The fourth generation of MaXx-D light has been developed fromThe Mk.1 with 960 lumens upTo a whopping 1285 lumens on full power.The MaXx-D can run forThree hours whilst staying inThe same compact unit.The MaXx-D is a racer's choice forThe ultimate powerTo weight ratio bar mounted light.Twinned with a Diablo you have an unbeatable combination. Weight (incl. bracket): 337g Output: 1285 lumensPower: 10400 mAh Lithium Ion batteryBurnTime: High (3 hrs) Medium (10 hrs) Low (24 hrs)Emitter:The MaXx-D Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout - over 50 bike lights reviewed, photographed and measured here.
Strengths: Night rides are a major part of my riding time. Always have been. My first mountain bike ride was a night ride. I have had ALL kinds of lights. This light is by far the best. My wife bought it for me (she worries) and the light brings both of us peace of mind. There are technically brighter lights out there, but there is no need for anything brighter than the Maxx D. The range of the light is amazing (side and forward). It is like having a good car headlight on your bike. You get the full three hours on high beam and I have had absolutely no problems with this light. I bought an extra bar bracket for my road bike for full value. I wouldn't own any other light.
Weaknesses: None, really. The initial cost, but that is more than made up in longevity.
Best light ever!
a Cross Country Rider
from Granite Bay,CA,USA
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012
Strengths: Very nice quality light. The mount for the handle bar is light and low profile, so you can leave it on the bar all the time. When the light is attached to the mount, it is very solid. On high is does seem to last for the advertised 3 hrs. You can get lights that have more lumens, but I don't know why you'd need them. On high this thing is like riding in the day time. Very nice wide beam that is great in both single track and fire road conditions.
Weaknesses: So far, the only weakness I have experienced is the customer service. My light came with a charger unit that will not work in the US. I have made several attempts to contact Exposure, so I can get the right charger, to no avail. Since the charger cord is a usb type, I'm using my Garmin charger to charge the light.
I love this light and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a powerfull all inclusive set up. If the customer service would return my emails then I'd like it a bunch more.
Strengths: Super bright. Self contained. Well made. Nice case.
Weaknesses: Price, although after enough comparison, once realizes what a relative bargain it is. Takes a while to charge.
I ordered a blem at a discounted price, since I figured the first time I crash it'll get scratched anyway. Ibex ran out of blem. models and gave me a 2012 1st quality at no additional change (what more can you ask for). Great light when you just need to see the whole trail. Bought it with Diablo for my helmet, which is also awesome, although I wished it lasted more than 1 hour on high. However, works great on Med and will last as long as my MaxxD will on high. I only need to run high on the downhill legs anyway. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with both lights.
Bike Setup: 09 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp, KS i900 dropper seat post, and SRAM everything.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2011
Strengths: bright as hell
super bright, light weight, easy to use and set up. the charging cable didn't work well out of the box, but when i called customer service before i could even finish describing the problem they offered to send me a replacement free and i had it three days later. so you get great customer service as well.
bottom line: i recommended this light to my friends.
Strengths: Lightweight, self contained, really bright, Piggyback batteries easily extend battery life for 24 hour racing
This light is incredible. During a recent 24 hour race where I was part of a 2-man team, I did a lot of night racing and used the MaXx D in combination with a Diablo on my helmet. My lap times during the night actually INCREASED and everyone I passed had a shadow projected in front of them from my lights. The Piggyback batteries extended the battery time and made it so I could leave the lights on at the highest setting all the time- very nice when cranking a singlespeed at mile 100 in the early morning. During normal rides, no extra battery is needed and this is the lightest of the LEDs. Great light!
Bike Setup: Ibis Mojo SL w/ Fox Talas 36, Redline Monocog Flight singlespeed w/ Fox F29 Terralogic, Lapierre Sensium 400 CP for road work
a Cross Country Rider
from Madison, WI
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: all-in-one unit, easy installation, light weight
Weaknesses: amber light looks like red light, making it hard to tell when you are REALLY running out of battery power
Let me start by saying that I won this light in a competition here on MTBR, so you might think I am a bit bias. However, I am under no obligation to Exposure Lights or Ibex Sports (who sponsored the contest) to give them a good review, but I figured it was worth giving them a shout out for being cool enough to give a couple lights away.
