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    Hope have a new light on the way

    http://www.bikemagic.com/gear-news/l...mens/9721.html


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    I personally think they will be left with a lot of them on the shelves

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    And your light was criticized as Rube Goldbergish? Jeesh!

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    That's one fugly lump of metal and plastic

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    As a previous owner of a Hope Vision 4 light, I will say Hope makes a very solid product but my Troutie 7up completely blew it away so off to eBay it went.

    One of the problems I had with the Vision 4 is it was way too much flood... I want throw with some flood, so hopefully this new light has managed to balance that a bit better. Gotta admit the LCD panel on top looks pretty interesting so I'll be watching this one to see how it does in the real world.

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    Next step - when light costs more than whole bike itself

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    The "security" torx on the top is interesting. Someone doesn't want people to take their light apart...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klynk
    Next step - when light costs more than whole bike itself
    I think that's already possible with lights from companies such as Lupine. Granted it is unlikely that someone buying a Lupine Betty would own only a $1000 bike but you never know!

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    ...... somethings gonna break off i think !!!
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    A meagre 2500 lumens out of 8 emitters. Tsk tsk.

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    I've always loved Hope products, and their machine work is awesome....but this thing just isn't doing it for me.
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    I think the green top panel is a little bit much, but I suspect that is just a pre production unit and the final will be black to match the body.

    I love the idea of having an LCD that tells you the current brightness level. I find with most of my lights I never know if I'm set on medium or high so I'm forever cycling through the modes to figure out what my current level is.

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    OK, then there will be bike lights with bluetooth and a matching iphone/android app
    CNC LED light housing for DIY projects

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    I personally think they will be left with a lot of them on the shelves
    I think they can sell some if they make it pink!

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    I want 2 way bluetooth; status and control. Phone app could make it "auto dimming".

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    Well, I think it is a good looking light. I also like the display on top.

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    Certainly some nice machining. For my taste it does not work. Looks kind of heavy. I do not care for the tabs for the bezel screws. There is plenty of space within the boundary of the main body of the light for them. That would make it smaller, more sleek looking, and lighter. Having the LCD display for battery life is no big deal for me. Kind of like having the little window on your shifter that tells you what gear you are in(does anyone actually use those?). I start a ride with fully charged cells on lights that I know the runtime of. No remote switch? Last, I would want the access plate on the bottom of the light for a cleaner look.

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    ...On the plus side it doesn't have mouse ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat-man-do
    ...On the plus side it doesn't have mouse ears.

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    gah, that's ugly! Given the awesome lights people on here are producing, I'm amazed that Hope can't do something at least as good.

    Bike light manufacturers seem so far behind the curve when it comes to the latest technology - I would have thought 3 XM-L would have produced a similar output for less cost and complexity plus better runtime to boot.

    I also agree - no remote switch is a big surprise and that mount is asking to be snapped off in a crash (if it can even hold the light steady).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet
    gah, that's ugly! Given the awesome lights people on here are producing, I'm amazed that Hope can't do something at least as good.

    Bike light manufacturers seem so far behind the curve when it comes to the latest technology - I would have thought 3 XM-L would have produced a similar output for less cost and complexity plus better runtime to boot.
    Not really defending them but possible answers to your questions. We really don't know how long they've been working on the product, it could be quite awhile. We also don't know how many materials they've purchased for production. They may have 2000+ xpg in stock for the light.

    I'm also wondering if the light is bulkier because of warranty or durability. You have a brand name you want to protect with a quality durable product that anyone can purchase off a retail shelf.

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    Kans right Hope are only 15 miles from me and while they do all their cnc work in house
    so the casings are easy for them

    it looks like a custom optic so that would need time to sort out

    and also a custom circuit board and lcd screen

    basically they are committed to the product now whether you like it or hate it and I think it is a mistake imho

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    all true, I just think that such bespoke components in such a fast moving business is a mistake - you're always going to be behind the curve and every time a newer better LED comes out, you have to redesign the whole thing. A degree of modularity like Lupine (who even offer upgrades) or USE would make the lights more cutting edge and reduce costs at the same time.

    I actually think the screen's pretty neat - overkill, but neat.

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    Looks pretty cool, but I reckon its going to be 400+

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