Magicshine Eagle 600 light review£94.98

Commuter-aimed lamp

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Magicshine lights have a great reputation for value among mountain bikers and this new commuter design uses a distinctive design with some potentially promising features.

The twin up and under LED arrangement gets additional side indicators to increase in-traffic vision slightly. Different mount belts for different bar sizes and shapes swap easily and tighten with an Allen key for extra security. A very easy to remove/fit cleat attachment onto the bar mount makes it straightforward to take with you if you lock it up in town.

The unique backlit LCD screen on the top is a really smart addition and gives percentage and actual run time battery indication. Unfortunately the diffuser over the lower LED and low overall power makes for a disappointingly dim beam with only a vague glow in the near/mid distance and very little close in or side illumination. That makes the four lower powered options designed to eke out battery life even less useful away from lit streets and leaves a potentially excellent future light disappointing for now.

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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