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More Cygolite Trion 600lumen Bike Light Reviews:

Trion 600 is chosen as “Best of the Best: Interbike SHOW & TELL” by Mountain Bike Action magazine.

We recently tested the Cygolite TridenX light (December “Thrash Tests”) and it looks like the Trion 600 might trump it with a built-in battery and the ability to use external batteries for additional burn hours…………Can’t wait to get one of these on the bar.
-  Mountain Bike Action (January 2009)

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CygoLite Trion 600: Triple LED Bike Light with Internal Li-Ion Battery (Sports)


This light is very bright. For comparison, using Osram’s web site(manufacturer of Sylvania head lamps) rates their halogen automobile headlights at 700 to 1000 lumens (low beam). Cygolite rates this light at 600 lumens. Subjectively, this bike light seems to shine further and much whiter than automobile headlights when cars pass me. I really like the much more consistant and whiter characteristics of the LED light than a conventional light (halogen car light for example). I use this item for commuting. Although I have not used it for off-road, I think that it would provide excellent illumination for that purpose also. The light has four power output settings. The third setting is more than adequate for my use. I should also note that this is a very much a driving light (versus a lower powered ‘see me’ light). I use it handle bar mounted. This light can be used as a ‘see me’ light, but I use a separate helmet mounted ‘see me’ light in flash mode for that purpose.

Pluses (7):

  • Very white light
  • Very bright light
  • No need for a separate battery pack (one can be added if desired for extra run time)… small over-all size compared to separate component systems
  • Li-ion battery (less weight and better durability)
  • Well designed/easy to use switches (visually show power settings and remaining battery charge)
  • Safety – it is great to see and be seen… it is hard for vehicles to ignore you with this on… you will also do a lot less ‘feeling’ the road surface because you will be seeing the road surface.
  • USA made

Because LEDs consume roughly 1/8 the power (of a conventional bulb), bulbs tend to last for the life of the product, very little energy is wasted as heat and have a much whiter light, I look for LEDs to eventually become the new lighting standard. As they are beginning to be used for vehicle, trailer and bus tail and marker lights and are starting to replace incondescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) for business and residential applications, I look for them to eventually replace vehicle headlights, etc. They are that much better than anything else currently available. It will just take a little more time for some of the applications to be refined and – more importantly – for the American public to get used to the idea that something new is better and cheaper (over the life of the product) than the old even though they will have to outlay significantly more money upfront (I could easily turn this into how use of LED lighting and biking could significantly reduce our dependance on fossil fuels, but I’ll leave that for a different time and place). Buy a high output LED bike lighteven though your pocket will be lighter, you will not regret it.

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As advestised, this light has the ouput of an HID, but is fully contained. I own (2) Nightrider HID lights (blowtorch) and can verify the output is just as good if not better. Being an LED there is no flickering over bumps. The robust design proved itself one evening while I was attempting to adjust the angle on the bars and managed to pop it off the mount altogether at 20+ mph. The light hit the pavement hard, spun and came to a rest after a few dozen feet with only a few scratches. I run the light on medium settings for my morning commute and have had no issues with battery life. Total time is about 1.75 hours daily. Great light for a decent price given the lumens and one piece design. Highly recommended for seeing and being seen.

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This was the replacment for my $700 Nitefider Moab, it died after two years. This may do the same but I was ready for a change. I really like no wires, no extra battery pack. It is tough also, I have dropped it at 20 mph on the pavement thought I would have wasted $600 but it worked fine, still does. I do endurance riding and night rides this is good for about 3 hours. For a all nighter you need a couple more. The Moab charge lasted 11 hours, this about 3. I would recommend it. My wife gets mad everytime I buy a new bike part, they are expensive. Better than drinking, smoking and yelling at the kids.

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If cables is an issue, the Trion is the light to own. The other manufacturers do not make any lights this powerful that are self-contained with batteries inside the main housing. Before I purchased the Trion, I bought the Triden X 600. The unit came with a stem mount, and all the essentials to mount the battery to the frame. One problem … my stem length of 100mm was too short to mount the battery. (Units with higher outputs have larger batteries than those that have 350 lumens or less.) Attaching the unit to my high-end carbon frame didn’t make sense. It was never an option being that I have an $8000+ professional road bike. 

The Trion is very well made. I find it durable and suitable for extreme weather conditions. The documentation could be written better, but all the essential information is enclosed. Exceeding speeds above 25mph, the Trion with its 600 lumens generates enough light to give me plenty of warning to avoid any potholes, glass or any other obstacle that may be hazardous.

I ride my road bike in harsh conditions. The Trion has performed well in temperatures ranging from 5 to 40 degrees. There has been no problems with the battery life in these conditions. This light has exceeded my expectations. It comes highly recommended.

