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Ayup Lights

Postby Mayhemwmb » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:00 am

I'm considering buying the v4 lights set up as per their website, I know Ayup are an australian firm and there is potential for hassles getting charged extra coming through customs,
I'm not interested in making my own set as alot of people on here do - I haven't got the patience or knowledge to mess about soldering stuff.

Questions,

1) Does anyone have any experience of these lights - good or bad
2) Have you had hassle when getting them delivered to find extra postage/tax etc
3) Any alternatives for similar money

cheers in anticipation

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Postby ddraver » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:06 am

1) Yes, they re fantastic! for 24hr racing they re brilliant, probably overkill for an hour blast around the woods though (as you don't need as much run time as they have). I can thouroughly (sp?) reccomend them!

2) I ordered when they had a UK distributer so I never had this problem, sorry, but I think they re pretty switched on and do all the right stuff so it should nt be a problem (it was in the early days)

3) Yes, many, to be honest you can't really miss at this price, but none of them come with bar and head units so if that's your favourite set up (and for most people it is) then stick with ay-up
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Postby ddraver » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:07 am

oh and I think the newest ones are even brighter than mine to boot so you ll definitely never be short on power...
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Postby diy » Thu Sep 01, 2011 16:13 pm

You can't fault the design, but there are many better options out there. Plus its about time they refreshed the LED to current tech.

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Postby ddraver » Thu Sep 01, 2011 18:18 pm

^^They have I think....
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Postby diy » Thu Sep 01, 2011 19:20 pm

/\/\ here lies the problem with ayup, they are hiding the LED that they use. There is vague mention of higher current in their LED upgrade service and they talk of XLamp, but XLamp is the whole lot of Cree lights that could reasonably be used.

I doubt they are using XM-L's, they may be using XPGs possibly? but they talk about 40% brighter at 40% more current, so that could be the same LEDs

All they say is R2 bin, which could be anything, but not the best LED in any Cree range.

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Postby ibbo68 » Thu Sep 01, 2011 21:30 pm

They work.Simple.
I've had mine 4 years and they are excellent.Plus I've had mine running for over 7 hours on one charge.I have a Magicshine(brighter) but the battery life is half of the Ay-ups.My only regret is I bought the single set kit and not the kit with helmet and bar lights.
Whether or not they're the "latest" LEDs is irrelevant,they're bright,light and the battery life is unbeatable.
I've tried various cree torches and although bright the beam spread/spot etc is just not as good as dedicated bike lights.

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Postby ddraver » Fri Sep 02, 2011 07:59 am

Don't underestimate the benefit of having 2 sets on bars as well...
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Postby Mayhemwmb » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:33 am

^^^^ Cheers for the replies,

I've e-mailed them to find out if they're planning on a new importer/agent, I've not got the cash at this moment in time but will have in a couple of weeks so I've got time to look about - I like the buy and forget type of approach, also seems that they can do upgrades as technology improves, without buying a complete new set.
I will be happy with overkill on run time - would hate to get stuck in the wilderness with a mechanical etc and have an hour long walk/stumble back in the dark, been there done that!!!!

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Postby Frodo1095 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:14 am

Been running a set of the Ay-Up's over the last 6mths here in NZ (autum/winter here) and they have been great.

I only got the handlebar set as I only intended to use them as a get me ome lgiht, but have been doing more and more after work rides which are basiclly dark from start to finish and I now wish I had gone for the V4 kit.
Now plan to get a helmet for next winter.

They are very bright, good even light spread, for proper full night rides definitely go for handlebar and helmet set. They wont let you down.

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Postby gixer5 » Tue Sep 27, 2011 15:32 pm

i have been thinking about purchasing the V4 Adventure set for a while and after reading the review in this months MBUK I contacted Ay Up this morning with a few questions.

I received an answer within the hour and I have decided to buy a set online using their webshop. The process is very easy from start to finish with lots of very good information available about shipping costs, time, taxes, etc

Hopefully they should be delivered mid October (I specified a date during the order process).

Looking forward to my first night time riding :-)

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Postby jmillen » Wed Sep 28, 2011 19:06 pm

I've been using Ayups now for about 2 years, and have just recently had them upgraded as well. I have a set on the bars, and a set on the helmet.

In the 2 years I've been using them, I have never had any problems what so ever. Their customer service team is very good and give detailed answers through email within approx. 24 hours.

They're light, bright, easy to use and they work.

I'd recommend them to anyone.
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Postby Pirahna » Wed Sep 28, 2011 21:38 pm

I'll echo all the above positive comments.

I've got an early set from the UK dealer but my wifes Magicshine is probably slightly better, as long you don't need a long run time.

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Postby gixer5 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 09:11 am

Ordered the lights on Tuesday 27th. They were shipped on Wednesday 28th, have arrived at my local DHL today and they will be delivered on Monday the 3rd.

Very good service.
It has taken longer for things I have ordered in the UK to arrive!

Can't wait to try them out :-)

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Postby ddraver » Fri Sep 30, 2011 09:17 am

You won't be dissapointed!

I had a look at the site last night. I'm very tempted by the upgrade options...1st place in MBUK and MBR is pretty good work too!
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Postby Cat With No Tail » Fri Sep 30, 2011 09:20 am

They always have a stand at the IOM End2end, I was looking at them this year (they also provide the prizes). They are VERY nice looking lights, and speaking to a few people who run them currently, they are really well made too.

They are currently right at the top of my shortlist for lightsets for a 24hr race next year. Just trying to get myself over the price difference beteen these and my current magicshine ones and stop being such a tightarse.

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Postby giantorangedale » Fri Sep 30, 2011 09:35 am

diy wrote:/\/\ here lies the problem with ayup, they are hiding the LED that they use. There is vague mention of higher current in their LED upgrade service and they talk of XLamp, but XLamp is the whole lot of Cree lights that could reasonably be used.

I doubt they are using XM-L's, they may be using XPGs possibly? but they talk about 40% brighter at 40% more current, so that could be the same LEDs

All they say is R2 bin, which could be anything, but not the best LED in any Cree range.


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Postby ddraver » Fri Sep 30, 2011 09:50 am

^they use pretty white ones, that's all 99% of us need to know...
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Postby Northwind » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:28 am

Agere with DIY, I'd want to know what I'm getting for my money, vagueness about LEDs could just be genuine vagueness or it could be cageyness.

They're absolutely lovely lights, but uncompetitive IMO... At the end of the day, do you want lights that are the best to look at, or do you want lights that are better to look at other things with?

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Postby ddraver » Fri Sep 30, 2011 13:37 pm

I don't know about you NW, but they could list all the components they use, I'd still be none the wiser....LEDs don't turn me on much. It is mentioned on their site what they use somewhere but....

A large trance of positive reviews (i be never actually read a bad one) from pros and amateurs was all I needed/could understand
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