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Hope Vision Lights

4.13/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $499.00

Product Description

Extremely bright Solarc™ 10W HID light (equivalent to 40W Halogen) which mounts directly onto the front plate of the new Hope Stem. This rigid mounting allows you to set the light exactly where you want it and it’ll stay there, until you decide to reposition it. The small Li-Ion battery pack also mounts underneath the stem front plate with a short wire between the two. So no more bags hanging from your frame or velcro straps.
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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by globalfish a Racer from Hertfordshire UK

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2008

Strengths:    Great penetration, well made product

Weaknesses:    lack of reserve/warning of low power
HOPEless after sales care - didn't even answer my email :-(

Bottom Line:   
@Chris Wade - call yourself a racer yet can't charge a battery yet! I was riding mine for 2 hours + in the snow, rain etc. Never had temperature issues with it. Are you sure it's a Hope you bought?
@Phil - I bought the helmet mount and it's not a problem so what's your issue with 'can't use on helmet'?
also if you don't carry a small multi tool you'll have problems with many other bike issues - not just adjusting your light. Yeez, how hard is it to carry a single allen key?

It's a great light everyone - don't listen to these clowns. I have cars give way to me when riding home in the depths of the British winter.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Giant Trance 3, Fox TALAS X, full XT groupset, Avid Juicy 7's

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chris wade a Racer from london

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2007

Strengths:    Hpe Vision HID - save your cash - buy a Cateye

Weaknesses:    This product does not work when the battery gets cold or wet - even on full charge - ideal for casual commuter use in the summer months - a full charge in the wet lasted less than 5 minutes - buy a Cateye!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
Buy a Cateye!!!!! They are cheaper and might work - this Hope Vision HID is useless - I'm about to send it back with the stem for a full refund - very disappointed.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   cyclestore.co.uk

Bike Setup:   M4 Stumpjumper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan OLeath from PA

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2006

Strengths:    Very well built, very precise beam, very light weight, the stem is super beefy and comes in many colors and sizes. I was cruising intown yesterday evening(urban assault) and some kid said "hey man, cool light" and I said "Yeah....Cooool"

Weaknesses:    no low charge warning..but the light has never shut off on me yet at night. I also experienced rattling from the sytem and found it to be the lithium ion battery was not properly shimmed inside the aluminum case..I carefully took it apart and placed some double faced tape in the gap.

Bottom Line:   
Jenson has it for 299.00 including a stem, you cannot touch this deal on the web. I had an issue with Jenson concerning the mounting bracket for the light (wrong size) they took care of the issue very quickly. I also was unable to get the correct size stem from Jenson(100mm 10degree rise) because they were limited so I contacted the Hope rep. in Texas and he was glad to swap the stem out for the correct size. Their Customer service dept. is very friendly and helpful.

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Favorite Trail:   where there are woods....

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares to this

Bike Setup:   Raleigh XXIX single speed

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BZ a Cross Country Rider from Japan

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2006

Strengths:    BRIGHT!! LIGHT!! LOOKS SWEET!!
No straps, clunky battries, wires from the bottle cage to the stem. mounts secure and is pretty theft proof.

Weaknesses:    2 3/4 hour burn time and the lack of a dimmer swich. Its on or off.

Bottom Line:   
Looks Tough. Responds well, have no idea what will happen if i get tossed, but a great buy.

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Favorite Trail:   all of em

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $379.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Mulitiple lighting sys, light ans motion, blackburn

Bike Setup:   2006 Epic comp, Full XTR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary Fielding from Saddleworth, England

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2006

Strengths:    Looks

Weaknesses:    Cable doesn't have a breakaway

Bottom Line:   
This light is excellent. It looks cool and is very light. I have tried various other lights and this one was the pick of the bunch. It was easily as bright as the Eddison 4's I tried yet much cheaper. The build quality a lack of clutter is awesome. People have commented on it's lack of breakaway for the main light but I've had multiple stacks and the light is that strong it's never even moved. The only thing I would improve is a breakaway cable between battery and light. I have already had to replace mine although it is relatively cheap to replace. The weight at the front of the bike has made no difference to the handling, it's much better than riding with a battery the size of a missile attached to yer bike. Very impressed.

