The best mountain bike lights

Seek out new trails at night with the best MTB lights

If you ride at night then you'll need a good light. Tackling the trails in the dark is much easier and definitely more fun when you can see what you're doing. So we've put together a list of some of the best mountain biking lights to keep you riding this winter.

And if talk of lumens, mAh and LEDs leaves you utterly in the dark, check out our buyer's guide to mountain bike lights to cut through the jargon.

Gemini TITAN (6 cell)

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Six LEDs line up for ultimate brightness
Six LEDs line up for ultimate brightness

  • £300 / $300 / AU$470
  • Insane retina searing oomph
  • Impressive clarity, even at a distance

Gemini’s TITAN shows it’s not just what power a light packs — although it’s very well endowed in that department — but how it puts it on the trail that matters. It’s basically three Gemini Duo lights side by side in a shared housing, with the six LEDs pumping out up to 4,000 lumens.

The wide spacing of the LEDs creates an astonishing blaze of broadly spread but extremely far-reaching light.

Magicshine MJ906B

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Magicshine MJ906B 2018 light is the one to beat
The Magicshine MJ906B 2018 light is the one to beat

  • £140 / $170 / AU$N/A
  • Ludicrous value for money
  • Great battery life

Magicshine has been the brand to beat in terms of value for money for years now.

While the app-tuneable 906B isn't entirely fuss-free, it still presents impressive performance for very little outlay.

The 3,200 lumen max power is focussed around a central hotspot, making it easy to pick out trail-chunder at a distance. The accompanying app also allows you to very easily program up to 20 different solid, SOS, flash or pulse modes.

Exposure MaXx-D Mk10

BikeRadar score4.5/5

A reliable and sophisticated light
A reliable and sophisticated light

  • £375 / $514 / AU$680
  • Frankly ridiculous 3,300 lumen power
  • Great reliability and direct manufacturer back-up

Exposure pioneered powerful all-in-one bike lights and the MaXX-D Mk10 still sets the benchmark for big light power and cutting-edge practical tech.

The very latest version gets a more sensitive acceleration and gradient-driven ‘Reflex’ mode for automatic output selection up to 3,300 lumens. Alternatively, you can program various mode menus for selection via a big stainless steel button.

The powerful four-LED beam is well balanced in terms of spread and reach for flat-out riding, and the real-time run time display makes battery management easy.

You can add remote switches, auxiliary batteries or charge other devices via the ‘Smart Port’. It’s definitely too heavy to helmet mount, but the secure alloy clamp fits all bar sizes.

MTB Batteries The Lumenator

BikeRadar score4/5

The neoprene battery bag mounts easily and securely to most frames
The neoprene battery bag mounts easily and securely to most frames

  • £115
  • Excellent value for money
  • Manufacturer direct back-up

MTB Batteries specialises in building upgrade batteries for other light manufacturers, but it also produces its own range of simple but cost-effective lamps.

The 2,200-lumen output doesn’t look as bright as it sounds on the trail, but it’s still enough for most rides, especially as impressive run times from the Panasonic six-cell battery mean you can run it at full power.

MTB Batteries is based in the UK but will ship internationally.

Sigma Buster 2000

BikeRadar score4/5

The Sigma 2000 is an impressively powerful albeit heavy light
The Sigma 2000 is an impressively powerful albeit heavy light

  • £253 / $299 / AU$N/A
  • Heavy but excellent power
  • Impressive run times

The Buster 2000 is heavy, but that gets you serious power and longevity with loads of useful features. Its claimed 2,000 lumen output actually seems higher, with long centre-point reach and a clear, consistent secondary spread for smooth eye-friendly edges. 

The triangular three-LED head comes on a thumbwheel-secured band that works with 35mm bars (if you pull the padding out). Helmet and GoPro-style mounts are also included. 

There's a wireless remote too, with a secondary button that just toggles through the steady modes, dodging the strobe and pulse settings. The square plastic battery is bulky and contributes to one of the heaviest we've tested.

