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Best rear light (best attach. setup)?

Old 02-04-18, 09:26 AM
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My DiNotte Quad Red has many thousands of miles with no problems. The mount is elegant in its simplicity. It is easy to take the light off which as with any USB charged light is important.
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Old 02-04-18, 09:33 AM
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I’ve used Cateye, Knog, and the Hotshot and never lost any of them while riding.

I didn’t like replacing batteries in the cateye, so I switched to the Knog which is rechargeable. After a couple years, the Knog wouldn’t hold a charge anymore so I switched to the Hotshot.

The Hotshot is by far my favorite. It holds a charge for a long time, and can be seen in on overcast days from a mile away. Not only does it have different modes, but you can adjust the intensity of the flash patterns as well. I’ve been using the Hotshot now for a couple years without any issues.
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Old 02-04-18, 10:15 AM
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The rubber bands on an Axiom Pulse have lasted me many years.

Very robust and gets moved from bike to charger to bike daily.


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Old 02-04-18, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I love the SuperFlash -- especially the USB rechargeable version -- but I've lost two or three of them when those white plastic "jaws" that are chomping down on the black plastic part of the mount (that's supposed to stay on the light when you remove it from the mount) broke when riding over rough pavement.

Now I've started supergluing that piece onto the light, and so far haven't lost any.
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Old 02-04-18, 01:06 PM
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BontrAger Flare-R

Going strong for 3 Years, great mount and battery life, zero issues.
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Old 02-04-18, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
I've lost two or three of them when those white plastic "jaws" that are chomping down on the black plastic part of the mount (that's supposed to stay on the light when you remove it from the mount) broke when riding over rough pavement. Now I've started supergluing that piece onto the light, and so far haven't lost any.
Hmmm ... Now you have me wondering if that is what happened to mine.


Anyway, I am doing a variety of Hotshots now, like the rest of the cool kids. I am set.
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Old 02-04-18, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
started supergluing that piece onto the light, and so far haven't lost any.
oh interesting. are they still removable?
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Old 02-05-18, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
oh interesting. are they still removable?
Yes, the part I glue onto the light isn't supposed to come off easily anyway. It's the other end of that black plastic part that snaps in & out of the mount (that remains attached to your bike). So they're just as removable as an un-glued Superflash.

Note, if that designated remove/reinstall thumb latch part is the point of failure for your lights this won't prevent that, but this just addresses a different point of failure.
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Old 02-05-18, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
I'm very happy with the Serfas UTL-6 Thunderbolt. It's my favorite of all lights, front or rear.
The side of one of the bands broke in a mishap a while back, but everything still stays in place nicely. I like strapping it to the left seat stay - easy on and off - and usually set it to flash at low intensity for maximum life on a charge. I also like the fact that it doesn't so much flash as blink softly.
I use this as well. Never had any issues with it. Easy on, easy off, decent battery life, can be recharged easily, and can be mounted anywhere on the bike (for example, I mount mine on the non-drive side seatstay pointed ever so slightly toward the road).
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Old 02-05-18, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
I use this as well. Never had any issues with it. Easy on, easy off, decent battery life, can be recharged easily, and can be mounted anywhere on the bike
I have that Serfas also, but I almost never use it because mine has terrible battery life! Never been able to get more than one hour out of it.

I agree that it otherwise checks all the boxes. It's the only light I own that can easily fit on any/all of my bikes. It can also be astonishingly bright, for those times when that's a desirable trait.

But on a full charge (when set to their brightest flashing mode) my Niterider Solas and Planet Bike Superflash USB both outlast the Serfas by at least an hour if not longer.
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Old 02-05-18, 11:58 AM
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You didn't say what your price range is and how bright you want it to be. As to the latter, I would go with "very to insanely."

Very bright and kind of but not too expensive has been mentioned: Bontrager Flare R.

Insanely bright and expensive but worth it if you want/need it is Dinotte Quad Red.

