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The top 21 best gravel bike lights

In this article I’m going to cover the 20 best gravel bike lights. The ability of a gravel bike to veer off the beaten bath can easily be even more adventurous when you’re able to do it safely at night.

The type of riding that’s best suited for gravel bikes demands a particular setup. One that is more powerful than something you’d use on a traditional road bike, but doesn’t necessarily has the oomph you’d want on a mountain bike.

The reason being is that on a road bike you probably ride more often in a straight line on well-lit roads, whereas on a mountain bike you could possible end up on highly technical twisty descends. A gravel bike sits somewhere in the middle.

When discussing bike lights, you need to talk about lumens as well, which basically stand for how much light is being generated at any given time. For this list I’ve chosen high-end gravel bike lights with at least a 600 lumen output, all of them with integrated batteries.

600 lumens can be considered a pretty powerful road bike front light and will prove to be a very good starting point to choose some of the best gravel bike lights.

Because gravel riding covers quite a spectrum of cycling conditons, I’ve also included a number of very powerful lights of 2000 lumen and higher. The biggest downside of these lights is probably their price, with many jumping over the 100 dollar mark and much more than that.

There are many lights to choose from at the starting point of 600 lumens. And to make things more confusing, it’s an enormous hassle to sort through all of the options and addons like brackets, helmet mounts, and remotes. That’s why you’ll find a table overview at the end of the article, which lists all of the lights and their specific characteristics. This should make it much easier to compare and choose what’s best for you.

So with all that out of the way, let’s see what made it onto my list of the best gravel bike lights.

Fenix BC30 Bike Light V2.0

The Fenix BC30 Bike Light V2.0 is an incredibly affordable yet powerful front bike light, with a 2200 lumen output generated by a 5200 mAh battery.

You cannot expect much more than a bright light for that kind of money, let alone 3d accelerometers like those found in the Exposure lights. But what you do get surely let’s it deserve a place on this list.

The biggest drawback in terms of price is that batteries are NOT included in the package, which means the sub-100 dollar price tag isn’t the one you’ll actually be paying, unless you just happen to have two 18650 Li-ion batteries lying around. But the fact you can take as many of those batteries with you could also be considered a great way of never running out of juice for your bicycle light.

What’s also very important to realize is that batteries have a finite lifespan, especially if you use them often. And the fact this light uses readily accessible batteries means you can also use the light itself. None of the other lights I’ve reviewed work this way. Batteries will eventually wear out and will prove to be hard and expensive to fix, if you can fix them at all.

The 18650 batteries Fenix offers themselves go from 2600 mAh up to 3500 mAh, so you can put up to 7000 mAh into this light. The price ranges from $9.95 to $25.95. You can then simply carry an the extra cheaper set with you, if you’re afraid of running out of juice. Or you can buy a battery and charger bundle for $41.95 and be done with it.

The two batteries are placed in a tray that slides into the aluminium encasing. You can pull the tray out of its housing by turning and then pulling on a metal ring at the end.

It does have a bluetooth remote so you can easily use this light mounted on your helmet as well, which, for the price, is an incredible extra value.

The lack of batteries out-of-the-box, but your ability to take as many of them with you, is both kind of let down and very useful. The powerful light, with a remote for a very descent price is nothing short of impressive.

The light has a very solid design and will last you long enough for a good entry level price. This is also the most sustainable light, which I consider to be a great plus as well.

Fenix BC30 Bike Light V2.0 Value
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Reasons to buy
Compatible with off-the-shelf lithium batteries, solid design
Reasons to avoid
No batteries included

Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Headlight

You should only buy this light if you have a Garmin Edge. That’s because when used in combination with that GPS, you can use the smart options to the fullest.

It means the light automatically adjusts its brightness based how it evaluates your GPS data in terms of speed and ride profile. This option works like a charm and can at any time be overridden manually. The Garmin also displays battery status and can turn the light on only when the Garmin itself is being used.

The light does what it sets out to do very well, given it has only one LED to do so. It has the standard low (200), medium (400), high (800) output as well as a flash and daylight mode. It has sidelights as well.

The mounting option is probably the best out-of-the-box. The dual mount with a Garmin on top and the light in a three-prong at the bottom is a thing of beauty. And considering the light itself is a great piece of engineering, this total setup looks absolutely fantastic on your bike.

And it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Headlight Value
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Reasons to buy
Garmin compatible smart options, auto-adjusting brightness, gorgeous
Reasons to avoid
Only buy when you ride with a Garmin

Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light

The Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light is one of the most distinctive (and expensive) bike lights within its category.

Knog’s modular approach let’s you swap out the power bank, which means you theoretically hook the light up to their maxium 10000 mAh battery.

Besides bike lights, Knog also offers torches, speakers, and the like to power with the battery, which is also a power bank.

I don’t know of other bike lights that offer this feature, which should put it on top of the list of bikepackers and long distance touring.

The head has a twist feature to power it on or of, which is a nice touch when you use this as a helmet light with the optional mount.

The waterproof aluminium housing is extremely well designed in anodized black with red elements.

It offers 2 flood light LED’s and a single spotlight, which offers a beam suitable for anything but mountain biking.

There are 6 light modes which can be further customized using a proprietary app. You toggle each mode by turning the light, so there’s no power button. And because there isn’t you have a 4-strip LED on top of the light as a battery indicator.

Charging is done with the help of a micro usb located on the inside of the 3300 mAh battery, ensuring no water can get inside the battery.

The design of this light feels fresh and well-thought out. It certainly is one of the best looking ones, and the plethora of available mounting options ensure you can place the light anywhere you want.

Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great-looking light, unique modular design
Reasons to avoid
Expensive

Kryptonite Alley F-650

The Kryptonite Alley F-650 sits underneath their F-800 light and has the exact same design and properties.

With a single LED outputting a high-quality beam in a sturdy aluminium round housing, with side-illumination, it delivers in the most important area. It has excellent floodlight properties, with above average spread.

Furthermore it covers the basics in the settings department, with 3 standard settings, and 3 flash modes. As well as a power button / battery indicator, with 3 different colors.

The port is sensibly located underneath the light to prevent water damage.

The light offers a ratcheted strap, and an optional helmet mount is available. I would have loved to see a GoPro or Garmin mount as well.

When the battery life drops below 10 percent it auto-adjusts itself to the low steady mode to lower the risk of riding unlit.

Kryptonite Alley F-650 Value
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Reasons to buy
Great allrounder, solid beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Kryptonite Alley F-800

In an ocean awash with similar products, I’m always looking for those that offers a high-vaue package, and the Kryptonite Alley F-800 does that.

With a single LED outputting a high-quality beam in a sturdy aluminium round housing, with side-illumination, it delivers in the most important area. It has excellent floodlight properties, with above average spread.

Furthermore it covers the basics in the settings department, with 3 standard settings, and 3 flash modes. As well as a power button / battery indicator, with 3 different colors.

The port is sensibly located underneath the light to prevent water damage.

The light offers a ratcheted strap, and an optional helmet mount is available. I would have loved to see a GoPro or Garmin mount as well.

When the battery life drops below 10 percent it auto-adjusts itself to the low steady mode to lower the risk of riding unlit.

Kryptonite Alley F-800 Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Great allrounder, solid beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL

Coming in your standard black and a silver version, the Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL is a beautiful front bike light, for commuting on unlit roads.

The distinctive feature of this light is its user-friendly setting where you can quickly swap between 2 modes only: 400 lumen and the maximum 700 lumen.

It’s this ease of use that’s a nice touch in an otherwise excellent setup, with a waterproof round aluminium housing.

The power button also serves as a stoplight battery indicator, something we’ve seen with many other lights as well.

And you’ve got your optional helmet and GoPro mount for an out front or Garmin setup.

A single spotlight with a maximum output of 700 lumens means it moves into the category of being seen rather than to see, though it does outshine many of its competitors.

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL Value
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Reasons to buy
Solid commuter option
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick

The Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL also comes in the very bling oilslick version.

Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Oilslick version
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL

One step below the Super Drive sits the 1300 lumen Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL.

Where the Super Drive and the Mega drive don’t really differ that much, the standard Enduro setting of the Macro Drive is 450 lumens. That’s about 60 percent of the other two and it shows.

