New Commuter, Mountain Bike Lights from Cateye
Cateye introduced a few new lights at PressCamp. The Rapid One (top row, left and center) is a $35 USB rechargeable that’s available as both a front and rear light with for flash modes that’s pretty bright. The Rapid Three (front, center) is a 3-LED tail light with three modes that’s $25 and runs on a AA battery. The Rapid Five is a $30 tail light with three rear facing LEDs and two side facing bulbs for maximum visibility. It runs on two AAAs.
Coming up is the Nano Shot (right). It’s a 250 lumen, USB rechargeable light that has a really small form factor and is pretty lightweight. It has a Li-Ion battery that’s good for about 3.5 hours on high. $120 target MSRP and should be available later this year. I shone it on the ceiling in daylight and it was visibly bright.
New Sumo 2 and Sumo 3 are full-on mountain bike lights. The “2” is a 1000-lumen, two-bulb light for $450 and the “3” is a 1600 lumen light with three bulbs for $550. Both use the same 4600 mA/hour battery, good for about 1.5 hours on high for the “2” and one hour on high for the “3”. Both have an “All Night” mode that’ll run for 10 hours at a low setting. There’s an optional 9200 mA/hour battery available separately that should double runtimes.
In other news, the Inou GPS video camera is now fully fleshed out with a pretty slick online interface that shows video and pics overlaid on a map that follows along to show where you are as the video is playing. It comes with both a helmet and handlebar mount. The unit itself is lightweight and runs on commonly available AAA batteries, making it easy to find new ones if you’re using it on a long trek. One good use Cateye mentioned was for local trail groups or IMBA using it to geotag trails and trail features, showing riders a trail before they even visit it. Race promoters could use it to highlight cool trail features or let people virtually preride a course.