First Test Performance: Supernova M99 Pro
Car Light for S-Pedelec Cyclists
Testing Radtouren Magazin
- editor in chief Jan Gathmann -
The „M“ in BMW stands for the highest level of automotive engineering.For Supernova, with its roots in the automotive design, M marks the apogee of lighting technology for cyclists,The new M99 model has reached a brightness on the same level as cars. Or even better, like the experienced in our real world test.
To make road low approved meaningful light available to the German cyclist, the e-bike needed to be invented first. In the past few years, German road legal lights surpassed with each other with constantly higher performance. The quest for after the best road light for cyclists it is pursued by a small group of the best light producers. Battery lights that can flood fire roads with light or three hours are common and available for little money. Lights provide a clear cut-off line as well as a homogenous beam pattern to light your path in front of you- even if you cycle over 40 km/h - are rather rare. Lights provide a clear cut-off line as well as a homogenous beam pattern to light your path in front of you- even if you cycle over 40 km/h - are rather rare. The German road law rightfully requires this well-defined cut-off-line in order to avoid blinding other road users.
*The update value is now 1100 Lumens
The light experience
Even the adjustment of the M99 is way more easy in comparison to other bike lights. Easily done by using a spirit level in the horizontal position, that´s it. The angle of inclination of the reflector is already ok. This ensure glare free cycling while on the road. Headlight-flashing car drivers, fussing pedestrians – all that is a thing of the past. But also since the tested Bosch mounting (made of the high tech PCC composite) offers a proper steady (attachment) of the M99. The beam pattern is an eye-opening experience. Even the low beam only is already sufficient for standard situations on the road. The reach and width are on the same level as car headlights. No need to worry about where the next turn or crossroad are supposed to be, even from far they will be recognized. Your path in front of your bike is clearly illuminated so you can distinguish all bump easily. The beam is still a great addition to road illumination – like it would be for a car.
According to Supernova the M99 draw max 16 watts from the battery while in use. The theory equates speculatively to 48 Wh. during a three- hour ride at fast speed. This is basically only a tenth of the capacity of the latest drive systems on the market. In real life, power consumption will be much lower, because of its intelligent control, and it will only lead to a minor reduction in battery endurance. What makes the M99 PRO a class of its own is the high beam with full illumination above the low beam horizon. This high beam clearly illuminates even most remote obstacles and makes them stand out in the darkest night. In real life, the need to switch on the high beam actually only arise on fire roads in the woods. When it was switched on, however the smoothness, width and reach of the beam left nothing to be desired. An additional helmet mount light follows your direction of view – often used by mountain bikers tend to use – was not missing.
There is no need for more light in any possible situation than the German road-law approved M99 PRO can offer to cyclists. The haptics of this gleaming high-tech aluminum housing are amazing and knowing that it contains concentrated high tech raise the self-confidence on the road to a higher level. Even after having used the light for quite a while, you will still be surprised again and again by how naturally car drivers recognize the M99 user on the street. This alone is worth the price. Nearly the same effect can also be achieved with the less expensive M99 PURE model. By the way, the low beam is nearly on a level with a car headlight. Pedestrians doesn't feel annoyed by the glare-free low beam setting. No annoying glare like even some low-power LED lights have. Finally, the obvious and outstanding workmanship as well as the integrated communications technology make the M99 PRO future proof.
Supernova M99 Pro, 449,00 Euro
Light for pedelecs up to 45 km, with road approval
Light output: up to 1.600 Lumen max.
Brightness in 10 m distance within 10 meter: 360 Lux
Reach according to ANSI FL1: 380 m
Weight: 244 g (incl. cable)
Consumption: daytime running light: 4 Watt. Low-beam 8 up to 16 Watt
Requirement fulfilled: ECE113 C for low beam and high beam, ECE87
Feature: speed-controlled Eco-mode, communication through CAN bus and further electric interfaces, brake signal processing directly from brake lever