If you consider the amount of money you save on this one, and none of the three are budget-oriented, I’d go for one of the other two.

Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL Value
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Reasons to buy
Dual control of front- and rear light, customizable programs
Reasons to avoid
Stronger lights are better investment

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL

The Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL offers a combination of many settings you can scroll through with a remote. That’s pretty unique for a 800 lumen bike light and immediately distinguishes itself from the competion.

Those modes are either the 800 and 150, or everything else, meaning 250, 400, and flash modes. The highest setting will offer you 1.45 hours of burn time, and with the remote you can easily extend that period well over 2 hours or more.

A remote is a very welcome addition to a light, especially one you use in less than ideal road circumstances, where removing your hand to operate a rather small power button is a hassle at best.

There’s an optional helmet and GoPro mount, which I would almost argue, is a must for such a bike light.

I would give this light a definite plus one in the bikepacking and gravel riding category, or when your daily commute is on roads less travelled, because of its remote.

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Remote included, great option for gravel riders and commuters
Reasons to avoid
None

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL

Coming in your standard black and a silver version, the Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL is a beautiful front bike light, for commuting on unlit roads.

The distinctive feature of this light is its user-friendly setting where you can quickly swap between 2 modes only: 400 lumen and the maximum 600 lumen.

It’s this ease of use that’s a nice touch in an otherwise excellent setup, with a waterproof round aluminium housing.

The power button also serves as a stoplight battery indicator, something we’ve seen with many other lights as well.

The beam quality is bright and wide, and for standard urban and road cycling you’ll hardly need the brightest setting, giving you a burn time well over 2 hours.

And you’ve got your optional helmet and GoPro mount for an out front or Garmin setup.

Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very easy to use
Reasons to avoid
None

Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500

I’m not the biggest fan of their design but the beam quality of the Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500 is undeniable.

Light & Motion have been in the illumination game for years and it shows. They went for a GoPro compatible mount to enable an out front or helmet setup, besides the strap for the handlebar.

Even at 1500 lumen, the beam quality is solid enough for trail riding, with the beam offering enough flood for tight cornering.

Operating the light is easy enough with a button to toggle between medium and race mode, where you get all the power you need. It means the light, with it’s hooded design, is perfect for a quick trail run or your everyday commute.

If I’m correct you can let the battery get replacement should you pass about 300 cycles, which is the lifespan of the battery. So if you care about the environment that’s a big plus.

Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500 Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Superb beam quality
Reasons to avoid
Expensive

Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper

The Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper is a high-quality offering from this long standing brand.

The light ticks all the right boxes. A 1000 lumen single LED’s spotlight with a waterproof aluminium casing.

A high-quality beam predominantly meant for road riding and commuting, with a strap mount to attach it your handlebars.

It has you standard modes, including a daytime flash mode, and side lights for added visibility.

Additional GoPro mounts are available for either an out front or helmet setup, but other lights offer that out of the box.

It means that if you’re looking for just a light and nothing more, you get a lot for your money.

Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Excellent beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra

The Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra is a commuting and road cycling oriented front bike light.

A single strong LED and amber side lights ensure you’re seen on busy urban environments. The beam pattern is strong and tapers smoothly into the side, enabling a well-lit view on unlit roads.

Just as with the Lezyne lights this one has a toggle mode between the highest and the medium setting, which is exceptionally useful and user-friendly.

It’s black-silver housing has a premium high-quality feel to it, and the light has one of the highest waterproof ratings.

Furthermore you’ve got your stoplight power button battery indicator, and a smattering of helmet and GoPro optional mounts.

Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra Value
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Reasons to buy
Excellent beam quality
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light

The Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light is a well-crafted product with a sturdy aluminium casing.

It houses a single spotlight with an LED strip on top of it for close proximity visibility. The 5000 mAh battery is powerful enough to last you dozens of hours on a low setting. At it highest setting you’ll burn through it in 2 hours.

As with many other lights the power button on top also serves as the battey indicator. A nice touch, and also a thing you see more and more, is the Garmin-style mount. So you can use this light as a standalone product, or combine it with your existing Carmin computer.

Naturally the case is waterproof. For any normal road use, the low setting is more than enough, and you’ll only need from medium to the highest setting for really fast descents. Its beam has a soft transition from spot to the side and an excellent overall quality to it.

