LifeLine is a Chain Reaction Cycles-owned brand that offers a range of affordable parts and lights from a seriously-cheap £9.99 front and back set up to this range-topper that’s ready to tackle some of the big players at a fraction of the cost.
LifeLine Pavo Motion 2400 details and specification
As the latest light in the LifeLine range, the Pavo Motion 2400 is the successor to the Pavo 2000. As well as an additional 400 lumens of power on max mode, the 2400 also gets a motion-sensitive setting where the light automatically halves its output when it senses you’ve stopped moving.
In motion control mode, the light reaches its max claimed output of 2,400 lumens as soon as you’re moving or the bars are ragged around. When the light isn’t in motion control mode, the max constant output of the light is 2,000 lumens.
The bar clamp mounting system uses two screws with Allen key heads to tighten it, but it’s only compatible with 31.8mm diameters. The light is attached to the bar mount with a twist-lock mount akin to Garmin’s system.
It has seven Cree LEDs and an integrated, sealed battery. A micro USB connector charges things and there’s one single button to turn it on and off, and to cycle between modes. In total, the light has seven modes: four constant and three motion control modes.
The button illuminates either blue for constant or red for motion control modes, and when the battery has only 10 per cent charge left the button swaps colour.
LifeLine Pavo Motion 2400 performance
Switch the Pavo on and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how bright it is, even at the lower 2,000 lumen constant setting. In the motion control mode there’s a great flood of light that helps to give good visibility on the trail — you can see to the sides, above and a long way into the distance ahead, too.
The motion control mode changes between brightness subtly, dimming and illuminating slowly as you stop or move again. If you’re jumping in at the deep end of a trail, it’ll be wise to agitate the light before you set off so that it’s guaranteed to be pumping out maximum power from the off.
The motion control function is intuitive though, and I had no problems with the light choosing the wrong mode for the conditions; it didn’t suddenly dim when I was giving it beans down the trail, for example.
That power is well shared between spot and flood beams and there’s loads of definition directly in front of you thanks to the spot beam. That beam is relatively close to the front of the bike when the light is angled optimally but the flood isn’t compromised by the spot’s luminance.
Not only does the light flood into the distance ahead but there’s a great spread of light. The spread isn’t harshly defined either, which really helps with seeing lines and obstacles that are around turns or not directly in your course of travel.
The light’s power fades gradually both side-to-side and in front, which helps improve on-the-bike visibility too.
In fact, the spread offered by the Pavo means you can ride confidently, knowing that you aren’t going to be surprised by a previously-unseen obstacle suddenly popping up right in front of you.
Although the light performs really well, if you were looking to ride exceptionally technical trails really fast then you will want more lumens, and the bluish hue the LEDs emit can be harsh at times. This harshness does create some shadows as the contrast between lit and unlit sections increases.
The single button is easy to use and once you’ve understood how the light’s functions work and how to cycle between them there should be no problems out on the trail.
There is no battery level indicator and, if you mis-time your ride, the 10 per cent battery warning can come as a bit of a surprise. The light did last for a long time on max, though, clocking three hours of run time before it started to faulter. That was a full hour and 10 minutes longer than claimed.
The light didn’t wobble or move on its mount over rough terrain and it’s easy to take the light on and off.
LifeLine Pavo Motion 2400 bottom line
If you’ve got a tight budget but want top-level performance, look no further. The Pavo Motion 2400 is an exceptional light that rivals and beats others with double the lumen output and triple the cost.
It isn’t feature-laden, but it doesn’t need to be with the amount of useable light on offer.
How we tested
Testing lights objectively is a tough task. While it’s entirely possible to measure the number of lumens a light emits, there are a lot more variables that dictate how much of that light illuminates the trail. The colour of the light, its beam pattern and lens type have as much effect as the outright power.
With that in mind, we haven’t measured the number of lumens each light emits for this test. Instead, we’ve assessed how the light performs by describing the beam pattern, its colour and overall performance, while also measuring run time on the most powerful setting.