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  1. Hi, been using a 5600 mA power bank to power a brilliant MagicShine/Fluir 1800 lumen bicycle light; power bank is now ‘tired’… am THINKING how could I use an ExtremeLights battery to power this brilliant little light, of course Extreme uses a round connector, with pins, and not USB… Any easy work-around, else any recommendations for a power source? thanks Chris
  2. Hi all, what are some of the lightest mtb rims available locally that are not carbon? looking at upgrading my current rims only but don't want to go carbon. 29er, modern widths for XC / stage races. Currently have the std rims that come with a 2018 scott spark 940. Not sure what they are or weigh because if i google the code on the rims it doesn't appear to match anything so I don't know the current weight Thanks D edit: photo attached
  3. Hi hubbers, Currently this light is on special on ChrisWillemseCycles for R320. https://www.cwcycles.co.za/product/marvel-pro-900-lumen-light Is this a good deal? How is the light? Anyone have any reviews / thoughts / comments? Thinking of buying one. Thanks in advance Duane
  4. Hi All, Kittel is loving his balance bike with drop bars: He still has some time on the bike, about a year a reckon. There is no rush in my opinion to get him off the balance bike, the major reason would be when his younger brother wants to use it, so about 2 years time. I would like some input into building a very light weight carbon bike for a 4-6 year old. What wheel size? 20inch? Crank - can you tap into an aluminum normal crank to make shorter cranks? Whats the narrowest standard road bars? Any other tips?
  5. If you lost your your rear light in Eden (Stellenbosch) on Saturday morning or Friday afternoon give me a PM.
  6. Hi Hubbers Don't miss out on our Monday Madness deals today!! 1. KASK PROTONE HELMET (WHITE) - R3995!! https://www.evobikes.co.za/kask-protone-helmet-white-red.html
  7. Hi. I won this brand spanking new headlamp sent to me from Germany. No Chinese lumens here. The Lenser XEO 19R rechargeable torch/headlamp/bikelight that can go on a helmet (with battery in a camelbak) or handlebars or used as a torch (with battery attached to headlamp) or used for camping/caving/hiking/boating etc. http://singletrackworld.com/reviews/files/2016/03/DSC09257.jpg Its got a fantastic 2000 constant lumens for a few hours. 1000 constant lumens for even more hours and each LED (there are 2) can be independently controlled for brightness and for spot/flood. its real German quality all thorugh and gets the best reviews- http://singletrackworld.com/reviews/review-led-lenser-xeo-19r-light/ and goes for R4,000 at Due South online's website. My question is with this being brand new and a top-line fantastic mtb light- what can I sell it for? I already have a bike light a Magicshine with 1600 lumens but those lumens are not real 1600 and the Lenser battery holds up longer. The Lenser is SO much better with amazing attachments and incredible light quality and so much brighter and cooler temp wise, you can even charge your phone from the battery pack, it has twist cables so you don't need to wind up your loose light cables, lots of nice touches really well thought out by the designers. Just Friday-wondering what I can get for this new headlamp and if I should maybe just keep it and sell the Magicshine....
