Dinotte or Cateye

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by slow down, 13 Oct 2007.

  1. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall

    Thanks for that, doyler78!
    Just what I needed to hear.
    I am sold on the ay-up's and will be ordering the roadie kit very soon.
    They will be my earlyish xmas pressy.
    All i gotta do now is tell the wife :blush:
     
  2. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Really nervous about recommending anything as I have no experience of anything else other than the cateye el-530 therefore others might think they are sh1t. It done the job for me and that's all I can report. I hope you find them as good as me.

    I got mine sent to my work address as someone else on another forum said that you have a better chance of avoiding a customs bill. I haven't had to pay anything extra (so far anyway) so you might want to try that though there are no guarantees. Will also help with the wife if you send to work. You can try her trick when she buys that new dress you have never seen before "oh that old thing sure I have had that for ages" :biggrin:

    Good luck anyway and let me know what you think if its good and if you hate them then I don't know u :blush:
     
  3. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

  4. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    re

    the is only one answer:


    AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP,
    AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP,AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP,
    AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP, AY UP!!!!! :blush:
     
  5. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    LEDs are known to be very robust therefore to me that is more important than whether I can eak every little bit of light of a bulb. So long as I can see and be seen is all i was interested and if it could be supplied using leds i would be happier. For me I found this. As I say I haven't used anything else so can't comment on them however I did look at lot of stuff before making my decision and leds always came out as fantastic for reliability it just they weren't very bright so thats why a lot of other lighting systems were used. With cree leds this has changed things somewhat and now leds are able to compete better. I'm not saying buy ayup I am just telling you the process I went through and how i ended up where I did.
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    so, doyler, the acid test: are the ayups going to cut the mustard for night-time XC blasts on the MTB? Or would it be more a case of they'd *just about* do for trekking if you don't bat along too fast?
     
  7. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    Yes, I remember the electron bottle battery was a few mm thinner than a standard bottle, a quick bit of leverage on the bottle cage sorted it (and it still takes bottles fine), my battery hasn't shown any sign of breaking apart either, but undoubtedly the Sigma will be better built and if you can get them for £55, it's a no brainer.

    I agree, the various specs between lighting systems makes it impossible to compare without seeing them.
     
  8. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    I think you chose well, and I would probably go with them if I didn't have my Dinotte, but I may find some excuse to in the future :blush:

    I think Halogen and HID will soon be old hat as newer better LED systems emerge.
     
  9. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    Haven't a clue. Never ride trails. Got a roadie kit because that's what I do. I ride roads on a commute mainly.

    Having read much on the mtb forums because this is where they have first been used it would seem you would be looking at a regular kit @ £170 which includes two light sets, one helmet mounted and the other handlebar mounted. The helmet should be ordered in a narrow beam and the handlebar ordered in an intermediate beam. As these lights were built with and found favour amongst the mtb crowd first I would say that they have more of a proven record in this field than they do as a simple commute light in a single unit. Please bear in mind this only what I have read. The singletrack forum has it devotees so you might want to stop by there or if you do a search in google with ayup lights they nearly all take you to mtb forums around the world.
     
  10. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    I agree with the your last point. I wouldn't be so dismissive of the dinotte's . they have a fearsome reputation and that can't be without reason. How these stand up to them is yet to be proven. Ayup have the catch up game to play. Obviously they had me convinced (well not really them it was the users in the mtb forums that really made my mind up and the fact that their li-ion version is much more expensive with dinotte than with ayup as it is standard and with 6 hours of battery power - not tested but at least 2 hours and counting).

    I doubt there would be much in it between the two however the fact that there are two independently moveable lights in the ayup gives just that little bit more flexibility about how to use the light.

    Sounds like I work for them but I don't or I would have a sun tan :blush:
     
  11. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    ok, but the single light of the roadie kit lights the way well enough that you don't have to go deliberately slow on an unlit road at night then does it?
     
  12. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    It certainly did for me. I didn't have any problems riding my normal speed.
     
  13. hambones

    hambones Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Waltham Abbey
    I rode singletrack last night with guys with an real assortment of lights. I was using my Fenix P3D which I initially bought to try out for the road. Conclusion? Apart from the run-time (you'll need to carry a spare set of CR123s) it was as bright as the Dinotte 200L, brighter than the Light & Motion Stellar at £200!!, as bright as one set of Ayups. You could easily run just the one off-road at speed so for on-road 40mph downhills I do not foresee any problems. I suppose to be really sure you could mount 2 on your bars at different angles or one as a helmet mount. At £40 a pop I'm well chuffed!
     
  14. hambones

    hambones Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Waltham Abbey
    The Ay-up set up is certainly brighter and more flexible than the Dinotte. For £170 you get the 2 light sets and I think it's 3 batteries - run-times are certainly as advertised. The forest was certainly well illuminated last night!!
     
  15. hambones

    hambones Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Waltham Abbey
    Paul, just running the one set would be comparable to the Dinotte (or Fenix) from what I could tell last night.
     
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