CatEye NC250 Lights

4/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $200.00


Product Description

When you want the performance of a high-powered halogen system, you can choose the CatEye NC250 Twin which is equipped with a 12-watt and 20-watt bulb, or the NC260 Solo equipped with a single 12 watt bulb. With medium flood reflectors, the CatEye lights offer exceptional performance and versatility. The alminum lamp bodies can be aimed individually up, down or from side to side. The lights mount above or below the handlebars. Remote switches make these lights easy to operate in tough off-road conditions.
• 20+12W Halogen
• Constant:50 min
• 12W Halogen
• Constant:140 min
• 20W Halogen
• Constant:80 min
• Rechargeable:12V NiCad
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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew a Cross Country Rider from Auckland

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2001

Strengths:    Really well made light units. Effective quick releases. Plenty of light for most situations. Spares and customer service back up. Easy to recharge. Independently adjustable lights.

Weaknesses:    Remote switch is a little weak. Sometimes takes a few taps to get it working. Not the lightest system available. Lamps get REALLY hot. Run time on full power is poor.

Bottom Line:   
These lights are a cut above the average. Maybe they aren't as good as a Stadium, or the top-end NiteRider Digitals, but they don't cost as much either! The individual lights are a great feature as you can angle them both vertically and horizontally independently. Really great feature, which the NiteRiders don't offer. They are really well made. No tacky plastic parts where cast aluminium can be used.

The charge and burn time is OK, but has since been bettered by other systems out there. Because the battery is NiCad, it is indirectly actually an advantage having a short burn time. On most rides, the system forces you to completely discharge the battery by running out! This is good for the battery and removes the temptation to charge from half full.

The whole setup is really easy to mount and dismount from the quick release brackets. The reviewer who claims not to have received the switch quick release should check how he has mounted his set, as the quickrelease tab is quite small (like on the Cateye computer mounts).

If you are after an extremely tidy setup which offers quality and performance without the rediculous costs of some systems out there, go for this light. At the end of the day (literally!) who realy wants to ride for longer than 1 - 2 hours at night offroad? You can have plenty of fun and get some serious training in within the burn time of these lights. Recommended. Only the weight and the burn time secures the less than 5 chilli's.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   BLT, NiteRider

Bike Setup:   Merlin XLM, SID Race, Cross Max UST, XTR, Easton, Thomson

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darren Birkin a Cross Country Rider from Nr Leighton Buzzard UK

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2000

Strengths:    Nice sturdy aluminium lamp bodies, bright light.

Weaknesses:    A NiMh battery would be better than the NiCad supplied.

Bottom Line:   
I like these lights. The lamp bodies are small and neat (and have stood up well to a couple of wipe outs), the switch is good and also on a quick relase mount (must be different than the previous reviewers). Battery life is ok but if both lamps are used continuously then the battery will run out of juice in less than an hour. The 12watt flood is sufficient for most night time off road stuff - I kick in the 20 watt spot to fill in the middle distance when going faster. Excellent lights for night time off roading.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Evans Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Some other cheaper cateye lights.
Cateye Stadium 3


Bike Setup:   Cannondale F2000SL
Klein Mantra Race

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darren Birkin a Cross Country Rider from Nr Leighton Buzzard UK

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2000

Strengths:    Nice sturdy aluminium lamp bodies, bright light.

Weaknesses:    A NiMh battery would be better than the NiCad supplied.

Bottom Line:   
I like these lights. The lamp bodies are small and neat, the switch is good and also on a quick relase mount (must be different than the previous reviewers). Battery life is ok but if both lamps are used continuously then the battery will run out of juice in less than an hour. The 12watt flood is sufficient for most night time off road stuff - I kick in the 20 watt spot to fill in the middle distance when going faster. Excellent lights for night time off roading.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Evans Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Some other cheaper cateye lights.
Cateye Stadium 3


Bike Setup:   Cannondale F2000SL
Klein Mantra Race

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Don a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 17, 1999

Strengths:    
Very bright, battery charge lasts a little longer than advertised, easy to charge


Weaknesses:    
Poor mounting for multi-bike use, heavy, extra switch mount just something else to break, too expensive.


Bottom Line:   
This light is amazingly bright, as it should be for the price. The 12 watt is plenty for any type riding I do and runs well over an hour on a full charge. I got it at the semi-annual bike swap here for 40 cents on the dollar, but if I had less than $100 to spend, it would go towards a Cygolite Nite Rover, which I also just bought and reviewed. The lights have Q/R mounts and the switch doesn't . . . what's up with that?!! If you ride both road and mountain, that's a poorly thought out pain. I tried to order a spare switch bracket to leave one on each bike, but Cateye says it's not a part they regularly stock- they keep them only for replacement and require the broken one sent in to verify. ANOTHER what's up?!! Think, McFly, think! My LBS is trying to get me one, but Cygolite will sell little parts like this direct. One jalapeno off for poor forethought and low user-friendliness at the manufacturer level, and four burning burrito bombs for easy charging (no pilot light on the charger though, also dumb) and light so bright you think, Why did they put up street lights on this trail?! Mount the switches on the lights next time, boys, and save a plastic Xmas tree for future generations.

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Favorite Trail:   
Starr Pass

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Cateye HL500
Cygolite Nite Rover


Bike Setup:   
MTB and road bike

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