Top 5 MTB Night Riding Lights (It’s Not Always About The Lumens!)

Top 5 MTB Night Riding Lights (It’s Not Always About The Lumens!)

Oh yeah guys it’s that time of year again. Daylights savings time has descended upon us once again. If you work during the day like most, you need a good light setup otherwise your time in the saddle will be limited. In this video we share what our top 5 favorite light setups are and also some general night riding tips as well. Enjoy!

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  1. christian seely on July 4, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Next background pic should be either Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys or The Dude from The Big Lebowski.

  2. RimauTV on July 4, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    I just ride with a 650 Lummen on my handle bar

  3. T Mayberry on July 4, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Question what about the trees couldn’t your helmet light get caught on a low hanging branch. Btw Helluva great video man ten thumbs up

  4. alan linnemeyer on July 4, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    First off night riding on a well-known trail is off the hook great and in many ways is so much better than the day! I’m getting back on my Intense Tracer after an injury but charging up my NightRider system has proved futile so thank you for this information. My old system was the NR Classic with large water bottle mount battery but I gave that to a friend and upgraded that two beam system to the newer one of similar design and then used a single beam NR on the helmet with the small cigarette battery pack in the hydropack. Looks like rather than new battery solutions for the old systems I’ll be riding wireless !

  5. Chade Martinez on July 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    What about battery life average ?

  6. Murilo Miranda on July 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I have a Lezyne 1500 XXL. The light and battery life is decent, but the mounting strap sucks. It does not stand still on the handlebar, no matter how tight you try to install it, and starts pointing downwardson rough terrain. The first one died after 18 months of use. Lezyne replaced it, but it took a while and I had to pay the shipping. I would not buy it again. Instead, I would go for a model with a studier mount.

  7. Ueno54 on July 4, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    More lumens!

  8. Mountain Time Let’s Go on July 4, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    So I just received my lumina 850 from WWC. Screw the light! I’m stoked for my first WWC sticker!! Thanks!!

  9. maria Bolio on July 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    I ride with the lezyne lights they are great but the charger ports of entry really sketchy must improve them

  10. Richard Lytle on July 4, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    You mention that not many people run wired lights anymore… But what about endurance racing (e.g. 24 hour races), where you ride for longer than your battery life? I have always used multiple batteries, swapping out as needed to get me through the night. Surely this is easier/cheaper than swapping an entire wireless light/battery combo?

  11. Ruslan Kolotilo on July 4, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I use Fenix BC30 and I think it’s awesome for biking. Definitely, recommend!

  12. Anubis Reviews on July 4, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Talking up the most expensive lights which happen to be the same brand then you switch over the the best priced brightest light and say it should be used for 15 feet of light. If the light covers a 100 foot area extremely well and is 50 feet wide with a price of $120 then I shouldn’t need to get a $250 light to go on my head and use the better light just to see my front wheel.

  13. Worldwide Cyclery on July 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    What’s your night riding setup? Let us know!

  14. Oleg Petelevitch on July 4, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Got a topeak helmet light a light on my Osprey 10 , and one for back ! Main 10,000 lumins , back up light 200 lumins SERFAS ! 2 ON BARS AND ALL USB ! 1 BACK UP !

  15. MasterBata on July 4, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I use homemade LED lighting – two 100W LEDs powered by 15Ah lipo packs. Quite heavy, but cheaper than anything you presented, and it turns night into day.

  16. Blunted Revy on July 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I run 4x niterider 550 micro on my handlebars and point them in different directions

  17. joe sacco on July 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    You guys need to check out
    Impressive lights, at an attractive price point!!

  18. mozzy mike on July 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    so much money. i bought a £15 light to mount on my helmet and it works wonders

  19. DempseyTheDog on July 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Jeff didnt’ do a Halloween video this year. Maybe he will make it up the viewers by doing a Thanksgiving video dressed as pilgrims or Christmas video dressed as Santa.

  20. Just a Man Trying To Learn on July 4, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I’m over here with Google on the side looking up every light these damn comments are talking about. !

  21. Darin White on July 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I use a Lumina 750 on my helmet and two Lumina 1200’s on the bar. I run them on medium most of the ride and put on bright on more technical terrain. This way we can get about 2 1/2 hours out of the lights. I like the smaller 850 though and may look into that. The Niteriders are pretty narrow on the beam, so I have one a little higher than the other. The Lezyne looked like it has a more broad beam. That was bright enough that you may only need 1 on the bar.

  22. MTB HIKER on July 4, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This video is so lit dude, must be all the lumens from those lights 😛

  23. Island Aerial on July 4, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Weight is no concern to me, as I have an EMTB!

  24. Albert Gavieres on July 4, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Bontrager setup (1100 bar/450 helmet/flare seatpost) with the remote. The remote on the bar is super useful.

  25. procore123 on July 4, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    What about exposure lights?

  26. kcotte59 on July 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    I have a 12 year old Lights & Motion HID headlamp with a separate battery, It pulls about 13 watts and it rocks. Enough light to put it on a motocross bike.

