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s_s4991636wrote a review of on January 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I did the opposite of what lame ducks do: I researched the bike online, with online dealers, then went and bought it at my local bike shop - and I'm wicked happy about it. I've owned the bike for a year now and ride in Southern California. I've ridden the dusty, rocky single track prevalent here and some mud after the rains. This bike is awesome. Immediately, you notice the ability to descend. The bike is quiet and calm on descents, inviting you to ride faster.
I found the bike's set up out-of-the-box needs some tweaks to dial in the climbing and handling abilities: Specifically, I flipped the stem so it angles down, and moved the saddle forward; both moves shifted my weight a touch forward and this made all the difference for keeping the front wheel down and tracking steep single track while climbing or making quick turns (I also ride with my cleats positioned just behind the ball of my foot to better engage all my leg muscles, not just quads, and ensure my knee isnt out over my toe when the crank arm is at 3 oclock). After those adjustments this bike just shredded all over.

My one suggestion (which I've done) would be to upgrade the wheels to an Industry 9 set which have wider rims and are stronger than the stock wheels.

This bike is just plain fun to ride up, down and across...Fast. Get it. You'll love it.

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s_s4991636wrote a review of on January 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I gave 4 stars because I've only had the light for 3 weeks and have yet to truly test the battery's durability and life cycle. For this kind of money I expect the battery to maintain its ability to hold a full charge for at least a year. That said, I got this one after returning my Light In Motion unit which could only hold about 60 min of light-time after a year of use.
So far, I'm really impressed. I go on 1.5-3 hour mountain bike rides in Southern California once a week and this thing has been awesome for that use. I also use this light as my go-to flashlight and its great for that too. The back of the unit has a single button used to switch between different settings: on/high beam/low beam/flash beam/off. There are a number of preset brightness levels for high beam/low beam which you select based on how long you want to ride. The led display at the back says how much run time is left at the given setting. The display tells me I'll get about 3 hours on the max light setting; however, my experience has been I'll probably get more like 2.5 hours, which is not a problem because I can easily toggle to a low-beam setting during climbs and make sure I have ample battery to get back home.
The 1800 lumens is perfect for straight downhills (going about 25 mph). On turny, twisty trails, you will need a head lamp to better anticipate what lies ahead if you're traveling at 10+ mph. Until Einstein comes up with a better lamp that can bend light from a handle bar mounted unit, this thing is as good as it gets.

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s_s4991636wrote a question about on November 26, 2014

Light Mounting & Duration:
Hi,
Does this unit only mount to the helmet, or does it also mount to handlebars?
Also, please explain more about battery life lasting from 1 to 24 hrs. If I go on a 3 hour mountain bike night ride, can I keep it on 1200 lumens? Or, if not, what is the maximum brightness that I will get over that duration?
Thanks,
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s_s4991636wrote a review of on August 8, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these 1.5 years ago because they were on sale. 2 weeks ago I noticed the seam had tore open (about 3/4" hole) where the chamois is sewn to the shorts fabric. These shorts are in equal rotation with four other pairs and I use them just for road riding, so I would estimate they have about 900 miles on them. These shorts are way too new, with too few miles to have ripped like this. Additionally, the chamois comfort is mediocre.
By comparison, my other shorts are Capo (3 pairs) and Assos Mille (1 pair). The Capo shorts I got from my club team, so not sure which model; however I've owned them since 2008 and they are still comfortable, tight, and intact. And its not like the fabric is so thin you can see my butt crack when the sun hits just right while riding in the pace line - which is the worst when you're riding behind that cheapskate guy who's still wearing his Greg LeMond shorts. No, those are scandal-less shorts. I 100% recommend the Capos and Assos over the Mavics any day.

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s_s4991636wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this for 5 group night rides and would advise anyone riding for 1.5 hrs or more to get a light with a longer lasting battery. Contrary to what the description says in the first paragraph: "For instance, it's plenty adequate for an evening of ripping singletrack." Its NOT adequate for more than +/-1 hour of ripping singletrack in a group ride situation. Strava showed 1':55" of elapsed time and 1:31 of moving time. The light sputtered out before the ride was done. I think its typical for mountain bike rides to have breaks and regroups, so one would expect a 1.5 hr ride to have a longer total elapsed time. The problem is you really need the full power/ 750 lumens for the whole ride and this does not have the battery power to sustain that.

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