Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Red Lock Trail Head, Northfield Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1988-520 & 2003-7500, 2004 Specialized Allez Sport & Stumpjumper Comp
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From what I have read, the micro-brutes were provided with the better lights, and the digials were the better of the halogens. I have since gone with their top of the line HID, kinda spendy for my taste, but with the hours I work I have to ride at night or not ride almost 1/2 of the year. I know the DIY'ers would think I was crazy, BUT. My kids are thrilled to use the Halogen when they ride at night with me although I put off enough light for cars to follow me down the road if they want. The HID is overkill for urban riding, and I have to be careful not to blind people.
The halogen is bright but not as "offensive" as the HID, and the only reason I upgraded was for the run time. If your only going for about an hour to an hour and a half it's plenty, and if you slow down and run it on a lower setting, thats fine too, but I had a tendency to over-ride it even on high. My new one also has the LEDs across the bottom which I tend to use on lit streets, plenty of visibility, and the battery will last all night, even if I won't!
I think the biggest difference between the newer ones and the one pictured is a clear on-off button with indicators for battery level.
At any rate, I can GUARANTEE, as long as it's working, it's better than the best LED's out there. Wink Wink!!
If it's a close out, did you get it in the box?