Are Expensive Bike Lights a Rip Off?!

Are Expensive Bike Lights a Rip Off?!

I test 4 bike lights to find out what its is worth buying and what bike lights are worth avoiding. Quick reviews of 4 popular bike lights, from Magicshine Monteer 6500, Exposure Six Pack MK11, Amazon cheap light and Magicshine MJ906SE Ebike light.

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Bike Lights Tested:
Amazon 6000 lumen, £26:
Magicshine MJ906SE, £140:
Magicshine Monteer 6500, £290:
Exposure Six Pack MK11, £400:

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  1. marc carter on August 2, 2022 at 12:24 am

    De "lighted" (sorry) with my Busch + Müller Dynamo lights that run off of my front hub. Even the power is free 🙂

  2. Gabriel S on August 2, 2022 at 12:25 am

    I have the dual light version of the amazon one. Its not suitable for offroad, but is great for commuting. Especially for 35usd

  3. Rob Rides EMTB on August 2, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Use code EMTB10 at for 10% off your lights. This is not a paid or sponsored video and this is not an affiliate link, just a genuine discount for viewers!

    Also, see them all at once for the full 20000 lumens 😂

  4. PGH MTB Rides on August 2, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Ive tried so many..most lights are a rip off.
    Allot of the same flash light style round beam pattern… cheap and expensize .
    I like my shapes and diffused lights.
    Aka wide spill with no center hotspot..and no black spots in your peripheral view

    Best cheap shaped lights are
    Novsight 1600 (2 on bar are great
    These are great for street and pretty good for offroad (has dipped beam for oncomming)
    One remote can control 2 lights
    On sale for $19..typically $42

    InFun GT 200..$45
    This one is perfect for helmet( still street friendly, but beam is higher than novsight for offroad)
    Super light, has remote

    Only expensize lights that I’ve tried that are good are
    Outbound lighting…The beams are great, but I still would prefer to run 2 for width and lumens. Theyre on the best route ..but not quite there yet

    Magicshine 6500/8000..their lesser offerings are bad choice,due to beam pattern and price.

    Cyclops adventure explorer
    Another great one

    Other option is a 4×4 pod or motorcycle driving light

    Only cheap non shaped beam light I’d recommend is the XHP70 bike light since lumens are over 3k and you can get it in yellow/amber if you wanted
    Around $32…for a round beam like the exposure, it still has a better spill

  5. plunder1956 on August 2, 2022 at 12:27 am

    I would say ALWAYS have a basic backup light with you. Just in case your main lamp fails (perhaps evea head mounted unit serving two applications).

  6. Teemu Lehtonen on August 2, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Where have you got those light bars from? 🙂

  7. Paul B on August 2, 2022 at 12:28 am

    A shame you didn’t cover the gloworm xsv.

  8. Max M. on August 2, 2022 at 12:28 am

    The last 10 years I have been using magicshine lights. One for the helmet with 4000 Max. Lm and 2000 Max. Lm for the handlebar. Fits for all Situation in the alps.

  9. Marcus Farrell on August 2, 2022 at 12:30 am

    I’m thinking of getting the monteer 6500, my question is it legal and can the output be adjusted? Cheers

  10. Goobfilm cast on August 2, 2022 at 12:36 am

    ….yes !!

  11. RedHunter on August 2, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Monteer clearly the better one. Exposure doesn’t any battery pack tho.
    I bought a 300 lumens light the other day have to test it yet.

  12. Mathieu Tallard on August 2, 2022 at 12:37 am

    Sorry but this video sucks plenty. The only thing you got right is the language. English, you got that. It s worldwide understood. Worldwide devise is US !!! You got that wrong. And no mention on how long lasting are the batteries….like if it wasn t important. That s wrong too. And the right way to test a light is on a road with already poles light and cars coming and rain. And zooming option is good and none of those lights have.

  13. JOnomichi on August 2, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Can you ride with such strong light in the city ..will it blind the incoming drivers ?

  14. Sergio Rosario on August 2, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Hello Rob. nice video. thank you!!, I think you forgot to mention the magicShine MJ906S when connected to the battery pack can give 4500Lumens, I have that light and when I connect to my specialized Kenevo I can only put in mid power( I think around 1200L / 1800L), but with the battery pack I can use in full power mode 4500L. :). cheers and keep up the good work 🙏🙏🙏

  15. vinny jones on August 2, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Great reviews on all the lights. I have the hope R8

  16. RecumbentRocks2 on August 2, 2022 at 12:42 am

    What about 2 cheapest lights on the handle bars and 1 on the helmet? Angle the lights right and you would have amazing lighting. All for less then the Magicshine basic.

  17. Jawg on August 2, 2022 at 12:43 am

    Exposure are best 4 year warranty, magic shine are too heavy and awkward

  18. Burak Ozbek on August 2, 2022 at 12:43 am

    This is the best review I’ve seen on bike lights!

  19. oblivion blast on August 2, 2022 at 12:43 am

    The Amazon bike lights have a habit of falling apart while using

  20. Knaught Shure on August 2, 2022 at 12:45 am


  21. Emil Wills on August 2, 2022 at 12:45 am

    exposuer is still the best of the bunch 1 no external battery 2 reflex mode thats why it didnt seem that bright because jusy on normal still it will only go to 3200 lumens but with reflex on asnd riding fast it will go to 5400 lumens also battery is great and very good when paird w the diablo or zenith

  22. steven pringle on August 2, 2022 at 12:45 am

    And you can add a remote switch to operate the light and exposure lights are super reliable

  23. Jack Dixon on August 2, 2022 at 12:45 am

    I think you slept on the SixPack here because it’s a smart light. It won’t give you its full output at the slow speeds or no speed that you were doing. It’s designed to optimise battery life so it dims, brightens etc depending on your speed. The rest of the issues with it are controlled via the settings.

