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Old 04-04-10, 11:57 AM   #1
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Cygo-Lite TridenX LED Li-Ion Xtra Front Light

It's expensive, but is it worth it? I don't wanna cheap out when it comes to my safety @ night. Will be handlebar mounting it.
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Old 04-04-10, 01:36 PM   #2
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I have the mitycross and the older dual cross. Both are excellent lights and I can use either battery for both. I had a problem with the charger on the dual cross a few weeks after I bought it. I sent it in and they sent me a new one with no questions asked.....even though I was not the original owner (bought it used on ebay). Have had no problems since. So the company stands by their product.

I know a lot of people are buying the Magicshine because of the value. But if you have the money I would not hesitate to buy a cygolite product.
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Old 04-04-10, 01:40 PM   #3
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While the Cygolight was not among those tested, you might want to read the comparison review in the November 2009 issue of MTBR online http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/2010-mtbr-lights-shootout/. Among the things it highlights are: (1) price is no indicator of performance, (2) manufacturers' rated output is usually much higher than as tested, because often they quote the output of the naked bulb, not the complete headlight assembly, (3) made-specifically-for-bicycling lights tend to be very expensive for what you're getting (any surprise there?).
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Old 04-04-10, 02:28 PM   #4
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I own a cheaper Cygolite HiFlux 150 and a Magicshine. The Cygo is a better quality product in term of durability. That being said, I'm sure the TidenX is manufactor on the same or better quality. Yes, price is on the high end. If this choice was up to me, I will rather go with two lights like 2 Magicshine instead of one single unit light like the TridenX

Having two lights will offer you some insurance of not being in the dark and more versatility than one light. You can always adjust one light shining higher and the other light shining lower with two lights. If you are after lumen, personally I would choose the 1400 lumen MS light on the handle bar and a 900 lumen MS light on my helmet. If one goes out, you still have a back up. One more consideration, words out that MS might be out with a bright rear blinky that will utilize the same battery pack as the MS light making this a convient package. At the price of $85 for the 900 and $130 for the 1400 and whatever you spend on waterproofing the battery, it will still be cheaper than a single Cygolite. However there is one note, the color of my Cygo HiFlux is morre white while the MS has more greenish tint on a side by side comparison, something you will need to consider.

As for batteries goes, all rechargeable will not last forever. Price of a spare or replacement battery is $80 for the Cygo and $40 for the charger if I read the Cygo website right. Don't get me wrong about pricing, I am one of those person who is willing to spend money for goodies but cost of bicycle stuff sure can add up fast along with the fact that technology is improving so fast that one has to wonder if even investing $300 or more on a light is worth it or not when a year or two later there will be a much better light and battery setup....sigh.
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Old 04-04-10, 05:36 PM   #5
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I have the cygolite tridenX Li-ion (not the "extra"....same light, smaller battery)

I mostly run it at the lowest setting which gives me 12 hour battery life.

its weatherproof, sturdy, and shock resistant.

and it lights up the road quite well.

It replaces a cateye 4 AA led light i bought in 2003.

Ill probably replace the tridenX in another seven years.


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Old 04-04-10, 05:37 PM   #6
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I have the cygolite tridenX Li-ion (not the "extra"....same light, smaller battery)

I mostly run it at the lowest setting which gives me 12 hour battery life.

its weatherproof, sturdy, and shock resistant.

and it lights up the road quite well.

It replaces a cateye 4 AA led light i bought in 2003.

Ill probably replace the tridenX in another seven years.

Edit: I hate this double post thingy....
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Old 04-08-10, 08:44 AM   #7
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I own a cheaper Cygolite HiFlux 150 and a Magicshine. The Cygo is a better quality product in term of durability. That being said, I'm sure the TidenX is manufactor on the same or better quality. Yes, price is on the high end. If this choice was up to me, I will rather go with two lights like 2 Magicshine instead of one single unit light like the TridenX
When I was searching for a high output LED headlamp, Cygolite was hands down the cheapest and getting excellent reviews on the boards. I've been very pleased with the Li-on versions that I've been using for a couple of years now. The only issue I've had is that the battery cord has pulled out of the sealing gasket in one of my units recently. It's a very reliable unit with comparable light to friends HID units. The LI-on battery straps directly to your helmet making taking off your backup a cinch at night.

One thing that is clear is that Cygolite does not use the top-bin LEDs. There have been some mods to the unit posted online that effectively doubles its output. It's an old product offering that Cygolite really needs to update. Also, they never released a headstrap adapter as others have to increase the usability of the light.


I recently compared the TridenX to the original Magicshine and I found the two comparable in light output. Though as others have commented, the fit and finish of the Magicshines reflect their pricing. Hey competition is great and I'm looking forward to companies like Nightrider and Cygolite being forced to drop their LED prices to compete with the Magicshine.
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I have the cygolite tridenX Li-ion (not the "extra"....same light, smaller battery)

I mostly run it at the lowest setting which gives me 12 hour battery life.

its weatherproof, sturdy, and shock resistant.

and it lights up the road quite well.

It replaces a cateye 4 AA led light i bought in 2003.

Ill probably replace the tridenX in another seven years.


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Careful, the dirty little secret of Lion batteries is that they degrade at a greater rate than other batteries. Basically at room temperature and full charge the battery loses charge capacity (about 20% per year) at a greater rate than other technologies. Still with the initial charge density, low self discharge (the nemesis of NiMH), and best operating temperature range, I wouldn't go with anything other than Li-ion for bicycle use.

You'll probably have to replace those batteries in year 3-4 to keep a decent run time. The formula to calculate the remaining charge (assuming you're not refrigerating the cell at 40% charged) is C=.8^y (C=estimated percent of initial capacity remaining, y=the number of years the cell has been in service). Basically after 3 years you'll only have about half the original capacity.

It's about time for me to buy new batteries. But I think I'll just get a Magicshine that comes with two batteries.
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I haven't even had time to go downtown and check out the light yet. I wish Toronto had more selection for these unique, better quality products!
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[QUOTE]Careful, the dirty little secret of Lion batteries is that they degrade at a greater rate than other batteries. Basically at room temperature and full charge the bat/QUOTE]

Careful, the dirty little secret of Lion batteries is that they degrade at a greater rate than other batteries.
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Old 04-08-10, 04:48 PM   #11
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I REALLY don't know how to use this posting system...lol

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