The Bike Light evolution:
How & why we designed this light
When we launched the Trail Edition back in 2017 it was a game changer for bike lights. A beam pattern specifically designed for trail riding with a wide evenly illuminated distribution. However it required an external battery pack, and we had lots of customers wanting to go wireless.
So we took the best parts of Trail, and evolved it into the Trail Evo. Bringing a long lasting, even brighter, even wider beam pattern to your handlebars, without any external cords.
Read on for more nerdy design details!
Advanced Optical Engineering
When we developed Evo’s beam pattern, we knew we could go wider and brighter, so we defined our illumination goals, target candela points, beam angle definitions, and then went to work simulating, testing, prototyping and developing the most seamless pattern we've built to date.
The extreme width is thanks to the finely tuned blended Total Internal Reflection (TIR) optic. Hundreds of simulations with Lucidshape software let us squish, squeeze, stretch and shape the light to hit that perfect balance of peak brightness, smooth falloff and insane peripheral coverage.
Check the slider comparison below to see the difference between a fine tuned optical instrument such as Trail Evo vs a name-brand light that has been around for years. The difference is staggering in person.
USB-C Pass-thru Charging
Everyone has USB charging ports all over nowadays, so we make sure you can use any of them with the Trail Evo Bike Light, including QC3.0-rated chargers for super fast recharge times.
But we took that concept one step further and added Pass-Thru Charging (PTC) to allow you full access to all output modes of your light while charging from an off-the-shelf USB Power Bank, so that you can extend runtime for those epic adventures, without limiting the light available to you (bikepackers rejoice!). We even customized the included USB-C cable to seal against the elements when plugged in so you don’t need to worry, just ride.
Rock Solid Mounting
A good light isn’t so good if
it’s bouncing up and down on the bars all the time. That’s why we made a bolt-on clamp mount for Evo so it’s solidly locked to the bar, With a simple shim it adapts from 35mm to 31.8mm bars and the beam won’t shake around like lights with rubber strap mounts do.
We adapted an established
camera tripod mount concept then miniaturized it for slick snap-in installation with a ramped-cam that always takes up the slack as it wears, so you never have a rattly interface, and an easy one-handed quick-release process to pop the Evo off post-ride to charge.
Simple User Interface
Few people read instruction manuals, even fewer want to, so we keep our lights dead simple so that you don’t need an advanced degree to remember some complicated sequence of button presses get to the mode you want.
Evo’s soft-touch overmolded top shell has a single, large button right in the middle that’s easy to feel through a thick winter glove in the dark, with four green indicators to clearly convey mode and battery status without the need for a decoder.
Four simple modes cover the majority of use cases from set-it-and-forget-it pedally XC to long-climb-fast-descent Enduro rides – Adaptive / High / Medium / Low – and no SOS or seizure inducing strobes stuck in between.
We like to keep our lights simple on the outside for the user, but that doesn’t mean we’re skimping on the guts inside. The constant-current driver maintains rock solid regulation through the Cree XD16 LEDs over the entire voltage range of the genuine Samsung 21700 cells with a unique battery monitoring algorithm to give you accurate feedback without interruption.
Complete with fast QC 3.0 USB-C charging and Pass-Thru capability to boot, we engineer the electronics to maximize efficiency and runtime while minimizing charge times, all without any proprietary connectors that could leave you stranded.
LED lights get hot, that's a fact of life. One of our core principles is that we build our lights from the ground up to be able to handle the heat. Trail Evo in particular implements an industry-first pass-through cooling.
It is an incredibly unique feature that is enormously successful in keeping this high power lamp cool even on the hottest desert nights (looking at you Phoenix).
By collecting air through a built-in air scoop under the light, it then channels that cool air through fins that are directly attached to the LED's, and venting out the top of the light.
Designed & Assembled in Chicago, IL
Industry-Best Customer Support
Thanks, Tom for making sure that my order arrived on time. The lights worked great, half the weight of my Magicshines. Now I am ready for a night enduro contest. Amazing product and equally amazing customer service. Will be posting a review on Youtube of this great product.
I've had multiple high-end lights that were totally "over-thought" in functionality and what someone might need...The design of this light is awesome! Simple, durable and easy to install, (it all makes sense!). Always amazed how products are over-designed---this is NOT one of them! Thank you!
Bright, durable, easy installation and removal.
This light brightens the paths better than I anticipated. Love the fact it comes with the perfect sized Allen key for installation
Got this for another bike. The updates are awesome! if you are still running an original mount the new version is recommended.
