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Old 10-26-11, 12:06 AM   #1
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Smile Oooo, Philips SafeRide headlights in US online store!

I think U.S. residents have been ordering these from German etailers up 'til now:

Black: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5150-qc30.htm
Silver: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5151-qc30.htm

No details shown yet, but I think this'll be the AA-powered one including batteries and charger. Don't see the dyno version there yet.

MTBR info on the SafeRide, including beamshots:
http://reviews.mtbr.com/philips-safe...ights-shootout
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Old 10-26-11, 07:13 AM   #2
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I think U.S. residents have been ordering these from German etailers up 'til now:

Black: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5150-qc30.htm
Silver: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5151-qc30.htm

No details shown yet, but I think this'll be the AA-powered one including batteries and charger. Don't see the dyno version there yet.

MTBR info on the SafeRide, including beamshots:
http://reviews.mtbr.com/philips-safe...ights-shootout
Why would anyone pay $160 for 220 lumens?
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Old 10-26-11, 08:47 AM   #3
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Why would anyone pay $160 for 220 lumens?
Because the 220 lumens (or 400 claimed lumens according to the MTBR review) go where you most need them, instead of illuminating the night sky?
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I love it - I've ranted repeatedly about the failure of most bike light manufacturers to employ intelligent/efficient reflectors.

I won't buy one at $200 - but get the thing down under $100 and its a sale.

"The bigger deal" - I hope this spawns more intelligent applications of reflectors in all modern recreational lighting systems.
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Anyone know if/when we'll see the Dyno version available from a US retailer?
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I won't buy one at $200 - but get the thing down under $100 and its a sale.
Unfortunately $100 would be WAY below wholesale dealer cost (I know what it is, and the store I linked to is making very little on these).
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Anyone know if/when we'll see the Dyno version available from a US retailer?
How does the dyno version compare to a Cyo?
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Unfortunately $100 would be WAY below wholesale dealer cost (I know what it is, and the store I linked to is making very little on these).
Do you know that store well at all? I just ask because I was thinking of getting someone one of these as a christmas present, and the website is not well known to me, and it looks a little...90's...
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How does the dyno version compare to a Cyo?
Don't know, but I may be willing to be a guinea pig...
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Do you know that store well at all? I just ask because I was thinking of getting someone one of these as a christmas present, and the website is not well known to me, and it looks a little...90's...
I've been buying from AE Bike since 2001. They're a great QBP etailer. Decent prices & CS. Free ship >$75 too.

If you don't like them, any QBP affiliated LBS should be able to order the same part for you as well.
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How does the dyno version compare to a Cyo?
Shines all over the place in an erratic fashion. In the forward direction it is dimmer than Cyo. Its standlight is much dimmer than Cyo's. The bracket is flattened for aesthetic reasons under a reflector and breaks over time at stress points. Its operation is more noisy electromagnetically. However the housing is out of alu and is sturdier than Cyo's.
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thanks for posting this!
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Do you know that store well at all? I just ask because I was thinking of getting someone one of these as a christmas present, and the website is not well known to me, and it looks a little...90's...
Yeah, they're legit like seeker333 said. It's a bummer for us LBSes that they're cutting the margin so thin on that item, but you as the customer are getting a smokin' deal.
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Do you know that store well at all? I just ask because I was thinking of getting someone one of these as a christmas present, and the website is not well known to me, and it looks a little...90's...
I've ordered from AEBike a few times (very reasonable international shipping). Pretty decent shop.
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Oddly it's one of the few items that's less expensive Europe than in the States. I wouldn't be surprised if the US price fell significantly.
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Shines all over the place in an erratic fashion. In the forward direction it is dimmer than Cyo. Its standlight is much dimmer than Cyo's. The bracket is flattened for aesthetic reasons under a reflector and breaks over time at stress points. Its operation is more noisy electromagnetically. However the housing is out of alu and is sturdier than Cyo's.
Doesn't sound like I'll buy one.
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AE Bike is a great store FWIW. nothing wrong with a plain website as long as it works and the service is good.
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I think U.S. residents have been ordering these from German etailers up 'til now:

Black: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5150-qc30.htm
Silver: http://aebike.com/product/philips-sa...t5151-qc30.htm

No details shown yet, but I think this'll be the AA-powered one including batteries and charger. Don't see the dyno version there yet.

MTBR info on the SafeRide, including beamshots:
http://reviews.mtbr.com/philips-safe...ights-shootout
I might be wrong, but I thought the SafeRide was the dynamo version. The battery version is just called the Phillips LED Bike Light.
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Shines all over the place in an erratic fashion. In the forward direction it is dimmer than Cyo. Its standlight is much dimmer than Cyo's. The bracket is flattened for aesthetic reasons under a reflector and breaks over time at stress points. Its operation is more noisy electromagnetically. However the housing is out of alu and is sturdier than Cyo's.
There are others that would disagree with you. review puts it up there with the Edelux. Though there have been reports of broken brackets.
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I might be wrong, but I thought the SafeRide was the dynamo version. The battery version is just called the Phillips LED Bike Light.
I logged into QBP's dealer site to see if they had any new info. They didn't, but they list the manufacturer's part number as BF48L20BALXM. I Googled for it, and it appears to be the battery-powered model, here's a PDF file on it: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...jqm_9dVGRtwR1A
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I logged into QBP's dealer site to see if they had any new info. They didn't, but they list the manufacturer's part number as BF48L20BALXM. I Googled for it, and it appears to be the battery-powered model, here's a PDF file on it: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...jqm_9dVGRtwR1A
Could be, I did notice it wasn't under QBP's dynamo light section. But the European sites list the dynamo version as the SafeRide and the battery operated one as the LED bike light, oh well. It isn't the first time I have noticed that QBP used a different name than the manufacturer. I did a search on one of QBP's listed model numbers, but didn't find anything.
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Oddly it's one of the few items that's less expensive Europe than in the States.
I just ordered a dynamo model for only 47.97 € (silver) http://www.roseversand.com/article/p...ght/aid:489003 but now it is sold out.
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Its all in how the lumens are harnessed and not the quantity. The Philips with its asymmetric reflector provides an even and long throw illumination of the road. The Philips makes me feel safer on ~35mph descents than any symmetric beam bike light I've tried. It is better than any motorcycle light I've seen, including my own. I've been using it for a few months and it still knocks my socks off.

The only bummer with currently production models is the short 72 minute run time on high. I have an older unit that runs for over 120 minutes on high.

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That's s pretty impressive beam pattern, and for the right kind of road (i.e. not well lighted), it'd be a boon. It's a little too big and ugly for me and my type of night riding, though, which is well-lighted urban.
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There are others that would disagree with you. review puts it up there with the Edelux. Though there have been reports of broken brackets.
The review sells those lamps on Ebay.
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