Magicshine MJ-872 front light review£119.00

Trail friendly setup at a bargain price

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Magicshine’s latest light, the MJ-872, is an impressively broad beamed, trail friendly setup at a bargain price. The simple ribbed barrel head with four Cree XPG LEDs fits securely on the bars with O-rings and the relatively small battery straps in place easily.

The whole back of the light is a soft glowing twin-switch panel which lets you toggle through the four light levels and shows remaining run time, traffic light style.

Rear light bleed means reach is short and spread limited for an alleged 1,600-lumen light, but it’s brighter than most lights around £100. It’s warrantied for a year, with the option to upgrade to a higher quality, two-year warranty Open Light battery in the same (£16 extra) or larger capacities.

Magicshine mj872 front light:
Magicshine mj872 front light:

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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