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datlas 08-25-08 11:41 AM

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Has anyone tried the "fenix" flashlight mount? Is it really any better than a lockblock?

socalrider 08-25-08 11:44 AM

The lockblocks work much better.. This mount at best has average to below average reviews.. The lockblocks are easy on and off and will hold any of the fenix lights with ease..

datlas 08-25-08 11:46 AM

Thanks that's the impression I have from scanning the forums, I haven't heard anything bad about the lockblocks.

Speedball 08-25-08 03:04 PM

I have the lockblocks with no problems and the reason I hesitate to try that one is it looks a little bulky.

varuscelli 08-25-08 03:14 PM

I think the Fenix flashlight mount is one of those things that people had hoped would be better than it turned out to be. I don't own one, so I can't give my personal review or rating, and I hate to judge purely by what others have said -- but I haven't been favorably impressed by what others who have actually used it have to say. I wouldn't mind having one to test, but I'm not sure if I want to pay for a mount that I might not end up liking (especially since I'm happy with using lockblocks at this point).

brokenknee 08-25-08 03:29 PM

I ordered a couple. The reviews I read were mostly positive. The one complaint was the looseness in the part were the upper and lower half meet. (the adjustment notches are to loose)

I have not received them from DX yet. Even if I did I will still not be able to ride for over a month yet (broke my knee) = user name.

varuscelli 08-25-08 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by brokenknee (Post 7340874)
. . . The one complaint was the looseness in the part were the upper and lower half meet. (the adjustment notches are to loose).

I hope you report back after you receive them and let us know how you like them (if that's possible to do without thorough test-riding them). My concerns were based on the very thing you describe that you've read. It seems to me -- unless I'm visualizing this the wrong way -- that the described looseness could be a relatively big drawback. I'm not sure if they are just loose in general or tend to work themselves loose or . . . ?

If there is an easy workaround to keeping the looseness to a minimum (shimming or something), then maybe the concerns are not all that bad. The flip side of that is that it's a shame to buy a product that you have to modify to get it to work how it should work in the first place (but this device is certainly not alone in that category . . . and maybe they'll release a Mark II sometime in the near future that fixes the looseness... :D )

I dunno...there are several ways to look at it. ;)

Hope your knee mends quickly! :injured:

brokenknee 08-25-08 04:19 PM

A few of the posters said it was easily fixed by inserting a small rubber shim made out of an old inner tub. Other said they solved the by putting silicon between the mating pieces. (but that seemed to disable the adjustment option)

It is a shame to have to modify it when new, but I liked the idea having the other adjustment and figured I would give it a try. If I don't like them, I will give it one to my brother and one to my brother in law. (maybe both to my brother) he is the more serious biker, he doesn't own a car and rides year round in MN.

EDIT: Thanks for the concern about my knee, It really does suck being laid up for 3 months. (hopefully not longer) only a little over a month to go.

varuscelli 08-25-08 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by brokenknee (Post 7341203)
EDIT: Thanks for the concern about my knee, It really does suck being laid up for 3 months. (hopefully not longer) only a little over a month to go.

Yeah, take care of that knee. The worst I've ever done to a knee is a sprain, and even that was no fun. The thought of a serious knee injury has always made me cringe. I've broken other bones (arm, elbow, foot), had a couple of instances of pretty badly torn muscles, etc., but nothing like a knee injury. No fun at all.

And worse for us, it will take you longer to give us your fully dedicated and thorough review of the Fenix mount... :eek: :P

Just kidding! Take care of yourself, and here's to getting back on the bike (and other activities) relatively soon. ;)

brokenknee 08-25-08 05:48 PM

The only other bone I have broken is a fingers, once again trying to be a carpenter (which I am not)

I decided to upload a photo of my knee as my avatar. If anyone thinks it is to graphic I will gladly take it down.

datlas 08-26-08 05:29 AM

Maybe you could try out the fenix mount, riding the bike with your one good leg? Some of us are very interested to hear your impression!!

Seriously, hope you heal up ASAP.

brokenknee 08-26-08 08:25 AM

I don't dare, I don't need any setbacks being so close to (hopefully) getting the OK from the doctor to start walking (all right, a little over a month, but it seems close).

I still haven't received the mount yet, hopefully by the end of the week so at least I can inspect it in person. Also still waiting on the fenix flashlight.

westsam 09-02-08 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by datlas (Post 7339129)
Has anyone tried the "fenix" flashlight mount? Is it really any better than a lockblock?

