riding Trout's Cutie
Troutie very kindly sent me his prototype XML cutie to have a play with, here are a few notes from last nights fist ride
first impressions out of the box, the light unit is very very light weight even though compared to my Liberator it’s quite big, the battery however is over twice the size of the Libs battery, but then this is a prototype. it fitted well to the side of my headtube and didn’t interfere with pedalling and stayed put over rough ground
2011-08-20_17-17-39_10.jpg by rOcKeTdOgUk, on Flickr
it gives off a white/slightly yellow light which seems easier on the eye than more “bluer” lights i’ve used (i am however a little colourblind!) the beam is quite wide without much fade at the edges, the Liberator does qive a wider spread at the periferal sides of vision, but then is is a totally different LED layout (round v rectangular)
for wide open fields and roads the low beam is more than enough, in the woods medium gave excellent vision ahead with plenty of distance to react to trail obstacles with out the “tunnel vision” you get with some lights, the boost beam is pretty insane, lighting up the woods like daylight and i’ll be honest was a bit too much and took away some of the thrill and psuedo danger of night riding, nice to have but i’d say 95% of the time you just wouldn’t use it
i was out around 2.5hrs playing with all the levels and the cutie was on for the whole time and showed no sign of losing power (i’m sure Troutie can give you the burn times
edit:full will go for about 2 hours
medium will go for about 8 hours
low will go for 33 hours
to conclude, it’s an awesome light, it’ll tackle any offroad riding with ease with plenty of battery life for a decent length ride in the dark and if you were just usung it to commute it would ensure you were seen by other road users and give you plenty of spread to pic up kerbs and verges on unlit roads, my only minuse is the size of the battery but as this might not be the battery that comes with the light as standard it’s a minor quibble.
Awwww. Loving the light tho!Posted 11 years ago
*wonders if I would get away with getting one?**
**nah, probably not..**
oh and one more thing, this rabbit was alive before it got caught in the Cutie’s beam…and when we checked it, it was cooked!
<wipes coffee off keyboard> 😉Posted 11 years ago
Just a couple of questions, do we have an indication as to price yet? and will there be a helmet attachment available?Posted 11 years ago
And why does it have such a daft name?Posted 11 years ago
I think it is in relation to the brand name for the optics used.Posted 11 years ago
Tomaso has hit it but thats not its name will be some thing else when I think of a name .
possibly a helmet mount sometime and no idea of a price yet
Cool write up RD Spider eyes Next when Bigface gets back from his BivvyPosted 11 years ago
Chris, did you get my email regarding spidereyes?Posted 11 years ago
I did Iain and sent a reply which seems to have not arrived
Yes you can have it after Rocketdog gets his paws on itPosted 11 years ago
mail him your address.
Thanks Chris, I’ll mail RocketdogPosted 11 years ago
Rocketdog.Posted 11 years ago
If you had to choose one light for nightrides would you choose the liberator or the cutie ?
Wondering if its worth holding out for the cutie.
there’s not a lot of difference but i like the compactness of the Liberator, don’t forget though the cutie design may changePosted 11 years ago
I thought the pics that troutie posted on another post comparing different lights looked like the cutie was brighter and had a better spread or light?
also like the size of the liberator so that might swing if not a huge difference in light.Posted 11 years ago
Nibby why not send rocketdog your address and have a spin with the lightPosted 11 years ago
Trout … I’m fairly new t’forumworld … This may be a naive question and the lights look really great, will these be available for purchase (or am I missing something obvious?).Posted 11 years ago
I hope to bring a light like this as either a diy kit or built up for sale soon certainly before the clocks alter .
I have all components just waiting for the machine shop now .
It wont be this shape though be nicerPosted 11 years ago
Anyone else want to try this light mail Rocketdog and he will forward it to you .Posted 11 years ago
Email sent. Cheers, ScooperPosted 11 years ago
OK scooper please can you mail me also with your name and address plus phone so I know Where it has gone .Posted 11 years ago
Never mind the light , did you enjoy your fist ride RD 😯Posted 11 years ago
cutie posted to scooper yesterdayPosted 11 years ago
Bit tidier now
Posted 11 years ago
Nice bit of kit.Posted 11 years ago
trout that new housing looks ace.
Have you got your mmmbop built up again? i thought you were tearing about on a mega?Posted 11 years ago
What happened was when the MMbop frames were being sold cheap I got another one and built up a bike for the missus but she only rides rarely
so I have the use of that one as well as the mega .
new housings fresh from the machine shop . the first protos .
A bit of a retro look which I am testing before having a run made .
so easy to build that there will be a self build kit coming soon .
as well as some built up
Posted 11 years ago
Wow, really like the look of the new housing/casing unit. Any clue as to how much as a built unit?Posted 11 years ago
I realise it is being particularly picky but one of the things i really liked about your prototype was the bar mount! Although you can’t really see it in rocketdogs pic it has your logo on it which is a neat touch and really set the lights apart as one of yours.
I could see reasoning behind it if it was sold as a diy kit :-
* possibility of the light being built not being to your standards
* depending on construction it could make the housing hellish expensive
however if you go down the route of selling complete builds i think it would be a great shame to loose that bit of brand identity.
Also in my mind it just looks a more secure solution for fixing the light to the bar.Posted 11 years ago
Troutie – what ‘size’ battery is rocketdog quoting for those run times?Posted 11 years ago
It is a 14.8 volt 4.4 amp hour smudge pack .
The mount is just one I had there will be a newer mount though not Aluminium
Plenty of room for some laser etching on the light bodyPosted 11 years ago
How does this compare to the Liberator then? Price and lumens wise?
And will it be anodised? 😀Posted 11 years ago
Chris that is very very tidy , any idea on cost yetPosted 11 years ago
Price I am waiting for a cost from the machine shop but expect it to be around the Libs price but will need an endurance battery if using full for any length of time
Lib measured at 1700 lumensPosted 11 years ago
triple xml was measured at 2800 lumens
“Fist ride” 😯 😕
Trout how do you feel about your lights being used for sexual deviancy?
Doesn’t the heat make the mintyarselard go all runny
More seriously looks quite smart that.Posted 11 years ago
Hi Chris, I know your a busy man, did you get chance to have a look at those Fireball lights my missus dropped off?
Cheers JasonPosted 11 years ago
If you want it tested on the rocky southern alps, please feel free to send me one 😉Posted 11 years ago
Chris, mail sent regardig Cutie.Posted 11 years ago
Those spider eyes look like a DIY light thread I’ve been watching on mtbr for the last 4 months. Looks as though both will be the perfect helmet light.Posted 11 years ago
It certainly weighs next to nowtPosted 11 years ago
I love the look of the Spider Eyes, just need them in black…Posted 11 years ago
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