2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

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2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby digitalhippie » Sat Feb 02, 2013 05:01 am

Over Summer (downunder) I've been running dual 2013 Diablo Mk4's on my helmet, complemented by a MaxX-D on the handlebar. Night MTB has never been as much scarey fun! :D

I've written up a review of the 2013 Diablo Mk4 along with a few other Exposure bits and pieces
http://digitalhippie.net/mtb-reviews/2013-exposure-diablo-mk4-lights-review/

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby D4RK1 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:25 am

Great video mate, and really good informative review. Nice work :)

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby supersonic » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:21 pm

Nice review, but they are still very expensive for the amount of light.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby bennett_346 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 22:03 pm

Why get that when you could buy a 1200lumen lamp with charger for £30?

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby Dan_xz » Sun Feb 03, 2013 17:44 pm

Why would anyone buy a Mercedes over a Vauxhall?

Diablo has better beam spread, ease of use, reliability and accesories, no worries over battery quality or charging them safely. With the tripple battery you can have over 4 hours max burn time, or 12 hours on medium for the sake of a cable to your seatpack or backpack.

I've used the torches and still take them along as spares and when the wife dusts her bike off. They are perfectly adequate and pretty amazing compared to lights of a few years back but not as good as my Diablo. They are cheap torches after all and even with the OP reflector the beam is not as good,

Is the difference worth the extra expense? No, the price is well out of proportion for the goods - especially when you take into account the extra batteries. I was lucky enough to get my mk2 diable & tripple cell battery for free so my opinion isnt about trying to make me feel better about the expense. Exposure and others are very expensive for what they are, but if you happen to be flush enough that the money makes no difference to you then I'd go for the Diablo over a torch.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby supersonic » Sun Feb 03, 2013 17:53 pm

Better beam spread than what though? ;-). Does depend on the actual light. I wouldn't say Exposure are all that reliable either. But up to the consumer, if you have the money then why not. But I'll stick to my 2500 lumen triple XML torch that I paid £25 for, is incredible!

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:03 pm

How much are they then?

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby bennett_346 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:13 pm

£150.

I'd rather have something from magicshine for that money.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:15 pm

Falls into the same category as the Orange 5 then lol!

£150 for a torch?!

Madness.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby supersonic » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:19 pm

This is my next one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10000-LM-Lume ... 3a7979f3f0

The 'Bat Burner' lol.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:21 pm

Fuuukin ekkers like.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby supersonic » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:22 pm

Who cares about beam pattern when you can set fire to the rider in front?!

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby bennett_346 » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:38 pm

That is before the torch sets itself on fire of course.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby cooldad » Sun Feb 03, 2013 18:56 pm

Should keep you nice and warm on a cold ride though.
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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby digitalhippie » Mon Feb 04, 2013 06:36 am

supersonic wrote:Who cares about beam pattern when you can set fire to the rider in front?!


hehe indeed! :D

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby nferrar » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:06 pm

I use a Diablo (m3) on my head when MTBing, for me it's worth the extra just for the convenience. Until recently I used a cheapy Chinese light on the bars which was fine to (but then an external battery is less hassle there) although the difference in output in the real world was much smaller vs how they compared on paper. I've since swapped to a smudge light for the bars and it's great, still planning to use the Diablo on my head until it breaks though.

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby pilch » Wed Feb 06, 2013 13:29 pm

supersonic wrote:This is my next one:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10000-LM-Lume ... 3a7979f3f0

The 'Bat Burner' lol.


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at 650g you would probably kill somebody if you smacked them over the head with that... nice that its dual purpose though :lol:
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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby VWsurfbum » Wed Feb 06, 2013 13:58 pm

you wouldnt need to bash anyone over the head you could vaporise them LOL

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby supersonic » Wed Feb 06, 2013 16:10 pm

The triple ones are good enough mind, will easily light a football pitch up at night!

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Re: 2013 Exposure Diablo Mk4 Review (for MTB night rides)

Postby cooldad » Wed Feb 06, 2013 23:06 pm

cyd190468 wrote:An I thought I was the only straylian on this forum.

Nope, every forum has a few idiots, you're the antipodean one.
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