Exposure was the first company to produce properly powerful all-in-one can lights and its range now covers six helmet/bar lights and five dedicated bar lights, of which the Race is the smallest and cheapest.
While it might seem pricey for a 1300 lumen light, it’s the vast array of very clever features packed into it that you’re really paying for. While you get an adequate spread and reach of light in normal max power mode the Race hits a noticeably punchier 1700 lumens in Reflex mode.
This setting is governed automatically via accelerometers, which sense if you’re on faster, steeper or rougher trails and boost power accordingly. All you have to do is set the run-time and then let the light do its generally very effective thing.
Normal max power mode provides an adequate spread and reach of light
Otherwise you can choose easily between various preset menus and then select them by tapping or brushing anywhere on the back panel. The back panel display also shows mode and remaining run-time while the Smart Port can be used for booster batteries, remote switches or recharging other devices.
It’s light and compact for its features and has a bearable battery life, and it releases easily from the secure sliding shoe mount on the neat, bolted bar clamp. Recent Exposure reliability has been good despite all the innovation too.
- Weight: 209g
- Run Time: 2:10hr
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.