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  1. Ever since I had a battery failure on the 2017 Trans Baviaans the topic of bicycle lights started to interest me. An electrical engineer by trade - I figured that this cannot be as complicated and expensive as the market seems to suggest. Over the last 4 years (on and off) I have tested the good, the cheap and the ugly when it comes to batteries for endurance riding. My findings have led me to build my own prototype and yesterday I finally came to testing it with known parameters. For the first test, I have used the Extreme Lights Endurance light which seems to be most used light for the rides that I have mentioned above. My test setup includes a GoPro with sequence shooting at 60 second intervals within clear view of my G-Shock which was used for timing. Extreme Lights claim 40+ hours' run time at the 200 Lumen setting when used with their 5200mAh battery - I am using the same Lumen setting but my battery is designed to produce 6800mAh at the same voltage. My test is 24 hours in and things are looking good thus far - I will keep posting on this thread for anyone that is interested. After the test is completed I will share some findings which may or may not be informative/trivial.
  2. I was recently in the market for a budget front light for my MTB. I stumbled across the Surge Firefly 1200 online. It arrived promptly from Takealot. And at R550 for a rechargeable light it certainly met the (budget) criteria. Given the price and manufactured origin of the light I wasn't expecting much. However I must say it had surprised me and turned out to be quite a Lekka little light. The beam on bright is in fact very bright! It does have a slightly hot spot in the middle of the beam but it does still cast enough light around the edges that I can easily see a low branch or obstruction to the side. On maximum brightness it seems to last about four hours, this is not as much as they claim but that's normal manufacturer optimism I reckon. Overall I'm very happy with it so far. And hell, for the price you can't really go wrong. Cheers
  3. I'm a new cyclist, does anyone have suggestions on lights for my mountain bike. I want to do the Trans Baviaans.
  4. wernerhp

    Lumos Ultra

    I've been using a Lumos Helmetfor the over 4 years and can really recommend it. It's a innovative helmet with built in LED lighting including indicators! Check out their latest helmet, the Lumos Ultra, on Kickstarter.
  5. Hey Guys So ill be looking at starting a commute from next week and im looking for a basic light setup, one that will make me slightly more visible to people in vehicles and can be removed from the bike when locked up. I'm looking for self contained units that could be charged via usb (If no usb its not the end of the world) The front does not need to be a million lumens as i wont be riding in the dead of darkness. The rear needs to be able to flash (As i think most of them do) and needs a sturdy mount. As for locks im looking for a U-type lock combined with a cable to link the wheels whilst its locked up, i have seen some on takealot etc but would prefer to walk into a shop and walk out with kit as apposed to ordering online. Any recommendations?
  6. Sign up to our Newsletter & you can stand a chance to win a 24 Hour Cycle Race Combo valued at R 3495. Follow this link and subscribe to our Newsletter by Entering your email address in the subscription section. https://www.extremelights.co.za/blogs/news/sign-up-to-our-newsletter-win-a-24-hour-cycle-race-combo Stand A Chance To Win The Following: https://www.extremelights.co.za/collections/cycle-lights/products/24-hour-cycle-race-combo We don't want to spam you, so here's what you can expect from an Extreme Lights Newsletter: News about new Deals and Special Offers New products launches and development Relevant business information, blogs, and updates Fun competitions and giveaways Mountain biking event guides T's & C's Apply 1 Competition Entry = 1 New Subscription to our regular newsletter.Competition duration = 1 January 2018 - 28 February 2018.Winners are chosen at random and will be announced by 7 March 2018.Winners will be contacted via email they used to subscribe with.Prize includes FREE SHIPPING to anywhere in South Africa.Competition applies to RSA residents only.The prize has a 12 Month Warranty.Participants have to be 18 years or older.If the Winner does not claim their prize within two days, the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen.Prizes are not exchangeable or transferable.