  27. Cess Outdoors on July 4, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Sigma Buster2000l on the helmet, 3000l Ebay china 3 led lite on handlebars cars flash me with their high beams. just kidding i ride in the mountains in Germany you are not allowed to wear helmet light in traffic.

  28. Xenios on July 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Can somebody help me? Between Niterider Lumina 1200 and Cygolite Metro Pro1100, which is the best? I usually bike in a dark roads.

  29. Peter Tobey on July 4, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Good video. Surprised you didn’t mention run time on the products.

  30. plmvirginiauva on July 4, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    You’re suicidal if you ride trails at night unless it’s flat with nothing to cause accidents. The ideal setup is one beam light on your helmet, another beam light on your handlebar, and one wide flood light on your handlebar to basically light up everything within 3 feet of you. That should get you through any trail at night if you’re crazy enough to try it.

  31. myfukinarmhurts on July 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    How does the cygolite 1100 vs the lyzene 1100? I can’t choose but I get the lyzene for 40$ less

  32. The Middle Aged Masher on July 4, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Wwc/ Jeff. Prayers and thoughts with you and your people out in Thousand Oaks.

    I was impacted as well

  33. Jose Chavez on July 4, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Do I get a discount if I get some of those lights from you guys?

  34. Dane Price on July 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    You guys make the most informative and practical videos! Thanks for making shopping easier.

  35. Cristian Valenzuela on July 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    1:16 Is it, myself is using? Or, myself am using? Thanks

  36. EDH_Dave_MTB on July 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Great Reviews…… I pulled the trigger on 2 1200 boost and red tail light 250 for my road days..
    I’ll be head Banging w/ the light and my Metallica play list…👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♂️

  37. TXOUTDOORSCHANNEL on July 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Someone needs to make a picatinny handle bar mount so I can just borrow the streamlight from my rifle…. Lol

  38. Ivo Roilev on July 4, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    I tried adding a smaller light on my helmet. I’ve ridden a lot before in the night, my commute was 10k each way through the forest, doing it through rain and snow, and I’ve always used a light on the handlebar. Trying a light on the helmet, even if it is more powerful than the ones you presented, I still prefer having one on the handlebar. Having it lower (I even put it below the handlebar, the 10cm difference was noticeable) the low light makes bigger shadows and accentuates the rocks and roots, making them more visible than during the day!
    It was weird experience adding a helmet light. It somewhat dims the shadows, so I have to raise it not to mess with the details. I noticed I move my eyes much more than the head, so I had to artificially move my head more than is natural. But it made difference, illuminating the exit of the turn before I turned into it. It is definitely an improvement, but I wouldn’t use it as the only light source!

  39. Jogi Häberle on July 4, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    If you have some spare money I wouldn’t go with either of these an aim for something like the lupine piko / neo. For my area I cannot confirm that people are going wireless. Batterie at the back of the helmet, light on top makes a good balance and you’ll get a strong and enduring light.

  40. David ? on July 4, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Too bulky stick with eating carrots…

  41. metalslug26 on July 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Did my first night ride tonight. Only have a Niterider Lumina 700 for my handlebar but might get the Micro 850 for my helmet. Awesome review guys.

  42. Verdon Rocks Photography on July 4, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    very good demonstration for sure, maaan you need start to do some giveaway, and then say: congratulations to Verdon son of the gun,,,,, shit step up the game / lol! THNX!

  43. Andy Ginther on July 4, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Damn that got me pumped for a night ride. Lights have progressed since last I looked into them. Thanks for heads up. My first night ride I did alone with a petzl headlamp. Couldn’t see a thing but a total rush. Great vid!

  44. Jocke Fransson on July 4, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    you should try ledx a bit more expensive but light up much better at 6500 lumens

  45. Organic on July 4, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Yo XsQuAdX! jus got the Outbound Lighting Trail light keepitOmegaLit!

  46. Daniel Postma on July 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    This info rocks, super well put, and I am going to buy these from worldwide because I love that you spread this good info. Cheers!

  47. motanelustelistu on July 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I don’t know who came up with the ideea of the more powerfull light on the bar.It makes sense to have it on the head,as it is more powerful and iluminate further,even if it’s wide pattern a.k.a. "flood light" .Put the less powrfull on the handlebars at is also iluminates closer and is far from the powerfull on the helmet and thus it still help you a bit.

    With the powerfull up and low down,the powerfull drowns the low so it doesn’t help you a bit.

  48. Doug Burney on July 4, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    The 850 has 6 reviews on Amazon and only 3 stars as of 11/30/18

  49. Simple_Pleasures Adventure_Crew on July 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Nice, so true about the night ride experience, I actually like night rides better, that tunnel experience, seems like your going a bit faster, and like mentioned, seems like you get further quicker. I highly recommend night rides, the best👍 Great review

  50. RAT BURL BEER on July 4, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Great job 👍🏻