Day Vs. Night | Which is Faster?

Published on November 5th 2017


In association with Exposure. Subscribe to GMBN: Get exclusive GMBN gear in the GMBN store! Night riding is loads of fun, and it can feel really fast when you're flying through the woods. But just how fast is it? Modern lights can be super bright and make it almost feel like daylight, so let's put them to the test. I've got a downhill trail, it's a few minutes long, and I'm going to ride it in the light as fast as I can, and repeat it at night with lights on, to see how fast I can go. So the track I'm riding today, and tonight, is actually an old downhill track. There's a few rocky steepish bits, fairly fast, but nothing too crazy. I'm riding my Canyon Spectral which is 140 mil travel, it'll be absolutely fine. I've done a practice run so now it's time to give the full gas in the daylight and see how fast I can go. Right, round one, let's go. Well, there you go, round done in the light, felt normal obviously, so it's time to go set up my lights. Okay, so, to my lighting setup. I've got two lights. One for my handlebars, and one for my head, and that really is the ideal setup. I've got a bigger one to go one to go on the bars, this is the Exposure Sixpack, it's super powerful, it's got 3,600 lumens, but actually bumps up to 4,750, using this reflex technology. So, it's got an accelerometer in this and senses so it knows when you're riding downhill and gives you that maximum power when you really need it, and then backs off when you don't. So if you're standing around chatting it bumps it down just to save the battery. Then I've got this Exposure Diablo that's gonna go on top of my helmet, and you really do need that so you're looking around corners quite often more than you think, and your bars maybe not pointing in the right direction. So two lights, I should have loads of power. So that was a load of fun, I've got to say riding in the dark as fast as I could was pretty scary, although the lights are super bright, still there's a lot of shadows and actually the blind brows are the scariest bit, I was second guessing myself, I know that trail really well, but I was coming over those brows thinking is this a big drop, or is there a werewolf or something on the back of there? So it was actually, it was good fun. Um, but what about the times? The times are really close. I did a 2:35 in the daylight and I did a 2:39 in the dark, so in my book, that's actually really close. So there you go, lights are brilliant, definitely for those more mellow rides, it feels like you can see everything. And it always felt like I'm going fast tonight, and actually, maybe I am. I can't believe how bright these things are. Do you prefer riding at night or in the day? Let us know in the comments below 👇 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GMBN... Using & setting up bike lights📹 Night riding mistakes 📹 🎵 Mountain Downhill 1 - Niklas Gustavsson 🎵Above And Beyond 3 - Jack Elphick 🎵Furious 2 - Niklas Gustavsson Click here to buy GMBN T-shirts, hoodies and more: