Back in Stock: SON Generator Hubs

Back in Stock: SON Generator Hubs

We just received a long-awaited shipment from Schmidt Maschinenbau in Germany with generator hubs, lights and small parts. The entire program is back in stock for now. This includes the hubs that endurance racers like Lael Wilcox and Ted King use when they ride 1000+ miles non-stop. These are the only generator hubs that feature a pressure-compensation system: No moisture gets sucked into the hub when the temperature changes. (To make room for the generator, these hubs have more air inside than standard hubs, and temperature changes cause greater changes in air volume.)

We also have all Edelux lights in stock again. Their optimized beam pattern of the Edelux puts the light on the road, rather than in the eyes of oncoming traffic. (Easy to spot who doesn’t have a good beam pattern in the photo above: those that blind the camera instead of illuminating the road.)

The beam of your headlight hits the road at a shallower angle as you move further ahead. With most lights, this means that the beam is brightest right in front of the bike. The result is a very bright spot right in front of the bike. Your eyes adjust to the brightness, which makes it difficult to see further ahead. It’s like you’re trying to see through a layer of fog.

The sophisticated beam of the Edelux (above) puts more light into the distance to compensate for this, so you get very even illumination of the road ahead. For riding long distances at night, this makes a huge difference.

We also got all small parts back in stock, like the coaxial connectors…

… and the crimping tool that makes it easy to install the spade connectors securely on the wires that connect to the hubs.

Few things have revolutionized our riding like generator hubs and LED headlights with optimized beam shapes. These days, we descend mountain passes at night with almost the same speed as we ride during daytime. Good lights are essential for fun and safe night-time adventures.

Further reading:
Myths in Cycling (14): More Lumens Make a Better Light

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Comments (8)

  • Evan

    I would never build a bike without a son dynamo, my brompton introduced them to me years ago and I love ‘em. The coaxial system is so worth it too.

    February 26, 2021 at 7:58 am
  • Thursday

    The Son hubs are the bomb. Never worry about your lights again. This is as true for a bike that gets “ridden around” as it is for those used for touring or long-distance rides. You don’t even notice them; there is not enough drag.

    February 26, 2021 at 12:10 pm
  • Pete Chesworth

    I have a SON and B&M lights (poor person’s Edelux) and they are brilliant, no trouble in 8 years, except when cables fray particularly between frame and front fork. Would be great if BQ could run a significant piece on how to professionally and neatly wire up your bike, explaining circuits, coaxial cable, current, amps, wire requirements, male and female connectors, how to run a battery for GPS etc. There are bits and pieces of this subject around on the net, but something instructional would be useful.

    February 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm
    • Jan Heine

      That’s a good idea. We’ve covered some of it in the past, but it deserves more coverage…

      February 26, 2021 at 6:36 pm
    • Mike

      Thanks for asking that. I’ve been thinking the same thing,

      February 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    • Singlespeedscott

      I would definitely second an all in one piece in layman’s terms.

      February 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm
    • Nik

      Hi Pete,
      happy to hear that B&Ms work for you. I found myself forced to switch to SON and supernova lights, as both my IQ-X dynamo model as well as the battery powered IXON Space drew water between plastic lens and reflector during long rides in heavy rain (6-10h).
      They still worked, but it took them days to dry out, and this weakness leaves me not trusting them for travelling or commuting any longer.
      Any experiences of that kind?
      Cheers,
      Nik

      February 27, 2021 at 12:25 pm
    • Andrew H

      I always make “telephone coils” by wrapping my connection wire tightly around an allen key or pencil. https://youtu.be/Fqu7L2ijDFU Works for keeping the wire tidy and relaxed as it crosses between the fork and the frame.

      February 28, 2021 at 10:15 am

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