  7. The Marvel Pro 900 claims to produce, you guessed it, 900 lumens. It offers three modes: 100%; 25% and a flashing strobe with respective run times of 7 hours, 15 hours, and 16 hours. The system is water resistant and comes with a 130 cm long cable. The battery pack is contained in a plastic waterproof case with two rubber pads on the underside, for scratch-free contact with the bike. The Marvel Streak rear light features a claimed 120 lumens in an aluminum frame. It has a number of modes with varying brightnesses, flashing frequencies, and patterns. The unit has a built-in battery which is charged via USB. The seatpost mount uses a rubber band to hold it in place and can be adjusted to change the angle of the light. Marvel Pro 900 Lumen Light Specifications Modes100% / 25% / StrobeLampCREE XM-L2 U2 LEDQuantity of light900 LumenBattery pack4400MAH/8.4V (4x2200) 18650 Li-IonRuntime100%-7hrs / 25%-12hrs / Strobe- 16hrsCharge Time6 hoursWarranty1 YearPriceRRP R1,000.00 but currently available for R390.00 Marvel Streak Light Rear Specifications Modes10% / 25% / 50% / 100% solid or flashLampCOB LED LightQuantity of light120 LumensBattery pack800MAH Built-In Li-PolyRuntime100%-7hrs / 25%-12hrs / Strobe- 16hrsCharge Time1 to 2 HoursChargingUSB rechargeablePriceRRP R290.00 but currently available for R150.00 The Marvel range of lights is available from Chris Willemse Cycles. Mounting The Pro 900 can be mounted to the handlebars using the familiar o-ring system or attached to the included head bracket. The handlebar mount is stable and easily adjustable. The included head mount (which is similar to what most other brands also throw in) is a bit flimsy for my liking. I usually end up cutting the plastic mount away from the stretch fabric and using cable ties or velcro straps to fix the mount to my helmet. The battery pack has two soft pads on the underside to prevent scratching and improve the grip of the battery pack to the bike. The Marvel Pro 900 battery pack is held in place by a simple velcro strap. I found that the strap needed to be tightened thoroughly to effectively prevent the battery pack from sliding down my top tube, especially on off-road missions.The cable connecting the light to the battery pack is very long for my preferred bar mounting position. Understandably, the length helps with mounting the light to a helmet where the battery would probably be in the riders back pocket. The solution was simply to wrap the cable around the handlebar. The connection on the cable screws securely into place which means that you’re unlikely to pull it out (which does happen on occasion with press in connections). But at the same time, it means that it will not easily disconnect should it get caught while riding. Although I can't say this happened to me while testing, it’s worth weighing up the pros and cons here. The Streak rear light mounted to the seatpost without fault. The rubber strap felt durable while the adjustable mount angle did not slip from the set position. In the dark The Marvel Pro 900 has three settings, 100%, 25%, and strobe. I rode it largely in the 25% power setting upping it to 100% when riding descents. Using it in this way, the battery ran for over 10 hours, so I have no reason to doubt the claimed runtimes on the box.The beam has a noticeable spotlight effect in the centre. Straight ahead is perfectly visible but the weaker outer ring of light struggles to drown out shadows. This impacts vision around corners where you are looking outside of the forward spotlight. On the road, while mounted on the handlebars, this was less of an issue but on twisty singletrack, you might consider mounting the Pro 900 on your helmet so that the beam follows your vision. For the price, you can probably make do but there are lights that provide much better peripheral vision, albeit at a slightly higher price. It is worth noting that Marvel also offers lights with a lot more power and LEDs in their range. The Streak rear light is sufficiently powerful to be seen at night, even in rainy conditions. On test, the battery life was around 11 hours with use mostly in a flashing mode. There are four power levels allowing you to set it at just the right brightness for your (and motorists) needs. The end The Marvel Pro 900 is decent light with reliable runtimes. With the pricing in mind, the Pro 900 offers a good entry into night riding and will cover most riders' needs. The light is ideal for night time training on the road as well as less technical mountain bike rides. The Streak rear light proved to be reliable with more than enough power to serve as a warning to those behind you. ProsWell priced Quality product Dependable runtime Bright rear light ConsSpotlight effect can cause shadows and blind spots on single track Long cable