This is a great light, very bright and with a long battery life. The all-in-one aspect is key. My wife and I have some MagicShine lights as well and we ALWAYS reach for the MaxxD before the Magic Shine due to the ease of installing and using the all-in-one unit. Frankly, I'm shocked that Exposure is the only manufacturer making lights this way, its a great system. They're easy to install and remove in a hurry no cables and battery packs to have to bother with.
The light is more of a flood light which throws light broadly instead of an intense spot. For off-road night riding I think this is best if you can couple it with a spot light on the helmet, but the MaxxD puts out plenty of light on its own if all you can afford is one light for your bars. In fact, I run it on medium a lot of the time, unless I am moving fast (15 mph +) or riding with others who have bright lights. It also makes a superb safety light when riding on the street, and its small and light enough to to not be a bother even on a road bike.
My only (minor) quibbles would be the laser etched writing on the body of the light. They have the listing of how long the light will last on various power settings, but these are on the bottom where you can't read them. Also, it would be nice if they added how much battery life was left when the indicator light on the back turned amber then red. Speaking of which, my other minor quibble is that the "amber" is really a reddish orange so its hard to tell if it is red or "amber" so I'm often unsure how I am doing for remaining power. Together these minor improvements would make an excellent light nearly perfect.
As for the competition, its hard to argue with the price of those cheap MagicShine lights. I am a pretty low-budget night rider myself. But I would say that the MaxxD and other all-in-one Exposure lights are a compelling reason to pay more for a light precision machined in the UK. Sure, they're 3x the price of the MagicShine, but I use this light 10x as often, so I'd say its worth it. Ibex Sports here in the US has also been great for support for other products I have purchased from them over the years.
Similar Products Used: Exposure Diablo, MagicShine 900, TrailTech HID, Dinotte 200AA, PrincetonTec Apex... and other, older lights
Bike Setup: Soulcraft hardtail with Fox F100X fork, etc.
a Cross Country Rider
from Minneapolis, MN
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2010
Strengths: No cables. Good runtime. Brightness. Quick release. Low total weight. Easy on/off. Three brightness levels and one flash. Modular approach to adding battery packs or more lights.
Weaknesses: Would not chance mounting it upside down.
I just got this light in the mail. This is a great light because of its ease of use. It's all one piece. No trying t route cables, no need to find extra space on your bike for the battery. The beam is very diffused, more yellow than my Lume HID, very floody, zero artifacts. There is no edge to the beam. The beam just fades into the darkness. It is significantly brighter than both the Lume HID which runs at 10W and the roulette wheel P7 MTE from DX.
I give it four stars for value because almost the same amount of light can be had from the Magicshine at a quarter of the price. Price aside, this light is outstanding.
Similar Products Used: Cyglite Explorer, Lume Lighting Strada, MTE P7 flashlight
Bike Setup: Long Haul Trucker
a Cross Country Rider
from Asheville, NC
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2009
Strengths: No cables, solid mount, battery run time, options for bigger battery, beam pattern
Weaknesses: Mount without battery looks a bit sharp on the handlebars.
I read every review on every light before I finally purchased these lights. I bought the Maxx-D and the joystick together. This combination is amazingly bright. I feel I have lost no speed going down and with my prescription glasses I think I can actually see better at night then the day. Being able to grab your lights, pop them on and then worry about everything else really goes along way. It seems too convenient. All my riding buddies work for bike shops or industries and get pro deals on their lights. I am the sole exposure rider in the group and I have ridden with a lot of different lights and have never been disappointed with my set-up. Yes, it is not cheap. But being able to ride when you normally couldn't and knowing that your lights will work all the time every time counts for me. Like it says up topI have been riding these for about a year with zero light problems. Not to mention the countless times these lights have been used not even riding. No cables means you can throw them in a pack and take them anywhere. I have done night time gardening in the dark using the included head strap for the joystick.
The one problem I have had so far is that one of the chargers quit charging. I am going to see if it is covered under the 2 year warranty.
If you have the money you will not be disappointed with this light.
Strengths: Small size, light weight, no cables, amazing light, amazing battery life for the size, easy removal
I used this light during the Vapor Trail 125 this year. With 8 hours of darkness to contend with, 3 of them being on technical single track, this light performed like a dream. The battery life was long enough to run plenty of light when I needed it and then last through the rest of the night on a lower setting. An excellent choice for anyone looking for a good set-up for riding at night.