Run times are impressive though, and it's got a four-step charge indicator. While it's a new light to us, reliability is sound so far. 

Gloworm X2

BikeRadar score4/5

A reliable and hard-working piece of kit
A reliable and hard-working piece of kit

  • £180 / $229 / AU$290
  • Compact yet very powerful
  • Long running battery

Gloworm has been refining its exceptionally adaptable X2 for years now. This latest version is a super-tough little unit that has seen upgrades to the wiring, which was previously a weak point.

Uniquely, the X2 allows you to remove the faceplate and switch out the lenses to the diffuser or spot lenses that are included.

The X2 can also be mounted to just about anywhere, including helmets and GoPro mounts.

Moon Meteor Storm Pro 

BikeRadar score4/5

The Moon Meteor Storm Pro is a nicely finished, compact option
The Moon Meteor Storm Pro is a nicely finished, compact option

  • £125 / $N/A / AU$TBC
  • Impressive power in a compact package
  • Nifty LED display panel

Moon’s brand new all-in-one light looks techy and provides impressive power on the trail for its size and cost. The Meteor Storm Pro is listed at a healthy 1,600 lumens max output, but the focused beam looks even brighter.

The scrolling five-step menu can be shortcut to maximum power with a double-click at any time, plus there’s a cabled remote switch. Power setting and run time are communicated via an LED panel and you can swap the two Li-ion cells for fresh ones if you want to extend the already decent run time or charge another USB device.

While the supplied bracket fits 31.8mm bars there is a 35mm option too. A couple of niggles are that the operating button can be tricky to find if you’re wearing thick gloves and the early trigger on the automatic battery saver can be irritating.

Gloworm CX Trail

BikeRadar score4/5

The Gloworm CX Trail packs in an impressive amount of light in such a small package
The Gloworm CX Trail packs in an impressive amount of light in such a small package

  • £140 / $180 / AU$240
  • Impressive run times for such a small package
  • Swappable lenses

An impressive amount of light and tech is packed into this well priced all-in-one unit. It comes with a powerful, far-reaching double spot lens but swapping to one of the supplied wide lenses (no more fiddly than changing a brake pad) gives a broader, more useful beam.

The lightspreading rim around the lens is great for visibility on the road but creates a lot of upward light leak that can be distracting on the trail. Also, the battery indicator light isn’t that easy to see. 

Run times are surprisingly good for its size though, and the neat micro USB remote switch can also be used to charge other USB devices. It’s packaged with an offset Garmin-style twist mount as well as GoPro fixtures.

Although the self-contained CX Trail is a new design, it’s proved bombproof so far and Gloworm has an impressive reputation for reliability.

Lower powered MTB lights

These last two lights are actually lifted from our best lights for road cycling roundup, but will serve well as an accompaniment to a helmet-mounted light or can standalone if you’re just after a light to illuminate less technical terrain.

Niterider Lumina

BikeRadar score4/5

A mighty light that packs a punch
A mighty light that packs a punch

  • £140 / $150 / AU$250
  • OLED information panel is genuinely useful
  • Clear and long-reaching beam

The Niterider Lumina is built with a single 1,100 lumen Cree LED that lives behind high-quality optics that give a clear and long-reaching beam.

The nifty OLED top panel clearly displays the current mode and remaining battery life. If you're not so fussed by the idea of the techy display, the light is also available without the OLED info pane for £30 less.

Hope R2i

BikeRadar score4/5

Hope's R2i LED light
Hope's R2i LED light

  • £175 / $235 / AU$305
  • MTB-friendly robust construction
  • 'Double barrel' LED setup improves visibility at distance

The R2i LED Vision carries over Hope's signature machined aesthetic, housing two eye-friendly, warm coloured LEDs in a very sturdy all-alloy body.

The twin-LED setup results in a binocular-like effect that helps with depth perception, with the smooth transition at the edge of the beam avoiding stark reflections and distracting sharp edges.

Although the light is quite heavy, our experience shows that the weight penalty is worth it, with legendary reliability and factory-direct support to boot.

Updated December 2017

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Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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