Exposure's TraceR with ReAKT and Peloton rear light impressed us previously without the latter Peloton technology, but one year on it's gained this extra feature to help keep it near the top of the pile.
- Pros: Very bright, lots of modes, good run-time, added Peloton feature
- Cons: Still expensive
If you want to know how Exposure's TraceR MK2 ReAKT rear light performs, and what we already think of it, then allow me to direct you to Dave Arthur's full review.
In this updated version, the recipe hasn't changed, it's just been added to: you still get a beaming 75-lumen max output from this little unit, with six modes of varying brightnesses that dictate how much burn-time you can have. That ranges from 3 hours in the brightest static mode to 24 hours on the lowest flash mode, while you get access to Exposure's DayBright pulse in the flash settings too.
ReAKT is probably the best feature of the lot, as it allows the light to adapt to the light conditions at the time, as well as flare up when it senses that the rider is braking.
It still comes in a nifty little alloy package with a tool-less attachment system that keeps it secure and pointing in the right direction.
Everything Dave thought, I agree wholeheartedly with, and now there's a new feature to add to the mix. It's called Peloton, and in short what it does is recognise when there is a front bike light behind you and dim accordingly, to save dazzling the rider of said following bike.
I went out for a specific test run with a friend of mine and found it to be a fairly nifty thing – sure, I never noticed it, but I know that my friend appreciated the auto-adjustment given that the light itself is pretty darn powerful.
When he moved out of the way, the light would flare up again to full (or chosen) strength, completing the job.
It's obvious that this feature is there for use in a peloton or pace line, and from my look at it, and Dave's, it seems that it's effective. (Liam also tested the Exposure Blaze that has the same two features, and pointed out that the following riders do need to be displaying a front light for Peloton to work.)
The new feature has added a fiver to the price tag (well, £5.05, to be exact), matching up with the See.Sense Icon, which isn't so bad – hardly worth knocking a value point off given the general excellence of the light itself. If you are looking for lower priced rear lights, Blackburn's DayBlazers are worth a look: £27.99 for the 65 and £44.99 for the 125.
To quote Dave himself: 'It's at the very top end of the rear light market in terms of price, but the performance is near-faultless.' With the added Peloton feature, you could say that it's just strengthened its hand despite the slight price increase – although as for 'top end', the Blaze is £115...
The additional Peloton feature genuinely adds to the TraceR MK2, with only a fiver price hike
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Exposure TraceR MK2 With ReAKT And Peloton
Size tested: Length: 57mm Head Diameter: 28mm
Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Exposure says: "Intelligent and extremely lightweight rear lighting for commuting, road cycling and Time Trial. Ambient Kinetic Technology (ReAKT) enables the light to automatically flare under braking and when entering areas of higher ambient light to create a contrast in brightness.
"Updated with Peloton mode utilises ReAKT Technology for use in a chain gang by dimming upon detection of a rider's front light, preventing a dazzling effect, but flaring up as a beacon at the tail of the pack. Features USB convenience, a choice of 6 burn times, DayBright flash pattern and side illumination for 180 degree visibility."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?
LED Configuration: 1 x Red XPE-R Cree LED
Lumens: Max 75
- Battery: 700 mAh Lithium-Ion
- Runtime: 3hrs - 24hrs
- Rechargeable: Micro USB
- Charge Time: 4hrs
- Weight: 35g
- Anodised 6063 Aluminium
- Water Resistance IPX6
- Length: 57mm
- Head Diameter: 28mm
It's gained a fiver, but that might be worth it for those who work in pace lines. And it's a fair bit less than the Blaze Mk3...
Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Brilliantly, and the new Peloton feature is a neat addition too.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the light
Very bright, lots of modes, good run-time, added feature.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Blackburn's DayBlazer 65 and 125 rear lights are probably better value for money at £27.99 and £44.99 apiece, but they don't adapt like this one does. You can pay £115 for Exposure's Blaze Mk3 with ReAKT and Peloton.
Did you enjoy using the light? Yes
Would you consider buying the light? Yes
Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
It's difficult to give it a 10, but it's still outstanding and the Peloton feature just adds a little extra utility too: 9.
About the tester
I usually ride: Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 SL (2016) My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding