Luxos U Warranty Chat

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JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #351)

jeffro wrote:
Is overvoltage protector usually needed

never, not on any headlight you're gonna use

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:01
ergott
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Yup, it's a keeper.

Quick test ride. Definitely brighter than Luxos-U. Seems like less spread though. I have the beam cut-off further up the road (instructions say 10m).

Also you can hang the light.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:20
emor
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BOOSH

Looks really good.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:21
blackholelectron
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Aaaaawesome smiley

How are the bells and whistles compared to the Luxos? Doesn't have a floodlight button, right? How's the standlight/DRL?

May just have to place a bike-discount order now...

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if you're happily shuffling between rural corn dog purchases at 14mph, how are your needs not being met?

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:37
Andrew_Squirrel
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jeffro wrote:
Is overvoltage protector usually needed, or built into lights?

built in to all modern LED lamps

edit: oops, new page

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:43
ergott
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Just a spin up and down block so not long enough to really power up much stand light. It did seem the same to me. Dimmer in stand light mode.

No flood option. This is brighter than flood mode of Luxos.

I like that it's significantly smaller and I really wasn't using the USB. Really neatened up the front of bike wire wise.

Button on back is just on/off. Connection for rear light is tucked out of the way. I'll take a picture tomorrow

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:43
buffoon
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Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 22:45
crowding
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Thu, 03/03/2016 - 23:36
tamaso
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(Reply to #359)

Looks awesome! Mine's in the post from Bike24...

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 23:59
jdsmooth
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(Reply to #360)

Is the clampy bit on the IQ-X plastic?

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:12
emor
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Last night I rode behind a woman with one of these:

I was really impressed. It was very, very bright and visible. I'd probably still stick to secula/toplight for urban commuting, but the tiny mini would be great for a more performance oriented bike. It really puts the supernova to shame.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:41
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #362)

emor wrote:

can you mount these vertically or do they have to be horizontal?

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:45
drwelby
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It has really good visibility around to the sides so ideally it would be horizontal.

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 11:49
ergott
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(Reply to #364)

jdsmooth wrote:
Is the clampy bit on the IQ-X plastic?

To the brake bridge hole?

Yes. Wasn't super impressed with that, but the overall weight of the light is so little.

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:37
buffoon
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(Reply to #365)

Re: toplight line small
I can only look at the reflections on cars and windows, but the secula looks much more visible all around to me.
There's also a clear sweet spot for the light's vertical angle. I think mounting it sideways will be a terrible idea.

Also, I think supernova has a v2 that's a lot better, but I've never seen one.
The taillight for my exposure revo is stupid bright (but the mount is equally stupid). It lights up the road and street signs a block down.

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 13:03
emor
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I don't know if the secula is brighter, really, but it is a lot bigger. I wonder if they use the same LED?

The toplight is consistently the best rear light I see. It's very visible from far away but not blinding up close. I really hate blinding rear lights.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 13:06
mander
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Has anyone here ever ridden a dynamo headlight into the ground? My cyo has been doing the trick since ~2009 and im curious about what i should expect from it going forward. I think i freshened up the connector a couple of times, and that's been it for maintenance or whatever it is you do to such a sealed unit.

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 23:30
heavymetal
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My cyo is on the way out. Down to one standlight LED, but everything else seems to be ok for now. This one is about 5 years/20,000+ kms old. Kinda hoping it does soon, would like an iq-x.

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 16:16
Rusty Piton
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I've broken the mount on one.
I'm actually watching epoxy cure trying to fix it as I type this.

Anybody know where I can get a spare connector thing for an sp hub?

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 16:55
Lippy
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(Reply to #370)

Rusty Piton wrote:

Anybody know where I can get a spare connector thing for an sp hub?

That's a good question. I placed an order from here http://www.sp-dynamo.com/Store.html about a week ago. I think it will be a while. I'm using a Shimano one in the meantime, it fits OK.

Happily shuffling between rural corn dog stands.

