Exposure Race MK10 review£225.00

Awesome technology, adequate power

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Exposure was the first company to produce properly powerful all-in-one can lights and its range now covers six helmet/bar lights and five dedicated bar lights, of which the Race is the smallest and cheapest.

While it might seem pricey for a 1300 lumen light, it’s the vast array of very clever features packed into it that you’re really paying for. While you get an adequate spread and reach of light in normal max power mode the Race hits a noticeably punchier 1700 lumens in Reflex mode.

This setting is governed automatically via accelerometers, which sense if you’re on faster, steeper or rougher trails and boost power accordingly. All you have to do is set the run-time and then let the light do its generally very effective thing.

Normal max power mode provides an adequate spread and reach of light:
Normal max power mode provides an adequate spread and reach of light:

Normal max power mode provides an adequate spread and reach of light

Otherwise you can choose easily between various preset menus and then select them by tapping or brushing anywhere on the back panel. The back panel display also shows mode and remaining run-time while the Smart Port can be used for booster batteries, remote switches or recharging other devices.

It’s light and compact for its features and has a bearable battery life, and it releases easily from the secure sliding shoe mount on the neat, bolted bar clamp. Recent Exposure reliability has been good despite all the innovation too.

  • Weight: 209g
  • Run Time: 2:10hr

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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