  8. Introduction I’ve done my fair share of night rides, including 24h races and 7 Trans Baviaans’. I did my first Baviaans the first year they held it about 12 years ago or so. That was back when guys rocked up with MagLites strapped to their bars, or even just tiny headlights with 3 of those small dome shaped LED’s that you get in keyrings these days. A week before my first Trans I went for a proper night ride to see if my chosen lights (basically 3 “keyring” LED’s) would work. It didn’t. I ended up buying one of those old school Sigma Sport headlights, with the battery weighing over a kilo and taking up your entire bottlecage. Those ones that gave you about 30 minutes usage on high beam. Years passed. Technology advanced greatly. Enter the “Magiclight” era a few years ago. Everyone was on the MJ808 headlight, and they were selling like hotcakes. I bought two, for me and the wife. Those lights saw me through many Baviaans races. But you’ll still have to swop out your battery at the top of Never Ender or run the risk of it running out before the end, if you hoped to use your “high” beam often. I even upgraded the LED chip in the one light, purchased from ExtremeLights when they were still wearing shorts in their young days. LED upgrade gave more light, with less power consumption. This year I wanted to upgrade again, probably for the last time. So… I wanted an “end-all” light that would see me into at least the next couple of years. Now folks, I am a huge supporter of Chinese good, quality is good (read: decent) any price is right. I ride a Chinese “blank” frame. I’ve ordered many, many things from AliBaba. There is however one purchase that left me a little disappointed. I purchased a big flashlight for my dad for his birthday, one of those 3 LED monsters. The actual flashlight is very nice, I have to say. The batteries SUCK. From the 6 that came with the flash light, 2 were dead on arrival. I complained to the seller who sent me replacement batteries. Half those were dead on arrival as well. With technology goods you take a gamble when buying from China, at least that’s how I’ve experienced it. Even purchased a cellphone from China a while back. Worked for a month, and then died. Not worth it guys. Enter ExtremeLights. These guys have been around a long time now. They have DONE the research, they have received their fair share of dead batteries as well. Trial and error is done and dusted. They have forged the relationships, done the site visits, and in doing so secured good product. Very good product. Yeah, their lights come with a higher pricetag compared to others. But, in the same way you pay a consultant big money, you are paying someone for their knowledge and support. Exactly the same. I won’t gamble with buying lights from China. ExtremeLights is now the premier seller of bike lights in South Africa, at least that is my opinion. The fact that they support local events clinched the deal for me. My XP7 I purchased 2 XP7’s, the big daddy. Cost me R4500 for the two, but I haven’t regretted it once. You know, I think people are quite tired of all the technical lingo that gets put out – the lumens and the whatnot. I think people just want a layman to give an honest opinion. Agree? On my first ride with my brother in law, I kept the lights on the medium beam. When I was behind him in his slip, I pressed the button again. Response? “J****!” and something about Mary and Joseph. “Car baaaack!!”. “Wait is that you?” Crazy. Ride behind someone with the XP7 on full brightness, and it casts a shadow directly in front of the guy in front of you. It drowns out any other lights. I also heard something in the line of that he wants me to drop the light one brightness level as I was giving the back of his legs a tan, 5am in the morning. The actual light is awesome. Quality is amazing, very sturdy. The handlebar clamp is MILES better than the old rubber strap, especially for a light like this that carries a little more weight than smaller models. The XP3 and XP1 will still be fine with the rubber elastic. The clamp doesn’t even need to be clamped down hard for the light to be secure. And removing the light from the bars is as quick as opening a quick release lever on your wheels. The battery is brilliant, for a few reasons. The cord is short. With my old Magicshine lights you had to wrap the cords around your stem and bars a few times to get the clutter away. The new length is just right. Enough slack, but not too much. The battery is also what feels like rubberized neoprene. I think. My point being, wrap the strap around the battery and around your frame and it will NOT move. And there is no worry about it scratching your bike. Everything just feels “classy”, premium. The light throws a very good beam. I’m not a huge fan of a very bright hot spot in front of me. I prefer lights to have a “gentle” hot spot that fades away to the sides. What makes the XP7 different from the older MagicLights is that they used to throw the light forward in a “fat cone” shape, with the actual light going out sideways at an angle. The XP7 pretty much throws light so wide that it might just touch the tip of your bar-ends. I exaggerate a bit, but you know what I mean. The specs say they are awesome for singletrack MTB’ing, and I do agree. With bucket load of light being thrown straight ahead and a spill that goes nearly sideways, singletrack won’t hold and surprises. If you are the type of rider that exclusively rides open marathon style races like Baviaans, you will be well served with the XP3 even. The XP7 is what the XP3 is, and more though. With the old lights I used to point the light far down the road, but ultimately slightly down. Its silly to point the light down, straight past your front wheel. You want to see what you will be encountering in 5 seconds, surely? Not what you will be hitting in 0.5 seconds. With the XP7, I find that I’m pointing the light almost horizontal, straight ahead. This is possible because of the spill of the beam. Everything is lit up. Cars have flashed their lights at me… and then I put it into high beam. The car didn’t flash anymore. I’m not including beam shots as my night time photography skill is non-existant. I can say though that the beam shots on the ExtremeLights site is damn accurate. That’s it folks. Enjoy the riding! PS: I don't work for ExtremeLights, just an honest opinion of a very good bike light.
