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Thirdly, the review.
I'd been interested in Revolights and their design of bike lights since seeing their older set. I thought the wheel mounted projections looked excellent, however the design was flawed for me. The battery pack sat strapped to the hub with a wire wrapping around the spokes. It was too clunky.
Fast forward to last October and I saw a Facebook post regarding a brand new design of Revolights. A streamlined, lighter design. It hadn't been released yet but instead, part of the funding was being crowd sourced through Indiegogo. The campaign was set to last until the end of November with the first sets being delivered in December, so with that in mind, I placed my order. I was super excited at the possibility of getting these lights by Christmas and riding with them throughout the dark winter months.
December came and went, and so did January, and February (mostly). We'd received update emails each time there was a delay but with each delay the annoyance grew and the nights got lighter. By the time I'd actually got the lights there was barely time to use them.
Note: It should be said this delay was down to production issues and (hopefully) shouldn't affect anyone after their full release.
Anyway, the product. Each wheel comes with two rings, a handful of bolts and four spoke mounting brackets. Following the instructions they were relatively easy to fit however I did have issue with the bolts. One or two heads became rounded fairly easily when I tried to do them up to what I thought was tight.Be careful there. Alignment of the rings (to stop any wobble in the lights) just takes a bit of time, patience is key here. The one main issue I had with installation was the power cable connection. It is VERY tight and requires a bit of force to plug in at an awkward angle. On my first installation I struggled with the connection on the front and had problems with the outer ring flickering on and off, purely down to a loose connection, so I had to strip the lights down and try again.
The battery design is the improvement I like the most. It's sleek and simple. It's stated you can have the lights on for up to four hours on a charge and from my experience, that's pretty accurate. It's so easy to click the battery pack in, turn the lights on and off and remove the pack after. No more bulky hub mounted systems. Great design there Revolights.
OK, out in the real world now. Firstly, visibility from the bike. In the marketing video, Revolights claimed their Eclipse system would project enough light on to the road to be used as a headlamp. In my experience, this is absolute rubbish. They do project a small amount of light forward but it is in now way substantial enough to light up your path to reveal any obstructions that may lie ahead. I rode down an unlit road and couldn't really see a thing.
Visibility off the bike is great. The solid stream of light on the wheels is a great "warning" to other road users of your presence. I'd say this is one of the most important features of any bike lighting system and to me, Revolights work.
Would I recommend them? Yes, but I don't think they'd be my first choice. Taking in to consideration the size of them, the battery life and the poor visibility you have from the bike there are definitely better options for the price. The See.Sense lights I have are roughly the same price, last for longer, are arguably packed with more technology and weigh less. To me, these Revolights are more of a novelty. Don't get me wrong, they do a great job and I love the way they look but you are still more likely to buy them based on a cosmetic look rather than practicality.
Have you got a set? Let me know what your thoughts are below.