Thanks to their latest update, Cycliq has just made their Fly6 rear light/camera even more desirable. When Cycliq launched their original Fly12 and Fly6 models, the combination of a camera and light system was fairly novel. Here was a piece of technology that helped make you more visible to oncoming traffic with the hopes of keeping you safe. At the same time, both of those products continuously recorded everything just in case you needed video proof of an altercation. Now with the Gen 3 Fly6, the concept is the same, but the form factor is quite a bit smaller.

Cycliq Fly6 rear light & camera cycling safety system gets even smaller with new Gen 3

Measuring in at 71mm tall and 35mm wide, the Gen 3 is similar in size to other mega-bright tail lights – but with the addition of a camera.

Cycliq Fly6 rear light & camera cycling safety system gets even smaller with new Gen 3

Equipped with an auto-looping function, the camera will continue to write over the existing SD card if there is nothing to report. If there is something you want to keep, there is a locking function that will save those files. Also, there is an incident protection mode that automatically saves the footage if it detects a crash.

The camera has the ability to record in 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps or 1280 x 720p at 60 fps, with a 135° wide angle lens. While the battery is limited to 2000mAh, the Gen 3 Fly6 offers up to 4 hours of recording with the camera and light both operating, or 5 hours in camera only mode. A Home Safe mode will kick in if the battery gets too low, cutting off the camera to keep the rear flasher working.

Two hours of charging will get you back to full power with a USB-C connection.

Cycliq Fly6 rear light & camera cycling safety system gets even smaller with new Gen 3

Before, during, or after your ride, you can control the Fly6 through the Cycliq app which connects to the light via Bluetooth 5.0. This also lets you set the built-in alarm system if you need to leave your bike somewhere briefly.

Cycliq Fly6 rear light & camera cycling safety system gets even smaller with new Gen 3Cycliq Fly6 rear light & camera cycling safety system gets even smaller with new Gen 3

Cycliq states the Fly6 is “independently tested for all weather use,” but is also waiting for a IP56 certification that is pending. Offering up to 50 lumens with multiple flash modes, the Fly6 has a claimed weight of 77g. When available, the light will sell for $229 and will include an 1/8th turn quick release mount, two straps, adapters to use with round or aero seat posts, a 32GB micro SD card, USB-cable, and tether.

Cycliq has announced that a pre-sale will start Monday June 15th, which requires you to be pre-registered through their site. The first units will begin shipping in August of 2020.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. I’m glad that Cycliq is continuing to release new versions.

    Their product page says “BUILT TO LAST – Whateverproof”. How have they addressed the reliability issues of previous generations of the Fly6? Is the warranty going to remain at a one-year limited warranty?

    Has image quality in low light been improved?

    • I have the same question wrt lowlight image quality. I’m really hoping that a newer design will have better performance as a matter of course.

  2. So…. less battery life due to the smaller battery and 50 Lumens vs 100 Lumens on the previous generation. The size and weight savings are ok I guess, but is it worth it? Also no indication if this model will have better memory card compatibility…? I just don’t understand how this model more desirable. I wish there were other options.

    • The memory card limitations are written by lawyers. You can use larger cards and they work fine. There are some patents they don’t want to run afoul of.

  3. I hope they come out with a smaller version of the Fly12. IMHO, that’s actually much more useful (both for safety AND for capturing fun footage) …I like the idea of pairing a Fly12 with my Varia Radar in the rear, but I’ve never been able to get over the form factor of the current Fly12

  4. I have had the Fly6CE for about two years. The camera quality itself is ok, the wind noise is just awful on long descents. The single most annoying feature is the “BE BE BEEP” sound when the battery is low that goes off every few minutes to remind you that the battery is low. It should do that once, maybe twice and that’s it so it doesn’t further reduce the battery by making those beep sounds. You can’t disable it either.

  5. Don’t buy this unreliable junk. It will not work out of the box ,then turn into a brick when you follow their instructions to try to fix your brand new product. Then they will say that you need to ship it back to them in Australia for them to take a look at the piece of junk that they sold you that never worked in the first place.

  6. I cannot think of another product that is more difficult to get any kind of customer support with than this light.

    I applaud Cycliq for making such a device, I think it’s uber important for cyclists. However, the entire system is buggy. The app is almost worthless and warranty help takes about a month to get anything done.

    It shouldn’t be all that difficult to get reliable performance out of this thing, which is essentially a really crappy GoPro with a flashing light built in.

  7. With the limited battery life it is necessary for me to be able to control the unit from my bike computer. That way I could turn the camera on and off to extend the getup battery life. I don’t med the camera when a bike trail or lightly traveled road.

