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roubaixtomroubaixtom Posts: 316
edited October 2014 in Road general
Hi,

Looking around for a new rear light for the autumn/winter. I am happy to spend £20-30. Im looking at these two:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lezyne-zecto-dr ... led-light/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moon-comet-rear-light/

Either of these worth investing in? or shall i consider something else?

Thanks

Tom

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  • Based purely on the lumen output, i'd go for the Moon Comet. It's not quite as sleek looking as the Lezyne, but that won't matter much if it does it's job!
  • Pretty much any light will do as long as its red. Trouble with the super bright ones is anyone behind you will avoid looking at you and they won't notice if you slow down.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    A bit over budget at £35 but I am looking at getting a Cateye Rapid X.

    I am not normally a Cateye fan, but the Volt (front) and Rapid X (rear) seem really nice lights.
  • I've found the CatEye Rapid 3 to be a solid choice for a rear light - very solid and very bright. I'm not that keen on the brackets, but the lights are good, particularly for the price.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 28,799
    You can get a Fizik mount for the rapid 3 if you have a Fizik seat.

    The Rapid X uses rubber O rings to mount rather than a bracket which is one of the reasons I might give it a go.
  • Carbonator wrote:
    You can get a Fizik mount for the rapid 3 if you have a Fizik seat.

    The Rapid X uses rubber O rings to mount rather than a bracket which is one of the reasons I might give it a go.

    I don't, but thanks for this. Never seen that Rapid X before either, looks good.
  • fnb1fnb1 Posts: 591
    I have a Knog Blinder 4V (the later one with 3 smaller 1 larger LED) fantastic, super bright but somehow soft light that is not too glaring, nice range of anodised colours and simple seatpost rubber/clamp system.
    just about in price range too
    http://www.pedal-pedal.co.uk/knog-blind ... tAodyzwApQ
    fay ce que voudres
  • Smart Lunar R2 - its relatively cheap (around £18), and one of the brightest and easiest to spot rear lights ive ever had. I have it on all bikes now and cant recommend it highly enough.
  • rafletcherrafletcher Posts: 1,160
    Cateye LD600 plus their saddle rail mounting bracket, unless of course you use a seat pack/saddle bag that mounts there. I use an Ortleib post mounted bag to avoid this.
  • hjghg5hjghg5 Posts: 97
    I have the volt 300/rapid x combo and like it. I like the o rings for switching it between bikes quickly.
  • TBH I swear by the Blackburn Mars 5. Side light as well as a good bright rear light. Can be had £13 from Tredz.
  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,535
    TBH I swear by the Blackburn Mars 5. Side light as well as a good bright rear light. Can be had £13 from Tredz.

    Do you mean the Mars 3? If so, then I agree - fantastic side visibility, something that many lights seem to ignore.
  • funkygfunkyg Posts: 68
    roubaixtom wrote:
    Hi,

    Looking around for a new rear light for the autumn/winter. I am happy to spend £20-30. Im looking at these two:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lezyne-zecto-dr ... led-light/

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moon-comet-rear-light/

    Either of these worth investing in? or shall i consider something else?

    Thanks

    Tom

    I have the Lezyne one, and like it a lot. Not too bright but definitely makes you stand out, and rechargeable.
    GT Avalanche 3.0 Hydro
    Ridley R6 EL
  • botchbotch Posts: 15
    I have a Knog Blinder (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/knog-blinder-4-circle-led-rear-light/) rear light. They seem robust enough (and have had a good soaking on a couple of occasions) and I think the rear is very good, with it visible over quite a wide angle, though they are backward-only facing led's.

    I picked up two sets of front and rears new off Ebay for around £20 each. USB charging is very handy as well.
  • MoonbikerMoonbiker Posts: 1,706
    Phaart bleep
  • fudgeyfudgey Posts: 859
    fnb1 wrote:
    I have a Knog Blinder 4V (the later one with 3 smaller 1 larger LED) fantastic, super bright but somehow soft light that is not too glaring, nice range of anodised colours and simple seatpost rubber/clamp system.
    just about in price range too
    http://www.pedal-pedal.co.uk/knog-blind ... tAodyzwApQ

    Just ordered one of these today as it looks pretty good.

    Then started reading the reviews and some complain of them falling off/the strap breaking!

    Will see what its like when it arrives.

    Oh got it from wiggle who price matched pedal-pedal as i was ordering some other stuff from them.
    My winter bike is exactly the same as my summer bike,,, but dirty...
  • I just had delivery of this light: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vaud ... prod119714

    It clips onto my saddle bag, and fark me, for a tener it is bright! I think it has become my new permanent rear light for getting to work.
  • I've got a zecto and its a good light but not a long run time even on the lowest setting. I used it as a day light on a recent tour and the person I was riding with said the day setting was very bright and noticeable even from a long distance. The USB charging port is not very secure and I found it quite fussy dregarding charging cables. Apart from that its OK.
  • 2nd vote for the Smart Lunar R2, very very bright and better quality than a Cateye.
  • Manc33Manc33 Posts: 2,157
    All I ever used was a £4 "Smart" light. :lol:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/smar ... lsrc=aw.ds

    Does anyone know of a £5 one that just turns on and off and doesn't have any flashing modes? :roll:
  • Another one here who runs the Cateye Volt and Rapid X combo, O rings are a massive plus for switching bikes or moving it from seat tube to stays.

    Can be a bit fiddly if you have the dexterity of a seal like myself.
  • I have bought a Moon Comet from Tredz for £17. Hoping it will do the job
  • fudgeyfudgey Posts: 859
    The knog blinder i ordered turned up today, just took it out the box and err, blinded myself.. Ha.

    Its bright!
    My winter bike is exactly the same as my summer bike,,, but dirty...
  • nibbynibby Posts: 246
    Speller78 wrote:


    +1 re above.

    Better and cheaper than my exposure Tracer
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