CatEye HL-EL135 Lights

3.56/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $32.99


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Product Description

The HL-EL135 has three LEDs with OptiCube lens technology for a wider beam with excellent visibility. Featuring flashing and constant modes, as well as more than 320 hours of runtime. This is the perfect compact commuter light.
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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve Miller

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2014

Strengths:    Economical, durable,ease of use

Weaknesses:    Easy to accidentally turn on in daylight or while putting it away and not notice.

Bottom Line:   
This has been my bike light for well over five years. The bike sits exposed to the elements at my outdoor job; rain and sun exposure have not affected either the plastic or the performance a bit. I use rechargeable batteries so I always have a set charged and ready to go. Most of the time I store the light in my "under the saddle" bag with my tools and extra tube, only mounting the light when there is a chance I'll need it at night or need to be seen in poor weather. Relatively easy mount and no problems with the mount after 5 years of use.
The only drawback for me has been accidentally turning it on. The on/off button on the end of the product is fairly easy to compress while putting it in the tool bag. I've been known to accidentally turn it on and not notice. That hasn't been too much of a problem though since I always carry a couple of extra charged batteries with me.
It's not the brightest headlight out there but it provides enough light to make the rider visible to traffic. This headlight been a great performer and value for me.

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Favorite Trail:   Always on Southern California roads

Duration Product Used:   Over 5 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   REI Rancho Cucamonga

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Edgewood hybrid set up as commuter/primary transportation.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kona_CT a Cross Country Rider from Boston, MA USA

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2011

Strengths:    Wicked easy to mount. Let's me keep it in my backpack and attach to whichever bike I'm riding that day. Easy to switch on and switch between modes (strobe / steady). It's fairly slim and light. The output isn't like a car headlight, but I can see it reflecting against stop signs a hundred feet away from me. It will definitely get you seen.

Weaknesses:    I wouldn't use it if you need a light to see something like a trail. On a sidewalk or the street it works great.

Bottom Line:   
This light will get you seen on your commute. If you ride on rail trails or in the street the steady light mode will help you see. It won't make in front of you look like daylight.

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Favorite Trail:   streets of Boston

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Cheap Bell light.

Bike Setup:   2008 Kona Cowan / 2009 Giant Modem

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cateye_products_are_crap a Weekend Warrior from MARS

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2010

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Not a practical piece of equipment

Bottom Line:   
This product is unfit for the purpose it is designed for,
as it cannot be used in wet weather as it is not waterproof.
Water gets inside the light and it cuts out. I only had the
light for three weeks and it stoppped working completely.
This product should not be allowed to be sold in shops.
Absolutely execrable.

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Favorite Trail:   NONE

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by heli_dad a Weekend Warrior from Jamaica, New York

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2008

Strengths:    It allows me to be seen during my commute to work. It can also double as a flashlight. Easily attached to the bike

Weaknesses:    I wish the beam could reach a little farther, and be a little brighter.

Bottom Line:   
If you need a versatile light to satisfy your needs for illumination, and you don't want to break the bank, this makes a great choice.

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Favorite Trail:   the streets of New York

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Bellittes Bikes

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Sorrento '07

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by bwanadik a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2008

Strengths:    Flash

Weaknesses:    Mounting bracket that allows the light to be used as flashlight.

Bottom Line:   
It matters not, the light output, nor the low cost. The Mounting bracket requires Jury-rigging for one, and the catch that holds the light brone the first time the bike fell over. It is now taped on. The "catch is obscenely flimsy.
Who should buy this? Folks who don't mind a Jury-rigged light,
Who shouldn't? Everyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Middle Fork American River

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $21.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   NiteRider, Flashlight, candle-in-a-jar.

Bike Setup:   Which one, Surly, Yo Eddy, or Soma

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kcbikeguy a Weekend Warrior from KC MO

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2008

Strengths:    Cheap, strong enough so cars wont kill you. Helps see at night somewhat.

Weaknesses:    Could be stronger/further beam, but I guess thats would cost more money...still works good enough.

Bottom Line:   
works good, inexpensive, clips off to use as a flashlight....I think I use it more around the house than riding cuz I always know where it is! :O

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere/city

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   web

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   DB response sport 07

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt martinez a Cross Country Rider from san antonio tx

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2008

Strengths:    small, compact, uses AA batteries. if product dies, all you need to do is change the batteries! easy to mount, and even has removable mounting hardware to isolate light, long battery life

Weaknesses:    if you put more than 1 on your bike, it may get a little heavy, light is not very bright by itself, on riser bars, the light will shift from the 31.8 base to the smaller diameter of the bar (towards the grips), you can leave the lights on without knowing,

Bottom Line:   
these lights are great for the price. a bunch of my friends have the expensive nightrider systems (like $150!) and other systems that you have to charge. so if you have a spur of the moment night ride, they cant go bc their lights arent charged. also, on one of my friend's nightrider system, the wire came out of the battery and it was not covered under warranty! you wont have those problems with theese lights! these lights need no charging and have a really long life. ive used my lights for about 6 mos and still havent replaced the batteries. i retro-fitted my helmet w 2 of these with zip-ties and put 1 on my bike and they work great. just carry extra batteries and you are set to ride all night!

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Favorite Trail:   flat rock ranch

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   ride away bicycles

Similar Products Used:   rayovac, 1 watt head strap light

Bike Setup:   fuji thrill 2.0, stylo crank, vuelta xrp sl wheels, carbon post, aliante seat, cane creek is-8 carbon headset

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andynash a Cross Country Rider from SLC, UT

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2007

Strengths:    mounting bracket, compact

Weaknesses:    not water resistant

Bottom Line:   
The mounting bracket was easy to install and stays put, plus it works with my older cateye lights. It's a great safety light for around town when I'm commuting after dark. I've even dropped it a number of times and it still works.

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Favorite Trail:   MOAB

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $22.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   other cateye lights

Bike Setup:   Trek 1500SLR

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chad a Weekend Warrior from Calgary AB Canada

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2007

Strengths:    Affordable price, Long lasting battery life.

Weaknesses:    None considering the price.

Bottom Line:   
Great light for the price, Has a constant beam or strobe mode. The light also has three led bulbs for wider light coverage than a single led light. Suited more for being seen than seeing, but still has enough light not to leave you in the dark. If your the rider who make many frequent night or early morning rides before the sun rises this light is not for you. For Someone like my self you occasionally gets caught in the dark I highly recommend this product.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Bowcycle


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