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Busch and Muller Ixon IQ

November 2, 2009

CYP215.lights.bmixon_prev-399-75I’d been wanting a high quality headlight for quite a while. I don’t want to use a dynamo at this time but may switch to a dynamo hub in the future and don’t want to have to get a whole new lighting system if I do so. My main want for this light is for Brevets and long rides that take me into the night before heading home, but I also want something that I can use to commute and can easily take on and off when I’m parking my bike somewhere where a light could get stolen if I leave it on the bike. The Busch and Muller Ixon IQ seems perfect for me. It’s very similar to the Ixon supernova but a with a brighter beam. It uses rechargable batteries that can stay in the light while they charge which will come in handy on a wet tour when you can’t open up electronics to take out batteries, it’s also one less thing to carry. It also is adaptable with the ride and charge so it can charge through a dynamo during the day and then just flip it on when the sun goes down and you can use it for up to 20 hours on the low setting, which is pretty bright or on high for 5 hours. For really serious brevet riders it’s usually used as a secondary light during fast descents or as a back up.

The beam is pretty wide and long so you can look out for things coming off the sidewalk or out of the woods and still have enough time to avoid them. I’d never had a decent light before this and it’s an incredible difference from cheap lights in quality, durability and overall usefulness.

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Ixon IQ at full power

I paid over $150 once I bought the rechargeable batteries, charger, and adapter to make this German plug fit and American socket, but I think it’s worth it when you consider your safety comes into play when you’re doing any night riding and when you think about all the cheap lights you’d buy if you didn’t just spend the money to get a good one like this. It may seem like you can other LED’s for a lot less but what you’re really paying for with Busch and Muller’s lights is the lens which makes most of the power from the light focus where you need it to. The only other draw back to these type of lights is availability, I had my local bike shop set up an account with Peter White Cycles just so I could order this light. I’m sure others import these products but Peter White’s the only one I knew would have it in stock.

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