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 18:01
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #371)

Rusty Piton wrote:
I've broken the mount on one.
I'm actually watching epoxy cure trying to fix it as I type this.

yeah that

I have ridden one into the actual ground, they're usually fixable

seen some super-high-mileage ones where the rear rotary switch rattled apart, just means leaving it on

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 21:34
Rusty Piton
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Somehow I found a connector thing that looked unused in my bin. No idea where it came from.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 01:31
mander
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Rusty you usually get those with a new hub. It's handy because i generally go thru hubs faster than i go thru lights.

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 20:35
The RTS
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Choices on 15mm dynohubs? And who has the best prices?

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 21:00
buffoon
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(Reply to #375)

The RTS wrote:
Choices on 15mm dynohubs? And who has the best prices?

Sp all the dynamos!

The usual German sites are cheapest (Bike24/Starlite/Bike-components.de...)

Lippy wrote:
a measured amount of muscle and hate when installing should keep that from happening.

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 22:32
Rusty Piton
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I've had great experience with sp hubs. Also shimano dynohubs but I don't think they do 15mm.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 22:41
Andrew_Squirrel
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IQ-X black & silver version just came into stock at XXcycle

€92
Paypal exchange rate is 1 US Dollar = 0.89 Euro
$103
Shipping mid-speed from France with tracking was about $18

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 13:21
jeffro
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First timer questions here. Got the IQ-x. I managed to spin the clamp 180 for hanging mount use, so wires are now opposite of hanging tab that originally wrangled them. Do I have to forfeit that tidyness to dangle the light? Also, should it have come with crimp on connectors for plughing into hub? It didn't.

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 20:14
eric_ssucks
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My hub (shimano) came with the connector, and I don't remember if my Cyo came with any connectors.

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 20:42
jeffro
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Starting to figure it out. The Shimano connector has marks where the wires should go through, but no holes. Do you have to hot needle your own? Wires should go through holes. Fold stubs back along grooves. Shove connector into socket. IF there were holes.

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 20:53
NOVELTYNAME
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You mean hot paper clip? Yes.

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 22:28
eric_ssucks
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There are holes, filled with grease, AFAIK.

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 22:29
jeffro
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Ugh, I suck. There were in fact holes, and they were filled with grease the exact same color as the plastic. Next problem is that stock wire isn't even close to being long enough to deal with my mount and rack situation. Is it just speaker wire? Anyone care to link up something Amazonable that would work?

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 22:58
mander
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It can be any wire with two strands. I have had lots of success with just cutting up the wire from a busted old ac adaptor and using that, but tarckers will probably chime in with fancier suggestions. The one nice thing i do use and recommend is an expensive crimper for doing the spade connectors.

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 01:47
jeffro
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Success! Head and tail work. Cut up charging block from pooched electric drill.

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 14:42
ShartAttack
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If you want or need to rewire, I think this stuff would be the business:

http://www.longleafbicycles.com/products/schmidt-coaxial-wire

That whole website is actually a treasure trove of little parts and connectors for wiring up dynamo lights. I've never ordered anything there but probably will next time I need to wire something.

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 10:04
blackholelectron
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Got my IQ-X (arrived in four calendar days from Germany, WTF is this world) and mounted it up just in time for second DST darkness commute. Love this thing. Super lightweight and appears very well made. Replaced an IQ Cyo Premium T Senso Plus (the one with 80 lux, the neckbeard standlight LEDs and no reflector). Comparatively, it seems way, way brighter, with a slightly narrower beam spread compensated for by much more even light distribution across the whole spread. I also love that the standlights are in the reflector and thus follow the same beam pattern, as opposed to being separate naked be-seen LEDs.

I'm still not sure that the T Senso Plus version of the Cyo Premium gets 80 lux, I remember having a conversation about this before in this thread about the standlights reducing the available power (and thus brightness) of the main LED. Was skeptical then but seeing this thing I'm way more convinced that they were keeping that light from its true power level.

