The feeling you get from mountain biking especially at night is just priceless. I, for one, do it a lot as it feels magical. It can’t be completely explained, only experienced. You do however need mountain bike lights at night where possible when out cycling on paths that are extremely dark unless you want to risk crashing into random obstacles.
One of the main shortcomings I have had with my friends when out riding at night is low visibility. This often then results in us riding back home a lot earlier than we plan to.
It is a shortcoming that we soon got over once we started using bike lights when out on our mountain bikes. I have been using mountain bike lights for as long as I remember now. I’ve had some good and bad experiences using some of the products. That is why in this article I have prepared for you the best mountain bike lights you should try out.
Before we get into it though, let’s have a look at the main qualities that make a suitable mountain bike light for night riding.
Qualities Of Mountain Bike Lights For Night Riding
Lumens: The amount of lumens the mountain bike light emits is very important as this will determine how much illumination you get when cycling along dirt paths. Usually, I recommend a minimum of between 700 and 3,000 lumens from whatever lighting option you go for. This will provide a well-lit trail for you as well as your fellow riders.
Battery: The battery life is another important that is worth considering when looking at lights for your mountain bike. Batteries that can hold their charge for at least 1-hour runtime is essential.
Durability: This is another quality you want to consider while choosing a mountain bike light. The materials in which the light is built with tells a lot about the durability of the light. Chances are you might knock the light around a bit, so you want a light that is able to withstand whatever your bike ride throws at it.
Now. Let’s get right into looking at what I have found to be the best mountain bike lights for night riding.
If you are looking for a waterproof helmet light that is lightweight, has front and rear illumination and a run time of almost 2 days, then you should get this Topside Bike Helmet.
Bright Eyes Fully Waterproof 1600 Lumen Rechargeable Mountain Headlight
The 1600 lumen rechargeable mountain headlight is a very fascinating headlight which guarantees the lighting of your trail and also making you visible to other road users. The headlight weighs 1.46 pounds and is available in black and grey. The headlight is available in five lighting modes which you can select from depending on your needs.
Now let’s talk about the battery. The external battery pack is 6400mAh giving it an average runtime of 16 hours on low mode, 6 hours on medium mode, and 4 hours on high mode. This bike light is known to have the longest runtime in the industry and it has an indicator that signals low battery. The battery pack can be placed anywhere. Thanks to the manufacturer for putting an extension cable!
- 1600 lumen light
- Five lighting mode (Fast strobe, Slow strobe, High, Low, Medium modes)
- 6400mAh external battery with extension cable
- Aluminium taillight
- Beam diffuser
Another reason you need to get this product is that the company gives a 1-year warranty for the batteries. What’s more, is that this bike light is waterproof. This means you can take your bike for mountaineering, camping, etc. without having to worry about the weather.
The bike light also has an aluminium taillight which has several strobes and brightness options. It also a beam diffuser (gives it a great light pattern on the trail) and an optional head mount. The manufacturers also put an accessory helmet in the product’s package.
Nite Rider Lumina Micro 750 USB Rechargeable Mtb Road Commuter Led Bike Light
This headlight is pretty much another mountain bike light with amazing features that places it amongst the top in the industry. The manufacturers of this product designed it in such a way that it will maintain an optimal temperature inside the circuit while emitting 750 lumens. It weighs 4.6 ounces and is available in black only.
This bike light is available in five lighting modes. The bike light lasts for 9 hours on Low mode (150 lumens), 1.5 hours on high mode (750 lumens), 4 hours on medium mode (375 lumens), 10 hours on Flash mode, and 35 hours on walk mode (30 lumens).
- Five lighting mode (low, medium, high, flash, and walk modes)
- 750 lumen light
- IP64 rated water and dust resistant
- USB rechargeable batteries
- Quick-release tab
One interesting thing I like about this product is its lock mode feature which helps secure your bike light from theft. To unlock/lock the light, all you need to do is press down on the power button for 7 seconds. The Nightrider Lumina micro bike light is both water-resistant and dust-resistance. This feature increases the durability of the product.
The USB rechargeable batteries are also easy to charge. The quick-release tab allows for easy on/ removal of the light. Thanks to the manufacturers of this product. The company also guarantees a 2-year warranty on defects for damage regarding the mechanical component and 1-year warranty on the batteries.
Victagen Usb Rechargeable Bike Light
The Victagen USB rechargeable light is yet another fascinating bike light. It weighs 11.2 ounces. This bike light has 7 different working modes which are divided into headlight modes and tail light modes. The headlight modes include high 2400 lumen (4 hours), Mid 1200 lumens (8 hours), low 600 lumens (about 16 hours), Strobe 2400 lumens. The tail light modes include fast flash, slow flash, and high modes.
You can always adjust to any of the light modes depending on your needs.
When it comes to producing super brightness, then this might just be your guy. With its dual XML-T6 white LEDs, it emits 2400 lumens which can light up areas to 300 yards. (impressive, right?). The manufacturers put in the work to ensure maximum safety for users.
Like the Nightrider Lumina micro bike light, it also has a quick-release mount. What’s also fascinating about this bike light is that it has a waterproof IP-65 rating. This means that you can even go camping or mountaineering on a rainy day without fear of product damage by water.
- 7 different lighting system
- IP65 waterproof rating
- 2400 lumen light
- Quick-release mount
This bike light is unique among other products because it can serve several purposes flashlight for outdoor activities, bike light, even as an emergency flashlight at home. The bike light comes with both a headlight and a taillight which allows you to stand out in the road.
One thing that got a little bit skeptical about this product is the weight. It is quite heavier than other ones. Besides this problem, I think this helmet is a fantastic one.