Review: Dorcy Hawkeye Bike Lights

I thought I was doing just fine with my current bike light setup—yes, my front light is secured with electrical tape and it needs to be encouraged to turn on with a good smack or two. And yes, rear lights mysteriously disappear en route between my apartment and the office on a regular basis. Ok, who am I kidding, I need a new bike light system. Luckily for me, I’ve been tasked with testing out a couple different options. First up, Dorcy Hawkeye lights.

1-Dorcy Hawkeye Light

Dorcy doesn’t mess around with lights. The company’s products range from personal flashlights and headlamps to heavy duty spotlights and signal wands (for directing traffic). The Dorcy Hawkeye LED bike lights promise to pack a punch with the front light boasting 200 lumens, guaranteeing to light the path 200 meters down the road and to be seen from even further away—same goes for the rear light.

2-Dorcy lights in package

The Dorcy LED bike light  is not a dainty addition at nearly half a pound including three AA batteries. Even with the option of using rechargeable batteries, I’m not a big fan of battery powered devices, if only because I never seem to have extra batteries when I need them most.

3-Dorcy light out of the package

The battery cartridge has a satisfying barrel-like design, reminiscent of a revolver’s bullet chamber. Not sure why I like that so much, but I do. Though it doesn’t help the overall weight, which seems a bit hefty to me.

5. Dorcy light size

The light itself is much larger than most, nearly five inches long. But this is no ordinary bicycle light, my friends. Thanks to a patented quick release feature, the “durable aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, corrosion resistant” light chamber pops out of the bike clamp, transforming into a handheld flashlight. Snazzy.

With the rubber-padded bracket attachment, the light stayed secured to my handle bars with no obnoxious rattling (which is just the worst) or movement up and down. Dorcy claims that the bracket will fit any bike on the North American market, so I’m guessing this light will fit just as securely on nearly any bike.

4-Dorcy light on roy

The Dorcy Hawkeye features a wide-angle, rectangular light beam rather than a traditional focused beam, which helps to illuminate the entire road ahead while limiting (unnecessary) spread of light upwards. They also claim that this feature “will not blind pedestrians.” I tested this assertion by making my friend, Sarah stand still while I rode toward her, light blaring. Sarah still seemed to cringe way from the light, but once I rode closer, the beam did indeed remain below her eyes.


On to the rear light: the Dorcy Hawkeye Tail Light features three super high brightness LEDs that can be seen from 200 meters away. Like the front light, the rear light’s mounting clamp is tool-free and adjusts easily to fit snuggly on any 24 – 32 mm diameter seat post. Plus, the patented bracket adjusts for a horizontal or vertical orientation.

6-Dorcy rear light

Personally, I appreciated how the adjustable pin and padded clamp allowed me to really crank the bracket on for maximum security. No more losing a rear light on a packed train car or bumpy road! (Notice the velcro remains of a previous light still clinging to my seat post?)

7-Dorcy rear light mounted

For my first ride with these lights, I ventured out through Golden Gate Park to catch the sunset and make sure that it was good and dark for my return ride.

8-Dorcy Light Sunset

Both the rear and front lights have just two setting: steady beam and flashing. As promised, I felt like my lights could be seen from blocks and blocks away. Seriously, I was lighting up reflective street signs as far as I could see (maybe five or six blocks). Also, the front light has two slits on either side, allowing light to filter out and illuminate the area right and left of the rider. While this is a bonus for visibility, I found it to be distracting with the light shining in my eyes.

10-Dorcy light at the beach

For everyday commuting, the front light is a bit large and hefty for my tastes; on the other hand, I would definitely choose the Dorcy Hawkeye for my pre-sunrise rides through poorly lit backroads. Not only would I be well visible to traffic, but my path would also be lit clear as day.

The Dorcy Hawkeye LED Personal Light front bike light retails for $55.00 and can be purchased directly from—same goes for the LED Bicycle Tail Light, which retails for about $13.99.

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  1. Matt April 7, 2014 8:33 am 

    Is the brand supposed to be said like, “dorky?” Because that’s how I was reading it the whole way through…

    I’d be curious how the front light lines up against a Planet bike Blaze 2W – they’re roughly comparable in price, though the Hawkeye claims more lumens.

  2. IdahoSpud April 7, 2014 12:49 pm 

    $55 for a headlight is a bit rich for my blood. (I’m a cheapskate. That’s one of the reasons for bike transportation, instead of car transportation.)

    I’ve been pretty happy with a much-less-expensive headlight from DealExtreme – their “TrustFire 230 lumen 3-mode flashlight,” SKU# 36358, for $13.26 delivered. I clamp it to the bike with a rubber mount from the same supplier, #31871, for 2 bucks.

    It operates on 1 AA-size battery; you just loosen the velcro holder and it’s a nice small handheld flashlight. It can be set at high, low, or strobe… I can see it reflecting off road signs 1/2 mile up the road. And so far it’s been pretty reliable. (If I’m on a familiar road, I used strobe; if I need to light my way, I choose high or low, depending on the circumstances.)

    I use NiMH rechargeable batteries, and carry a spare in the boot, so I won’t end up in the darkness.

    Note about the vendor – DealExtreme ( is out of China. And your stuff typically gets shipped from China. Don’t expect it to arrive in 2 days… in fact, the pain of waiting should be weighed against the excellent prices – it can take 2 or 3 or more weeks. But I’ve ordered from them a dozen times or more, and it’s always eventually arrived, and been good-quality stuff for the price. (I’m in no way affiliated with them and I’ve never gotten free stuff from them. This suggestion is totally my own and independent… but I’m grateful to the friend who originally pointed me at ’em.)

  3. Guy Gong April 10, 2014 1:19 pm 

    I agree that the light is a bit pricy. I put together a flashlight, which came in a set of 3 from Costco for $20, It has 3 settings as well and with max lumen of 230. I built a clamp out of both the front and rear reflector holder. It works great but the batteries died after one winter. I don’t know if batteries were old. Anyway, I had another cheep led light that put in it’s place and it work OK but not as bright but I supplement with a head lamp and another small flasher I got for free.

  4. Raiyn April 14, 2014 9:10 pm 

    To be honest, my money’s still with the Cygolite Metro Series and Planet Bike’s Superflash taillights.
    I bought a Cygolite Metro 300 a year ago and it’s the best light I’ve ever used. Even on the “medium” setting there’s plenty of light to see and be seen with. USB rechargeable, and works great as an EDC flashlight for when I’m not on the bike. As for my SuperFlash Stealth taillight, I’m pretty darn satisfied or at least I am until I can convince my better half that we NEED to move to the USB rechargeable version of that light too.

  5. AdamJackson May 23, 2014 9:01 am 

    “After just a few months of purchasing my front bike light, it had begun to develop problems. It would often fade away suddenly on my way to and from work, and then needed to be smacked a few times to light up again.

    Since it had become an every-day phenomenon, I knew I badly needed a new light system. Luckily, I came across BikeLightsUK and was able to test out a couple of good options. I have been gladly using the Fluxient 3xU2 ever since; I’m getting an exceptional output of 3000 lumens and battery backup is simply matchless!

  6. Raiyn May 26, 2014 9:58 pm 

    The next time you decide to shill something Adam be sure it lives up to the hype. Your “3000 lumens” light was tested by MTBR and only put out 1612, which by the way is still overkill for most commuters. Commuters, whom I should add, can easily get 3 really good commuter level lights for the price of your MagicShine clone.

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