  8. R500- R999 Giant NUMEN+ HL1 R699 If you are on a budget, and on the hunt for a minimalist bar mounted light, add the NUMEN+ HL1 to your list. With five modes and a power level indicator you won't run out of juice and get caught in the dark.Features 2W headlight with High power Creed LED Modes: High (6hrs)/ Mid (12hrs)/ Flash (30hrs)/ Strobe (30hrs)/ Police Flash (30hrs) Aluminum case Li-ion Rechargeable Battery via Mirco USB Power indicator Availability: Giant stores Extreme Lights Core+ Cycle Light R995 The Core+ Cycle Light is a bang for buck offering from Extreme Lights. With a maximum of 750 Lumens, four settings, and a runtime of 40 hours on the low setting, this light has what you need to get started on after dark excursions.Features Cree XP-L, natural white light up to 750 lumens Modes: Boost (3.5 hrs)/ High (10hrs)/ Low (40hrs)/ Pulse (15hrs) 2 Cell 8.4V 2200mAh Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery Power indicator O-Ring bar mount fits any size round handlebar Battery Pouch: High-quality stretchable neoprene 12 Month Warranty Availability: Online R1000- R1999 Bontrager Ion 800 R1799 A compact unit offering a maximum shine of 800 Lumens. No frills, or fussing with cables and battery mounts. If a minimalist setup is what you are after the Ion 800 is worth a closer look. Features See with our focused optics and over 270 degrees of visibility 800 lumens via a high-power CREE LED 800LM-1.5hrs, 450LM-3hrs, 200LM-6hrs, night flash-20hrs, day flash 20hrs Fully charges in 6 hours via a sealed Micro USB port Includes 20 degree +/- adjustable Sync bracket that fits bars from 22.2-35.0mm Blendr compatible, secure bar mount available Availability: learn more here Ryder ORION 1500 USB R1385 The ORION 1500 USB offers all the bells and whistles at a competitive price. Four modes, a battery level indicator, a bike mounted battery pack, as well as the option to mount to helmet or handlebars, means that there isn't anything you can't do with this light. Features Compact 1500 lumen rechargeable front light Lightweight li-ion 7200mah rechargeable battery pack USB rechargeable (adaptor cable included) 4 modes: high-medium-low-flashing 3 - 28 hours run time (depending on mode) Battery level indicator Recharging time 7-10 hours Includes rechargeable battery, charger, battery, bike mount, helmet mount and handlebar mount Availability: learn more here R2000- R2999 LEZYNE DECA DRIVE 1500XL R2250 Light, compact and bright. Offering a maximum of 1500 Lumens and six brightness settings, the DECA DRIVE will have your back for trail and tarmac exploration. Features Max lumens: 1500 Weight: 247g (without hard mount) Recharge time: 8.5hrs (1A) / 5hrs (2A) Availability: learn more here Extreme Lights Ultimate+ Cycle Light R2995 The top of the range offering from the local guru's at Extreme Lights. Providing a maximum of 3000 Lumens on the highest setting, the Ultimate+ should be up for whatever adventures you have in mind. The wireless bar-mounted remote is a useful addition for switching settings on the fly, and avoiding those awkward, one-handed descents when you need to turn things up a notch. Features 4 Cell 8.4V 6 800mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery XP Quick-release cycle light clamp, suited to all sizes of round bicycle handlebar Wireless Remote Battery Pouch: High-quality stretchable neoprene 12 Month Warranty 2.5 - 40 hours run time (depending on mode) 4 modes: boost - high - low - pulse Max 3000 Lumens Availability: Online Please note that this content is not sponsored, and we have not tested the products listed here. The compilation is a result of desktop research.If you have any suggestions or feedback, please let us know in the comments below.
