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Choosing the Right Light

Overview

kLite offers 2 distinct lighting systems, the kLite Ultra RACE System and the
kLite Ultra ADVENTURE System. These differ in a number of ways with the primary difference being the beam patterns they provide.

With the RACE system the beam pattern is designed to provide a powerful concentrated long throw beam that's suited for moving at speed, illuminating the road ahead. The ADVENTURE system offers a wider beam that allows for greater peripheral vision - perfect for rougher trails and off piste exploring.
 

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Ultra RACE System

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Beam Pattern


This is the best light in the kLite range for flying down rough roads at speed. With its specifically selected optical elements it provides great versatility, allowing you to move quickly, throwing tons of light down the road. When navigating tricky sections of track at slower speeds its single flood lens element helps you by providing a wider field of view. 

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BEAM PATTERN - TOP VIEW

RACE OPTICS WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE THROW. PERFECT FOR MOVING AT SPEED. 

Riding Style


The Ultra RACE beam pattern is perfect for all types of race scenarios. Because it has the best throw it brightly illuminates the path ahead allowing you to ride faster on flat ground and descents.

 

For true off road races such as the Silk Road Mountain Race or the Tour Divide most riders would also run a rechargeable helmet light to help navigate really windy sections of trail. The kLite ULTRA Race combined with a helmet light is recommended for travelling fast on challenging terrain.

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BEAM PATTERN WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE THROW. PERFECT FOR MOVING AT SPEED. 

Always On Charging

The Ultra RACE features 'Always On' USB charging. That means that you easily have the ability to top up key electronics in the middle of the night while riding. As a result you'll always be able to find your way or keep your tracker up and running.

 

It's worth noting that charging electronics at the same time as running lights could have an effect on the brightness of your light as the power coming from your dynamo hub will be being split between these competing demands. Best practice for most racers is to charge their cache batteries during the day with their lights off and use their power exclusively for lighting at night.

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Key Benefits

  • 1300 lumen Ultra Bright Beam

  • Beam pattern optimised for riding at speed 

  • Always on USB charging 

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Ultra ADVENTURE System

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Beam Pattern


Throwing a bright ultra wide beam the kLite Ultra ADVENTURE Light is perfect for sketchy descents and tight cornering, illuminating brightly even at low speeds. 

This design works well without a dedicated helmet light, lighting up the trail and obstacles around you.

 

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BEAM PATTERN - TOP VIEW

ADVENTURE OPTICS WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE PERIPHERAL VISION. PERFECT FOR TOUGH TRACKS. 

Riding Style


The Ultra ADVENTURE beam pattern covers all the bases nicely providing a single solution for riding both rough roads and sketchy trails. 

The beam pattern is weighted towards a wide field of view meaning you'll always be able to see what's ahead. This focus on peripheral vision comes at a cost of overall throw, making it the best choice for people adventuring rather than racing.

BEAM PATTERN WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE PERIPHERAL VISION. PERFECT FOR TOUGH TRAILS. 

Lights on at night - Charging during the day

The Ultra ADVENTURE is set up so it's really easy to get the most out of the power generated by your hub. The switch allows you to either have your lights on (at night or when it's getting dark) or to charge your devices and cache battery (during daylight hours). 

This is the foolproof and easy way to manage your power needs and works efficiently when out in the wilderness.

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Key Benefits

  • 1300 lumen Ultra Bright Beam

  • Beam pattern optimised for greater visibility 

  • Lights on at night. USB charging during the day.

COMPARISON

How does this translate to riding on the bike?
 

From the info above you should be able to get a good sense of which system best suits your needs. If you race or travel at speed then the RACE system is most likely the best choice. If you're more into bikepacking and exploring away from recharge opportunities then the ADVENTURE system most likely is the one to go for. They both have different USB device charging workflows with the RACE system giving you a bit more flexibility by allowing you to charge all the time. This requires a little more brain power out in the field that the ADVENTURE system requires, which is very easy to use.

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Figuring out what speed you ride

Both lighting systems begin to output light at low riding speeds (around 10 km/hr) which is helpful for tough sections of trail.

 

The RACE system allows for faster travelling as it has a beam that throws more light straight down the road - great at between 15 and 50 km/hr. The ADVENTURE system provides great peripheral coverage at the expense of throw so is better suited between 15 and  30 km/hr. You'll be able to see more of what's around you though which if it's really rough is pretty handy!

It's worth thinking about when and where you'll need light (faster easy gravel roads or slower technical descents) and get the system that works best in these environments.

Absolutely.

It's totally fine to use either system for racing! In fact a lot of our athletes prefer the wider beam pattern of the ADVENTURE system for races that involve a lot of rough terrain and hike-a-bike. The only consideration is whether or not you'll need to top up electronics like trackers or head units during the night. If this is the case the RACE system is better, or you can create your own custom setup if you prefer. 

Can I race on an ADVENTURE Setup?

 

Customise your own System.

If you like the beam pattern of a particular light and would like a different switch configuration it's easy to build your own system from the individual components in our online store.

Have it your way?

 

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