Light & Motion Solo Lights

4/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $169.00

Product Description

Don’t care to dim your lights and expand your burn times? Then go with the Solo. Quick release mounting means you can snap the light head off to investigate technical problems or fix a flat plus. Adjustable beam pattern allows you to dial in your light, making Solo lights a perfect match for today’s high performance road bikes and commuting.
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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe E from Buffalo, New York

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2008

Strengths:    Nice and even beam pattern
Comes with a helmet and handlebar mount
Button on light head makes solid click when pressed
Puts out a great amount of light

Weaknesses:    Charging takes too long
Light can be easily overcharged without a smart charger

Bottom Line:   
Personally, I have found the Solo to be bright enough to take just about anywhere. Although it cannot compete with the HIDs in absolute brightness, the Solo's beam is very broad and shines a long ways ahead. The only slight drawback to the system is its charger. The Solo uses a trickle charger which takes a good 8hrs of charging for a fully drained battery. It gives no indication of how much charging time is left. My suggestions are either to invest in a Light and Motion multi-chem charger (works with any Light and Motion light) or to simply buy an inexpensive plug in the wall timer. Overall, its a great light for anyone wanting to make the path ahead a whole lot brighter.

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Favorite Trail:   The one I haven't yet ridden

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   Trek Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   Cygolite, Blackburn

Bike Setup:   Mountain bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Davis, CA

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2007

Strengths:    Good Price, Sufficient Light for Most Night Riding, Good introductory light

Weaknesses:    Handlebar mount is useless for bumpy trails as the light will swivel out of position. Plan on only using the helmet mount (included). The 14 hour trickle charger is a bit of a pain. You know the batteries are fully charged when they are warm. Primitive but it works.

Bottom Line:   
Buy this light if it's your first and you're on a budget. It will get you out on the trail, which is better than having nothing. If you find you are riding a lot, buy a second more capable light for your handlebars, and use the L & M Solo as your second light mounted on your helmet, or use it as a loaner for your friend you are dragging out to ride at night.

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Favorite Trail:   Foresthill Loop, Auburn

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Davis Wheelworks

Similar Products Used:   NiteRider MiNewtX2

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Rigg Single Speed 29

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap and gives you some light in the dark

Weaknesses:    Weak, not bright enough for mtb, poor mounting design (handlebar & helmet), no smart charger

Bottom Line:   
This light is crap overall. If you are planning to do double track slowing, it might work out ok. In tight single track, you are better off with another light. I tried this as well with a 12W Jetlites on my handlebar and with the Solo on helmet (13W rated). the solo was totally useless. Again, this might work on road or double track but not single track mtb. For the price I got it at, there is no complain in terms of value rating. My Jetlites cost 3x as much each and the Axis is like 5x

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Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $86.00

Purchased At:   Beyondbikes

Similar Products Used:   Jetlites Phantom, Starfire, Axis

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz SS/Ventana FS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex from Monterey, California

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2006

Strengths:    Great inexpensive start up light that works well on the trail. Small lamp that can be used on a helmet or bar mount. Doesn't interfear with Heart Rate Monitors. Great customer support. Adjustable beam is a nice touch, too. Battery (size, mounting options, & burn time). Light can be easily adjusted on swivel mount (without tools) yet stays put while on the trail.

Weaknesses:    14 hour Trickle charger that comes standard with it is inconvenient when using the lights on a regular basis. The burn time on the bulb is low, I had to replace mine after about 20-25 hours of use.

Bottom Line:   
I used this light as my sole light on the trail for about a year without any problems. It is easy to use, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. I added a helmet mounted light to use with this light and have no need to buy a more expensive lighting system. The standard equiped 14 hour trikle charger is the only drawback.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilder Ranch

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Joselyn's Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   NightRider Digital Head Trip.

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur XC, Redline Singlespeed, & Haro Werks 3.0 along with road bikes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco, CA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2006

Weaknesses:    Light disappears (as any halogen does) if someone around you has an HID system.

Bottom Line:   
Good light. I use this one on my helmet, where I wouldn't be able to access anything beyond turn on/turn off (I use a Solo Logic on the bars, where I can access these options). This combination works great for trail riding.

Definitely get the quick charger with it, if you buy one of these. The charger is pretty much plug it in and forget it. The one that comes with the light doesn't do this.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Night Rider Trail Rat, various VistaLight systems, L&M Solo Logic

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Hyduke a Cross Country Rider from McAdoo, PA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2006

Strengths:    Adjustable beam pattern, bright light, good burn time. Light adjustabe horizontally and vertically, and a helmet mount is included. Battery is a reasonable size and weight.

Weaknesses:    This version of the solo has a 'dumb' charger. You must calculate how long to charge it and take it off when done. Also, side lights to illuminate computer a good idea, but they shine up too high.

Bottom Line:   
Good light at a reasonable price (compared to other lights), just remember to unplug it when the charge cycle it done.

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Favorite Trail:   American Standard

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   Performance viewpoint.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Super V

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