  9. Convert your Cycle light battery into a Power Bank. This versatile adaptor allows you to tap into the huge amount of power stored in your cycle light battery. An ordinary 4 cell cycle light battery (4400mAh at 8.4V) can fully recharge an Iphone 6 or Samsung S5 up to 4 times or more. It can also recharge your cycle light battery directly from any USB power port. The Power Bank USB adaptor is housed in a rugged aluminum body. It is equipped with a power indicating light which provides an estimation of battery capacity. Green: +80%Blue: 80%-30%Flash Red: <30% – 0%Specifications USB charger port: 5Vdc 2AUSB Input port 5Vdc 1ABattery port. 8.4V 2A.Certification: IEC 60950-1: 2005+A1 2009+A2: 2003 Information technology equipment -Safety standard.Included Powerbank USB AdapterUSB to micro charger cableBattery and phone is not included
  10. Hi All, Currently my working hours are such that I only arrive at home after dark. Unfortunately the moonlight alone isn't enough for a safe visibility and I want to invest in serious lighting when riding in the dark. I'm looking for a light that: A. I can cycle with (helmet, handlebar, whatever mount) B. I can detach for using on 'n kamp in die bos - very nice optional C. Has a high lumen output i.e. it actually lights up the road to see as a car light does for a car and doesn't just make a shiny white blob on your head for oncoming traffic. D. Includes modern features like light, strobe, sos flashing E. Has a decent battery life while provides sufficient lighting. around 2-3 Hours would be good F. If it has stungun-properties to use instead of mace, you get extra "likes" I've looked at Blinder (better than the rest but still meh), cateye (many misleaded, such meh), and several other no-name brands. So far only the higher end Niterider models stand out, but I'm not finding much reference and reviews as to how useful people find them as opposed to vendor trash. Normal flashlights with mounting options or ideas are equally welcome! Spam as many suggestions as you like, as long as it applies at least point A to C. kgo
  11. Laserlight, the bright idea of a student behind a lifesaver for cyclists Emily Brooke has created a virtual cyclist, seen by drivers if there is a rider in their blind spot – with 3,000 sold at £125 each The Guardian, Sunday 24 August 2014 14.52 BST http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2014/8/24/1408886739524/Blaze-Laserlight-in-actio-008.jpg Blaze's Laserlight projects a green image of a bike on to the ground 5 metres in front of the cyclist, alerting drivers and pedestrians to their presence The moment of clarity for cyclist Emily Brooke was less like an apple falling on her head and more like the prospect of a white van slamming into her. Like many bicycle users before her, she realised that if the vehicle beside her on the road turned left, she would be squashed as she was in the driver's blind spot. "I thought that if I was just 5 metres ahead, I would be safe – I wished I had a virtual me just 5 metres ahead, if I could just project myself there," the 28-year-old said. About three years later, the designer has sold more than 3,000 Laserlight units from her company Blaze. Aimed at nighttime cyclists – 50% of urban bicycle commuting is during the evening or night – the aluminium device combines a light and a laser which projects a green image of a bike onto the ground 5 metres in front of the cyclist. It attempts to make drivers, who may not see the bike in their blind spot, aware of their presence, especially at night. It also alerts pedestrians about to cross the road. Brooke got the idea while studying product design in her final year at the University of Brighton and looking at what the challenges were for urban cyclists. "There is one statistic which stuck in my mind and that is that 79% of bikes that are hit are going straight ahead and a vehicle turns into them," she said. Another common collision, dubbed a Smidsy for "sorry mate I didn't see you", is when a driver comes out of a junction. Brooke wanted to tackle what she saw as being the biggest challenge for city cyclists. After dismissing other ideas, like creating a full hologram of herself, came upon the idea of projecting an image on to the ground to alert drivers. Having left university, she created a prototype and was among the first tranche of companies to get the benefit of the wave of publicity that came with the advent of Kickstarter, gathering £25,000 in investment in five days and proving there was demand for the product. "Naysayers are