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Ayup bar (regular kit) $ 380.00

Ayup helmet

Light Price Claimed Lumens Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lumens per gram Lumens per dollar
Ayup bar (regular kit) $190 280 5hrs Lithium Ion 68g 94g 152g 1.84 1.47
Ayup helmet $190 280 5.5hrs Lithium Ion 66g 94g 150g 1.87 1.47

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

The Ayup ‘regular kit’ is a light system from Australia that features two light heads. Each light head has two LEDs that can be tilted up and down independently. The kit includes two small batteries and a large battery. Aside from the 110 volt charger, a 12 volt car charger is included as well. The whole system comes with a handy neoprene case to transport everything.

While some lights are full-featured, fancy sytems, the Ayup is a no-frills light system. It sticks to the very basics to deliver the most light and battery power possible for the price. Thus for $380, you get two lights, an extra battery and a home/car charger. What you don’t get is a light switch, fancy electronics and a flexible mounting system.

The beam patterns are selectable at the time of purchase. The patterns available are wide, intermediate and narrow. We tested the intermediate on the bar lights and the narrow beam on the helmet light.

Light Head Close ups:

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Mounting Options:

The ‘regular set’ comes with two lights, one for the handlebar and one for the helmet. The mounting system uses zip-ties and thus can’t be moved to other bikes/helmets easily. The battery is so small that it is meant to be mounted on the stem and on the helmet.

Light Output Measurements:

On our light meter, measuring ambient light, the narrow helmet mount measured 16 Lux and the wider bar light measured a 17 Lux. The closest competitors are the Knog 605 at 16 and the Exposure Race Maxx at 24.

Complete package comes with an extra battery, a car charger and a carrying case.

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Strengths:

  • Incredible value with two lights, three batteries and a car charger
  • Very, very light
  • Great run-time

Weaknesses:

  • No light switch.
  • Liberal use of zip ties for mounting. Makes it difficult to move between bikes
  • Plugs are not weather proof. The wires are small and unplug too easily
  • Wiring is small and can be easy to cut

Bottom Line:

If you want the lightest, affordable high-powered system, this may be the lightset for you. The light output is pretty bright for the pair. And the beam pattern is quite nice. The flood bar and and spot headlight blend together very well. The weakness of the setup is the lack of light switch and rudimentary mounting and wiring components. It’s a good minimalist light at a great price. The batteries are so small that they can be easily mounted on the stem and on the helmet. This is a great feature since the wires do not get in the way of riding.Also, racers will be pleased with it’s light weight and compact setup.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Ayup Bar, Ayup Helmet, Ayup bar and helmet

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Ayup Bar, Ayup Helmet

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Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.25 out of 5 Stars

Read or write reviews:

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Lights/product_131912.shtml

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A word from the Manufacturer:
Dear MTBR, Many thanks for including the Ay Up Lighting System in your lights shootout. We can’t get a more thorough review from any other organisation, well done on your continued great work!Darren Clarke mailed me the proposed review and I would if I could, like to comment on a few points you have made. See below. Also we are bringing out new product all the time and the 08 Kits that will be available begin Feb include switched batteries and dual chargers etc etc. Please see attachments.We spent many months researching the battery cable to be used with our system and because we run our lights at a lower current than most we could use a smaller, lighter, less clumbersome wire. The wire used is a top quality wire which has sheilding around the two inner cores which acts as a reinforcer and protector. Our hang tests on the battery cable exiting the battery is in excess of 25 kilo’s. Cable breaking strain is in excess of 45 kilos. Since we moved to this cable in August we have had zero returns from over 4,000 batteries sold worldwide.untitled.jpgBattery Cable - This cable is a shielded two core cable at 16 gauge. The braid (sheilding) reinforces the cable whilst keeping the cable flexible. The light current draw is so low we can go to this size cable unlike the more higher current draw lighting systems. The cable strain exiting the battery and plug is moulded around the wire and is completely waterproof. Lightset Power Connector - This connector has been glued into the injection moulded lightbar on the lightset to not only retain it but to completely seal the unit. Our lights can withstand minimum 10 metres water depth.Weather proof connectors - As we are running our lights at 0.5 amps and at max 8.4V it is completely safe and possible to place the battery and light unit underwater and plug in the lead to the light. There will be no extra battery drain and the internal battery circuit will not shut down as long as it is fresh water, ie rainwater, rivers & lakes. Washing under the tap is also encouraged to remove any dirt, food matter from the light and battery connections. After drying smear a little vaseline or silicone grease on the connectors to keep them like new. see http://www.ayup.com.au/howto_care.htmlOnce again many thanks for your time taken for this review. We look forward to supplying you new product as it comes along. Usually every 4 – 6 months. I will write a manufactures comments article over the next couple of days and send to you. If you require any high res images or further information please do not hesitate to ask. ayup.andrew@optusnet.com.au

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Kind regards

Andrew Patten

Director / Designer / Sole Owner / MTB’er – Ay Up Lighting Systems Australia

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  • Kurt Bryant says:

    I’ve been running Ay-Ups for over a year, I started with their luxeon 3s have have since purchased the 2 Cree lightsets. These things are tough and can handle anything that the trail dishes out. The product is great, the customer service is exceptional. Thanks MTBR for reviewing these lights.