  9. Hi Guys Can anyone recommend a good USB powered light? Will mostly be used as a helmet light in addition to handlebar. Beam pattern therefore needs to be quite focused - with less flood. Currently have a magic light option, but the battery and cable is a bit of a pain at times. Minimum lumens - 600. Ideally locally available as well. Price range -no more than a R1000 if possible.
  10. Hi guys My family and I do a bit of night riding. Our lights of choice are the Magic Shine. I keep all the lights and battery packs in one bag and before we go out I take all the battery packs out and charge them. I also has a small plastic bag in which i kept the rubber ring thingies that held the light to the handle bar. The problem is after our last ride it seems someone (must be Casper) cause no one knows anything, it just happened, threw away the plastic bag with the rubbers in. i have been to 3 LBS have looked on CWC website and cant seem to source replacements. I have been to Builders Warehouse to look at O-rings but none are long enough or thick enough. The only place I can find that stocks them are Chain Reaction but the price is a bit steep at 7 pounds odd. Does anyone have a clue where I can find these things. Or a suggestion of how to fix the lights without the rubbers. I have tried cable ties but they slip around. Thanks hubbers.
  11. Good evening all Hubbers!! As I won't be going anywhere this festive season, I have decided to spend my last energy of 2016 on my bike, getting the "base" in for 2017. On these early morning rides I have spotted many commuters, those folk who cannot afford vehicles or a taxi fare to get to work. What worries me most about these commuters, other than the state of their bicycles, is the lack of protective head gear or any lights, and I cannot sit here and preach to my peers about them having to buy expensive gear and not do something about getting these commuters some affordable helmets and front and back lights. For those who are more experienced in the donations and collection area, how do I go about starting this initiative? I know some people might be skeptical to help, but let's think about it this way - you perhaps cannot relate to him in a social way, but he is using the only tool he knows and can afford, a bicycle, to get to his place of honest work. Why potentially lose a hard working South African in an accident that could possibly have been avoided with some lights, or prevent horrible injury with a reliable helmet? Thanks all, looking forward to hear from you all!!
  12. For the past few mornings I've spotted quite a number of cyclists who are almost impossible to spot on the M19, heading from Melkbosstrand to the N7. They have no rear lights and are almost always wearing black. Then again at about 7:20 in the mornings at this time of year, everything looks black, because, as a driver, you're looking directly into the sun. We, as cyclists are always moaning about road safety, but it is also our responsibility to be seen. There were even a couple of "ninjas" who were riding 2 abreast in these gd awful visibility. Be safe out there!
  13. So winter is here and I'm needing a new light. I'm looking at some of the ones for sale on the hub and I know other shops are selling / have specials on as well. Anyone got any advice / recommendations on who to buy from and what to go for? There is a world of options, lumens, prices etc so any advice would be good. Don't need something that is like dawn coming but will be using for road, off road and camping / bush so if works as a head lamp that would be killer. Anyone got / used the L1 From K-Man on the hub?
  14. Need a new rear light? These Phillips are truly powerful lights. Phillips SafeRide LED Rear Blinking Light (Battery Driven) 320 visibility thanks to unique light directing technologyLong-Life LED technologyWaterproof - IP63Blinking system for better visibilityWe only have 5 Left! To make yourself more visible on the road visit this link: http://clearance.asgsport.co.za/bicycle-components/
  15. It's been a dry winter in the Cape, making it all that much easier to leave the house to stretch the legs in the dark. This winter I've had the XP3 and XP7 to keep me company. Click here to view the article
  16. Extreme Lights are a well established supplier making LED lights for a wide range of applications and founder Hannes Zietsman has been passionate in developing the company's products. Even while I had the XP3 for testing there was an update to the model. We've been testing the Extreme Lights XP3 and XP7 to see how they perform. Specifications: Extreme XP 7 Model nameXP7 Ultimate Cycle LightConfiguration7xCree XP-L LEDLight output3000 lumensModes and runtimeBoost: 3000L, 2hoursMid: 800L, 10 hours Low: 250L, 35 hours Pulse: 800L, 15 hours Battery5200mAh 8.4VWeight424 gramsPriceR 2,250.00 Specifications: Extreme XP3 Model nameXP3 Performance Cycle LightConfiguration3xCree XP-L LEDLight output2100 lumensModes and runtimeBoost: 2100L, 2,5 hoursMid: 750L, 10 hours Low: 200L, 40 hours Strobe: 750L, 15 hours Battery5200mAh 8.4VWeight383 gramsPriceR 1,850.00 MountingBoth lights come standard with the new clamp quick release mounting system. Our XP3 still uses the familiar O-ring system but all current models will ship with the new clamp mechanism. I was very impressed with the clamp system. It held the light firmly in place without any bobbing around in the rough stuff. The clamp also allows for on the move adjustment (with some force) of the light's angle. The light can swivel on the clamp, a feature I used to look for wildlife in the bush and to turn away from the eyes of oncoming riders. On my previous Extreme Lights products, the cable from the light to the battery was unnecessarily long for mounting on the bike. The XP7 and XP3 both come with a much shorter cable, which doesn't require wrapping around the bike to prevent it from hanging freely. Should you need a longer cable, there is an extension cable provided in the box. The battery packs are contained in soft neoprene pouches with sturdy velcro strapping for easy attachment to a bicycle frame The rubbery neoprene adheres to the frame and makes for a grippy fit with no sliding or movement mid ride. OperationBoth the XP7 and XP3 are operated through the button on the rear of the light. The operation of the light is simple and intuitive. The only gripe I had was with the length of time the button needed to be pressed to turn the lights on or off but Extreme Lights have informed me that the timing of this function has been reduced. Double pressing the button activates the strobe mode. The rear button also acts as the battery capacity indicator. The button remains green while the charge is above 50% then turns orange and later red when the battery only has 10% charge remaining. On the bikeBoth the XP7 and XP3 saw a lot of action on my midweek rides up and around Table Mountain. Extreme XP 7Unlike the Extreme 2K and 1200 we tested last year, the XP7 and XP3 did not have a noticeable spotlight beam and better mimics natural light than the previous models. This has helped to reduce blindspots and unnecessary shadowing. In short, the quality of the light produced by the XP lights is greatly improved. I've always found that a light on the helmet is needed to comfortably ride single track. However, with the XP7 and XP3, I didn't feel as unsighted and managed to ride comfortably on single track with just one light mounted on the handlebar. I spent much of my rides on the lowest light setting while the the middle setting was useful on slower single track, where the added intensity helped to better cast the light around bends. Although, considering the claimed battery life, there's no harm in using the middle setting as your default. The Boost mode truly lit up the night but unfortunately it comes at a cost to battery life. When tested only in Boost mode, I managed to get around 90 minutes before the light automatically switched itself to a lower setting mode. The light could be forced back into Boost but as I still had some distance to ride, I decide not to chance it. Despite this, Boost mode is a great option to have when hurtling downhill, where every metre of vision is welcome. The medium and lowest settings claim to hold out for 10 hours and 35 hours respectively while the Boost mode is supposedly good for 2 hours. Extreme XP3The XP3 is very similar to the XP7 in that it has a good natural light feel. The XP3 however has 4 less LEDs and, as you would expect, it struggles to match the intensity of the XP7. That being said, it holds its own and is perfectly adequate for most jeep track and moderate single track riding. Having less LEDs, the claimed battery life is improved over the XP7 with 2.5 hour in high, 10 hour in medium and 40 hour in low and should see you through an all night mission. OverallExtreme Lights have done a great in updating their bike light offerings. Both lights get a big thumbs up from me but if I had to pick one light it would be the XP3. It produces great quality light with an impressive battery life. Extreme Lights are available on www.extremelights.co.za and via various local bike shops. Chat to the Extreme Lights team for details on availability in your area.
  17. 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.
