Although this has little to do with the M99 Pure, I have another post about my ebike if you’re interested about my upgrades….
I recently changed the mounting of my M99 Pure. Why? Well because I wanted to bring the headlight closer into the bike in the event of a crash. Also I wanted a longer stem to bring my riding position a bit more forward. So in searching online I found that none other than Supernova offers two stems that extend the reach of my arms to the handlebars but also offers an elegant mounting solution for the M99 headlights! The Promax 90 is the one I purchased. Installation is a snap and I could not be more pleased with the mounting solution for the M99 headlight as well.
How I mount my cell phone to my bike’s handlebar stem.
Someone had asked me on a bike forum if I could compare the Supernova lights to others on the market. I thought a better comparison is how they compare to car headlights/taillights. So here is a side by side comparison made during dusk.
I wanted to update my post regarding Supernova products. After installing their M99 Pure on my Haibike Sduro Fullnine RC I decided to purchase one of their E3 Taillights. Since none of the US retailers had the blue color I opted to buy directly from Supernova in Germany. I was fully prepared to wait a while for shipping/customs/etc but to my pleasant amazement the items were delivered in four days from Germany to the Bay Area in California via UPS’s international service!
I’m old school and like to work on things myself for two reasons. First there is a satisfaction I get installing or working on my gear and second I know the job will be done to my satisfaction. (most of the time…LOL) Like so many others I had chosen to purchase aftermarket battery powered lights for my bike, both the headlight and tail lights. Since my girlfriend’s Haibike Trekking came with a headlight and taillight installed so she could simply use the light keypad on the Sduro line I was envious. It was then I decided I was tired of recharging different lights on my ebike (with its own friggin battery!) and took the plunge. Installing the M99 Pure on my ebike was straightforward. But installing the tail light was different.
I had installed a Thule Pack and Pedal rack on the back of my eMTB so that I can carry different items. I had to fabricate a mount for the tail light and ascertain how to route the wires from the motor through the frame and then integrate it into the rack.
Original Article on the M99 Pure
Why is Mark posting an article about a flippin ‘ebike light’ when his site is about photography!!???? Well because life isn’t just about photography and after all this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want! LOL. In truth I tend to be an early adopter of ‘things’ having to do with light. Photographic strobes in particular and now ebike lights. I had researched ebikes for a year and a half before ever riding one. They intrigued me since I’ve raced motorcycles all of my life, first motocross and then closed course racetracks. But alas age caught up with me and rather than endangering the lives of my fellow racers I decided to hang up my leathers and knee sliders….sigh.
Once I actually rode an ebike at Pedego Avila Beach I was SOLD. And not the throttle kind but the power assisted pedal type. (you must pedal) I ended up purchasing my bike locally at Motostrano in Redwood City, CA. Joe, the owner along with his primary mechanic Luis are good fellas. Of course after getting my bike I wanted to add some things like a rear rack for a full suspension bike (not easy) and some lights since I like to ride off road at night. (and on the street too)
Apparently there are two schools of thought on lights for bikes; those who use a light primarily to be seen and those who use lights to SEE at night. I am from the latter school although I also want to be seen too. For a headlight several items were MUST haves for me:
- The ability of the headlight to use my ebike’s battery as its source of power. I didn’t want to have to charge another light for my bike
- Being able to use the light button on the Sduro’s existing control pad to turn the light on and off
- The ability to bolt the light onto my bike rather than having a rubber or silicon band holding the unit to the handlebars
- Most important, a wide and bright beam pattern of light. Not a pinpoint light.
Searching online through Amazon and other sources produced a wide selection of bike lights. Some 1600 lumen, but all of those used an external battery pack. Some had separate diffusion lenses to spread the light. What I found that matched my needs/wants was the Supernova M99 line of lights built in Germany specifically for ebikes. Being light greedy I first purchased a M99 Pro from Joe which puts out 1600 lumens using its high beam. But I failed to read the fine print to determine the voltage the Sduro line of bikes output for lights from the built in wiring. The Pro must have 24v minimum to work. I called Yamaha America to find out what voltage their Sduro line of bikes output is and they didn’t even know Yamaha USA has a electric bike motor! Since Haibike is produced in Germany but USES Yamaha motors (along with Bosch) Yamaha USA has no information. So I ran my own voltage test on the Sduro’s light line output controlled by the built in switch; the output is 6v DC. So I exchanged the Pro version of the M99 for the Pure version which is rated at 6v. (BTW Supernova responded to me that none of the current Sduro line will work with the M99 Pro)
The Supernova M99 Pure works FLAWLESSLY on my Haibike Sduro! The light pattern is just what I wanted, bright and wide much like my former street motorcycles on low beam. The correct way to mount to unit is parallel to the ground since Supernova’s design points the main beam of light downward as to not blind oncoming viewers. It automatically changes from daytime running lights (ala Audi’s LED running lights) to regular headlight when going through a tunnel or when it becomes dark. If you’re worried that the headlight doesn’t activate until it’s too dark, not to worry, it’s engineered to come on well before it gets too dark. I’ve only had it installed for two days and the power drain on my battery is null. And the best part is the illumination and beam pattern. Nice and wide.