I absolutely love these lights (both Hangover and Trail Evo), I bought 2 pairs right off the bat just to make sure I could always night ride with a buddy.
As a bike nerd, I dig the clean cockpit setup, and the though put into the beam pattern. Having a large field of view for your peripherals from the Trail Evo, and having the spotlight on your head with the Hangover is amazing. One tip that I've noticed is that you should angle the headlight a bit higher that you would expect so you can really spot your line up ahead. I have set some descent PR's at night using these because you can see just as well as during the day. The feeling of riding at night is amazing, its not too hot or too crowded. You begin to trust your bike more because you cant look down and see what's directly under your tires. Your arms and legs loosen up and work in conjunction with your suspension. These aren't the first night lights I've used, but they are the best and the first ones I bought.
As a engi-nerd, I am super impressed with the battery life, charge time, and thoughtful cooling of these badass LED's. I love showing my friends the intake scoop on the Trail Evo. The lights themselves seem indestructible and well built. And the craziest part really is the pass through charging, meaning you could very well ride for 24hrs straight if that's your thing. We <3 USB-C!
One comment about the Trail Evo, is that I have gone through 2 sets of mounts.
The first one, totally user error. My girlfriend crashed into a tree (she was fine) so obviously the mount broke, but the light itself wasn't even scratched, which is exactly what you want and expect! I swapped my Trail Evo onto her bike and we finished the ride, and I was able to bike even with just the Hangover!
The second time, I was tightening the mount to my 35mm carbon bars, so there is a textured center part causing the diameter to be slightly larger, and while tightening (probably too much) the mount snapped at the hinge pivot. Again, we rode anyway and I just used the headlight and it was still awesome. And again, probably user error.
The takeaway here is don't crash into trees, and don't overtighten the mount where the diameter of the bar is slightly larger. Now however, I have a spare mount on deck.
Both times I ordered new mounts, they arrived on my doorstep 3 days later and I was able to night-bike during the same week because of Outbound Lighting's awesome customer service!
I tell all my friends about how awesome these are, and they are like "dude i don't even bike" but still. These are the best bike related purchase I have ever made! Talk about game changing, it opens up a whole other time to bike! Which is great for night owls like me. It is a lot of money but it isn't over priced for the quality of this product!
Thanks a lot for this awesome product!
Bought this mount for a second bike after purchasing a light a year ago. It works just like the old one.
Awesome light and mount !
This light stands out on the trail. Great mounting system, battery life as advertised and great visibility. I really like how wide and far the beam travels on the trails. I have yet to use the pass through charging, but looking forward to extending the run time using that.
Very great purchase and happy to support a local brand and good people.
I love my Outbound lights! They are light and simple, easy to use, and bright as hell. I finished a 3 hour ride recently, using them on adaptive mode, and the battery got me all the way back to the car with plenty to spare.
These lights are awesome, I ride at night in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and these light it up enough to ride at night during the summer heat.
Customer service is above and beyond, they'll always take care of you promptly with an questions or issues you might have.
I'll never use another brand for lighting.
Love the lights , best lights I have ever used fir MTB. They are so good I use them for other projects such as working on cars or around the house.
Wanted a light setup that had no finnicky wires and was easy to use for the price. Found Outbound Lighting as a new entry with Hangover and Evo. Bought the downhill package and was blown away by how bright and easy to use they were. Entirely meet the hype and needs for ripping trails in the dark.
The customer service is outstanding. The lights are covered by warranty, but I had an issue where I misplaced my EVO. I sent a request anyways, and Tom was kind enough to offer me a discounted EVO or to send out a demo unit. Absolutley top notch service!
Keep looking at this light, but was reluctant because they didn’t have an action camera mount. Sent a quick email asking about it and got a response back from Tom stating that they did, but was not on the website yet. I ordered the light and told Tom to add the mount in the same package. Two day later got an email from Tom apologizing that he didn’t place the mount in the light package and he would put it in thmaik and cover the shipping!! Less than a week later, I have the light and the new mount. Brightness and coverage is awesome. Can’t wait for a full night ride at Alafia
I purchased 2 new bar mounts; one for my road bike and one for my wifes bike. Easy to adjust and stays put.
I love this bike light! Clamp is awesome so easy to put light on and off. I went on a 2 hour road ride had it on low the whole ride still had full battery. It was misting out light had zero problems. Super solid light. With plenty of brightness!