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    Dinotte 400L Quick Release?

    I'm strongly considering the Dinotte 400L headlight. The only caveat is that Dinotte does not offer a "quick release" for the 400L light. Since I plan on swapping the 400L between three bikes I'm curious if anyone has come up with a "quick release" solution?

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    I have a 400L and I have only one tip. Not a quick release, but a easy way to remove and swap to another bike. When you order ask for two additional mounts. Then all you have to do is remove a single screw to move it between three different mounts. The mounts will remain secured and aimed even when you remove the 400L.

    The 400L does come standard with two styles of mounts. One will mount the light horizontal and the other will mount it vertical. So when you ask for those additional mounts be sure to specify.

    Not sure if I explained this well enough, I hope you understand what I was trying to suggest.
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    Would you happen to have a closeup photo of the mounting bracket & how it attaches to the light?

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    Here you go...

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    Thank you. I already have an idea on how to make my own quick release.

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    Not to derail this thread but - how are you guys liking the 400L? (I already have the 200L)
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Not to derail this thread but - how are you guys liking the 400L? (I already have the 200L)
    I love mine, but was expecting the beam to be much more narrow. All the reviews say it is a very narrow beam and so I purchased the extra wide lenses in case I wanted to switch. The standard lens is so wide though that I have no idea what I would use the wide lenses for. My previous light was 8 times narrower, so it depends on what you want.
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    I never realised dinotte lights weren't QR - that really sucks.

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    the older mount with the O-rings was releasable, I wouldn't say quick, but at least tool-less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Not to derail this thread but - how are you guys liking the 400L? (I already have the 200L)

    Love mine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Not to derail this thread but - how are you guys liking the 400L? (I already have the 200L)
    I haven't gotten the 400 series lights yet but I should by Friday. I currently run the day and night visibility package with the o-ring mounting. I commute to and from work everyday in heavy traffic and decided that it would be better for me to have more light. I didn't want to have a bunch of lights on my bars and I did not want to go to something as large as the 800L. So the 400 series lights seems like the best option based on my needs. As much as I love my 200 series lights I will be happier and feel better with twice the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleflyer View Post
    I have a 400L and I have only one tip. Not a quick release, but a easy way to remove and swap to another bike. When you order ask for two additional mounts. Then all you have to do is remove a single screw to move it between three different mounts. The mounts will remain secured and aimed even when you remove the 400L.

    The 400L does come standard with two styles of mounts. One will mount the light horizontal and the other will mount it vertical. So when you ask for those additional mounts be sure to specify.

    Not sure if I explained this well enough, I hope you understand what I was trying to suggest.
    I just received a pair of 400L's, and - ditto.

    The disadvantage of the 400L is that you'll need a screwdriver to move the light. The advantage over the 200L, though, is that when you do move the light you won't have to readjust where the light is pointing - one of my biggest pet peeves about moving the 200L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleflyer View Post
    ...The 400L does come standard with two styles of mounts. One will mount the light horizontal and the other will mount it vertical. So when you ask for those additional mounts be sure to specify....
    I don't think that matters - the part of the mount the determines horizontal or vertical is the part that's screwed to the light, while the part that's attached to the bike is the same for both.

    ...I'm pretty sure?

    Just call Dinotte, tell them what you want to do, and they'll be able to include the correct extra mounts that you'll need. :-)

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