Magicshine MJ-880 bike light - in brief review£159.95

Practical and well-proven twin-LED unit

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.

Magicshine’s twin-LED unit is bulky but it’s a well proven, practical and powerful light for the money.

The two LEDs give a mix of broad peripheral but very defined centre punch with detailed reach. The edge between the two can be a bit distracting and tiring on longer rides but even our two-year-old sample still gives one of the best outputs we've seen.

The backlit rubber V-rocker switch on the top lets you toggle power back and forward rather than round in a sequential circle, which is way more useful than it might sound.

Run times are reasonable even at full power and a super-long cable makes the fat, solid, double-rubber-strapped battery easier to find a secure home for than most.

Factor in the MJ-880's solid reliability and it’s one of the best value lights available.

Official US and Australian pricing is not available, but lights bought from the Magicshine website can be shipped overseas.

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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