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Old 10-18-07, 10:37 AM   #1
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2008 minewt x2 Li

*LOVE* the minewt. But as shipped, is a bit on the tantalizing side. The battery is too big for the stem of either of our bikes. The cable is too short to reach from the top tube to the handlebar on either bike also. Turns out they sell extensions though. Another 12" would do it for either of our bikes. I just need to make sure the connectors on the extension fit the minewt. Their website is unclear on that.

Unfortunately, the cable looked almost long enough to mount on my wife's bike, but it wasn't. When she took one turn (I think it was her 2nd, actually, she made it out of the driveway but not off our street), the cable pulled and the o-ring holding the lighthead to the bar popped off. So now we need an o-ring as well as an extension cord for it.

But but but it really does blow away my 15W halo setup. Very impressive. It will wind up costing ~30% more than the halo/NiMH setup did (though not w/ the # of bulbs I've burned through on that thing) but w/ all the LED and Li advantages (long battery life, long 'bulb' life...), and a fraction of the weight for the total package too.
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Old 10-18-07, 02:26 PM   #2
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The o-rings are rubbish, did yours snap at the tab? Contact nightrider and ask for a replacement, I'm using just a regular oring I scrounged up.

The standard power lead is just long enough if its stem mounted. I got the helmet mount + extension, which is just long enough to put the battery in jersey back pocket.
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Old 10-18-07, 02:39 PM   #3
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I've been on the phone w/ NR, they're sending me new ones. They'll probably get here before the extension cord I also ordered. My wife doesn't know if the o-ring snapped or just popped off. Hopefully the extension cord will get here before daylight savings when she will start needing the light in earnest.
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Old 10-19-07, 07:48 PM   #4
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What i don't get is why they are using luxeons when cree's and seoul's are much more efficient.
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Old 10-23-07, 05:34 PM   #5
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What i don't get is why they are using luxeons when cree's and seoul's are much more efficient.
The X2 doesn't use luxeon leds.
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Old 10-23-07, 09:55 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear your cables are too short HardyWeinberg. I second your praise of the Minewt X2 Dual. I Just got my set today and it is bright! I ride a Downtube 8H and it fits perfectly. Actually, and this might sound strange, but the cable seems too long on my bike! The light is a lot smaller than I expected. The little lights themselves are each about the size of a golf-ball made into a tapered rectangular shape. Brightness is very good for my purposes.

I'm starting to commute by bike and ride mostly near street lights, which render the Minewt X2 just a "be-seen" light. For the portions of my commute that are dark trail and low-lit street where I need to see, the light works well. The strobe effect is a very intense effect. The only major con I can think of with the Minewt X2 dual is the battery life and lighting while cornering. I would prefer to have a little more battery life, thinking into the future for any bike tours or more extended night riding, but for now the Minewt X2 dual suits me just fine. For what it's worth, I lucked out on a good Performance coupon day and ended up getting the thing for $174.

Other lights I tried out before I settled on the Minewt X2 Dual is a Dual Halogen set up (20W + 10W) (I forget the brand), the Planet Bike Beamer 5 (bright but very tight spot, I would recommend this light for city riding under a lot of street lights), and the Planet Bike Super Spot (I wasn't too impressed with this light). These other lights had drawbacks, such as not bright enough, didn't have enough spill, got too hot, etc.

Where are you guys experiencing O-ring breakage? Is it just the quality of the rubber that make them snap or any adverse movements I should avoid? Is adjusting them "on-the-fly" a problem, i.e., moving the lights slightly up or down when attached on the handlebar?
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Old 10-23-07, 10:18 PM   #7
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Mine snapped at the pull tab, when pulling it on. I think I was trying to use the medium one and I should of used the large...I was pulling pretty hard on it.
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Old 10-24-07, 07:27 AM   #8
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the niterider o rings should last a long time. that rubber isn't crap
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