  • Andrew says:

    I bought a regular set of Ay-Ups for this winter’s riding in the UK. Fantastic lights, the build quality feels indestructible. Both the lights and the batteries are small and light which stop them from bobbing on the bars and make them joy to wear helmet mounted. As a result of seeing mine, 4 other friends have ditched their existing hope/light & motion combos for the Ay-Ups. If you are looking for a minimalist, no frills, well priced, bright set, look no further.

  • Tommy says:

    I have been using these lights for adventure racing and mountain biking for the last 6 months and they are great. My friends have been having trouble with their HIDs lately and after seeing how light and bombproof my ay-ups are, they’re seriously considering buying some themselves.

  • Martyn Nash says:

    I have had these lights now for 3 months and they have’t missed a beat. The have allowed me to have a lot of adrenaline fuelled solo night rides, wouldnt do that with lesser lights. One thing from the test, the mountings though can be difficult to pass from bike to bike, you can easily order spare mountings which are extremely cheap. Two of our riding mates have ordered them now after being amazed by my set.

  • Andrew says:

    After trying out just about all the available lights in Australia today, it boiled down to the superb but insanely expensive Lupine Wilma 6 or the locally made no frill’s Ay Ups. The true test came at this years Kona 24 hour race, as bright as Lupine was, I could not get over the simplicity and bullet proof design of the Ay Ups. When you’re dog tired 3am in the morning, last thing you want to worrying about your lights. The Ay Up required zero brain cell to operate and it survived my team mate accidentally stepping on it at the change over! Tough lights for racers who just want to get the job done. Superb service from Andrew Patten at Ay Up too – lights arrived in 3 days and service team responded to my queries in 2 hours. It took Lupine a week to answer my email….. Thanks Ay Up!

  • Paul Smith says:

    I bought the original Ay-Ups when they first came on the market after months of research into lights and even making 2 sets myself. I love how the light and battery attach to the helmet (190grams) meaning there were no wires to my backpack to get caught up or snagged.
    I upgraded to the cree’s and couldn’t be happier selling my old lights to a buddy.
    These lights are so bright, lite and simple to use out of our regular night riding crew (20 plus riders) 14 have Ay-ups.

    Can’t beat them for brightness, weight and price.

  • Gary says:

    It is hard to compare the A-yup and Dinotte lights the pictures with the fence look like they are taken from different distances.

  • Francois says:

    >>It is hard to compare the A-yup and Dinotte lights the pictures with the fence look like they are taken from different distances.

    They are from identical distances. We’ll have side by side comparisons soon.

  • Dave says:

    AY-UPs are my second light system after a very expensive ‘loaner’ HID. The first time I used the AY-UPs was the first night lap of the SCOTT 24hr in Canberra. I was gobsmacked how good the AY-UP Crees were! Brilliant, light weight, ultra simple fittings, and cheap. And the service from Andrew et al is fantastic. More than twenty of my MTB collegues now also use AY-UPs.

  • bikecop says:

    looks like a good product but i’m confused on the price…their website only lists a regular kit which is $380 with bar and helmet lights…can you buy a helmet kit (what i want) separately for $190?

  • Rich says:

    Awesome lights ! I did’nt know anyone who had them so took a chance and am so,so pleased with my purchase. They are light, very bright and bullet proof. Great customer service.

    Oh, and the range of colours are a nice touch!

  • Gavin says:

    Just bought the new 08 combo kit and could not be happier. New kit with Cree light sets is substantially brighter than model tested and has very ergonomic switch on battery.
    I think the 2 zip tie attachment works well – neat and secure with rubber seat bands supplied. Changing to another bike could not be simpler so long as it has the mounting in place. Spare mounts are cheap. (If your mate doesn’t have you can’t lend him one – shame :)

  • Reg says:

    What beam should I run on the road with only one set of these lights and will they throw far enough light up the road and still see the road edge.

  • In a word, AWESOME!! I will NEVER use another light system and several of my close friends and riding partners are now riding with AyUp!s

    Thank you Andrew!!!

  • Scott Collis says:

    After going night riding with the owners of AyUp Crees a helmet mounted light became a MUST HAVE!

