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    Does anybody know a good headlight for the front forks?

    Im looking for a nice headlight that will mount on either of the forks of my porteur build I've been working on. I have a front rack which makes it more difficult to mount a light off the brake bolt.

    Anyone have any good suggestions?

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    This quick release mount with a conventional light might accomplish your purpose.
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    There's the MagnicLight. No batteries, no dynohub, no wires. It runs off the magnetic flux created by the spinning wheel, or something like that. It mounts on the fork just off the rim. They have both front and rear versions. It is still pretty new, and I haven't seen many reviews of it, but there is a discussion on Candlepower forums, with a lot of skepticism thrown in. But if it works it works.

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    You might be better served if you posted a pic or link to your front rack. There may be a way to mount a light to the front of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    There's the MagnicLight. No batteries, no dynohub, no wires. It runs off the magnetic flux created by the spinning wheel, or something like that. It mounts on the fork just off the rim. They have both front and rear versions. It is still pretty new, and I haven't seen many reviews of it, but there is a discussion on Candlepower forums, with a lot of skepticism thrown in. But if it works it works.
    That's a very interesting light. Certainly worthy enough to have it's own thread. I'd like to see another version of this light with two conducting units ( one on each side of the wheel ) and connected to a separate lamp unit ( via cable/wire ) so you could mount the lamp on the bars. Not to mention I'd like to see a flash mode for daytime use.

    I like the set-up as it is right now ( being self contained ) but I have questions to how it gets mounted to the bike. The video didn't really show the bracket used for mounting. Since the lamp is mounted so close to the wheel a good amount of light is lost being blocked by the wheel/tire. I love the concept though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    There's the MagnicLight. No batteries, no dynohub, no wires. It runs off the magnetic flux created by the spinning wheel, or something like that. It mounts on the fork just off the rim. They have both front and rear versions. It is still pretty new, and I haven't seen many reviews of it, but there is a discussion on Candlepower forums, with a lot of skepticism thrown in. But if it works it works.
    Very interesting concept ... I wonder if it works with Carbon wheels?

    Edit ... just found this FAQ link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...get-new-energy

    Some details on Magnic Light
    •Does Magnic Light need batteries?
    - No, the Magnic Light system contains a magnet driven dynamo which needs no batteries.
    •Does it work with aluminium wheels?
    - Yes, Magnic Light works with all standard wheels except full carbon wheels and it works with all bicycle types.
    There is no limit on wheel size, so you can use the same system for small children bikes as well as for MTBs, ATBs, and race bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
    Very interesting concept ... I wonder if it works with Carbon wheels?

    Edit ... just found this FAQ link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...get-new-energy




    Agree the concept looks really interesting. The opening cautionary note in the Operater's Manual leaves me kinda dubious as to it being terribly effective though.
    The Magnic Light system is intended only for installation with original Magnic Light adapters as additional lighting system (not as a sole source of light!)
    So $70 for a single 'be seen' light? Sigh! No sale to this commuter!

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    I think the reason for the disclaimer is that they are not STZVO compliant, and they are a German company. It is more than a "be seen" light, but maybe less than the light cannons we use which may be overkill.

    Come to think of it, I haven't seen anything else about them here. Here's one review: http://bike.duque.net/review-the-magnic-lights

    I would be willing to try a rear light for $80, but the full setup for $240 is a bit steep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    I think the reason for the disclaimer is that they are not STZVO compliant, and they are a German company. It is more than a "be seen" light, but maybe less than the light cannons we use which may be overkill.

    Come to think of it, I haven't seen anything else about them here. Here's one review: http://bike.duque.net/review-the-magnic-lights

    I would be willing to try a rear light for $80, but the full setup for $240 is a bit steep.
    Thanks for the link! The rear lights definately look most interesting. Suspect they're not STZVO compliant because there's no stand light built in and no beam cutoff. I did notice that he brought a helmet light as a supplement on his brevet, and that the headlight output wasn't significantly better than a dyno unit.

    Still - will probably order a couple rear units to check out. The unlimited runtime / no maintenaince part is certainly nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    There's the MagnicLight. No batteries, no dynohub, no wires. It runs off the magnetic flux created by the spinning wheel, or something like that. It mounts on the fork just off the rim. They have both front and rear versions. It is still pretty new, and I haven't seen many reviews of it, but there is a discussion on Candlepower forums, with a lot of skepticism thrown in. But if it works it works.
    Awesome! Very expensive, though.

    As for mounting a light to fork, I made my own:
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    A piece of aluminum tube cut from a broken frame pump, hose clamp and a vine cork. very secure and weighs almost nothing. Weight weenies can leave out the cork, use zip ties and drill out the tube

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    I'm not impressed with the Magnic either, and frankly think Reelights (http://shop.reelight.com) provide a better looking, more versatile magnet powered setup, and the hub mounted units offer a solution for the OP.
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    The difference with the Magnic light vs. the Reelight is that the Magnic requires no magnets on the spokes. It is an entirely stand-alone unit and uses the rim to drive it. Both though are looking to do away with the dynamo hub so you can use the wheels you have. The Magnic light also nicely does away with wires.

    I have neither though, so I can't say how bright either is, nor whether they would throw a useful beam.

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