people who have not seen it. I completely agree with them, it sounds completely wacky. But when you see it in practice, it is a passive green bike, passively travelling on the road in front of you," she said. "It is the symbol of a bike clearly attached to a moving object moving along the ground in one direction, you see it and you orientate to 'where is the bike'. If it doesn't make sense when you first see it, you see it once [more] and then it makes sense." Laserlights were shipped to preorders in January this year. Priced at £125, the light comes with a bracket to attach it to handlebars, is waterproof and the internally sealed battery is charged via a USB cable. The laser, assembled in Shenzhen in China, can only be used when attached to the bike. Both laser and light can be used at the same time, either flashing or in a constant beam. The green light is visible during the day but not effective, says Brooke, and is really aimed for night use when "you can't miss it". The bicycle symbol - instead of branding or writing - was chosen to ensure it was universally recognised. Although her first use of the new device resulted in protests from a van driver, she claims reactions from drivers have been positive since and rejects suggestions that the device may be seen as a gimmick or unnecessary. "This started from a problem first. It started from six months of a problem before I even had an idea. I looked at tracking devices – a light that lights up the rider, that you have a head torch in your face – all sorts of concepts, but it was six months of understanding the problem before I came to the solution," she said. The relatively high price is as a result of the quality of the parts used, she says. The company has just completed preorders and will now sell Laserlights through Evans Cycles shops in the UK as well as through its own website. Demand from the US – especially in cities such as San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Chicago – now accounts for half of sales, surpassing the UK. Purchases from renowned cycle-friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam have highlighted different concerns for cyclists, said Brooke. "For us it is personal safety and large vehicles. For them it is pedestrians stepping out in front of a bike and the Laserlight tackles that really well. Someone will see that symbol coming before they see me. It is enough for them to go 'Whoa, what is that' and hesitate on the pavement," she said. The company has raised £500,000 in investment so far from, among others, Richard Branson's family and Index Ventures. Another round of investment, for £1m, is being finalised. Blaze now has six employees, including Brooke, and would be in profit but for investment in future products, she says, one of which will be a new type of rear light, expanding on her vision to become the company that caters for the urban cyclist. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/24/laserlight-lifesaver-cyclists-emily-brooke
  12. Actual runtimes tests reveals that the Extreme 2k Cycle light preforms much better than estimated Original post here. Under promise and over deliver; This is something you don’t see a lot in the cycling light world. Our recent runtime test for the Extreme 2k revealed that this miniature light does not fall short. We where conservative in our original estimation of 4h but we did not expect this at all. The high power density of Panasonic cells and efficiency of the cutting edge 3 x Cree XM-L2 U2 was able to achieved well over 5h45 for 1800 real lumen. The light and battery only weighs 398g. Compare that to the Extreme 1200 MKII which weighs about the same but only produces 900 Lumen for 4h. The Extreme 2K is a showcase of how much LED and battery technologies has improved over the last 3 years. http://extremelights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2014/02/2K-Post.jpg The test is the first run results and needs to be repeated to be confirmed.
  13. Has anyone had any experience with Exposure lights? I'm considering buying either the Reflex or Maxx-d but just want to make sure they are worth the extra cost!
  14. Extreme Lights is amped for the Argus Cycletour Expo, running Thursday through Saterday in the Cape Goodhope Centre. We'll have a couple of products there and will be running a number of Expo only sales. Come find us at Stall M57, close to the exit, and see what is up for grabs! http://extremelights.co.za/extreme-lights-cape-argus-cycle-expo-2014/
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