  8. I was excited for this release but it’s a total downgrade from the previous version.

    Fly6 CE Gen3
    50 lumen
    2000mAh battery
    1080p at 30fps

    Fly6 CE Gen2
    100 lumen
    3200mAh battery
    1080p at 60fps or 30fps

  9. Had the Fly6v, then grabbed the updated Fly6 CE last November. Was a great bump in picture quality & visibility, but it’s fragile. ~12″ drop to linoleum cracked the (glass?) lens cover, which can’t be replaced like it could be on the previous model. Just living with it cover-less until it dies.

  10. I really wish Cycliq and/or Garmin would either collaborate or get off their collective butts and figure out how to integrate the Varia radar and light network to the camera’s operation.

    There should be a mode that allows the rider to set the camera to only begin recording when the Garmin’s Varia radar is activated, then stop recording and go into “Sleep” mode until activated again. This would greatly increase battery life, reduce the over use of SD cards, and only record relevant data rather than miles and miles of white lines.

    Of course the option would be there to record all the time and loop as currently programmed but it seems painfully obvious, to me anyway, that these companies could make a really effective safety bundle for road cyclists that use radar and want to record interactions with motor vehicles.

    • That’s a Cycliq problem, not a Garmin problem. Wahoo was able to get Varia radar to work on their computers, so if Cycliq wanted to integrate radar function, they should be able to do soemthing.

  11. Don’t understand why they didn’t go for a replaceable battery? Why make it smaller rather than increase battery life? LONGER BATTERY LIFE. That’s what the customers want. ‘up to 4 hours’ means 3 and a bit hours I imagine. 8-10 hours would be more useful.

  12. I was hit by a car 2 years ago and did a video about it on my YouTube channel on how to get back on the bike after getting hit by a car. I really looked for options to build my confidence to get back on the bike and I must say that I passed on this product pretty quickly because it doesn’t prevent impacts, just a great way to record it if someone hits and runs which could be invaluable. @advcyclist, I do use the Varia Radar and that is a brilliant Idea to have them integrated like that. I am sure Garmin could do it themselves fairly easily without Cycliq.

  13. The Garmin Varia sounded stupid to me when I first heard about it. But eventually I was convinced to pick one up and try it and now I can’t go on a bike ride without it. It is that useful for seeing where cars are in relation to your riding. So while I like the idea of the Cycliq, I will stick with my Garmin Varia. I would be interested in a front light/camera combo, though, but it would need to be very small and easy to use.

    • I had the Varia vs. camera debate in my head. I decided that the Varia radar can help keep me from being hit by a car while a camera can only help me after I’ve been hit. I thought the former was more important. The Varia in combination with looking behind (and a mirror), decreases the likelihood I’ll be hit by a car.

      A Varia radar unit working with a camera such that the varia triggers the camera to record if a set of criteria are met would be interesting, but it would likely be very expensive, especially if you wanted the camera to only record “threats” as opposed to recording every car that gets within a certain distance.

  14. Hey, I own the Fly 6CE and Fly12CE

    I had a problem with my Fly6 CE v2 after about 6 months of use. I just went through the website to requiest support and Cycliq had me ship it back to them in Austria, refunded me the postage and then replaced the camera so I’ve had a really positive experience with the customer service.

    I have to admit loving the idea of the garmin radar being linked in, I’ve suggested it before and not heard anything back. Another company i follow https://www.chilli-tech.com/ are bringing out a rear camera that may rival the Cyclic Fly6, they are more open to improvements and work with supplier, listening to customers requests so i’ve suggested the radar link in.

  15. Is there a redesign of the flap covering the charging and micro SD ports? Mine (on a Gen 2) was missing when I went to charge it today, God knows how. Fortunately it happened inside the house so I eventually found it and stuck it back on. From now on, making sure it is there will be a step I will include whenever recharging.

  16. That’s my exact thought. When I first read that Cycliq was coming out with a new Fly6, I thought that they were going to improve it. Based on this review, they only made it smaller, not better. They need to put in a LARGER battery, a light at least as bright as the previous model, and possibly a 4K resolution camera. Plus, the app needs to work. Since it will be mounted on the seat post, and not my helmet, any size or weight increase won’t bother me. Having to deal with customer service in the USA would also be a huge plus in a decision to purchase. Unfortunately, from what I see here there is no reason for me to buy one yet.

  17. Thank you, this is exactly the info I was looking for. My gen2 works great, but I thought smoker a a lighter would be preferred—not with those downsized specs!

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    I had the same issue.

  19. I had last generations fly6. It was so buggy and unreliable that much of my rides didnt even record. I cant believe no other company has created a similar product. Id think something out of China or something would be out.

  20. I have Fly 6CE and the sound recording is lousy, almost non-existent. Sent it back to AU and they basically said that’s the way it is. Literally, I held it to my mouth to speak into it like a microphone and it sounded like my voice was muffled by a pillow. At arms length, no discernible voice recording. Is this normal? Does the new version improve sound recording? Sound is as important as video in accident investigation

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