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What Cycle Lights Do I Need For The Trans Baviaans?

What lights do I need for the Trans Baviaans 230km cycle adventure?

For the Trans Baviaans, you should have three lights, each serving a different purpose:


The two front running bicycle lights to choose from:

The Baviaans Bicycle Light

The new Baviaans Bicycle Light is the best of the best and made for mountain bikers who live for 24-hour endurance events to fun single tracks during early morning training. Key features you can take into account when making your buying decision:

  • Beam Pattern & Distance

Our brightest bicycle light yet at 3600 Lumen - a wide hotspot fading into a 180-degree wide beam - lets you see far in the distance, to everything around you (240m). The wide flood on the sides allows you to see “through” the corners, which will help going downhill and around sharp corners throughout the race.

  • Runtimes

You can now Choose Your Battery capacity according to your needs. Paired with the 5200 / 6800 or 10200 mAh high capacity battery pack, it is the best what Extreme Lights has to offer for mountain biking night stage events. You can check the various runtimes you can expect to get on each battery on the Bicycle Light Battery Runtimes Guide. Ideally, you'll be riding your light in mid- and low mode, only switching to high or boost mode while chasing down steep descents at great speed.

The Endurance+ Bicycle Light

The Extreme Lights Endurance+ Cycle Light was designed specifically for ultra long distance races at nighttime, such as the Trans BaviaansThese are the features you need to look at for the race:

  • Beam Pattern & Distance

The Endurance Cycle Light has a very wide beam pattern with a concentration of light in the middle.  The hotspot in the middle lets you see very far (up to 223m). The very wide flood on the sides allows you to see “through” the corners.  This is great when you are coming down the pass at speed towards Condomo.  Rather than having your light pointing over the cliffs on the side of the road (where your handlebar is pointing) you can already see where you need to turn to as you approach the corners.

  • Runtimes

Exceptional battery life.  The standard battery pack should last you the entire duration of the race unless you are one of the backmarkers!   LOW mode (40 hours) is fine to use on flat and uphill terrain.  MID mode (10 hours) is great for fast flats and normal downhills.  BOOST mode (3.5 hours) should only be used if you are chasing down steep descents at great speed, and need maximum light. 


The purpose of a backup light is to:

  • Get you home safe if your primary light fails (due to crash, damage or running out of battery), or
  • Let you work on your bike when you have technical problems en route.

A backup light has to have its own batteries.  The Extreme Lights Basecamp Headlamp is ideal.  You can keep it in your rear pocket, and wear it on your forehead, beneath your helmet, in case of an emergency.  It is lightweight and comes with 3 AAA batteries in the box. 


The Trans Baviaans takes place on public roads.  You need to be visible from the rear, as there may be vehicles on the road.  The new ultra durable BackUp Rear Bicycle Light, USB C Rechargeable Rear Bicycle Light, is super bright - even during daytime. 

I am slow and afraid that I won't make it back with only one battery.

We have three Battery Packs available with different capacities.  They are housed in an awesome Neoprene Pouch.  All are compatible with all our lights. The bigger mAh battery, the longer runtimes. Check out our Bicycle Light Battery Runtimes Guide.

Remember to be on the lookout for your 10% Extreme Lights Discount Coupon in one of the Trans Baviaans emails, which will be sent to all the race participants.

A Rundown Of Everything You Need: