I rode with Jeremy and Ivan last friday night. We received a set of Princeton Tec Switchback 3 lights to test out on the trails.
I hooked up the lights to the Gary Fisher Cobia 29er, the clamp mechanism was very straight forward and easy to install.
Notice how the clamp offsets the headlight so it can be right in top of the stem. The headlight was also easy to adjust vertically and horizontally, just move the headlight to the desired position with a little bit of force, and your are ready to go.
The battery pack was a little tricky to install, I installed on my downtube since the Cobia’s cables run underneath the top tube. I took me about 5 minutes to install the whole system.
The switchback features 4 modes: High, Medium, Low and flashing. We rode for about 2 hours, mostly on high beam, there was no loss of brightness at the end of the ride.
We were able to compare the light beam to a single LED light and the Nite Rider Dual MiNewt lights. The Princenton Tec switchback’s beam was the brightest of all three, however, it was not the widest. (sorry, the pictures didn’t come out good).
I was very impressed by the light output of the light, I was even more impressed with the run time. I will be riding with the Switchback 3 on the helmet next time. Stay tuned for the update.