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Old 11-28-10, 08:34 PM   #1
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Cygolite Pace 310 at Performance vs. Magicshine

These are out of stock but I ordered one anyway, for $103.99 after coupon. Does anyone have any feedback regarding these lights compared to Magicshine? I have a MS but like most of MS owners, I'm nervous about continuing to use it, what with the recall and all. I heard the Cygolites are US made, so maybe the quality is better? Your input is appreciated.
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I've got two Cygolite MityCross 350's that I've owned for a couple of years now. Your light is a newer variant of mine. I think I paid about $175 each at Performance Bike after coupons. Battery life is still excellent and the lights have been very reliable. I think that's a great light for $104.
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I've got two Cygolite MityCross 350's that I've owned for a couple of years now. Your light is a newer variant of mine. I think I paid about $175 each at Performance Bike after coupons. Battery life is still excellent and the lights have been very reliable. I think that's a great light for $104.
Thanks. Do you use both lights at the same time, or one at a time? Just wondering if the light output of one alone is adequate.
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Thanks. Do you use both lights at the same time, or one at a time? Just wondering if the light output of one alone is adequate.
Usually both at the same time -- one on solid, one blinking. The light output of one alone is adequate for me, but if I'm moving fast on a dark rural road I'll go with two to get better vision (my eyes don't have quite the low-light sensitivity that they once did).
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I have MityCross and DualCross. Had an issue with the DualCross and Cygolite replaced the battery charger free of charge (in spite of the fact I was the second owner)..... since then it has worked flawlessly. The MityCross is amazing. Very small and lightweight, but much brighter than it's larger cousin. Plus, the batteries are interchangeable giving you a lot of flexibility. I picked up the MityCross at Performance for $89 and it is the best value of any product I have owned.
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I think you will be disappointed with the Cygolite. The Performance website list it at 310 lumens. MS says 900 lumens but I estimate it at 500-600 lumens compared to other lights I had, incluing a friends with a 600 lumen light. So you will see about half the MS output.

The problem is lights comparable to the MS costs $300 on up so it's a tough call on what to get.
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I think all the issues with the batteries on the MS light are for the newer models.. I have a 1st gen model and it works fine 18 months after I bought. The battery is holding slightly less of a full charge but other than having to top the battery off before rides it works fine.

I say use the MS light until it dies on you.. I never had an answer on another page about which versions of the battery fall under the recall?
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I think all the issues with the batteries on the MS light are for the newer models.. I have a 1st gen model and it works fine 18 months after I bought. The battery is holding slightly less of a full charge but other than having to top the battery off before rides it works fine.

I say use the MS light until it dies on you.. I never had an answer on another page about which versions of the battery fall under the recall?
I have a newer model MS from Geoman. I'm not too convinced that they will fix the problem, either. The only issue I've had with the MS is it goes dead overnight if I leave the light head plugged into the battery when the charge indicator is yellow. Otherwise, its great for the price. The Cygolite is just a hedge against Geoman not coming forth with a fix for the MS. I'd like to have a product that doesn't take extreme measures to guard against burning one's house down to use! I'm using a cast iron dutch oven to hold the MS battery during charging and just try explaining that to those you live with.
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Update: I've received my Cygolite Pace 310 and so far I'm impressed with it. I haven't had a chance to try it in actual real world use, but it looks like a good product. I don't see "Made in China" on it anywhere except the charger. Comparing the Cygolite to the Magicshine while shining both on the ceiling of my living room, I don't see a whole lot of difference in brightness. The MS has much more "spill" which is something I object to. I'd prefer to keep the light focused on the road. Also, the Cygolite has a proper screw clamp handlebar mount rather than the MS's O ring mount. I'm always having to fuss with the Magicshine to keep it aimed. Every bump seems to re-aim it either higher or lower. Hopefully the Cygolite will be more stable on my polished Kalloy trekking bars.

I'll report back with how it works on my commute, hopefully with beam shots, after it stops raining here.
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I always thought the Cygo's looked like a pretty good light. The bar mounts look like a problem for me - do they sort of sit forward of the bars and aim down like it looks in the pics? If you had a handlebar bag, it looks like the light would poke into the back of it or skim the top at best.
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I think all the issues with the batteries on the MS light are for the newer models.. I have a 1st gen model and it works fine 18 months after I bought. The battery is holding slightly less of a full charge but other than having to top the battery off before rides it works fine.

I say use the MS light until it dies on you..
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I like my CygoLite Rover II. Never let me down. I don't use it as much since getting a dynohub though.
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I'm thinking of using the Cygolite as a helmet light after Geoman replaces the MS battery, if that ever happens. I've had two instances where the MS battery went dead over night while plugged into the light head, with the charge indicator on yellow. Geoman says to unplug it at night, then plug it back in in the morning, which kind of sucks. Riding to work with my old Bell headlight definitely doesn't cut it anymore, so having two bright lights, one for backup, seems like a good idea to me.

As far as the mounting of the Cygolite goes, yes it does sit more in front of the bar than on top of it. I don't use a bar bag so I can't comment on interference issues they might cause.
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