The combination of solid design, ease of use, Garmin compatibility, and beam quality makes this a standout light within this category.

Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Premium build, rock-solid beam
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light

The Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light offers a Garmin compatible mount out-of-the-box.

That’s a big plus besides the perfect beam quality it offers as well. So if you already own a Garmin you can go for an out front mount with an inverted light mount. There’s an optional helmet mount available as well.

The light is fast-charged using the latest USB-C standard instead of the more traditional micro-USB.

Just as with the Lezyne it has a settings which switches between the highest and an economy setting, if you like riding at full output, but still want to be able to easily extend battery life.

The single LED offers a bright spotlight and the top half of the lens offers floodlight characteristics for improved visibility side to side.

It’s one of the most affordable high-quality options within its category.

Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Fantastic light, USB-C port, easy-to-use, affordable, one of the best in the sub-1000 lumens category
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light

The Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light offers a Garmin compatible mount out-of-the-box.

That’s a big plus besides the perfect beam quality it offers as well. So if you already own a Garmin you can go for an out front mount with an inverted light mount. There’s an optional helmet mount available as well.

The light is fast-charged using the latest USB-C standard instead of the more traditional micro-USB.

Just as with the Lezyne it has a settings which switches between the highest and an economy setting, if you like riding at full output, but still want to be able to easily extend battery life.

The single LED offers a bright spotlight and the top half of the lens offers floodlight characteristics for improved visibility side to side.

It’s one of the most affordable high-quality options within its category.

Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Fantastic light, USB-C port, easy-to-use, affordable, one of the best in the sub-1000 lumens category
Reasons to avoid
None

Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light

If you want to add a bit of flair to your rides you might want to go for the Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light.

In terms of output it’s similar to the ALLTY1500, except it has a single large spotlight. The top half of the glass is shaped in such a way to serve as a floodlight, negating the use of an added LED strip.

Besides the standard gray, there’s a red and blue anodized version, which is nice.

As with the other 1500 lumen light, you get your Garmin mount, battery life indicator in the form of the power button, and 3 easy to use modes.

The LED seems to burn a bit faster through the battery, but this 1500 version is definitely the better looking one.

Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
One of the best-looking lights on the market, Magicshine's high quality build, great beam
Reasons to avoid
None

NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light

The NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light is a solid front bike light with a proven high quality beam.

The distinctive IP64 waterproof nylon shell with silver heatsink houses the single powerful LED that offers enough light for both road cycling and gravel riding on unlit roads.

The three main settings are operated using the power button, which also doubles as a stoplight battery indicator. The let you cycle to low (250), medium (500), and high (750) settings.

Available with optional GoPro and Helmet mounts to extend its functionality has made it a favorite design for many years.

NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Distinctive design, proven beam quality, waterproof nylon shell, relatively lightweight
Reasons to avoid
None

Towild BR2000 Bike Light

The Towild BR2000 Bike Light is the powerhouse in the budget-oriented front bike lights department.

Offering 2000 lumens in a triple-style LED’s setup. With 2 flood- and a single larger spotlight, it offers a soft wide beam perfect for adventure riding and mountain biking.

It has a 5200 mAh battery in a IPX6 waterproof aluminium housing, that can be strapped to your handlebars. The battery doubles as a powerbank with a USB out port at the back.

Two buttons on top of the light let you control the floodlights and the spotlight, with various independant settings. And a 4 dot LED indicator shows you the remaining battery life. This simple yet effective setup makes it easy to use the light.

So on paper, and in the wild, it offers some excellent statistics for an incredible price, and the aluminium design looks pretty slick as well.

Towild BR2000 Bike Light Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Extremely cheap for its lumen output, remote included, build feels solid enough
Reasons to avoid
None

Towild Cl 1200Pro Smart Bike Light

The Towild Cl 1200Pro Smart Bike Light has everything going for it, and is the most budget-friendly light on this list with 1200 lumens.

That’s impressive, especially considering the fact that it also offers a remote to go with it, as well as a Garmin mount. That means you can either put it on your handlebars or use it out front with your existing mount.

A 4000 mAh battery is housed in a waterproof aluminium shell, also something not every other competitor does. And 3 modes makes this light incredibly simple to use.

