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Exposure Diablo and Maxx-D review

As with all Exposure lights these are both well engineered. Very high quality. Super bright. Very lightweight. Simple! Let's look into the two models tested, the Diablo and Maxx-D

Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light

Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light

First thoughts

Cyclists can put a lot of focus onto their own power to weight ratio, if you use this to analyse the Diablo it would come out at an elite level. It is super lightweight at only 119 grams for a whopping 1300 lumens! It has a strong directed light beam making it the perfect powerful helmet light, increasing vision far down the trail. The helmet mount is simple to fit and holds the light firmly in place throughout the ride.

Features

Smart Port Technology: This allows you to add additional accessories such as a rear light which is very useful for a helmet light, this also allows you to attach an extra battery pack to recharge on the go!

Intelligent Thermal Management: When using high powered lights there is always a risk of over heating, I can say this from experience, but not these Exposure lights the technology controls this temperature resulting in no possible loss of power.

Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light

Tap change: When using this light I found it incredibly useful using this feature, when trying to quickly change between light modes finding the button can be a bit tricky. Thats where this feature comes in, tap the light and mode will change with no need to route around. But make sure you turn this off if using on the bars, else it with change mode with every bump on our smooth British roads!


Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light

Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light

First thoughts

This is a big light with big big power! This light is over double the weight of the Diablo at 302 grams, but has a massive power output of 2600 constant lumens!  This is equivalent to two car lights! The extra weight has no negative effects with the light sitting perfectly stable on the handlebars. With a nice wide bright beam this lights up the trail leaving nothing unseen. The light is on a solid metal bracket and can be removed with a quick release for simple fitting and removal. The light can be rotated to point directly in front of the bike rather than the angle of the handlebars.

Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light

Features

OLED Status display: With a super easy to see display it is simple to see which mode the light is in, very simple to use and see how much battery is left, stated in time, so you don’t get caught short

Battery life: Very long battery life, on the low setting this light will last up to 24 hours! It is a lot dimmer compared to High and Medium (as seen below), but still gives out enough light to get you home and be seen

Reflex Technology: The light takes into account your riding, gradient, acceleration, interpreting varying factors to optimise power output!

Capacitive switching: The Maxx-D is designed to be super user friendly to change modes. The whole rear of the light is a pressure sensitive button, therefore wearing thick winter gloves won’t inhibit the ease of changing modes.

Lights usage

This is where the Exposure lights excelled, turning the pitch black trails into the brightness of day.

Both lights are bright enough to be used solo in their own right, but for the full Exposure experience I would recommend using them as a combo if possible with both lights complementing each other. With the Maxx-D’s wide strong beam being a solid necessity, with the Diablo therefore being freed up to be utilised on a helmet mount, with its strong directed light highlighting any obstacles ahead on the trails or road with the ability to easily direct the light in any direction. Practically the lights are simple to use with in-built batteries so no need for any external wires to get tangled and with no external batteries to have to find a home for.

Exposure Diablo Mk7 Front Light comparison

Exposure Maxx D Mk8 Front Light comparison

Overall

I would highly recommend both lights whether used on their own or as a combination. The features on these light are well thought out and seamlessly increase usability of the products, most of which you won’t even notice when out on the trails which is the beauty of these lights. They are solidly built and stand up to the standard British weather in which I have put them through their paces, from heavy rain to thick wet mud! Enhance your night riding experience whether on the road or off the beaten track.

About the author

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Tom Vaux
Published on: 31 Dec 2015

Tom is passionate about cycling and outdoor activities of all kinds. His main focus is on racing Time Trials, but also races his road bike and mountain bike, from closed circuit criteriums to gravity enduros!