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    I finally got around to getting a new front light. I've been wanting one of these for a while, as I'd heard that the beam pattern was much better than the round flashlight-style of my current (and most) lights. It's true--even though it's relatively low-powered by current standards, it illuminates the actual road better than any light I've had before. The road is evenly lit from foreground to distance, rather than having a bright foreground washing out the road further away. The beam cutoff is sharp, so there's very little light thrown up at oncoming traffic. When riding, the road is just visible, as though riding at dusk rather than riding behind a flashlight. I've got it mounted on the fork crown, freeing up some handlebar space, and don't have to worry about adjusting it at all once I got it dialed in (as opposed to other lights where I was constantly adjusting it up or down depending on conditions).

    Other thoughts: it's big. It takes 4 AA batteries. Some see that as a disadvantage, I find it vastly better than proprietary li-ion packs which either cost a fortune to replace or turn the light into a disposable item. The runtime is about 5 hours on the 4 AAs, and on a long trip you can just toss some extras into the bag (or even pick up regular batteries at a store). The water sealing seems weak. We'll see how it goes. I definitely would not mount it over the tire without fenders. I still ride with the L&M vis 360, as backup and to provide extra pointable light (e.g., when watching for deer in the trees). But for street riding the Ixon is great by itself.

    Someone else's review that even has pictures: http://stealthtdi.com/blog/randonneu...led-headlight/

    Picked it up from http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    I finally got around to getting a new front light. I've been wanting one of these for a while, as I'd heard that the beam pattern was much better than the round flashlight-style of my current (and most) lights. It's true--even though it's relatively low-powered by current standards, it illuminates the actual road better than any light I've had before. The road is evenly lit from foreground to distance, rather than having a bright foreground washing out the road further away. The beam cutoff is sharp, so there's very little light thrown up at oncoming traffic. When riding, the road is just visible, as though riding at dusk rather than riding behind a flashlight. I've got it mounted on the fork crown, freeing up some handlebar space, and don't have to worry about adjusting it at all once I got it dialed in (as opposed to other lights where I was constantly adjusting it up or down depending on conditions).




    Other thoughts: it's big. It takes 4 AA batteries. Some see that as a disadvantage, I find it vastly better than proprietary li-ion packs which either cost a fortune to replace or turn the light into a disposable item. The runtime is about 5 hours on the 4 AAs, and on a long trip you can just toss some extras into the bag (or even pick up regular batteries at a store). The water sealing seems weak. We'll see how it goes. I definitely would not mount it over the tire without fenders. I still ride with the L&M vis 360, as backup and to provide extra pointable light (e.g., when watching for deer in the trees). But for street riding the Ixon is great by itself.

    Someone else's review that even has pictures: http://stealthtdi.com/blog/randonneu...led-headlight/

    Picked it up from http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m.asp
    I have pictures too! http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...-lights!/page3

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