Similar Products Used: Niterider MiNewt, Niterider TriNewt, Cateye
Bike Setup: Waltworks 29er
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2009
Strengths: Amount of light in a compact package. No wire or exsternal battery. I can't believe a small package like this lights the trail so
well,but it does. Ease of mounting. Snap on and ride.
I bought this on faith of reviews and confidence of sales alone. It all came out to exceed my expectations. Wow! I paired it with thenew diablo for 2010 for a smokin" package. I saved abiout 3 LBS in my pack and bottle cages.
Similar Products Used: Night Rider HID. Night Pro dual beam.
Bike Setup: Fuel 8. Motebecane Fantom. Cannondale Cadd 7
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 22, 2008
Strengths: British, no fuss, robust, simple to use, light, spread of light.
Weaknesses: Price (if paying RRP)
It's a superb bit of kit. Makes an awesome torch and is just so simple to use. I also have the car charger and await the Red Eye that plugs in. May get a piggy back battery pack, but the burn time is long especially as the low setting is still so good. Manual says that with the unit in flash mode, it will last for Days!! High mode is simply awesome and lights up everything in front of you (and the bits to the side too!).
Similar Products Used: Old Twin light Cat Eye system.
Bike Setup: Nicolai Helius CC
a Cross Country Rider
from Marlow, UK
Date Reviewed: December 17, 2008
Strengths: longevity of the battery, brightness, cable free zero clutter!
Weaknesses: bigger unit on the bars than keeping the battery separate, long full charge time
Best lights I've used to date. Been through all of the above over the years and the Maxx-D is by far the best. Obviously technology keeps moving on giving more lumens each year from all the manufacturers but the setup of no cables anywhere is brilliant. Just click the unit on and go, it's a very sturdy connection with no wobbling. You can see the battery indicator all the time but I've not been out at night long enough to run out of light - 3 hours on full 900+ lumens!
The three light settings are perfect, no need for anything in between and easy to whip off to charge.
Strengths: Easy to fit, no cables, good flood spread and bright as hell
Weaknesses: None found
Tested this light on one of EvansCycles Night Ride around Leith Hill and it was brilliant. Was riding in Low mode most of the time but to be honest on the MAX setting I could pretty much bomb down the downhill sections at full speed without having to guess the terrain. Compared to my Niteflux Photon this has a much wider flood spread even on the low setting. Best thing is it is easy to switch from bike-to-bike - no cables :)
PS. If you do an evans ride you can get the 15% discount voucher which makes the light much cheaper than the RRP!!!
Favorite Trail: Anything that gets me out on my bike
Duration Product Used: Tested or demo'ed only
Purchased At: Evnas Cycles
Similar Products Used: Cateye Single Shot, Niteflux Photon
Bike Setup: Commencal 4.2
a Weekend Warrior
from Somerset, Great Britain
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2008
Strengths: No cables, burntime, looks, weight, brightness.
Weaknesses: Charge time but saying it's a weakness is being a bit picky.
Ive been waiting a while for this light and it is the best thing ive used or seen yet. Its staggeringly bright and the main thing was to get rid of the cables and battery and reduce the clutter. Its had a month of British winter and its not knackered yet.
I'd like to buy Diablo Mk4 for may Giro Remedy helmet.
Toro and Diablo's beam patterns are identical, so is this a good combo?
Or more wider pattern of MaXx-D + Diablo is better?
Total budget is max 600usd
Will be used for fast technical trail descending for about 1-2 hours..
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Over Summer I've been running dual 2013 Diablo Mk4's on my helmet, complemented by a MaxX-D on the handlebar. Night MTB has never been as much scarey fun! :)
I've written up a review of the 2013 Diablo Mk4 along with a few other Exposure bits and pieces
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My mk.1 Maxx-D is showing its age now. The battery only lasts ~60mins. Plus 960 lumens is fine for a solo night ride but means I'm riding in my own shadow as others have 1200 lumens+
I want to try and upgrade the leds to XML at the same time as replacing the internal battery. Has anyon ... Read More »
Im in the market for a light and came across the Maxx-D MK3 from Exposure Lights and the Wilma TL from Lupine. Having a hard time deciding. :madman:
Can you guys give some thoughts on which one is "better" and why?
Anyone actually own or have played with both of these lights?
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