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Serfas TL-200 Tail Light Review

Submitted by on October 8, 2011 – 12:10 pm10 Comments

So I’ve been using crappy tail and head lights for years now, I admit it.  Most of my riding is after dark, so trusting crappy lights is pretty dumb on my part.  I admit it.  Recently I’ve been trying to change my ways so I recently picked up a Serfas TL-200 Tail Light, and it’s crazy effective.  This tail light actually consists of two distinct 1/2 watt LED lights which when combined put out quite a bit of bright, red light.

With rubber seat-post strap.

There are two mounting options: a rubber strap that wraps around a seat post or a clip-on style bracket that mates to a saddle bag.  The light itself gets exceptional reviews on the manufacturers website, but that rubber strap mounting solution garners harsh comments.  It’s soft rubber, almost gel-like, and people complain about the mounting strap breaking and then they lose the light, etc.  Apparently  Serfas does not sell a replacement strap so if yours breaks you’re out of luck.




Another possible issue is that mounting to a seat post could point the direction of the light downwards thereby reducing the effectiveness of the light.  This is more evident on a bike like the Electra Ticino which is known for its slack geometry, thus the seat post is tilted back at quite an angle.

Depending on the angle of the seat-post, the light could point a bit downwards which diminishes the lights overall effectiveness.

The other mounting option is your more conventional belt-clip type of set up where a bracket slides into a slot on a canvas type of under the saddle bag.  That works just fine and most panniers or saddle bags come with a mounting point for a light like this.

The mounting clip slides into an existing slot found on better saddle bags

How well does it work?  The manufacturer claims it’s visible to one mile and I’m inclined to believe them.  This thing lights up the street and put it in blinker or alternate mode and you’ll look like a space ship cruising down the road.

With a suggested retail price of $30 it’s certainly not expensive but not a cheapo either.  It’s a very good solution especially if you need to use it on more than one bike.  I think the very best tail light solution is a fender mounted one, but for now I need one that I can easily move from one bike to another one.  The Serfas TL-200 meets my current needs perfectly and I actually feel much more confident at night knowing that I am now highly visible to anyone who has the pleasure of being stuck behind me.

Manufacturers specs:

Two 1/2 Watt Super Bright Red LEDs

New Taillight Specific Serfas Designed universal Light Bracket

Wide Beam and Narrow-focused Beam to be Highly Visible from Many Angles

Full Power Burn Time: Steady = 22 hrs, Flashing = 100 hrs, Alternating Flash = 100 hrs

Battery: 2 “AAA” (included)

- Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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