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A huge selection of bike lights are for sale on the market today, and finding the right system can be a challenge. So, we put together this list of bike lights with key stats, and grouped the lights by usage category. Of course we don’t recommend making a purchase decision based on specs alone, so be sure to read our bike lights primer to get the whole picture.

Gravel Grinder / Secondary Lights

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If you like to grind gravel at night or are looking for a secondary light (either as an emergency light or a fill light), take a look at these inexpensive lights with less than 500 lumens.

Light MSRP Lumens Runtime (high) Weight (g)
CatEye Volt 300 $60 300 3 120
Fenix BC20 $58 400 2.33 125
Lezyne Macro Drive $70 400 2 93
NiteRider MiNewt Mini 350 $89 350 2 175
Sigma Karma EVO $165 320 4  –

Cross Country Lights

For recreational night riders, lights that are capable of producing between 500 and 1000 lumens are all that’s necessary. Many of these lights also pair well with a second bar or helmet-mounted light for excellent coverage and improved trail vision.

Light MSRP Lumens Runtime (high) Weight (g)
Bontrager Ion 700 $100 700 1.75 141
Cygolite Expilion 850 $140 850 2.25 140
Cygolite MityCross 800 $200 800 2.17 240
Fenix BT20 $124 750 1.83 156
Gemini Lights Xera 950 $190 950 2 207
Gloworm X1 $212 950 2.25 196
Jet Lites X-52 $229 825 3.5 356
Lezyne Deca Drive $150 800 1.5 265
Light & Motion Stella 500 $200 500 2.75 232
MagicShine Eagle 600 $149 600 1.5  –
NiteRider MiNewt Pro 770 Enduro $249 770 2.75 478
Serfas TSL-550 $140 550 2  –
Serfas TSL-750 $160 750 1.5 195
Sigma PowerLED EVO $250 900 3  –
Xeccon Geinea I $148 650  – 457

Race Lights

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Mountain bike racing at night requires more firepower and longer-lasting batteries, so the following lights put out between 1000 and 2000 lumens and feature batteries that can last for hours on lower settings. Flip to high for the fast sections and dim your lights for the climbs, and you’ll be set to race all night long!

Light MSRP Lumens Runtime (high) Weight (g)
CatEye Volt 1200 $200 1200 2 214
Cygolite Centauri 1700 $350 1700 2 405
Exposure Lights Diablo MK6 $315 1300 1  –
Exposure Lights Race MK9 $350 1200 2  –
Fenix BC30 $128 1800 1.83 162
Hope Tech R4 $290 1000 2.5 338
Jet Lites F3 $199 1000 2 170
Lezyne Mega Drive $200 1200 1.33 265
Light & Motion Seca 1500 $400 1500 2 343
Light & Motion Taz 1200 $240 1200 1.5 216
Lupine Piko 4 $335 1200 2 180
Lumintrail TB-1000 $120 1000 4 370
MagicShine MJ 872 $150 1600 2.2  –
NiteRider Pro 1200 Race $269 1200 1.75 484
NiteRider Pro 1800 Race $349 1800 1.5 484
Serfas TSL-T1000 $320 1000 2 300
Trail LED XXX $300 1800 2.5 380
Xeccon Spiker 1210 $145 1600 3.3 508

Enduro Lights

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We’re not sure what people used to call these lights just a couple years ago (really bright lights?) but today it seems more than one manufacturer has dubbed 2000+ lumen lamps “enduro.” Love it or hate it, it’s actually fairly descriptive, as these lights will allow you to ride balls-out in the dark without getting into too much trouble.

Light MSRP Lumens Runtime (high) Weight (g)
Exposure Lights Maxx-D MK7 $579 2400 2 292
Gemini Lights Olympia 2100 $300 2100 2.33 316
Gloworm XS $363 2000 2 330
Hope Tech R8 $440 3000 2 665
Light & Motion Seca 2000 Enduro $570 2000 2.5 495
Light & Motion Seca 2000 Race $500 2000 1.5 343
Lupine Betty R 10 $1095 4500 1.5 530
Lupine Wilma 7 $595 2800 2 360
Lumintrail TB-3000 $250 3000 3 585
MagicShine MJ 880 $220 2000 2.3  –
NiteRider Pro 2200 Enduro $429 2200 2 580
NiteRider Pro 3600 Enduro $699 3600 1.5 839
Serfas TSL-2500 $425 2500 1.75 540
Spoke Grenade SG-2200 $219 2200 3  –
Trail LED DS $500 3000 1.5 417
Trail LED Halo $1,200 6000 2 814
Xeccon Sogn 700 $285 2800  – 658

While this isn’t a comprehensive list, we did our best to include known manufacturers and a range of products from each.  Did we miss any great bike light systems? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the post!

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  • delphinide

    I can vouch for the JetLites F3. Super bright and no one will ride in front of me because it destroys their night vision. haha! candle power!! I also have a Serfas TL1000 and Serfas TL 1500 which are super bright, but bulkier. All have been very reliable.

  • stumpyfsr

    For three years I’m using Magic Shine 1000 light ($30) and Spoke Grenade 1000 ($25). Batteries last up to 3 hrs on high (6 in medium) and capable of turning night into day. While these aren’t “known” manufacturers lights are well made and withstood some serious abuse in rain, snow and everything in between.
    Batteries on Magic Shine better be replaced soon but it’s easy since a pack made of bunch of AA rechargeable batteries.

  • SunSnowandWater

    Thanks for the info. I’ve been looking at lights, and there are so many. Any reason not to buy a set of the same lights for both the bike and helmet? I’ve been trying to read/understand what works best and have heard some cause shadows on the trails.

    • Jeff Barber

      Shadows on the trail is really only a problem when you’re running just a single light. Running the same light on your bars and helmet is fine and has the advantage of being able to swap parts if/when one of the lights has a problem.

  • CraigCreekRider

    I have been using NiteRider Lumina 600 and 650 for the last few years. Cordless and USB charged I now have 3 and thinking of getting another. I use one on the helmet and one on the bar (mountain bike and town cruiser). I keep one on my 29er all the time. These are low lumen by todays standards but two of these on high setting has been plenty for night time downhills and I switch to low settings on climbs. My only complaint has been when they went from 600 to 650 lumens they changed the charging cord so I have to make sure I have both handy. Looks like they have a 750 now.

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