CatEye TL-LD1000 Lights

3.44/5 (9 Reviews)


Product Description

The TL-LD1000 is the latest and brightest tail light from CatEye. It is highly water resistant, has 4 different modes, and offers side visibility. With 10 super bright LEDs and CatEye Opticube lens technology, the TL-LD1000 is designed to be bright enough to be used even during the day.
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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gerry a Weekend Warrior from hicksville, New York

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2007

Strengths:    East to install as a clip on to a saddle bag. Extremely bright as I hurt my eyes staring into it for a few seconds. Variable light patterns. Can be seen from the side to a degree. Seems sturdy and well made.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
For my use this light is more than adequate. I am a road biker and take one major ride on the weekends of about 60 miles. To get a second ride in, mostly for aerobic purposes, I have a 10 mile flat route from my house and back I treat as time trial of sorts. I usually ride after work when it is light but because it gets dark too early decided to add some lights to my 3rd road bike and use it until it gets light again. Since most of the streets are lit with lights or nearby stores this tail light is more than adaquate for my needs. I gave it a rating of 4 for value because for my needs this light is over kill.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   ebay as part of a package

Similar Products Used:   First time using any light

Bike Setup:   This is used on a road bike. 1983 Raleigh Super Course with mostly Shimano 600 components (pre Ultegra)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Scott Sparkman a Racer from Canberra, Australia

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    Good bright lights, can be seen for miles with decent batteries. Various different mounting hardware.

Weaknesses:    Not suitable for every bike - i have an aero seat post and there was no easy mount except if I put on the topeak seat bag, where I could use the clip that comes in the kit. I bought three of these and the only failure that I've had is a broken clip, which the LBS replaced without question.

Bottom Line:   
One of the best lights, not the best looking, but you can't have everything. I would definitely recommend.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   LBS in Australia

Similar Products Used:   Many different rear lights - you get pretty conscious when you get hit from behind by a car. The Blackburn was the next best - and I still put it on my jersey for extra visibility

Bike Setup:   Road/racer

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Steve S a Cross Country Rider from Milton Keynes, UK

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2007

Strengths:    Bright

Weaknesses:    Heavy, weak bracket, narrow beam, poor flashing mode, dims quickly, expensive

Bottom Line:   
I bought this for use on my 15 mile commute over the winter, as we can get fog quite often. It is bright, but that brightness is only apparent if you are within its narrow beam. A new set of batteries will be needed to get the best out of it, as the brightness starts to dim right from the word go. The unit is heavy and on several occassions the bracket has failed and the light has ended up pointing at the ground. But by far the worst bit is the switch, well the two switches, which independently control the upper and lower strips of LEDs. They each need to be pressed 5 times to cycle the light on and off, which soon gets a chore. The flashing mode is ill conceived, as the upper and lower strips of LEDs are not synchronised and flash at a slightly different rate. This means that all 10 LEDs are rarely on all at the same time and when the upper and lower set are flashing alternately, the light appears dim and steady from a distance.
I now have a Smart SuperFlash with a half watt Nichea LED and it is much better. Brighter, better angle of view, no nonsense on/flash/off switch, decent bracket and it weighs less too.

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Favorite Trail:   Selkirk Merida 100

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Smart Super Flash, TL-LD1100

Bike Setup:   MTB slicked up commuter

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by adrian hands a Cross Country Rider from raleigh nc usa

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2007

Weaknesses:    cuts out

Bottom Line:   
this unit is dangerous--it cuts out. it'll come back on if you whack it, but you don't know when a taillight goes out. changing the batteries makes it work, but the problem is not the batteries. the jostling it gets when you change batteries is what makes it work.

cat eye customer service is great--theyll send you a brand new one if you send it back, but do you really want another 1000? well, maybe, IF they have fixed the problem, but since they haven't acknoledged the problem...

i'm told some of the newer ones have some internal bits made a little different and may hold the batteries tighter, so maybe they're okay...maybe.

don't use this light as your only taillight--use with a back-up. the cat-eye 600 is a fine light.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   cat eye tl-ld600


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pyrophly from florida

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Strengths:    super bright rear light.

Weaknesses:    heavy, priced to high.

Bottom Line:   
i like the cateye product line. I also like how bright the light is, but for the money I would recommend the blackburn mars 3.0

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   blackburn mars 3.0, bell & plant bike lights


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by spiro vagenas a Weekend Warrior from denmark

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2007

Strengths:    The mother of all tail lights

Weaknesses:    It's not the lightest out there.

