Can the high light output of these LED wonders justify their cost?
If you go down to the woods tonight, you could be in for a big surprise – nightriding is the new offroad cycling craze and, even with big lights, singletrack gets scarier in the darkness.
Exposure's range of metal-bodied, ultra-tough, water-resistant lights are mainly aimed at post-watershed mountain bikers. But new models like the Strada are also turning up on long-distance road racers and winter commuter bikes too.
That's because by mixing rock-solid reliability, faff-and-cable-free design and light weight, they're unbeatable. All the models come with multiple light modes from the powerful 'MaXx' to lower light, longer-lasting modes. There are also battery-preserving and commuter-friendly flashing modes (that on most lights in the range last for 24 hours non-stop).
Helmet-mounted models suit both road and offroad (they're ideal for peering round corners before you take them), and range from the Spark (cheapest, uses non-rechargeable batteries) to the standard Joystick, to the insanely bright Diablo (700 lumens, but only one-hour burn at MaXx setting).
On and off-road models
The main road bar-mounted model is the Strada. It features two lenses, which can be set to dip quickly from a handlebar-mounted toggle button to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. Offroad bar-mounted models range up to the ludicrous 960 lumen-blasting MaXx-D (three hours on MaXx setting).
Unlike most other high-power cycling lights, the battery sits inside the light body – there are no extra wires trailing to a bulky backpack or bottle-cage battery. And there's a range of smart extras: piggyback batteries to boost runtimes, rear lights that run off the front light battery and the simplest and best helmet mount around.
Carefully designed throughout, robust and reliable. Yes, Exposure lights are pricey, but for serious cyclists, they're simply the best illumination you'll get this side of Blackpool.