Ah but it's 150 grams lighter than the alias, runs longer, and is brighter and more versatile! Ha!
The Alias does the job very well, plus I have 2 batteries already for it, for +6 hours of runtime, and it's paid for. So I'm not punting it any time soon.
My XLS Extreme is just for fun.
Ah ha, not lighter and self contained though.
I gotta keep the sleek uncluttered look of my track bike sleek.
My wallet is hurting...
I think the Dual XLS Extreme looks wicked! Putting out 1200 lumens with a decent run time requires getting battery weight off the bars. Regardless, whats it matter what I have or use....
Like I said, just do it
I'll post a report.
Wow, as bright as my HID but for $450 I could have bought two of my HIDs
(725+725 lumen = 1450 lumen) and each runs for over four hours and have
50 bucks left over for a nice dinner somewhere.
BUT, you cannot deny the increasing excellence of led lights like this. I really
want to see if it lives up to its claims or if it's actually dimmer than stated.
I could always get a Trailtech 30 watt for 1850 lumens for $309 or $254 if I
just want to buy the light to use with my existing battery setup.
Ok so the bottom line here is what.... ? Has anyone been using any of the USE lights ? I really would be interested in what you think. I don't care about the cost so much as the products performance. I don't want anything hanging like a battery pack. I have an off road bike already set up for that and I just want a clean long running road setup.
A long time ago the early USE lights were tested in a comparison test by Cycling plus magazine. I think they were earlier models and are not on the market now. But, the magazine testers had the typical LED bicycle light makers claim problem. If you jam a light meter up to the lens it will read the claimed amount of lumens but the beam for riding was lousy. Some of the USE lights have been compared to other lights in some of the beam comparison shots posted on the forums. I think the links are on the first page of the "light selection guide" thread. I will try and post the link here shortly. The results were not too hot.
Edit: Cycling plus has now (2007) rated them as the best. Things change in just a year.
Last edited by 2manybikes; 11-20-07 at 03:55 PM.
I just got this. It's good. Don't have any beam shots yet, but on my ride in the mid-peninsula foothills, works like a champ. I have to dial it down to the middle (480 lumens) setting with oncoming traffic. Blasted down ~ 25-30mph on the descents no problem.
The battery-pack free design is what has sold me on this. Coupled w/ my 2 L2D Fenix lights, just under 1200 lumens if needed.
2 gripes however:
1. The light is nice and focused, however, my old halogen 10W bulb had a nice side spill that allowed you to see the light from the side (good for commuting). This lighting system is only effective head-on.
2. The button is a little firm and finicky. Annoying when you have to cycle through the 3 lighting modes during a ride.