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Old 05-21-14, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question Cygolite Expilion 800?

Has anyone here used the Cygolite Expilion 800? What do you think of it? I'm thinking about purchasing one.
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Old 05-21-14, 02:58 PM   #2
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No, but I have one of their taillights. That headlight looks sturdy and reliable. I'm sure it's more than bright enough. Be careful where you point it.
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I've got there 500 and it's pretty bright. Or bright enough for me anyhow.
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I don't own one but considered it before buying a couple of Fenix BT20 lights.

The Cygolite Expilion 800 spec sheet shows 3 hours runtime at 400 lumens and 9 hours at 150 lumens, which was too short runtime and not bright enough for my needs, resepectively. The power ranges are awkward.....150, 400, 550, 800. I rode with someone with a lower power version and this rider liked this light.

I understand some Cateye cyclecomputers will not work when this light is powered on. My Magicshine will do that to my cateye cyclecomputer.
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I can't comment on the 800. I do, however, have an Expilion 250 that I use as a helmet light. It is reliable, and I am pleased with its performance.
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Has anyone here used the Cygolite Expilion 800? What do you think of it? I'm thinking about purchasing one.
Performance bike has Cygolite but is rebranded from Expilion to the Pace line of products. The Pace 750 is a better buy, pricewise. And from time to time, the Pace 750 goes on sale.
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Beam photos from older Cygolite models show a sharp cutoff at the edge of the beam.
Cygolite 350 backyard beam pattern
Cygolite 700 trail ride video

I used to have a Fenix flashlight attached to the bars as a front light. It has a central hot spot and a sharp cutoff to darkness at the edge of the beam. A sharp cutoff is still usable, but I really like my current Dinotte light that gradually fades off on the edge, and the beam is really wide.

Compare the cygolite 350 to the Lezyne power drive 300 in the 2013 MTBR lights shootout. The Lezyne lights up the post at the left side.

cygolite 350


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Performance bike has Cygolite but is rebranded from Expilion to the Pace line of products. The Pace 750 is a better buy, pricewise. And from time to time, the Pace 750 goes on sale.
I have the Pace 750, purchased it from Performance, for about half off when it was on sale and I had an additional coupon. For the price I paid, it is a great value in a light. However, I am not totally in love with the design as it is difficult to remove from the handlebar mount and the rubber plug that covers the USB port does not stay securely in place. These are common complaints, I believe but not necessarily deal breakers.

Now that I have a dynamo setup on my commuter/tourer I moved this light to my mountain bike, where I feel the beam pattern is more appropriate for trail riding. I currently have this light bundled with my other rechargeable headlight / tail light (Dinotte Lighting) in a craigslist posting. Again, after getting my dynamo set no looking back!
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I recently purchased the Cyglolite Expilion 800 and I like it...its plenty bright...I have not experienced any issues with my computer (Cateye Urban Wireless), but Ive only been on one night ride so far! It is costly AND that rubber USB cover does not stay put! , which is not really a problem unless you're riding in the rain, but I have a plastic bag (clear, thin shower cap) to cover my dashboard.
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I recently purchased the Cyglolite Expilion 800 and I like it...its plenty bright...I have not experienced any issues with my computer (Cateye Urban Wireless), but Ive only been on one night ride so far! It is costly AND that rubber USB cover does not stay put! , which is not really a problem unless you're riding in the rain, but I have a plastic bag (clear, thin shower cap) to cover my dashboard.
I have the (new) Cygolite Expilion 680 and it's a fantastic light, with one sizeable caveat - the mounting system.

The poorly designed mount allows the light to swivel loosely in a roughly 30 degree arc - so as you ride it will definitely wiggle from left to right. You have to use a little ingenuity to secure it (rubber bands?). Given the fair number of reviews that have highlighted that as a major fail since 2013, it's almost as if they don't care.

In most bike-light surveys, the Light & Motion Urban series are top, with the Expilions taking 2nd. I have just ordered the Urban 550 to replace the Expilion 680, which I'll pass to my wife. That said, I reiterate the 680 is a VERY good light except for the flawed mount.
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There's a screw you can tighten to help prevent swiveling, but I wound up gluing mine. I used Gorilla glue but cyanoacrylate will work too.

The light is good, but the switch is a bit difficult to operate and the it's difficult to get the USB cover to seat correctly. I use a minute amount of silicone grease on the cover which helps.
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There's a screw you can tighten to help prevent swiveling, but I wound up gluing mine. I used Gorilla glue but cyanoacrylate will work too.

The light is good, but the switch is a bit difficult to operate and the it's difficult to get the USB cover to seat correctly. I use a minute amount of silicone grease on the cover which helps.
Yes I forgot to mention the USB cover - it just hangs loosely off mine most of the time. Both of these flaws are pretty disappointing but not fatal.
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There's a method I use to get the cover to seat. I hold the light in my left hand and angle the cover away from the light. There's a rectangular protrusion on the cover that inserts into the light and I stick the corner of it closest to me (nearest the cover's attachment) into the slot in the light while still angled outward. Then I start to push on the cover rocking it inward working the rest of the protrusion into the slot. The protrusion is bit too long so I need to compress the last bit toward the attachment point to get it into the slot. It's still kind of a pain and should be a better design.
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I went ahead and purchased the Expilion 800. I have rode with it on 3 different mornings so far and I am pleased with it. It is much brighter than my previous light and it seems to recharge pretty quickly. The only thing I would change is I wish it had a wider spread of light, but hey, for $94 it's pretty good. I'm sure the two and three LED lights can really light up a wide path, but they're at least twice the cost or more.
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I have the Pace 750, purchased it from Performance, for about half off when it was on sale and I had an additional coupon. For the price I paid, it is a great value in a light. However, I am not totally in love with the design as it is difficult to remove from the handlebar mount and the rubber plug that covers the USB port does not stay securely in place. These are common complaints, I believe but not necessarily deal breakers.

I have a 350 mounted on a helmet-mount (and a second on my bars)... if you think the handle bar mount is bad... LOL

and yeah... the rubber plug sucks. Otherwise, I'm happy with them. One 350 gives me enough light to see an unlit paved path in near total darkness at up to about 15mph; two work when I need the extra spread.

@OP, better late than never? Congrats on your purchase!
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I have a 350 mounted on a helmet-mount (and a second on my bars)... if you think the handle bar mount is bad... LOL

and yeah... the rubber plug sucks. Otherwise, I'm happy with them. One 350 gives me enough light to see an unlit paved path in near total darkness at up to about 15mph; two work when I need the extra spread.

@OP, better late than never? Congrats on your purchase!

I also run a Metro 360 on a helmet mount, and yes, you are correct. That mount won't win any awards either for ease of removal of the light. Especially in the winter if my hands are cold, I either put up with the pain, or just bring my helmet into the house to charge the light.
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I've had the Expilion 350 and 400 for two years now. Both super bright. I haven't used them on the bike yet, but I keep them in my car all the time and use as flashlights. Even with the Florida heat they go months between recharging. Recharging does take a long time for these.
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I used the Cyglolite Expilion 800 all last season and its brightness and wide enough footprint proved it an excellent light for the price. The bonus, for me, was the daytime flashing mode. That made it a complete package for me.
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