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Mister Paul
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Front dynamo light

Postby Mister Paul » 9 Sep 2020, 1:17pm

Looking to fit a dyno hub to one of my bikes, and need some advice on lights. It's been a while since I last had one so don't know what's around at the moment.

Any recommendations for a good front light with reasonable balance of cost v brightness/quality?

Thanks

Jdsk
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby Jdsk » 9 Sep 2020, 1:21pm

Very pleased with the light output of all of our B+M headlights. Just about to buy a Cyo IQ Premium Senso Plus as part of a bundle from Spa Cycles. NB better fork crown mounts are available.

Do you care about having different modes?

But I've had two failures of models with the built-in USB charging output: beware.

Jonathan

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-hub-dynamo-front/?brand=busch%5F%5Fmuller
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting/busch-muller-cyo-iq-premium-senso-plus-headlight-for-hub-dynamos/
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mig
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby mig » 9 Sep 2020, 1:24pm

where do you ride? lit streets? pitch black, twisty country lanes? etc

tatanab
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby tatanab » 9 Sep 2020, 1:37pm

As above - depends where you ride and expectations.
For the last 3 years I've been using Edelux 2. Pretty costly but it is superb for pitch black night time lanes and apparently for being seen. My only comment would be that the senso is too sensitive for my taste; the light comes on when passing under trees for example so I do not use that mode.

Jdsk
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby Jdsk » 9 Sep 2020, 1:40pm

Yes, I've got lots of modes at both the front and back, and a switch on the bars... very rarely used.

Jonathan

Mister Paul
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby Mister Paul » 9 Sep 2020, 1:48pm

Thanks all.

I'm chaning jobs, and my new commute is a combination of lit streets, unlit lanes and unlit cycle track.

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby NUKe » 9 Sep 2020, 2:52pm

B&M IQ-X is my preferred Choice for Commuting. Its not cheap but its on special at Rose at the moment
https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/b-m-iq-x-le ... ght-837399 £68 pounds its a bright light with a great spread and sharp cut off. I use it to commute all year round on mix of residential/ urban and unlit country roads with the occasional track thrown in.
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby rogerzilla » 9 Sep 2020, 3:07pm

I like the IQ-XS. It doesn't give much away to the IQ-X and it's much cheaper and smaller.

Buy from Germany - half the price, while you can still get stuff from the EU without duty/VAT/admin charges.

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby mig » 9 Sep 2020, 4:21pm

NUKe wrote:B&M IQ-X is my preferred Choice for Commuting. Its not cheap but its on special at Rose at the moment
https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/b-m-iq-x-le ... ght-837399 £68 pounds its a bright light with a great spread and sharp cut off. I use it to commute all year round on mix of residential/ urban and unlit country roads with the occasional track thrown in.


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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby De Sisti » 9 Sep 2020, 5:17pm

tatanab wrote: I've been using Edelux 2. Pretty costly but it is superb.

Me too.

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby mjr » 9 Sep 2020, 5:24pm

I'm using a nean (yes, that is spelt correctly) light. 30 lux for currently £15, trapezoidal area on floor illuminated. Good enough for me on dark country roads. Some may prefer brighter. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/nean-bicycle ... 4005386123
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Jdsk
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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby Jdsk » 9 Sep 2020, 7:55pm

Great responses.

Please keep them coming.

Jonathan

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby 2_i » 10 Sep 2020, 3:27am

Whatever you get, make sure there is a standlight. My standard for better bikes has been B&M IQ Cyo. The fallback cheaper brand has been Trelock https://www.trelock.com/en/light/lights/dynamo-lights/dynamo-front-lights.

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby PeterBL » 10 Sep 2020, 7:49am

I have a Herrmans that I like. This newer model seems very well reviewed at Rose, saying it rivals all B&M's up to 100 Euro.

https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/herrmans-h- ... ht-2666687

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Re: Front dynamo light

Postby alexnharvey » 10 Sep 2020, 11:25am

I have a different Hermanns light, an MR8 iirc, and it is quite good but it has very noticeable flicker at lower speeds when riding. Is the pro better in that regard?