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Favorite Trail:   Les Gets 2

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Eddison 4, Cat eye Stadium

Bike Setup:   Intense 6.6

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Phil a Cross Country Rider from Canyon Country

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2005

Strengths:    1. No cable from front end to the frame.
2. Good looks (also other brands look awesome) - objective point.
3. Good water sealing.
4. Burn time on low side for the weight.
5. Cool factor

Weaknesses:    1. Approx. 550 grams (light, batt. & stem mount) added in the front end may change the handling / steering of the bike.
2. Needs a wrench to remove the light.
3. Easy to scratch - Resin plastic is more scratch resistant.
4. Burn time is not as long as other in the price / weight range.
5. The bolt on light does not allow safe breakaway on impact.
6. May need a wrench to adjust angle or to adjust angle play.
7. Lack of high and low power settings.
8. Use of Hope stem.
9. Light unit on the bulky side compared to similar products.
10. Can not use as a helmet mount like some other brands.

Bottom Line:   
The Hope lighting system biggest advantage is the no clutter cables from light to the battery which is awesome. No use of Velcro for the battery is great.

However, the added front weight may be a disadvantage in handling of the bike on the rough at higher speeds and technical sections. Scratch easier than some polymer plastic.

The points mentioned above may or not be a problem but it is there for one to consider when purchasing this light.

The biggest advantage here is the less cable clutter and cool factor. As far as function goes, there any many lights that will out burn and weight less for about the same or less price.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Purchased At:   430 (market price)

Similar Products Used:   Light and Motion, NiteRider, Cateye

Bike Setup:   Trek OCLV hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LP a Cross Country Rider from WC, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2005

Strengths:    This light is pefect. it is 100% metal, every little part but the wire housing (that's rubber - ha ha). I swear its as bright as one of my denali highbeams (almost).

Weaknesses:    It may blind people if you don't aim it low - and i guess it aint the sun. @#$! daylight savings! I cant believe the sun is gone at 4:30. God Bless Hope!

Bottom Line:   
I bought my light at Jenson, i jumped because i saw the price drop $100 and that made it about $200 less than speedgoat or my lbs. One place online in england was throwing-in a stem, so i emailed the guys at jenson and the next freaking day they were throwing-in a free stem too. the whole set-up = $408 with shipping. The Night Rider was like $630 at the LBS... Im totally freaking stoked on the light - it fits perfectly and looks bad-ass. Im set. Now if i can only stay warm on the downhills...

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Favorite Trail:   Xanadu - Mt. Diablo Foothills, legendary turf.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   None, sorry. I got nothing to compare it to. My buddies from Marin are freaking impressed when they see it, and it looks 10x tougher than the night riders at REI or my LBS.

Bike Setup:   Paka-Wallup, King, Race-Face, Hope, Fox, All kinds of really over-priced parts...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James Scarry a Racer from Bakersfield

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight, compact, clean design. Does not get hot,almost cool to the touch after 2.5 hrs of use. Looks way cool!

Weaknesses:    You have to use a Hope stem, may not be able to match your current stem set-up exactly.

Bottom Line:   
This is probably the coolest product I've ever purchased. It doesn't get hot, it sits on the stem, doesn't wobble around (it only moves wherever you point your stem)and frees up your bottle cage to enable use of your favorite on-bike beverage. Light is WAY bright enough for any application. If it had a 4 hr burn time it would be absolute perfection, but it's close enough for my purposes just as it is.

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Favorite Trail:   Cannell Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Snider's Cyclery-Bakersfield,CA

Similar Products Used:   Nite rider Blow Torch

Bike Setup:   2003 Titus Switchblade Talas

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