Vista lite 530 Older Lights

3.08/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $190.00


Product Description

Vista lite 530


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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jeremy Moore a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2002

Strengths:    Lights themselves are great. Intense beam.

Weaknesses:    I have to agree with the mounts breaking. I have replaced only 1 but I think I am getting off lucky. The batteries suck the big one. They are expensive and last only about a year. My first pack came with a dud battery. I have purchased a total of 8 batteries and only 4 are still working after 30 mins.

Bottom Line:   
Buy just the lights and get a 3rd party battery pack.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Paul's Bike Shop


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frank Loos a Cross Country Rider from Herrenberg, Germany

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2002

Strengths:    In general a good light for the money.
Easy to mount, simple handle bar mount and bottle cage battery set. Lights itself are small.


Weaknesses:    Handle bar mount breaks frequently. One broke while riding on a smoothly paved road, another one lifting the bike on my shoulder. The "dump" charger. I bought a "smart" third party charger.
Service: In the US I got a replacement mount within a week. Now being in Germany it is a differnet story. Service is organized from Ireland and it took three weeks to get a receipt for my E-Mail. Another two weeks are gone and I am still without the spare part.


Bottom Line:   
Reasonable product, with latent design flaws and bad service.

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Favorite Trail:   Schoenbuchrandweg

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   Bert`s Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Sigma Sports, Lupine

Bike Setup:   Simonelli Steel Frame, Shimano LX.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider from okla

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

Strengths:    amount of light is good

Weaknesses:    cheaply made. Plastic parts just begging to get broken.

Bottom Line:   
One crash and the headlight broke off. Good luck getting replacement parts. Don't buy. Companies like this die quick deaths

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Millers Cycling (don't go here)

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by john a Weekend Warrior from Menlo Park, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2001

Strengths:    Puts out a ton of light

Weaknesses:    Cheaply made overall. Worst is the nasty shallow threads on the (very poor) housing. You will probably damage the threads if you ever attempt to replace a bulb.

Bottom Line:   
If you look at it, these are standard $2 12V bulbs in a cheaply made aliminum housing. At $190, you are paying a big big premium on a poor product.

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Favorite Trail:   Long stretches with no stoplights

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Cateye

Bike Setup:   Marin, stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Henri from Durham, NC

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2000

Strengths:    Bright, Convenient and solid clip, Solid and waterproof
construction.
I could fully disassemble the light to 'hot wire' it.


Weaknesses:    The power button stopped working after about 1.5 year.
I hot-wired the light, to by pass the switch


Bottom Line:   
The light, even hot wired, is totally functional.
I just plug and unplug the battery pack instead of using
the switch.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mark Wise a Cross Country Rider from Orlando

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2000

Strengths:    Bright
Quick mount


Weaknesses:    Weak mounting bracket, fails easily under normal use.
Extremely poor service post-sale
4- to 6-week backorder on all replacement parts, ALWAYS


Bottom Line:   
Buy another system. It's a great product for the few months that you've actually got the parts on-hand to make it work. Seems like a bargain, but it's not.

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Favorite Trail:   anything without pavement

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   NiteSun
JET


Bike Setup:   It goes when you pedal it.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wheel Man a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2000

Strengths:    Great mounting bracket design, bright light, adjustable, small, came with helmet mount, does not cost $500

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I don't know what to say about the breaking mounts, maybe they got hold of some bad plastic, but I have had NO problems with the mounting bracket. It's the best designed one I've used - it mounts easily on any handlebars and doesn't need a permanent bracket so I can swap it between bikes.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   BLT Spectrum, old style BLT (the ones that were the size of a coke can), Union, Mini-Maglite taped to handlebars

Bike Setup:   2 wheels and a seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wheelman a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2000

Strengths:    Bright, versatile

Weaknesses:    10 W spot beam on single is sub optimal off road

Bottom Line:   
Well, I like the handlebar mount, and mine hasn't broken in the 5 years I've had it. It is one of the light's strong points. It attaches to any handlebar I've tried to put it on and removes easily without leaving any hardware behind.

I really have no problems with it, I think it's the most versatile MR-11 light I've seen.

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Favorite Trail:   dark

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   BLT Spectrum, Cayeye 500 and 500II, 80s style Union/lead acid lights with all the dark stripes

Bike Setup:   8 metal tubes welded into a diamond shape

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Russ a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2000

Strengths:    nice lights. see my other review.

Weaknesses:    mounting brackets!! UPDATE: vistalite did send new mounting brackets and new lights as well. the problem is that the replacement brackets didn't feel as strong as the first brackets. well...one bracket broke as I WALKED my bike out my front door.(i am not exaggerating)

Bottom Line:   
lights good but the mounts need work!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Russ a Cross-Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 1999

Strengths:    
versatile, bright, long run time, can aim lights independently, good mounting system( see weaknesses


Weaknesses:    
2 handlebar mounts broke with no direct impact. no remote switch


Bottom Line:   
these are great lights! I love the separate aiming and mounting. the only thing wrong was the handlebar mounting brackets. one broke while my girlfriend was adjusting it, the other broke when i hit a small pothole in the road. the guy at the bike shop where i bought them says that they are pretty good about warranty and defective replacements, we will see. the mounts that broke are plastic. the new light mounts that the shop had are aluminum i think. hopefully vistalite has corrected the problem. i have not heard of anyone else having this problem though. don't dismiss these lights . they are really good and i would buy them again. the broken mount makes me give them only 3 chilis

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Favorite Trail:   
chicopee

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
cateye HL500, cygo lite dual beam, various others.


Bike Setup:   
GT avalanche. rigid

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by ED a Cross-Country Rider from OHIO

Date Reviewed: October 20, 1999

Strengths:    
bright,aimable, mounting sysytem


Weaknesses:    
no smart charging


Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent light set. As bright as the rest at half the cost.This past summer I competed in a endurance night race and to my surprise this system was as good as anything there, and lasted a full 3 hours on a full charge. I ran into 2 people with dead nightriders at this race. I am riding @ night regularly since, the same old trail becomes a new one @ night.

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
niterider 12


Bike Setup:   
hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross-Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: October 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Excellent spot light (10 watt)


Weaknesses:    
Dim and yellow flood light. (15 watt)


Bottom Line:   
A great lite for the money($132 in a performance sale). The spot is really bright. The flood is really yellow and dim. I think that I will be replacing the flood for another. Anyone know of where I could get a flood light? Halogen Overdrive Technology. battery lasts a long time. Great light. I think that I will give it five flamin' turds!

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Favorite Trail:   
Off the Top in Mammoth

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Night rider digital pro 12


Bike Setup:   
Intense Spyder, FS, manitou front shock, fox rear.(Sweet Ride)

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by NH dude a Racer from newhampshire

Date Reviewed: October 4, 1999

Strengths:    
brite lite
15 or 10 watts or both for 25


Weaknesses:    
could be briter lots of cash for it


Bottom Line:   
good lite for the money good charge life

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Favorite Trail:   
the one behind my old house

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
none


Bike Setup:   
m2 stupy z2 tioga dh tires rf riser bar rf rings sunrace cassette avbid brakes

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