Donat quit riding your bike to and from work just because the days are getting shortera"attach the Light & Motion Vega 200 Bike Light to your handlebar, and pedal away. Light & Motionas custom reflector works with the LED to create an even, clean beam. The Vega 200 has the battery built into the lightas casing for compactness, low weight, and quick mounting. When you want to move your light from the bar to your helmet, just pull the strapa"no screwdriver or Allen key required. With a lifespan of Mtbr Bike Lights Shootout - over 50 bike lights reviewed, photographed and measured here.
a Cross Country Rider
from Santa Cruz, CA USA
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2010
Strengths: Bright! Easy to turn on/switch brightness. Quick to remove/swap to different bikes. Battery life is *excellent* on low-lumen setting. Did I mention bright?
Weaknesses: Wiggles free on the bumps, narrow beam...
I was having light envy this fall and did lots of looking around before purchasing. Unfortunately the LBS was asking $200 while Amazon was $125 (includes shipping). I'll try the electrical tape suggestion that someone else posted for the wiggle problem. I've used it in low light (not pitch black) on known trails..most of my night riding is road commute. Far traveling narrowish beam is good for some things but I wouldn't try this as my sole night trail rider light. Maybe on a full moon meadow XC ride..
Similar Products Used: Cateye 530, Lupine Tesla 4.
Bike Setup: Trek 7.3 (hybrid) with loads of upgrades
a Cross Country Rider
from Lake Co, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2009
Strengths: reasonably compact, bright, three power output modes + flash, decent burn times - probably longer than stated by the manufacturer (plus can be extended through using lower power modes)
Weaknesses: shape - hard to pack it away into a saddle bag (especially with the new mount), mount - makes it easy to swap between bikes but requires adjustments for every ride, not sure about reliability yet
nice but I liked the original form factor more (would consider Cygolite Milion 200 Led Headlight (curious how this one compares) if not that I'd got this light as a replacement/upgrade for the broken one) , new version is much more powerful though, in fact it easily washes out my 12W+ halogen light that I used to consider a decent light, beam shape is adequate but it would be nice if light manufacturers tried to get trapezoidal output that better matches real trail needs (who needs to shine half of light onto top of trees?)
Similar Products Used: ascent and cygolite halogen lights; got the vega 200 as the replacement for my failed vega
Bike Setup: which one?
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2009
Strengths: Light output, high build quality, simplicity/compactness
Weaknesses: Rather narrow beam, doesn't include helmet mount
I just got the light and my initial impressions are good. I really like the integration of the battery and light; there are no external battery packs or cords to mess with. Although it's a bit on the heavy side, the light head feels really solid and crash proof. It emits a nice amount of light close in and has a hot spot which helps to send light farther down range. My two slight gripes are that there isn't a helmet mount and that the beam is pretty narrow. If you're basing your decision on having an easy to use, decently bright light, this is it. If you can deal with a small external battery and need light output for more than just commuting, go with the comparably priced Dinotte 200l.
Strengths: Super bright, lightweight, and self-contained rechargeable battery with no batteries to change and no external battery pack to mount.
Weaknesses: Wide form factor; imprecise mounting method.
Before purchasing this latest Vega, I owned the previous generation Vega, and loved it. It was lightweight, bright, and had a self-contained, rechargeable battery. The first iterations of the bar clamp had a design flaw that L and M fixed (great customer service to replace mine, too). That clamp was great because you could set the angle and forget about it. In comparison, the new Vega is much brighter (more than twice the lumens of the previous model). It has built-in heatsink fans, which seems like a good idea since this thing can get a little warm. It has kind of an awkward form factor (shape) though - wider than it is deep. The new mounting system has pros and cons too. It uses a rubber strap, like a watch strap, or like those rubber straps on bike carriers. That means you can remove the light without leaving a clamp on the bars permanently. If you pull the strap tight, it holds snugly, and I haven't had any problem with it falling off. The one disadvantage I see, however, is that you have to reset the aim/angle every time you put the light on. This makes it a little trickier to get positioned. However, this light is so great for its compact size, very bright LED output, and rechargeable design (no external battery pack) that I give it at least a 4-star rating. It is still the best option for those who want to light up the road without bulky, heavy battery packs.
Seems like a pretty good price for a L&M 200 lumen light but I have no experience with it. Anyone else seen any other end of season light deals?
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