Cygolite Trion 600 reviewed by someone who paid for one

Cygolite Trion 600 reviewed by someone who paid for one

By Paul Andrews, BI editor on November 25, 2009

REVIEW POLICY link: In a nutshell, everything we review we have paid for, just like you. Since it’s our money, we don’t review stuff we wouldn’t pay for, which means we’ve done a bit of shopping for you. That doesn’t mean we’re anything like the final say in product ratings, of course. But it does mean you can believe what you read here as the honest truth, since we have no reason, financial or otherwise, to spin our reviews.

Compare the fog lampsCygolite vs. Toyota Prius headlamps

I’ve gone through a lot of bike lights over the years, including mounting an actual car headlamp on my bars, powered by a true brick, a foot-long, 5-lb. lead-acid battery with the incredible output of 2.5 hours shine time. This was back in the late 1970s when I was commuting 20 miles to work each way, returning at midnight (swing shift). It was heavy and inconvenient, but cars got out of the way!

Now I’ve got a 3-LED Cygolite Trion 600 (referring to lumens) that is not only brighter than anything I’ve seen on a bike, but it runs longer — I’m getting 5 hours-plus to a charge; it’s rated 2.5 to 12 hours, depending on setting — and here’s the kicker: No wires. It’s completely self-contained, you can mount it on your helmet or your bars or, as I often do, just carry it around as a flashlight. I mean, the thing weighs all of 8.5 ounces. As light as it is, it takes a beating. You can’t use a bike light regularly without dropping it from time to time. Mine’s even rolled down some stairs. The metal collar and hard plastic case don’t even shown a nick yet.

It has so many different settings, including several flash modes, I’m still not sure I’ve tried them all (the specs list 8 altogether). I do like the variable interval flash (SOS mode) for commuter/road use where I can see where I’m going fine, but want to make sure I’m seen. Charge time is quick, three to four hours. There’s a very nice 5-dot battery life indicator on top of the unit, clearly visible at all times.

The light’s throw, or beam, is just right by my book. Throw is a personal preference thing, and too wide a field is just as frustrating as too little. You want a light to illuminate the stuff that’s important; too much light can rob depth of field, and put too much reflection back in your eyes.

Some considerations: It’s not cheap. But for the use I get out of it, and figuring my life to be worth at least, say, $400, I haven’t felt a twinge of buyer’s remorse.

It lacks a helmet mount. It would be easy to jerryrig one using the quick-release handlebar mount, but I’m not a big helmet light fan anyway. The best system is a handlebar light and helmet light used to complement one another. But I get by fine with this thing mounted on the bars. (Helmet light phreaks say half a pound is a bit heavy for a light. It wouldn’t bother me.)

I keep thinking I’m going to snap off the tiny rubber covers for the auxiliary battery (that boosts run time to something like a claimed 6 hours) and recharger inputs. So far it hasn’t happened.

There are a lot of lights out there, but the wireless capability, featherweight heft and length of charge sold me on the Cygolight. I’ve had mine almost a year and so far no complaints.

1st Round of the 2010 NSW State Freeride Comp at Kurrajong MTB Park

NSWMTB Freeride Round 1 from Peter Daniel on Vimeo.

A little video made by Peter Daniel of the 1st NSWMTB Freeride Round for 2010.

1st Round of the 2010 NSW State Freeride Comp at Kurrajong MTB Park. First event of it’s kind in Australia. 10 riders competed showing us some awesome tricks.  Best trick was won by Jack Baker with a tuck backflip no hander, while Billy Hindmarsh took out the A grade Freeride

STATE FREERIDE ROUND DATES:
Rnd 2, 25th July 2010
Rnd 3, 26th Sept 2010

FREERIDE CHAMPIONSHIP:
21st November 2010

HOTT Bridgestone Anchor Keirin Bike in Sydney! (Who Owns This?)

To the owner of this HOTT Bridgestone Anchor Keirin Fixie in Sydney:

We are involved in a magazine article about fixies and would love for you to have us photograph your bike for the article!

Contact me (mark) as soon as possible! Just add my name to: @cellbikes.com.au

You’ll also receive one of our Jerseys FREE, Arm Warmers, and a Beanie, and (2) Conti Tubes.

Cheers,

CELLbikes Mark

ps: Love the Nitto Parts, the Miche Seatpost, the Aerospokes, the grips, and everything else you’ve done!

CELL Bikes New Fixie, The ‘MALLET-360′ Coming Soon!

Sneak Peak of what the NEW CELL Bikes fixed gear bike, the MALLET-360 will look like!

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