The power button on top of the light also serves as a battery indicator.

Say what you want but this brand has learned what it takes to make an effective and user-friendly bicycle light. And with that price, you can’t go wrong.

Towild Cl 1200Pro Smart Bike Light Value
Brand link
Reasons to buy
Very cheap, large battery
Reasons to avoid
None

Towild Cl 600 Bike Light

The Towild Cl 600 Bike Light is one of the few true budget lights that deserves a place on this list.

It does everything its bigger brand competitors do for half the price. That means it packs a 2000 mAh battery in an aluminium waterproof case, with stoplight battery indicator doubling as a power button.

It has a Garmin-style twist mount and out front bracket, with your standard low, medium, and high modes, operable by a wireless remote.

There’s an optional helmet mount as well, and you can charge the thing with a USB C cable.

Apart from the remote, that may sound very familiar, except for the fact the light is markedly cheaper than the rest.

Towild Cl 600 Bike Light Value
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Reasons to buy
Extremely cheap
Reasons to avoid
None

Specifications gravel bike lights

Name
Price
Max lumen
Battery type
Battery capacity (mAh)
Battery life (Hrs)
Mount type
Rating
Light control
Weight
Body
Helmet mount
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Fenix BC30 Bike Light V2.0
90 USD
2200
internal
5200
2 – 50
bracket
IP67
wireless remote
154
aluminium / plastic
no
Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Headlight
100 USD
800
internal
 
1.5 – 25
Garmin mount
IPX7
light / garmin
130
aluminium
optional
Knog PWR Road 700 Front Bike Light
90 USD
700
internal
3340
1.7 – 165
bracket
IP66
light
125
aluminium
optional
Kryptonite Alley F-650
65 USD
650
internal
 
2 – 12
strap
IP64
light
162
aluminium
no
Kryptonite Alley F-800
75 USD
800
internal
 
1.5 – 24
strap
IP64
light
162
aluminium
no
Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL
65 USD
700
internal
 
2 -19
strap
IPX7
light
124
aluminium
optional
Lezyne CLASSIC DRIVE 700XL oilslick
54 USD
700
internal
 
2 -19
strap
IPX7
light
124
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MACRO DRIVE 1300XXL
100 USD
1300
internal
 
2.5 – 148
strap
IP7
light
208
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MICRO DRIVE PRO 800XL
75 USD
800
internal
 
1.5 – 19
strap
IPX7
remote
114
aluminium
optional
Lezyne MICRO DRIVE 600XL
55 USD
600
internal
 
1 – 17
strap
IPX7
light
97
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Seca Comp 1500
108 USD
1500
internal
 
1.5 – 6
strap
IP67
light
216
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Vis 1000 Trooper
60 USD
1000
internal
 
1.5 – 9
strap
IP67
light
121
aluminium
optional
Light & Motion Vis 700 Tundra
48 USD
700
internal
 
1.5 – 9
strap
IP67
light
121
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY1500 Compact Road Front Light
90 USD
1500
internal
5000
2 – 30
Garmin
IPX7
light
133
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY800 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light
60 USD
800
internal
4000
1.5 – 11
strap
IPX7
light
172
aluminium
optional
Magicshine ALLTY600 Rechargeable USB-C Road Bike Light
40 USD
600
internal
 
1.5 – 7
strap
IPX7
light
107
aluminium
optional
Magicshine RN 1500 Exclusive Colored Bike Light
90 USD
1500
internal
5000
1.5 – 12.5
Garmin / GoPro
IPX7
light
172
aluminium
optional
NiteRider Lumina Micro 750 Front Bike Light
70 USD
750
internal
 
2 – 12
bracket
IP64
light
130
nylon / aluminium
optional
Towild BR2000 Bike Light
75 USD
2000
internal
5200
2.5 – 60
strap
IPX6
light
350
aluminium
optional
Towild Cl 1200Pro Smart Bike Light
50 USD
1200
internal
4000
1.5 – 10
Garmin
 
remote
176
aluminium
optional
Towild Cl 600 Bike Light
30 USD
600
internal
2000
1.5 – 10
Garmin
 
remote
 
aluminium
optional

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