By Paul Norman published
New Sync lighting control system
Cateye has also announced its new Sync system. It allows one button to switch up to seven lights on and off at the same time and to be synced using a smartphone app.
It works with three different Cateye light ranges: the Sync Kinetic, Sync Wearable and Sync Core. The Kinetic and Wearable rear lights can be set up to flash in unison, giving drivers coming up from behind quite an eyeful.
Cateye’s Sync Kinetic and Rapid X2 rear lights both include an accelerometer. The lights can also be configured to increase in brightness when deceleration is detected.
The Cateye Sync app can be downloaded to both Android and iOS phones. As well as being able to set up each light simultaneously or separately, the app allows you to check battery life for each light. You can also select a subset of modes, so you don’t have ones which you won’t need, or exclude individual lights from group control.
The Sync Core front light has 500 lumen output and can be bar or helmet mounted. It weighs 94g and costs £80. The Sync Kinetic rear light (£60) weighs 43g and emits 30 lumens, while the Sync Wearable (£50) weighs 21g. All are USB rechargeable. You can also buy a Sync Core and Kinetic package for £120.
Availability is scheduled from Autumn 2018.
New Quick commuter computer
The new Cateye Quick cycling computer is aimed at commuters. It’s a compact, lightweight design with an easy to read LCD screen. Although you don’t get GPS, the round display gives you two rows of data including the option to display current, maximum and average speed, total distance, moving time and a clock. There’s auto start/stop too.
The Quick comes with an out-front mount and can be removed from the bike easily when you park. It’s weatherproof, with analogue wireless data transmission from its speed and cadence sensor. Without a GPS, battery life is good with Cateye saying that, using the unit for an hour a day, it will run for a year on the included CR1616 coin cell. The unit weighs just 24 grams.
Availability will be from September, with a price of £44.95.
Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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