Both are well attached to the bike, although Dinotte requires a little more initial fiddling.
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Old 02-05-18, 12:26 PM
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Cateye Rapid X2 was my go to for a long time, but now that I got the Bontrager Flare R, there is no comparison in terms of light output. The Bontrager has a very piercing light, almost like a laser, and is very focused. The Cateye is good from different angles, but it can't compare in terms of long distance and attention-grabbing brightness. The Cateye would be more than adequate for night use, the Flare R is best for daytime use. Cuts through even the brightest sunlight, and is visible from a very long ways away. The mounting rubber band on the Cateye was more sleek, kept the light snug against the seatpost, which looked a lot better. The Flare R's mount is more cumbersome, a strap with a hook on the end, and a receiver for the light to snap into. Overall looks much more bulky than the Cateye, not a huge fan of that. But it's all about safety, and the Flare R kills it for daytime use. I've never had a rubber band on any of my lights break. I tend to think the more connections there are, and more cumbersome the attachment is, the more likely there is for something to break, or at a minimum, get knocked out of position. The Cateye uses rubber bands and the light fit snug against the seatpost, so it was quite a solid connection. The good thing about the Flare R is that the attachment feels kind of rubbery, more flexible and giving than hard plastic. I think that adds some vibration damping and is probably better for preventing breakage.
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Old 02-05-18, 12:26 PM
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Been using this for over a year now; so can comfortably say that it's pretty durable.
Has a strap; but also a clip. Nice to have that option; multiple bikes, locking -up, etc.
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Any of you all just mount one to your helmet instead? I have seen guys do that, but I am not sure what a good light is for that application.
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Old 02-05-18, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Bomb Komodo View Post
Any of you all just mount one to your helmet instead? I have seen guys do that, but I am not sure what a good light is for that application.
I bought this light from Amazon,
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
thinking it would be a cheap alternative. It's ok, but not as bright as others I've tried. It came with a BUNCH of rubber band attachments, so I ended up using this light on my helmet (in addition to my bike tail light). I have a Giro Atmos (it's an older model so I'm not sure the shape is the same now), and the shape of the light was a perfect fit in between some of the vents and grooves in the back of the helmet. So I just use the rubber bands and thread it through the vents, and the light fits perfectly on the helmet without moving or rattling around. It doesn't fit on my other helmet, so it's just a good fit for this one helmet I happen to own. YMMV depending on your helmet, but this one is perfect and simple to attach to mine.
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Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
I bought this light from Amazon,
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
thinking it would be a cheap alternative. It's ok, but not as bright as others I've tried. It came with a BUNCH of rubber band attachments, so I ended up using this light on my helmet (in addition to my bike tail light). I have a Giro Atmos (it's an older model so I'm not sure the shape is the same now), and the shape of the light was a perfect fit in between some of the vents and grooves in the back of the helmet. So I just use the rubber bands and thread it through the vents, and the light fits perfectly on the helmet without moving or rattling around. It doesn't fit on my other helmet, so it's just a good fit for this one helmet I happen to own. YMMV depending on your helmet, but this one is perfect and simple to attach to mine.
Sweet, that looks ideal, thanks.
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Old 02-05-18, 02:13 PM
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I have used several light snow, including a Knog, Planet Flash, Blackburn, and some I cant remember the names of. The best so far (brightness and mounting bracket) is the Exposure TracerR. It takes up less room on the seatpost as well. It uses a silicone band and stays very secure even on my BMC's aero seat post. I swap it between my BMC (main bike) with annoying aero seat post, the CruX (winter bike), and the Tarmac (least ridden so far) and it never budges...ever. I have hit some rough roads on the CruX too...even singletrack once.
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I have a dinotte quad red on one bike - my hands down favorite tail light ever. Eye-searingly bright. Never had a problem with the mount (and it's a heavy light!) and I ran an extension cord over to the bike and I charge it right on the bike after a long ride, mostly so I don't forget to remount it after a charge.

The cygolights used to be my favorite until I noticed how dramatically the brightness falls off if you are off axis.

I have a Serfas thunderbolt right now on my main ride because out of the 25 different size seat post attachments that Dinotte sent me, none of them fit my new seatpost. (sort of squarish / aero). It's a nice little light with tons of mounting options.
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I am enjoying my Lezyne Micro Drive. It has a 180 lm setting for daytime use. It has more than enough run time at this brightest setting for my needs.

I initially found that it rattled at times on rough roads. I reduced the rattling by placing some rubber tape on the seatpost at the mounting point. Later, I found a better solution: I securely insert the light into my seat bag, between the bag and the bag's mounting strap, eliminating the need for mounting onto the seatpost altogether. Let me know if you want me to take a picture of this setup.
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
I'm very happy with the Serfas UTL-6 Thunderbolt. It's my favorite of all lights, front or rear.
The side of one of the bands broke in a mishap a while back, but everything still stays in place nicely. I like strapping it to the left seat stay - easy on and off - and usually set it to flash at low intensity for maximum life on a charge. I also like the fact that it doesn't so much flash as blink softly.
This has been my tail light for years, I like it too. Two critiques: it has a loud beep when it's charged (don't charge overnight, it'll wake you up); and the mount-straps can break after years of use.

Lisa got the TBT-50R Thunderbolt 2.0 recently, I really like this version better.
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There are numerous new unbranded lights that are use the chip-on-board LED technology (invented by the Chinese) that are far superior to the lights using individual LEDs. They are brighter than the old style for the same current draw. The Apace Vision light linked a couple posts above is an example but rather high priced. It's main feature is a clear case that lets you see the light from the side as well as the rear. I took a quick look on eBay and came up with a similar light but with a 20% larger battery, has an IPX-6 waterproof rating, uses 50 mini-LEDs instead of 30, and sells for less than half the price. $7.56 postpaid from China, 600 mAh battery, 168 lumens (same as Blitzu Cyborg 168T), and 2 hour recharge time. I see two downsides - blue lights are illegal except for emergency vehicles in NV and it uses that crappy o-ring mounting system that even some of the more expensive lights use. I bought several different versions of inexpensive USB rechargeable bike taillights for myself and as Christmas gifts. I still haven't received one that I would call unacceptable or junk.
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Lezyne is making the best range of lights of right now, IMO. Smart, robust designs, versatile feature sets, and pretty good styling, too.

My favorite tail light is the Strip Drive Pro (I actually have the Strip Drive, which is not as powerful, but otherwise the same). I like the variety of light settings which suit the variety of rides I do, and the mounting is very stable, relying on friction from the body on the seatpost in addition to the tension from the strap, which is lower than some other strap mount devices, including their Zecto Drive, which I also use, like very much, and have never had a problem with.

I also have a Lezyne KTV tailight, Specialized Stix Comp, and Knog Blinder Road R. The KTV is a nice spare and good for short, in town, night rides, but it's not very bright and doesn't run long. I like the Specialized Stix Comp, and use it often as a day flasher for the fast, 2hr club rides; the matching front is so light, I have it Velcro'd to the headtube! The Knog Blinder Road R is handsome, but I've had at least 4 of them, all but one of which has failed in one way or the other. One didn't even work when I bought it new. I don't recommend Knog anymore because of those and other Knog product failures I've experienced. Great looking products, but straps have been a weak point, as has circuitry in my experience. I can't even remember how many Frogs, Roads, and Boomers (both USB and batt) I've had over the years, but their performance has been checkered. I see some of the design elements that've frustrated me carrying into new designs, but some, like the PWR lights look better...if electronics can be trusted.

Sorry, I guess I got to ranting, there.
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