A Great All-Rounder What do you want from a bike light? We want something easy to install, and to swop between bikes; it should offer a powerful boost mode, and an efficient low mode for when you don’t need crystal-clear vision (when climbing, say), as well as a cable that isn’t clumsily long.
Our tests show that Extreme Light’s new Endurance Cycle Light ticks all these boxes, making it a serious contender if you’re looking to buy a new light this winter.
At Home On- and Off-Road Without getting bogged down by all the technical specifications, whatBicycling found was the Endurance Cycle Light’s 2 100 lumens worked their magic both on- and off-road, and thrived on open gravel and jeep track. It was slightly undergunned on rocky, techy singletrack, but then again it isn’t designed specifically for that.
We spent most of our time in low and high modes – which made sense, after Charl du Plessis, Extreme Lights Director, explained to us that brightness in both modes has been improved relative to the
Endurance’s predecessor, the XP3.
- The neoprene battery pouch’s stretchy strap (with Velcro) makes attaching to any type of frame a cinch, and it won’t scratch your paintwork.
- A shorter connecting cable means less clutter.
- Three CREE LEDs provide 2 100 lumens for more than two hours in boost mode – ideal for mountain biking.
What you need to know:
The four modes are easy to toggle through, and provide a useful gradient of beam strength. 254 metres of beam reach in boost mode proved well suited to both off- and on-road cycling. Impressive battery life makes it ideal for 24-hour events. If your night rides involve extreme singletrack, it’s better to opt for something more powerful, like Extreme Lights’ XP7. Bicycling really schmaaked the quick-release handlebar clamp, which is tool-free and easy to adjust to different handlebar widths and frame designs.
How long have you got:
2 100 lumens || 2.5 hours
750 lumens || 10 hours
200 lumens || 40 hours
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