I write this because ebikes are relatively rare in the USA right now and reviews of the Supernova line are even more scarce. And yes they’re expensive…..but that’s OK for a headlight that ticks all of my requirements.
thanks for the review, I have the xduro 2017all mountain 7.0 haibike and purchased the M99 pro. The problem I am having is the handlebars are 35mm at the stem and there are no mounting parts available except (i understand from Luis the mechanic at Motostrano) a stem mount to the pinch bolts. I ordered it and hope it will do the job.I will post my success after install and use.
You may want to try this handlebar extender. I believe it will fit your handlebars.
Check with Luis at Motostrano, but I just recalled today while night riding that the Sduro line cannot support the M99 Pro due to not enough juice generated at the wiring harness. The Xduro line must be different.
Thanks for great article on supernova 99 pure and Haibike
I have Haibike Fatsix with Yamaha PW engine. I also realized the light wire at the engine is 6 volt. Do you have any idea about the current capasity (or power) from this wire. I’m afraid of connecting to strong light that might destroy or create overload..
Ole Andreas Thomasgaard
Hi Ole, I am only aware that the output of the lighting plug is 6 volts. I tested it with a voltmeter when I was installing the M99. If you install a light requiring more voltage I don’t believe it will work. Supernova told me at the time I installed my M99 that for Yamaha motors that was the only Supernova light which would work.
Does it still work?
The Yamaha PW engine only provides 6V 3W
The Supernova M99 Pure uses 6V 8W
The E3 tail light 6V 0,3W
On the compatibility list from Supernova only the E3 and M99 tail lights are compatible.
I have a Haibike AllMtn 6.0 2017 and really want to add light to it,
but really nothing is supported by the light factories.
So i’m wondering if your lights still work.
My lights, both the Supernova Front and Rear have worked as described from day one. During this past winter season I was very happy to have them on my bike. The ability to control them directly from the Yamaha OEM panel is great, but the light spread is one of the reasons I chose the Supernova brand. The ONLY issue I had ever had with Supernova was improperly choosing the higher voltage unit which I returned. The Pure works perfectly.
Hi! Quick question. With your m99 pure, is the daytime lighting what shows when you’ve turned on the bike light switch? Can you control the full low beam or is it only sensor based on the light itself?
The M99 illuminates the perimeter LED lights during the day once I use the headlight switch. I cannot control whether the actual headlight is activated. That is only accomplished through the built in sensor. Not to worry though, the sensor switches it from the LED to headlight long before it gets too dark.
thank you first for your great review.
I have the same problem now, to choose one light for my bike.
So normally supernova (germany) said to me that no light works with the Yamaha-PW system (exclude SE/X) because of the 500mA/3W power output.
BUT I am not an expert, but it can obviously give more out. I mean, how much hours you used it for, your total time and longest ride?
You connected it just on the light connection on the engine?
If it is so, I will buy it to and give a try!
Thank you wish you a good day.
Anil from Germany!
Well if they are telling you that then I must be a liar! LOL!!! I’ve used mine now for about three years and love it. I connected it to the ‘normal’ Yamaha light plug and control it from the four way keypad where the light icon resides. It’s just as I describe in my post here. The longest I’ve ridden at night was 2.3 hours before I got tired. But the light never did. Hope this helps. I’d never buy another light for my ebike. I do use a different light for my Sur Ron Light Bee, but that’s a totally different bike altogether.
Appreciate the write up as this is just the info I am looking for. Can you explain how you wired the rear light? If I understand correctly you must have wired both front and back lights into the controller light output. Did you use a splitter?
Thanks very much and Happy New year!
Hi Brian and Happy New Year. I soldered the rear light into the OEM wiring harness. I wanted to have the SuperNova and tail light activate when I press the OEM light button. You can use a splitter if you don’t want to solder the connection. Hope this helps.