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Bontrager's Transmitr system lets cyclists wirelessly control their lights

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The Transmitr system includes a headlight, wireless remote, and tail light
The Transmitr system includes a headlight, wireless remote, and tail light
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The Transmitr system includes a headlight, wireless remote, and tail light

Headlights, tail lights and even turn indicators certainly make cycling safer, but reaching around to operate all those devices at once could be a bit awkward. That's why Bontrager has announced its new Transmitr system. It allows multiple lights to be controlled from one handlebar-mounted remote, via the ANT+ wireless protocol.

Along with the remote, the system currently includes the 700-lumen Ion 700 RT headlight and the 65-lumen Flare RT tail light. Both lights are USB-rechargeable, and can be turned on and off plus set to different operating modes via buttons on the remote. They can also be operated directly, using controls on the lights themselves.

Additionally, if two of the tail lights are used side-by-side, the Transmitr system allows them to serve as turn indicators. In fact, a single remote can control up to seven(!) lights, along with displaying their battery status.

The Transmitr Remote is priced at US$70, with the Ion 700 RT headlight going for $160 and the Flare RT tail light for $80.

Sources: ANT Wireless, Bontrager

3 comments
Stuart Wilshaw
Somewhat expensive but a welcome aid to safety.
Neil Glessner
Standardize the Ant+ profile for light control and add it to head units (garmin/srm/cateye/etc) and then were talking. Good first step, but I doubt there's a big market for this (without the head unit integration).
unklmurray
My tail light gets turned on when I start to ride and my head light is on my helmet and is easy to turn on when I need it, It is easy to keep it from being stolen when I wear it,I wear a....http://outdoorextremist.com/collections/frontpage/products/boriut-elite-headlamp-torch.........LOL :-)