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Old 06-15-06, 07:58 PM   #1
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cygolite dual cross review

I believe the ultimate commutor light has been born!!!!!

http://www.cygolite.com/2-Products/1-DualCross300.htm

My opinion: WOW. This thing is very well built. it is has two LED's and is easily as bright as a 20 watt halogen light. the literature that came with it says in a few places that it is "weatherproof" and I believe it by the looks of it. It has very high quality switches unlike every other cygolite ever made... it is way brighter than the cagers headlights.

The reasons I believe it is the PERFECT commutor light are:
1.) It is weatherproof.
2.) even on the brightest setting it will run for 4 hours... lowest setting goes up to 9 hours.
3.) It is a NIHM battery so it does not have the troubles of the NICAD when charging It has a smart charger that will NOT overcharge the battery, and only takes 4 hours to take from dead to fully charged... you can also charge it without running the battery all the way down... in other words it has no "memory"
5.) They are LED's baby!!!! I will never have to worry about them burning out!
6.) There are little LED's that show you what brightness setting they are on and a seperate that shows you battery life... the battery life indicator shows 3 levels... more than an hour left, less than an hour left, and less than 20 minutes left. This is fantastic for me. I have always carried two head lights because i have a long commute in heavy traffic and a dead battery with no backup would be serious trouble. Now I don't have to bring the spare! if the indicator shows me that i have less than an hour left all i have to do is lower the brightness and i am good to go for at least another 2 hours...
7.) The battery is small and mounts very nicely to the frame... It is SOOOOOOOOO much better than the traditional water bottle battery that they make.
8.) for daytime rain rides it is simply fantastic. on strobe it is unmissable.
9.) major cool points for the absolutely useless SOS setting... it actually does the SOS signal... you know three short flashes, two long, three short... definate cool points.

MY one and only complaint so far: The bracket could be better. It looks very strong and isn't "cheap", just could have been designed better...

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Old 06-15-06, 08:27 PM   #2
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It's brighter than two 55W halogen car headlights?! PICS!

(also, strobing front lights may be illegal and put you in the hotseat if an accident occurs, might want to check your local laws on that)

In the context of a commuter headlight, how do you rate it for removability? Does it remove pretty easily and look like it'll handle it as a daily routine?
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Old 06-15-06, 08:36 PM   #3
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It's brighter than two 55W halogen car headlights?! PICS!
LOL...

obviously it does not put nearly as wide of a beam out as car headlights... but the light on the road is definately brighter then car headlights...

It is brand new so it takes a second to diconect it from the bracket. No doubt it will get a little easier with a use... will it hold up day in, day out??? It looks like it will, but only time will tell. I will give an update in a month or two.
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MY one and only complaint so far: The bracket could be better. It looks very strong and isn't "cheap", just could have been designed better...
I'm glad you like it so much, it definitely is a great light. I agree with you about the bracket, just use the smaller strap as I stated yesterday and you'll be fine. It sure is 1 bright light & very small to boot!
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Do you have a beam comparison of this against a real 20 watt halogen?
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I want to see a pic of it mounted on your bike.
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Old 06-16-06, 08:33 PM   #7
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i do not have a light comparison picture. I tried to take some pictures of the beam (see below) but it was with my cell phone, and the pics are totally misleading... the size of the beam is MUCH larger than the pictures show. the bright spot is so bright that the camera simply won't pick up the rest of the spread. Here it is mounted on my "tank" one pic of the beam on the road, and one shining on my house from the street... it is safe to call the beam pictures a failure.

the one of the beam on the street is a good demonstration of how bright it actually is... it looks like a car driving toward me but it isn't... you are looking at the beam actually hitting the street. I was straddling the bike when i took the pic... the bright spots of the beam were about 25 feet away from the front wheel.



I did use the little strap to hold the bracket lock down securely... it is a perfect fit so the bracket is no longer an issue... still could have been designed better....

The velcro strap is plenty to hold the battery to the frame. I used the wire ties just to make it a little harder to walk away with.

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Old 06-17-06, 08:24 AM   #8
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I have an earlier model Cygolight (forget the model).
I like it BUT the switch broke on me.
Web research told me that Cygolight switches are prone to breaking.
I hope that they improved their switches. Let us know if the switch does not hold up.
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well, it passed the rain test today... 1 1/2 hour ride home in POORING rain the entire way... the puddles were so deep that the bottom of my fenders were under water... absolutely no moisture got in the light at all. so far i have almost 3 hours on full power (not flashing) and about 3 hours full power flashing.. the indicator light still shows more than an hour left on full power!

The bracket does definately suck. i hit a big bump today and even though the bracket is as tight as possible it still slipped making the light point down.
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I will call cygolite tommorow to complain about bracket... maybe they have something better in the works.

update... i just talked to cygolite and the guy thought that i do not have it mounted correctly... i will fiddle with it more tonight and give an update in a couple days.
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update... i just talked to cygolite and the guy thought that i do not have it mounted correctly... i will fiddle with it more tonight and give an update in a couple days.
What did he say to do?
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What did he say to do?

he said i had to remove the longer piece of rubber and cut off the smaller part (it is creased where it is supposed to be cut) then reinstall putting the larger piece back on and not using the smaller piece that i cut off. I did this and mounted it again. I don't really understand it because you figure the more rubber under it the tighter the fit, but it did allow me to put it on tighter. I still need to use the little strap that came with it to ensure that the locking piece does not come undone. it seems to be very tight now. I can still move it up and down, but it requires a LOT of force.... it should be fixed... I will let you know how it goes over the next few days. It definately seems tight enough now that it won't move by itself again.
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he said i had to remove the longer piece of rubber and cut off the smaller part (it is creased where it is supposed to be cut) then reinstall putting the larger piece back on and not using the smaller piece that i cut off. I did this and mounted it again. I don't really understand it because you figure the more rubber under it the tighter the fit, but it did allow me to put it on tighter. I still need to use the little strap that came with it to ensure that the locking piece does not come undone. it seems to be very tight now. I can still move it up and down, but it requires a LOT of force.... it should be fixed... I will let you know how it goes over the next few days. It definately seems tight enough now that it won't move by itself again.

I say ditch the rubber pieces and build up the area with hockey tape around the bar. Hockey tape has a very good grip on its outer surface.
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I say ditch the rubber pieces and build up the area with hockey tape around the bar. Hockey tape has a very good grip on its outer surface.

I will try this on saturday. the dam thing is still slipping when i hit a big bump. This is really starting to piss me off. It is a FANTASTIC light... why would they make such a #@%# bracket!!!!?????
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It doesn't look any brighter than my l&m dual halogen's low beam... Gee I never had any problems with my l&m stuff, expertly crafted by 3rd world children.
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It doesn't look any brighter than my l&m dual halogen's low beam... Gee I never had any problems with my l&m stuff, expertly crafted by 3rd world children.
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