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if you're happily shuffling between rural corn dog purchases at 14mph, how are your needs not being met?

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 08:26
ergott
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Question for IQ-X early adopters.

One of the light elements is loose in mine. It vibrates while riding as does it's reflection in the mirror thingy. Anyone else? Should I start a warranty?

If someone on here did it, I'd probably like it. Since it was done by someone I don't know, they're a fucking idiot.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 08:47
blackholelectron
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Lemme check in a bit. Definitely don't think so though. My gut would say warranty, or crack it open and try and fix it if all else fails

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if you're happily shuffling between rural corn dog purchases at 14mph, how are your needs not being met?

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 09:10
emor
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(Reply to #390)

blackholelectron wrote:
I remember having a conversation about this before in this thread about the standlights reducing the available power (and thus brightness) of the main LED. Was skeptical then but seeing this thing I'm way more convinced that they were keeping that light from its true power level.

I was doing some night riding on a bike trail with wesbarf, who has a non-neckbeard Cyo Premium. It was very noticeably brighter than my neckbeard Cyo Premie. I'm not really sure how to quantify it but I bet mine was about 5-10 lux less luminous.

ergott: warranty that thing. It shouldn't vibrate at all.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:05
tamaso
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(Reply to #391)

blackholelectron wrote:
Replaced an IQ Cyo Premium T Senso Plus (the one with 80 lux, the neckbeard standlight LEDs and no reflector). Comparatively, it seems way, way brighter

yesyesyessss. coming from the same cyo, this is making me very excited. still patiently waiting on my german lux-santa 10days later...

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 14:04
jeffro
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I think mine came in two days from XXcycle. Ordered Wed night of last week, arrived Friday afternoon. It took longer for the dyno wheel to get here, shipped stateside.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:35
heavymetal
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All of this IQ-X chat is not alleviating my jonesing.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 19:03
jeffro
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Just test rode it, and it's rad. This is my first fancy optics light and first dyno light. In the workstand it felt touch draggy and didn't seem that bright, but out on the road the light is really only shining where you need it. Any tips for aiming the cutoff? It's hanging under my rack so I can't really tip it up or down that much. Just want to make sure I'm not doing something dumb.

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 20:24
crowding
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Ride parallel to a wall/fence and check that the cutoff line goes slightly down.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 01:27
emor
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I ride towards a walk and set the cut off to be slightly above waist height as I get closer.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 01:31
Andrew_Squirrel
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find a nearby low traffic, level road with parked cars. Ride at night towards parked car, adjust light below eye level of a sedan.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 02:39
blackholelectron
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Modern dynos tend to feel draggy or notchy in the stand because of the push/pull of the supermagnets- but once there's forward momentum on the system, it tends to balance out more and there's very little appreciable drag

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if you're happily shuffling between rural corn dog purchases at 14mph, how are your needs not being met?

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:45
aek
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I thought I posted earlier, but without doing any research, what's the go on dynamo, rims, lights right now. Rim holes speed up plans.

doofo wrote:
tarck eats ur soul one lol at a time

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:05
tamaso
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(Reply to #400)

aek wrote:
I thought I posted earlier, but without doing any research, what's the go on [to?] dynamo, rims, lights right now. Rim holes speed up plans.

I'll bite... (I think this is what you're asking)

  • hubs: Shimano seems to be the price + reliability king, higher weight and drag than others, all models have same guts (?); SP is best bang-for-buck with low drag, low weight-- some long-term reliability potential concerns have been expressed re longevity of the mfg and sourcing bearing etc. but I still haven't heard any horror stories or compelling reason not to go SP. Models will depend on discs or not.
  • rims: depends on rim brakes or not; wtb has several great light(er) mtb rims in 27.5; KOM and Frequency i21/23 seem to be standard recs here for excellent value.
  • lights: B&M lights are the go-to: secula rear, IQ-X or Cyo Premium or Luxos depending on your specific budget and other needs.

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 14:21

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