Exposure Joystick MK9 light - in brief review£139.95

Ninth iteration of popular light

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Exposure pioneered high powered self contained bike lights, and this is the ninth generation of its original ultralight Joystick.

Circular mid range coverage is OK, though there's little peripheral and less punch than with other similarly priced lights, but where Exposure has always scored is on features. The output menus are programmable, with run times for each setting engraved on the case for easy reference plus a power mode indicating backlight in the switch. Battery life is good for the tiny size too, though you’ll soon realise the red warning and flash mode comes on relatively early.

If you need more juice, the 'Smart Port Technology’ socket on the back lets you add piggyback batteries, remote switches and even a mini back light. The simple red rubber band mount works well on most bars – including less extreme aero bars with a bit of ingenuity – and the 'candlestick' helmet mount is brilliant.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus 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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