9th September 2019

Best bike lights for off road night riding

When the sun goes down, the lights come out!

 

Fancy going out this evening? If you’re getting away from those bright city lights and into the country you’ll need some serious wattage of your own. Our Accessories Buy – James –  is here to give you some top advice on lights.

“When riding off road at night, you may run a light on your bars, on your helmet or ideally both.

A bar light will have a wider beam pattern and generally a higher output/run time as the weight of a larger light/battery isn’t an issue on the bars.  The easiest way to identify those is that they have multiple LEDs as opposed to one.  So for example, the Cateye AMPP 1100 would be good but not the AMPP 800.

A helmet light ensures you always have light in the direction you are looking.  These tend to be more single LED lights with a more focussed beam pattern which have lower outputs/runtimes as the weight of the light is an issue here.”

Best Bar Mounted Bike Lights

Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XXL Front Bike Light – £85.00

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | Lezyne Macro Drive 1300XL

Lumens: up to 1,300
Run Time: up to 148 hours
Anything Else: Remote Switch compatible

 

CatEye AMPP 1100 RC – £109.99

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | CatEye AMPP 1100

Lumens: up to 1,100
Run Time: up to 50 hours
Anything Else: Twin Opticube lens technology for supreme light distribution
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Exposure Toro MK 11 – £305.00

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | Exposure Toro MK11

Lumens: up to 2,650
Run Time: up to 36 hours
Anything Else: Automatically boosts lights to the highest lumen outputs when riding fast but dims for the climbs
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Best Helmet Mounted Bike Lights

Exposure Joystick Mk14 – £165.00

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | Exposure Joystick MK14Lumens: up to 1,000
Run Time: up to 36 hours
Anything Else: Helmet and handlebar mounts included
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Cateye AMPP 800  RC – £84.99

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | CatEye AMPP 800 Lumens: up to 800
Run Time: up to 30 hours
Anything Else: Powerful wide beam with OptiCube™ lens technology. Needs separate mount.
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Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XL – £40.00

Best Bike Lights for Off-Road Riding | Lezyne Hecto Drive 500XLLumens: up to 500
Run Time: up to 20 hours
Anything Else: Runtime has increased by 2.5 hours compared to previous models. Needs separate mount.
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