Moon X-Power 780 light - in brief review£99.99

Flash-free road lighting

BikeRadar score4/5

Riders who hate the sudden flashing strobe light setting built into some lights will love this Moon – its four power levels have no flash options unless you deliberately set them up to do so.

Beam output is powerful too, with a broad fuzzy 'smile' and separate mid fill strip that stretches a decent length down the road for confident speed even on unknown roads. There's absolutely no mid distance peripheral though, so we occasionally got spooked by roadside animals or side turns appearing at the last second.

A helmet mount is included if that really bothers you, and the big overkill thumbscrew mount is secure on your bars as long as they’re round. Plentiful power means battery life is short for weight at full beam, but it’s communicated clearly by the main button and a warning light that comes on very early. The battery is also replaceable so you can buy a spare to extend run times if you want.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus 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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