MTB Batteries Lumen 2200 light review£135.00

Powerful and practical twin-LED bike light

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MTB Batteries started off supplying replacement batteries for other brands. It’s used that experience to make an impressive range of its own lights, and its new Lumen 2200 the most powerful yet.

The miniature binocular design houses twin LEDs that give a decent peripheral to keep you aware of current riding context and corners and a reasonable column of light down the trail. There are no obvious hot or dark spots in the beam, which keeps eyes fresher and perception less compromised as the night drags on.

The four power levels are controlled by a domed remote switch for easy control without letting go of the grip. There’s a three-LED 100 percent / 50 percent / 10 percent battery life traffic light on the back of the head, although the generous battery capacity means run time is unlikely to be an issue unless you join the straight-through crew.

The lumen 2200 gives a nice, even beam:
The lumen 2200 gives a nice, even beam:

The Lumen 2200 gives a nice, even beam

Other practical touches include an anti-slip strap on the wrapover battery bag to increase stability and security. Even the luminous O-ring bands for the bar mount are useful if you drop them when fumbling to fit or remove your light in a dark car park.

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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