  18. Fly6 is the first HD camera and tail-light combo designed specifically for cyclists. The innovative safety device replaces your existing tail-light and records what happens behind you in real-time. The name Fly6 blends two phrases: "A fly on the wall," for watching and listening where you normally can't, and "6", which is the military term for "your back" (as in 6 o'clock). "The original Fly6 has been widely received by the cycling community, making its way onto thousands of bikes in just a short time," says Andrew Hagen, CEO of FlyLites. "It was also recently the recipient of a major industry award from Outside Magazine. The new version builds on the device's existing safety features while decreasing its footprint. The Fly6 makes a great gift for the avid cyclist." Building on the very successful launch, the new Fly6 is 20% smaller than the first version, measuring just 87mm high and weighing 113g. It also offers up to 50% brighter light output and up to six hours run time. In addition, the camera sensor and lens has been upgraded to provide better low light image capture. Like its predecessor, it features 1020 x 720 HD camera footage, audio recording, and looping record for set and forget use; a USB-rechargeable battery; and Nano Technology for withstanding wet conditions. The Fly6 also integrates incident capture technology, which ensures important footage isn't looped over in the event of a serious incident.In rigorous testing, the Fly6 bike light and camera has proven more than capable of capturing car license plates–which gives cyclists who’ve experienced road rage some leverage against bullying drivers. Instead of just wheeling the crumpled bike home and breathing a sigh of thanks that they’re still alive, victims of a hit and run have some concrete evidence to bring to the authorities. Fly6 comes with everything you need to start out-of-the-box, including an 8 GB Class 10 microSD card, two seat post mounts for use on two bikes, and an Aero seat post adaptor. It is suitable for commuting, racing, MTB, touring, and peloton riding, recording what's going on behind you so you can enjoy the road ahead. The device recently won the Interbike 2014 Outside Magazine's Gear of the Show Award for the accessory category. Build-in features of the Fly6 720p Video & audio recording from behind in crisp HD means FLY6 has your back, leaving you to enjoy your ride or commute. With a seriously increased light output of up to 30 lumens, Fly6 does everything possible to ensure playback is only ever for pleasure and not incident With up to 6 hours of camera and light function the challenge will be who has the longest battery - you or Fly6 Using the latest nanotechnology, Fly6 is safeguarded against any wet weather nature can throw at it Every Fly6 is shipped with an 8GB microSD class 10 memory card pre-installed, so you can be up and running straight out of the box This precision device, has been tested and proven to accurately record both very clear high definition video and audio of what happens behind cyclists. It is available exclusively for purchase through Cycle Factory Shop. They can be contact on (021) 552 8285, sales@cyclefactory.co.za or click HERE to buy now. Special introductory offer includes free shipping anywhere in South Africa."Everybody has been talking about...Fly6", Cyclelicious | "Just what cyclists need", Chicago Bicycle Advocate | "As motorists become aware...so they behave accordingly", Bike Radar | "Smart addition to a biker's safety kit", Gadget Review | "...making drivers think twice about cutting up cyclists in the first place", Tech Crunch https://vimeo.com/120663173
  19. Cycle Factory Shop is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved Fly6 tail-light / HD camera combo. Click here to view the article
  20. Cycle Light Comparison This is our cycle light comparison. To see high rest pictures of each product visit our cycle light category. Or visit our online store cycle light category for the latest prices. http://www.extremelights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2013/05/pdf-icon-150x150.png Download our cycle light catalogue http://www.extremelights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2013/11/New-Cycle-animation.gif Other Reference Information In depth review of Extreme 2k and Extreme 1400 Cycle lights Cycle Light Battery Pack Comparison Best Bicycle Light- Which LED and Which battery? The Table is a best effort attempt. If you find any discrepancies between your product and the table please let us know http://www.extremelights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2014/07/Page-4-1024x726.jpg Extreme 3k The Extreme 3K is our top of the range 3 000 Lumen Cycle Light. If you are scared of the dark, like to tan at night, or simply want the best – this light will blow your mind. Extreme 2k The Extreme 2K Cree XM-L2 cycle light builds on the success of its predecessor, the Extreme 2000. It is our smallest cycle light to date. This cycle light is equipped with three of the latest Cree LEDs, the XM-L2. This configuration is 55% more energy efficient than a single Cree XM-L LED. The result is; increased runtime without adding additional weight. Extreme 1400k The Extreme 1400K is our marathon monster! With a run time of 7 hours on high and 42h on low, this is the light to have if you don’t have time to recharge between rides or just need to keep going and going and going. Extreme 2000 MKII The Extreme 2000 won the lumens war when it was released! With a wide 105 degree flood beam pattern, it completely lights up the road ahead, while a smooth transition into a sharp hot spot ensures illumination up to 100 meters ahead. Extreme 1200 MKII The Extreme 1200 revolutionized night cycling in South Africa. With 900 lumens and a 4 hour run time, it simply gets the job done. More than a thousand units have been sold in South Africa alone Extreme 900 The Extreme 900 is ideal for budget conscious riders or riders that mostly enjoy short rides. Concentrating 600 lumens in a narrow 66 degree beam, it is more than sufficient to light the road ahead, or to use as an extremely visibly safety light. Visit our online store cycle light category for the latest prices.
