Exposure Diablo front light review£200.00

Light weight, high power

BikeRadar score4/5

Joystick’s big brother adds peak lighting power to the Exposure all-in-one design advantages without much increase in price or weight. The CFD (Cable Free Design) means no battery leads and the twin flange helmet mounting is a simple yet very secure universal fit design. Three LED output gets an 8% power increase from last year for a serious punch in terms of distance and clarity.

The even, consistent beam has enough peripheral to make it usable on its own (rather than teamed with a bar-mounted flood). If you buy the clip-in bar mount it’s usable on faster straighter trails and great for road work. Burn times are short but there’s enough power in the medium setting to use that as the default mode, only going to full power for descents or particularly technical sections.

The battery indicator switch is useful for juggling life on longer rides. The rubber covered Smart Port means you can plug a remote switch (£35) for easier mode operation or a piggyback battery (£40 or £90) for extended life or a tiny rear light (£12.50). Exposure also has a USB adaptor cable to let you recharge GPS units or phones from the light battery.

Exposure diablo front light:
Exposure diablo 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: 45
  • 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 than 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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