Gloworm X2 V3 bike light - in brief review£170.00

Powerful light in tiny package

BikeRadar score4/5

This review is a small part of our Best Mountain Bike Lights feature, where we tell you the three best lights - plus eight others to consider - after testing 24 different sets of lights.

If you’re looking for maximum punch for your pound – or beam for your buck – in terms both of weight and cost, Gloworm’s updated X2 light is a knockout.

The tiny twin-LED unit comes with a flood and spot lens that give a very focused beam with a lot of intense light where it does hit but dramatic fall-off at the edges. You can fit two flood (or spot) lenses to tune the beam but it works great as a helmet light in its default set-up.

There’s a neat remote control switch that scrolls between high, medium and low – or medium and low, depending on which programme you choose – which we found very useful.

The thermal throttle kicks in faster than on most lights, which explains long run times in the workshop and on the trail, but there’s enough juice in the hard-shell battery to last most rides at full chat.

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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