  21. 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
  22. So I rencently had a SS bike built up for commuting (and doing this year's 94.7 Cycle Challenge).It's +/-1980's Sancini Cinelli road frame, sprayed matt black with a matt clear coat. We used black components as far as possible and silver where we had trouble finding black. SR Suntour SS Chainset with Integrated Chain Guard and black rims with silver spokes. I wanted bullhorn bars, but we had trouble finding ones that fit the stem, so we ended up flipping and chopping off drops. 42T-18TThanks to Glen Abraham (Bikes & Bicycles) for sourcing all the components and building the bike to my specifications! I can really recommend him.I love technology and gadgets and find projects such as Revolights (http://revolights.com) and Project Aura (http://aurabicycles.com) really cool. Unfortunately they are also very expensive. So I set out to build my own wheel lights using a couple of red and white LEDs. I think it turned out pretty awesome for a first prototype.Posted some pics on Google+ https://plus.google....sts/UyKGLWbuq7A
  23. Based in Stellenbosch and having been active on the site for a good few years Extreme Lights are no stranger to most Hubbers. What began life as a hobby for Hannes Zietsman has developed into one of the leading names in adventure lights. Hannes is a keen mountain biker and trail runner who also happens to have a background in engineering. His passion for his products and light technology in general is abundant having gone to great lengths to share his knowledge in many a discussion. Left: Extreme 2K, Right: Extreme 1200 Over the last few months we've been testing the Extreme Lights 1200 and 2k to see how they perform. The lights were tested as a combo as well as individually. Specifications: Extreme 2k Model nameExtreme 2K Cree XM-L2Configuration3xCree XM-L2 on copper heat sinkLight output1800 lumensModes and runtimeHigh: 1800, 5h00Low: 400, 15h00 Strobe: 1800, 10h00 BatteryPanasonic 4-cell, 6 800mAhWeight0.738 kgPriceR 1,795.00 (Currently on special offer at R 1,495.00) Specifications: Extreme 1200 Model nameExtreme 1200 MKIIConfiguration1*CREE XMLLight output900 lumensModes and runtimeHigh: 900, 4h00Low: 200, 12h00 Strobe: 10h00 Battery4400mAh batteryWeight0.726 kgPriceR 975.00 (Currently on special offer at R 795.00) MountingBoth lights come standard with a o-ring type mounting system and each is supplied a number of different size o-rings. I’m always a little concerned with o-ring type mounts maintaining position through bumpy terrain. With the right o-ring selection this was never an issue with only minor adjustments required after one or two big bumps. Extreme 1200 using a pull-tab style o-ring Extreme 2k using a standard o-ring (both types are included) Extreme Lights also offer a quick release swivel clamp which comes standard with the Extreme 2k. This clamp design gives a tighter grip on the bars with a quick release mechanism as well as the ability to swivel the light right and left. While this gives a solid fix on the bars I missed the ability to easily adjust the light angle depending on the road surface. The battery packs are contained in soft neoprene pouches with sturdy velcro strapping. These were easily attached above or below the top tube of various bikes. The rubbery neoprene adheres to the frame and made for a grippy fit with no sliding or movement mid ride. With two battery packs on a dual-sus frame space was limited. Placing one above and the other below the top tube did the trick with no movement issues. On the bikeThe lights were tested on multiple bikes and on a variety of terrain: on tarmac, gravel district road, jeep track and technical single track. While not overly technical, my 2014 Trans Baviaans provided the final testing ground for their performance and endurance. Extreme 2kThe 2k casts a nicely distributed light with enough of a focussed beam or “hot spot” to confidently navigate most terrain. Extreme 2k on high mode: 1800 lumen. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec Extreme 2k on low mode: 400 lumen. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec The all important battery life was the really impressive aspect for me. The 2k with a 4-cell Panasonic battery has a claimed battery life of 5 hours on full brightness. I clocked 06h10 on full power before the lights went out. In the combination setup the 2k was used as my primary light due to both it’s battery life and broader coverage. Extreme 1200The 1200 casts a more focussed beam with less light distribution. Because of this the light was excellent for lighting up specific areas with a beam that allowed you to see further up the road. It was tested in a handlebar mount as this is my preference, but could easily be strapped to your helmet to light up your line of vision. Extreme 1200 on high mode: 900 lumen. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec Extreme 1200 on low mode: 200 lumen. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec The battery life of the Extreme 1200 MKII was again impressive. The 1200 comfortably surpassed it’s claimed 4h00 battery rating on full power clocking in an impressive 05h02 runtime. The ComboAlthough either light can comfortably be used as a primary light I found the 1200 to be an excellent companion to the 2k. In a dual light setup with the combination of the wide beam from the 2k and focussed beam from the 1200 provided near day-time confidence on windy downhills and technical sections. Both lights on high mode. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec Both lights on low mode. Photo specs: ISO800, 18mm, f3.5, 1/10sec OverallIf I had to pick one light the Extreme 2k would be my go-to light for any type of ride. The impressive battery life coupled with the wide beam makes for a dependable and highly effective light unit. On a budget the Extreme 1200 provides excellent value. Although sporting a more focussed beam it is still a very capable primary light. Add to that a 04h00 run-time on full power (05h02 in my case) it’s value offering you’d be hard-pressed to beat. However, given the option (and budget) the combination of the two lights was a real winner for me. Not only for the dual light effectiveness, but also the peace of mind knowing you’re packing a 10-11 hour battery life on full power if used alternately. Extreme Lights are available on www.extremelights.co.za and via various local bike shops. Chat to the Extreme Lights team for details on availability in your area.
  24. Although the days are getting longer with summer approaching, riding in the dark is still something many of us will do. Whether it's pre-dawn training or a “just-because-you-can” night ride you'll want a dependable and effective light. Click here to view the article
  25. Winter is fast approaching and as a cyclist the time before and after work is shrinking. A good cyclist knows that the pain of getting off the saddle is worst than staying on. There is no other option other than getting equipment that would allow you to safely extend your ride time in to the twilight zone and beyond. Welcome to the exciting world of night cycling. http://www.extremelights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/66/2014/02/MTB-Bicycle-Night-Light-1024x404.jpg The following article explains more about the different technologies that addresses the requirements for various cycling stiles. Read the full article: "Best Bicycle Light- Which LED and Which battery? LED’s and Battery technology have improved dramatically over the last few years. Notably the most has been the battery technology. Even though it is very hard to see from casual inspection which is a good or bad battery pack. It is worth investing in quality. A good battery pack can dramatically extend the runtime and life time of the light. It can also reduce the overall weight and improve the reliability. The cyclist needs to decide which type of cycling they do most and buy equipment that is best suited to address their needs. This article hopes to provide more information to allow you to make an informed choice.
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