UpsideDown EDeluxes Back in Stock

The Luxos might have a better bigger beam pattern some might argue too big and bright, but Schmidt’s first LED licht EDeluxe is on a different level of sophistication and is still darned bright and has a good-citizen pattern that doesn’t blind traffic. So many customers ordered them for builds we stock them now.

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The housing, switch, and glass lens are superior to any. The handsome polished bullet shape made it an instant classic. Luxos lacks in this regard, resembling a robotic eye:

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You can remove that reflector, another German regulation requires that the light must be a reflector too when it breaks. It pops right off.

But like most dyno lights it’s made primarily to mount on the fork crown for German-market dutchy cruiser bikes and lots of our bikes have front racks. They have adaptors, but usually for the handlebars.

Here’s a Luxos again mounted German style in the sidepull sandwich of a Sam Hillborne. This is a 48cm size, discontinued. We only have a few left (hint hint…)

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So when we heard Schmidt made an upside down version of the Edeluxe it opened up the possiblity of having simple elegant mounting on the threaded tabs of the Nitto M1 Mini Front Rack.

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AND you could have the basket on top:

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One bolt, one nut attachment (don’t come with the light, on your own there). Why not just flip the other one upside down? Because the Schmidt has an asymmetrical beam pattern with a cutoff on the top (for other road users) optimized just-so in it’s right-side-up config that mounting it upside-down is akin to flipping your guitar over and playing it left handed without reversing the strings. Yeah you can play it but it’s gonna come out all wrong. The housing is upside down, but the reflector is right-side up. Get it?

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See how well thought out that reflector in there is? And the cutoff beam on top too? The light would go directly into oncoming road users’ eyes if you put it upside down and the cutoff would not illuminate the road. Worthless. Plus like most lights it is designed to be waterproof on top, drain on bottom. We have these in stock.

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You can’t use them on a Mark’s rack without modification (because they don’t have the threaded light tabs), but Mark himself has worked this out by cutting up some scrap metal, bending it and mounting it on the front tab.

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We’ll keep you updated as the Mark’s Rack light mount project develops.

Upside Down EDeluxes Back in Stock! $207 with free shipping in US.

Update:

Customer Leslie reminded us you can always use the fork-crown mounts that come with many dyno lights to mount a light in front of the basket or bag on the front tab of the Mark’s rack. Here’s his photo to prove it. He used a canti mount.

Greenbelt ride

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I accidentally put the wrong kind of rim tape on a wheelset recently and had to pull off this perfectly good roll of Newabaums Made in the USA rim tape (ignore the photos there, this is the new rim tape we carry). I needed a new layer on my handlebars, it works fine.

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Looks like it just left the ER. They don’t let me tape customer bikes.

~Dave