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great light, terrible mount
on September 5, 2013
I'm giving this otherwise terrific light a one-star review because it doesn't really matter how great the light is if it won't stay on the bike. Night Rider makes wonderfully bright, very tough lights, but they've never managed the almost equally difficult task of making mounts for their lights that work well. I've had a 350 for a couple of years and this 650 for about a year. During that time I've used the lights every day, for commuting and for longer road-riding. I ride about 150 miles a week on road and CX bikes and I commute by bike to and from work daily. I use bike lights all the time--day and night--whenever I ride. NR upgraded their mounting systems at some point a couple of years ago, and they're a little better than they used to be. But the lights will rattle, all the time, if you're on any road surface other than glassy-smooth, newly paved perfection. This is as true of the Solas rear light as it is for their front light systems. And recently the 650 has started launching itself out of the mount whenever I go over rough patches of pavement: bridge joints, tracks, etc. The light's tough, as I said: it'll be there, blinking happily away, some 30 yards off the bike, as I circle around to pick it up. But clearly no one wants a light that rattles all the time or that launches like a missile from its mount at random spots on road rides!
I'm trying a friend's Lezyne light for a bit, and they (Lezyne) have figured out how to make the rubber seal around the recharging port also serve as a shim to keep the light firmly mounted and quiet. It's not nearly as bright as the NR 650, but it's also not chattering away on the handlebars or blinking from the gutter, either! I've also been checking out the Light and Motion "urban" series, and these seem even more promising. In any case,the folks at Night Rider would be well-advised to continue to do work on ways to make their mounts quieter and more secure.