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    Cateye Triple Shot vs Blackburn X6

    I've been considering the Cateye triple shot as a viable and cost effective alternative (compromise) to the more expensive HID lights and recently noticed that Blackburn have introduced a new range (X3 and X6). Should I continue and get the Cateye or the Blackburn units a better option.

    Any guidance would be appreciated - THANKS

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    They are both actually nice systems with a good amount of light coming from each unit. I would recommend going with the Cateye Triple Shot based on a brighter light, smaller battery, and less bulk.

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    I don't have much info on the Blackburn so my opinion is rather skewed as I own the cateye tripleshot (and love it) I have also ordered the doubleshot (hope it gets here before tuesday)

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    I've played around a bit with both

    We have a display at the shop I work at that has both systems mounted on it. I have played around with both, and have actually ridden with a Triple Shot once. Here is my impression....

    The Blackburn system is more like a traditional set up with two light units, a remote button, and a plastic encased battery pack. It takes a two second push on the light unit to turn it on. I found that you have to hit the "sweet spot" on the button to make it work. This could prove to be troublesome while wearing full finger gloves, or when you are seeing pink elephants! The connectors are bombproof. The charger is a slam dunk to use. The quality of light seems to be a bit weaker than the Triple Shot, but not by much.

    The Triple Shot is super simple, stripped down, no features kind of a light. It's either on or off, unlike the Blackburn, which has different light levels available. The thing about the Cat Eye is that the beam is more intense and floods the trail well. The connectors seem worthy, but not as well done as the Blackburn, perhaps. The battery pack is in a velcro pouch. It's also lighter than the Blackburn system.

    I would probably choose the Cat Eye for racing purposes, and the Blackburn for pottsing around trails on. Just my opinion.
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    I work at the same shop as Guitar Ted, and had a hand in helping to develop the Cateye Triple and Double shot thru racing. I would agree 100% with what he said. I would also add that the Cateye Triple shot has a wider beam and more intense beam. The Blackburn light is a good light, but the battery pack is huge...almost twice the size of the Cateye. And as G-Ted stated, the on/off button on the B-burn is a pain in the arse.

    My 2 cents...
    For racing get the Cateye.
    For general riding and commuting look towards the Blackburn.

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    James at gear review has written this sweet review, which is well worth a look:

    http://www.gearreview.com/2006_led_lights.php

    I would also be looking at lights like the Nightlightning Endurenz, Lupine Wilma and similar.

    Maybe a pair of DiNotte three or five watt units would be a nice set-up too.

    There are quite a few threads floating around here on the boards that are worth a look, and there are more and more reviews surfacing on the web too.

    It’s well worth having a good read and seeing what’s available before making a final decision.

    Cheers, Dave.

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    Blackburn lights

    That article at gearreview was interesting.

    I also wrote some thoughts also based on IB demo:

    http://www.ride424.com/articles/interbike6.php

    But when it comes race day I'm running an NR Flight...

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    I'd love something like the night rider but it's not realistically in the same price range. I'll probably go with the Triple Shot. The battery on the X6 looks like overkill and from the reviews I've been directed to the light beam on the triple Shot is probably slightly better.

    Thanks to all for the input - it's greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger9
    I'd love something like the night rider but it's not realistically in the same price range. I'll probably go with the Triple Shot. The battery on the X6 looks like overkill and from the reviews I've been directed to the light beam on the triple Shot is probably slightly better.

    Thanks to all for the input - it's greatly appreciated.

    One of my riding buddies has ridden with both (and I've ridden with him) and we both noticed that the Cateye is a little brighter when you first turn it on compared to the Blackburn dual beam one, but after about an hour the cateye is noticeably dimmer than the Blackburn. The blackburn website has a bunch of stuff about constant currant as a non-dimming feature. I have an X3 and even though it's just a single beam it's great, and way less expensive than most other systems.

    As for the battery, it's big, but it's also waterproof and tough enough to drop a few times accidentally. I think it's better than the neoprene sack that the cateye has. For the price, especially.

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