Overview kLite offers 2 distinct lighting systems, the kLite Ultra RACE System and the kLite Ultra ADVENTURE System. These differ in a number of ways with the primary difference being the beam patterns they provide. With the RACE system the beam pattern is designed to provide a powerful concentrated long throw beam that's suited for moving at speed, illuminating the road ahead. The ADVENTURE system offers a wider beam that allows for greater peripheral vision - perfect for rougher trails and off piste exploring.
kLite Ultra RACE System
Beam Pattern This is the best light in the kLite range for flying down rough roads at speed. With its specifically selected optical elements it provides great versatility, allowing you to move quickly, throwing tons of light down the road. When navigating tricky sections of track at slower speeds its single flood lens element helps you by providing a wider field of view.
RACE OPTICS WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE THROW. PERFECT FOR MOVING AT SPEED. Riding Style
The Ultra RACE beam pattern is perfect for all types of race scenarios. Because it has the best throw it brightly illuminates the path ahead allowing you to ride faster on flat ground and descents.
For true off road races such as the Silk Road Mountain Race or the Tour Divide most riders would also run a rechargeable helmet light to help navigate really windy sections of trail. The kLite ULTRA Race combined with a helmet light is recommended for travelling fast on challenging terrain.
BEAM PATTERN WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE THROW. PERFECT FOR MOVING AT SPEED. Always On Charging
The Ultra RACE features 'Always On' USB charging. That means that you easily have the ability to top up key electronics in the middle of the night while riding. As a result you'll always be able to find your way or keep your tracker up and running.
It's worth noting that charging electronics at the same time as running lights could have an effect on the brightness of your light as the power coming from your dynamo hub will be being split between these competing demands. Best practice for most racers is to charge their cache batteries during the day with their lights off and use their power exclusively for lighting at night.
1300 lumen Ultra Bright Beam
Beam pattern optimised for riding at speed
Always on USB charging
kLite Ultra ADVENTURE System
Throwing a bright ultra wide beam the kLite Ultra ADVENTURE Light is perfect for sketchy descents and tight cornering, illuminating brightly even at low speeds. This design works well without a dedicated helmet light, lighting up the trail and obstacles around you.
VENTURE OPTICS WEIGHTED TOWARDS PROVIDING MORE PERIPHERAL VISION. PERFECT FOR TOUGH TRACKS. Riding Style
The Ultra ADVENTURE beam pattern covers all the bases nicely providing a single solution for riding both rough roads and sketchy trails. The beam pattern is weighted towards a wide field of view meaning you'll always be able to see what's ahead. This focus on peripheral vision comes at a cost of overall throw, making it the best choice for people adventuring rather than racing.
Lights on at night - Charging during the day
The Ultra ADVENTURE is set up so it's really easy to get the most out of the power generated by your hub. The switch allows you to either have your lights on (at night or when it's getting dark) or to charge your devices and cache battery (during daylight hours). This is the foolproof and easy way to manage your power needs and works efficiently when out in the wilderness.
1300 lumen Ultra Bright Beam
Beam pattern optimised for greater visibility
Lights on at night. USB charging during the day.
How does the kLite system Work?
What do I need for a complete kLite system?
TO GET THE POWER FROM THE DYNAMO TO THE KLITE/USB CHARGER You have 2 options (both are plug and play) Option 1 kLite Single Lead - This is great if you want to keep it really simple, its a cable that runs directly from the hub to the kLite light or USB charger - just pull it out and plug it back in to swap between the 2 Option 2 kLite Simple Bar Switch - If you want to flip between the kLite Light and USB power this is your best option. The Bar switch has 2 extra option - you can choose either Dual or Lights/USB. **DUAL USE** USB always ON is made to run the USB module in the day and night...this way you can hook up the new kLite rear Qube flashing light. Main SWITCH now just turns the front light ON/OFF. (As of 27/11/18 the Qube is in V2 or prototype and is expected to be on sale in the New Year)
**LIGHTS OR USB CHARGE** is the regular setup...lights in the night, charge in the day...for a easy setup that is fully auto with the touch of just one switch.
KLITE USB CHARGER Almost done - To power your Phone, Garmin backup cache battery you will need the kLite USB Charger kLite Dual Output - Plug in your USB device and charge your rear light at the same time.
THINGS TO CONSIDER A dynamo can only output so much power, consider the Trip/Adventure/Race you are planning to use the setup for. If you are doing lots of long slow climbs in the mountains or especially offroad (below about 9kph) then trying to power your kLite Light and USB rear light might not work, consider charging a backup battery during the day and then use this to charge your rear light/phone when it gets dark and you switch to the kLite Light.
What's the Difference between the Bikepacker Ultra Road/Gravel and the MTB version? There is only one difference: The Road/Gravel Light has 2 main beams and 1 Spread beam. The MTB Light has 1 Main beam and 2 Spread beams.
Is the Road/Gravel Light legal on the Roads? Yes everywhere in the worlds except Germany.
Does the kLite work straight out of the box? It depends on the setup you already have, you will obviously need a dynamo to power the light, you will also need a way to connect the kLite to the dynamo, you do this via either of the kLite Switches Handlebar.
Can I run a kLite upside down? Yes, no problem, the beam pattern is the same either way up.
Is the kLite really Plug and Play? with other Dynamos I needed to Solder and heat shrink the cables Yes, Plug the switch directly into the hub, the cable comes pre-fitted with either SON or SP/Shimano connections. Plug the Switch directly into the kLite Ultra or Pro V2. The kLite USB Charger is also the same, the Plug is already fitted, simply plug this straight into the kLite switch.