  24. John Mckeeman on August 2, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Have an ebuy fire off Aliexpress and been using 2 yrs. Brilliant light only downside is take a long time to charge. Plus rechargeable batteries are replaceable. Excellent quality and performance

  25. William Owen on August 2, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Why run a WIRE to a bike light?
    There is no reason.

  26. Reahs on August 2, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Not even a Fenix light?

  27. Jeff D on August 2, 2022 at 12:54 am

    I see 1 cheap ass light and 3 expensive as hell lights. This comparison is pretty useless.

  28. Vanguard on August 2, 2022 at 12:58 am

    trust Olight magicshine win

  29. Erafune on August 2, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Been content with a $60 Fenix BC21R for years. Great torch (except risk to tilt forward on hard bumps). Thought $200 for a light is madness.
    One year ago discovered the Lupine SL X with that design that screamed P E R F E C T I O N. Daytime running lights, glare-free low beam, and high beam by remote control like daaaaayumm not just an overpriced flashlight. But $400 for a light without battery scared me off.
    Fast forward one year of contemplating alternatives and now I’m waiting for a $300 deal on one. Bike upgrades is too much fun xD

  30. kjm 1955 on August 2, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Bike lights should comply with regulation that cars follow, don’t blind or dazzle other road users.

  31. Phil Adams on August 2, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Thanks. You just helped me with my decision. I was going to get the Magicshine (maybe even the new 8000 version) but have decided to get the Exposure one because I’m mainly doing road riding and the spotlight effect is actually better in a lot of cases, although have that exact £26 one and the spot is too harsh but also weak at the same time. However, once I get my MTB back in action and a few more paychecks in the bank I’ll be going for the Magicshine for some off-roading as that wide field looks awesome.

  32. Richard George on August 2, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Night riding is brilliant. I see what you did there….

  33. MurizPez on August 2, 2022 at 1:01 am

    You should have turned them all on at the same time and went for a ride / would have loved to see that!!

  34. schutztruppe 1900 on August 2, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I’ve used the cheepy light for about 6 years in a city setting. About 5 to 7 thousand miles …YES that much. Daylight going to work and 9PM drive home for 11 miles. They work great but the bigger batteries are getting hard to find. I recommend the 8 battery pack type.

  35. RFH95 on August 2, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I’m so upset you didn’t try them all at once

  36. Kevin on August 2, 2022 at 1:04 am

    This video ruined my decision on buying a cheap light on amazon.

  37. Ba Nuj on August 2, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Yes, bike lights are bullshit. I use LED flashlight for 50 usd with 9 dispersion modes and 30-4000 lumens as you wish. It can last on normal mode 1600 lumens for 9 hours… it’s usb c recharchable, weight as it’s nothing, and i can fastly take it off with me when leaving bike somwhere for a moment 🙂

  38. duncan cook on August 2, 2022 at 1:07 am

    The magic shine monteer is a rip of of the BEST front light there is…the Light and motion Seca

  39. Smarter Than You Think 101 on August 2, 2022 at 1:08 am

    There’s no straps, there’s no cables.. you just put it on your balls and you good to go!

    Edit: Only downside is that now there’s a little extra weight on your balls :/

  40. austie outdoors on August 2, 2022 at 1:10 am

    yes very interesting im getting two of the 26 pound ones for my e,scooter can,t wait to get them now after seeing your viseo but you havnt got any discount codes for my one have you lol because im buying two🙂🙂

  41. Avery Walden on August 2, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Personally, what I use is a $20 power bank work/camp light rated to a thousand lumens.
    Has about 6 hours of max power. I honestly have to worry about using it at max because it’s actually stronger than most cars brights.
    It’s mobile and has an adjustable handle that’s very easy to zip tie to your handlebars, My only complaint is it’s micro USB instead of USB c 🤷 but because it’s also a power bank, you can charge devices using a USB c through it 🙌
    In America. I find these at Walmart and either the camping section or the hardware section. It’s black and red and it kicks ass.

  42. Brian Gardner on August 2, 2022 at 1:11 am

    The best bike light I’ve ever used (borrowed, not owned) was a Lupine Wilma. I opted for Magicshine to save money. But that Lupine light beats anything else I’ve ever seen on a bike. I remember it being nosebleed expensive though.
    Still, I’d recommend you check it out and see what you think.

  43. Wock Hardt on August 2, 2022 at 1:14 am

    I hope to buy a bicycle light that is just right, if the light is too bright, it will illuminate other people’s eyes, and if it is too dark, the road conditions will be bad.

  44. James Herd on August 2, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Dear Rob I would like to thankyou . After watching your video I ordered a Majicshine Monteer 650. I got it on a black friday deal It came up in us $ dollars which confused me it also took over3 weeks to arrive. I gave it to my son for christmas . We had a night out on the local trails and it was fantastic no it was better than that .so thanks again.

  45. Rida Chun on August 2, 2022 at 1:15 am


  46. AzimuthFPV on August 2, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Code didn’t work 🙁 but glad to see the one I was planing food turned out pretty good

  47. John James on August 2, 2022 at 1:15 am

    great video, the magicshine was clearly a winner , thanks for sharing!

  48. Theo Green on August 2, 2022 at 1:18 am

    I have tried so many lights. I did found one that’s perfect. But I have burned out two power banks. Can you give me a brand that Amazon might carry that will not burn out with this heavy metal bicycle light. Thanks.

  49. WSMTB on August 2, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Hey Rob , great vid , what is that camo jacket you wearing here ??

  50. sined726 on August 2, 2022 at 1:22 am

    How about 10 cheap ones? Think you can fit them all on?