    I bought the ’08 MTB kit. The weight, robustness, power and astonishing burn time compared to the cost made it a no brainer… Seriously, you put the narrow beams on your helmet with a 3hr LI-Polymer battery you can barely notice it except even on the twistest of single track you can turn your head and see every rut…

    I think if you ranked every light by (Power * Burn time)/(weight * cost) or suchlike, AyUps would perform right up at the top…

  • Moorey says:

    I have a single set of CREE AYUPs, that I run on my helmet in conjunction with NR HID on my bars. I got the MEDIUM setting (broadest) as I found my HIDs a bit narrow beamed. The AYUPs absolutely rock! And now that some mates have bought INTERMEDIATE sets I am considering buying intermediates for my bars and scrapping HID altogether. The MEDIUM setting is excellent on the helmet for looking around corners/switch backs etc just what I needed.

    The new 08 versions are great with switches on the batteries (shame I got 07s!) and with the mounts being so cheap buy one for each of your bikes and helmets!

    I can’t rate these highly enough when it comes to bang for your buck they rock!

    I have been night riding for 10 years and have used NiteRider Classics and Digital, plus other cheaper halogen and NiteRider HID, Lupine HID (still a favourite).

  • Shane says:

    I have been using these lights for 3 months.I went for a ride at the local trails and after some heavy rain it was flooded and after i rode into a flooded creek and bobbed up and down for five minutes till my mates provided a stick to pull me out my Ayups were still on and still work.The battery cables are out of the way so well i am more concerned about the branches that grab the light and nearly pull my head off.Its weird not charging my lights before every ride.I wonder why i still see people buying more expensive lights.I met the ayup guys at a 12hr and they WILL take time out to talk and take input.

  • Shane says:

    P.S
    I would recommend an intermediate for bar and a narrow is a must for helmet as it gives deeper penetration and is a lot brighter because it is more focused which will be a lot better as you dont “run” out of light so much as you go faster.I used some vistalight remotes with a plug adapter for easier on/off.

  • Shane says:

    Reg i ride home from work after dark and an intermediate is the better of the two but a narrow good.Check out some vids on youtube.They have two lights that can be adjusted for one close and one at more distance so you wont have any problems.

  • Shane says:

    BIKECOP you can buy the ROADIE kit which is what your after,one light and a battery and a charger.

  • Ken says:

    I started using Ayup’s in February, and i’m extremely pleased with them. For all you 24 hr racers out there, these systems come with a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter. This was HUGE for me, as now I can easily have one battery on the charger without going to the neutral charging station. How many other companies can boast about a battery that is so light, you can put it on the helmet? The owner is very nice, and even helped my girlfriend out when she was puking her guts out at Old Pueblo! Thanks Ayup!!!

  • James says:

    I bought a pair of these last year for the winter rides, and had to import them direct. My friends thought i was mad to pay over £200 for something that had never been heard of over here, but now are seriously considering getting their own. A year on and in my opinion they are still beating the rest of the field hands down with size, build quality, simplicity, burn times, practicality. I can’t believe they are not as widely known. I could still do with the rubber strips to stop them slipping round the bars though…08 upgrades!

  • francois says:

    I just received the 2009 Ayups. Wow! Photos and measurements to come soon.

  • sslos says:

    Looking forward to the review of the ’09 set. I met the U.S. rep at the 24 Hours of Dirt in Smithville, Tx. this past weekend (I guess I was too zonked to remember his name…)
    The lights looked great, and their rep was awesome about answering questions, letting racers demo lights, etc. I thought about their weight everytime my clunky HID started shifting my hemet down!
    Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to demoing the lights due to some unforseen nighttime rescue action, but I definitely have these on my short list for this winter.

  • KingOfTheHill says:

    I’m exited to see what the 2009 AyUp’s hold in store. Brighter LEDs? Redesigned bodies/lenses?

    How ’bout a hint Francois?

  • SSinGA says:

    OK Francois….your teaser was posted nearly a month ago. Update please!!

  • Chris says:

    Francios, would you please clear up the USA pricing? The Kit shown on the Ayup web shows 08 Roadie Kit $260 USD — 08 MTB Kit $465 USD — 08 Endurance Kit $600 USD — as the only options. I believe that these are different than prices/combos you posted. Thanks!

  • Kurt says:

    Bought mu AyUps a few months ago. Brillient! I have ridden with other lights and sufferd heavy weight batteries, short runtimes and poor light out-put, not to mention fragile/failures. I have had to walk out from rides with several other makes. I have ridden in downpours with crashes and landed in water that covered my bike, and my AyUps worked flawlessly. Great lights and I will be buying AyUps again as my daughters want to ride with me at night.

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