Exposure MaXx D Mk8 light review£345.00

Premium-grade illumination

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The self-contained design of the Exposure MaXx D Mk8 avoids the dangling cable and fit issues inherent with separate battery setups.

It clicks securely into a bolted metal bar mount and the three spot and single diffused LEDs give a well balanced mix of long-range throw and wider trail context.

Remaining run time is shown as a percentage on the rear display and the upper back panel works as the button for seven user-switchable modes. In the three-level Reflex mode, accelerometers detect fast and furious riding and automatically flick the light onto its full 2,600-lumen output.

The Smart Port on the rear can connect it to rear lights or remote switches, or be used to recharge USB devices. Exposure’s lights are all UK built, recent reliability has been excellent and brand reps attend many events for help when you need it most.

  • Weight: 324g
  • Run time: 2hrs 15mins

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK 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: 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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