Magicshine MJ-816 front light review£93.00

Bargain price

BikeRadar score4/5

The Magicshine MJ-816's ‘Mickey Mouse’ head design flanks a P7 spotlight with two smaller Cree XPE floods. These are controlled from a brightly backlit, mode and charge indicating remote switch with ‘stepless dimming’ fade function control. The flood on, spot on, both on, both off sequence caught us out occasionally when switching modes though.

It’s not as bright on trail as 1,400 lumens would suggest but the highly focused spot and letterbox spread from the sidelights is still impressive for a sub-£100 light. Even with a fully conditioned battery in 10°C indoor tests run time was shorter than the ‘up to three hours’ claimed on the website, so judge usage accordingly, particularly on very cold nights when it’ll drop below two hours at full chat.

The tall, O-ring-secured head unit tends to wobble on rough trails, which can be distracting. The single strap soft cell barrel battery can be squeezed onto most frames though. The whole light is covered by a 12-month UK warranty and Magicshine UK have a good reputation that makes it look a tempting direct buy package.

Magicshine mj-816 front light:
Magicshine mj-816 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.
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  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
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  • 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.
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