the Six Pack Mk3 handlebar light and the Diablo Mk8 helmet light. These are examples of the best in handlebar and helmet mounted lights currently available from Exposure.
What do we look for in a lighting system for off road use?
Output and beam pattern:
Every year we see lights with higher output ratings come to the market. It’s not just about the brightness of the light but the area it covers and the quality of the light. For fast and technical night riding, a main light with 2000 lumens or above with a good beam pattern and a pool of light around your front wheel area is ideal. An additional helmet mounted light will help too, letting you scope out terrain outside the vision that your bar mounted light gives – round corners and to the side of the trail.
Ease of use:
It’s all too easy to lose mounting brackets, battery leads or chargers, making it a stress to get organised and out on the trails at night. Most high-powered light systems run a lamp with a separate frame mounted battery, connected with a lead. This keeps a lower weight light on the bars and offers up options on where to place the battery. Other brands (such a Exposure) have focussed on all-in-one units keeping things simple – a lamp, bracket and charger are all that’s needed. The result – fewer things to lose and a clean, simple design.
Fuel gauge – Essential to monitor the riding time you have left before you’re out of power and left in the dark.
Programmable modes – A helpful feature allowing you to choose a run of settings to toggle through that suits your own style of riding and the length of time you’ll be on the trail for.
Remote switching – A recent development in bike lights and useful for faster paced riding. The switch is always to hand and useful for quickly moving to a higher output when you drop into challenging terrain. You can keep your hands safely on the bars, staying in control.