Bottom Line:   
This is as far as I am aware the only bicycle tail light that can actually be seen in day light. I find it to be a good looking, quality piece of equipment. I have ironically moved over to the TL LD600 because after a year of using the TL-LD1000 I have only had the need to use half it's light strenght. The TL LD600 has AAA instead of AA batteries making it lighter, hence the move.

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Favorite Trail:   Twix

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Vittessa

Similar Products Used:   The normal cheapies and the Cateye TL LD600

Bike Setup:   Koga-Miyata tra-s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jimmy Chan a Cross Country Rider from South Coogee, NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2007

Strengths:    The brightest tail light used so far. Unlike other designs this one gives the rider options - you can have half the lights working or the whole lot if necessary. It also has a good compact setup with waterproof features.

Weaknesses:    The battery cap can become a liability in future as it relies on a twist to hold it in place after the attached rubber seal is compressed to give the battery compartment its waterproof feature. With regular use the rubber may disintegrate or lose its compressive state and allow the cap to pop open and fall off. As described by the other guys below, the bracket is an issue until I read the instructions again and found that the correct sized bracket must be used. When I switched from the SP-7 down to the SP-6 there was no further problem with the light drooping down from its fitted position. The correct rubber strip must also be used to allow the bracket to compress fully on the seatpost. If you look carefully both rubber strips are of different thicknesses. The supplied screw could have been made from stronger steel. I found that a good fitting screwdriver is the only thing that will prevent the screw head from deforming. If a bad screwdriver slips you risk damaging the head or injuring your hand.

Bottom Line:   
This tail light is worth every cent if used and set-up correctly. I did have initial problems when installing the light and most of my faults were from disregarding the instructions. Joe mentioned below that the light could be better if it had a "master switch" to control the on & off modes instead of scrolling through each light sequence. Well, when you want to switch the light off all you have to do is to hold the button down and it will switch off after a few seconds. This applies to both top and bottom rows. Lastly, you must use the correct bracket or the light will drop from its fitted position. Measure your seatpost and know which bracket to install. For most of us who ride on the road after dark you will understand that a good tail light is essential if you want to get home in one piece. Compared to other brands used previously the TL-LD1000 is not bad in terms of quality. This one is by far the best tail light available.

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Favorite Trail:   The Oaks Fire Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Outfitter

Similar Products Used:   Vistalite VL-700 and other Cateye tail lights.

Bike Setup:   2007 Cannondale Caffeine F1 Hardtail

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe a Weekend Warrior from Melb, Aus

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2007

Strengths:    very bright, good weather seal, good looking, and easy to set up.

Weaknesses:    there are a few: 1) the seat clamp while snug and doesn't get loose by itself, it should really have brass teeth to engage the angled sleeve rather than plastic at this price.. the light unit is heavy and might wear out the teeth on anything used more aggressively than a road bike... 2) they tend to kill alkaline batteries quickly, i switched to energizer rechargables and solved that problem... 3) worst saved till last, the buttons !! no master switch here ! the top row and bottom row are independently controlled by clicker buttons that must cycle thru all functions before u can put it off... very frustrating...there are so many occassions when u are tempted to press quickly multiple times to put it off and of course u go 1 too many which puts it back on !! grr... should have a master on/off.

NB: i wanted to get another bracket to fit this light to my MTB, but after reading teh other review here, might not be a good move.


Bottom Line:   
should have a better clamp, really needs a master on/off, apart from that, a decent bit of gear, even if a lil' expensive. (note, used for road use only thus far , but stood the test of time superbly)

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $38.00

Similar Products Used:   smart, cheaper cateye and no name...

Bike Setup:   trek 6700 mtb, (but this is on my custom campag road bike)

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by a Weekend Warrior from Denver,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2006

Strengths:    Cateye TL-LD1000 light is the brightest LED rear mount out there if looking directly at the LED's. It is highly waterproof, and well constructed. But the pro's stop there.

Weaknesses:    After 2 weeks of regular commuting in Denver,CO, the light begins to fail. Some connection obviously comes loose cos the light becomes very dull, until you tap with your hand to return it to full brightness. This is a safety concern.
Secondly, even with clamp at full tightness, the clamp comes loose and rotates downward so light isn't pointing straight at cars. LED's no longer visible.
This happened on both of 2 lights which I purchased.


Bottom Line:   
If you do very light commuting this light is perfect. But if you hop off sidewalks onto the road, or go over bumpy ground, this light will eventually fail one way or another due to the shock. They have not designed it to cope with everyday riding.
I would advise against buying until they solve these issues. If Cateye do that, there is not a tail light out there that could come close.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop


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