I absolutely have no problem with the "fenix" flashlight mount. I have both the lockblock and the flashlight mount. the lockblock on my helmet and the flashlight mount on my bars. I have had both for about 3 month and to be honest i like the flashlight mount a little better. In fact i feel my L2Dq5 is a little more secure mounted in the flashlight mount.

varuscelli 09-02-08 01:40 PM

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Originally Posted by westsam (Post 7387016)
I absolutely have no problem with the "fenix" flashlight mount. I have both the lockblock and the flashlight mount. the lockblock on my helmet and the flashlight mount on my bars. I have had both for about 3 month and to be honest i like the flashlight mount a little better. In fact i feel my L2Dq5 is a little more secure mounted in the flashlight mount.


That's cool to hear, westsam. I might end up having to get one of those if for nothing more than to satisfy my curiosity as to how well they work.

On of the things that concerns me that's been difficult for me to confirm visually is the size of the Fenix mount relative to a lockblock. I get the impression that the flashlight mount is a bit bulky (perhaps being as much as twice as wide as a lockblock).

Is anyone out there in a position to do a photo or two of a Fenix bike flashlight mount and a lockblock side by side on a handlebar?

Or, can you point me to a thread or other place where I might see that comparison?

I did find these photos from www.fenixtactical.com to be pretty revealing, though...and in a positive way related to alternate placement (but also looking pretty "big" as far as taking up handlebar real estate):

http://www.fenixtactical.com/images/...-mount-007.jpg

http://www.fenixtactical.com/images/...-mount-005.jpg

http://www.fenixtactical.com/images/...-mount-006.jpg

shaun3000 10-29-08 11:58 PM

Forgive the bump, I just got my Fenix and bike mount in, today. The light is great but the mount doesn't fit my bike! I have a Giant OCR and the tube diameter is too large for the mount to fit around. It doesn't even fit around my handlebar!

mechBgon 10-30-08 12:14 AM

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Originally Posted by shaun3000 (Post 7759400)
Forgive the bump, I just got my Fenix and bike mount in, today. The light is great but the mount doesn't fit my bike! I have a Giant OCR and the tube diameter is too large for the mount to fit around. It doesn't even fit around my handlebar!

This is one of the problems with the Fenix mount. 31.8mm bars are rapidly becoming the mainstream norm, but Fenix evidently hasn't been informed yet.

chrism32205 10-30-08 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by mechBgon (Post 7759444)
This is one of the problems with the Fenix mount. 31.8mm bars are rapidly becoming the mainstream norm, but Fenix evidently hasn't been informed yet.

Same problem here.. one of my bikes has 31.8mm bars, and it didnt look promising.. I was able to install it on my other bike with 26mm bars. I will definately need to get a shim for the middle of the mount as mentioned in this thread.. it has too much movement..

I may look at other options.. but I will give this a try for now..

datlas 10-30-08 05:52 AM

OP here...thanks for the bump, who says there is no such thing as immortality?

I ended up using a lockblock with my fenix...works fine with NO complaints!

Wiggle 10-30-08 10:01 AM

The lockblock is good for lighter flashlights but I find with heavier lights like the P7s it just can't hold them steady enough over bumps. I use the Fenix mounts for that and they are glued into the 90 degree position, very solid but no adjustability.

mechBgon 10-30-08 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Wiggle (Post 7761187)
The lockblock is good for lighter flashlights but I find with heavier lights like the P7s it just can't hold them steady enough over bumps. I use the Fenix mounts for that and they are glued into the 90 degree position, very solid but no adjustability.

TwoFish also makes a heavy-duty variant of the LockBlock, called the CyclopBlock. The block is a bit larger and the straps are much thicker. With a mid-length, mid-weight flashlight, it still allows a bit of "jitter," but it's an improvement.

KingOfTheHill 10-30-08 02:11 PM

The Lockblock, while smaller, has the cutouts perpendicular to each other. The Bikeblock has the cutouts parallel.

Basically, the Lockblock lets you mount a light on your bars and have it face forward, whereas if you used the Bikeblock the light will aim to the side.

KingOfTheHill 10-30-08 02:13 PM

Oops, just realized you said Cyclopblock - sorry. That is the bigger version of the Lockblock.

BoiseShwin 10-31-08 09:33 PM

I love the fenix flashlight.

However, I just got the fenix flashlight mount and it is much worse than I was hoping for. First off, it doesn't even fit on my non-standard width handlebars (as others have also pointed out). Secondly it rattles while riding. Thirdly, I had to wait over a month for it to arrive.

If I had a standard diameter handlebar I would throw a gasket between the rattling parts and it would work fine for my needs.

I like my $2.00 homemade hose clamp mount better. =)

If anyone wants a fenix flashlight mount I will let it go for $8.00 plus shipping, just flip me a pm.

AEO 10-31-08 09:40 PM

for 31.8mm handle bars I use a minoura space grip which allows me to use 22~26mm diameter mounts.

a bit hard to see, but that's one solution for 31.8mm bars.
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