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.
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.
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.
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 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.