Specialized Vado 4 SL - installation of handlebar bag - lowering light or relocating it?

mountain-bluebird

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Hi,

I want to install a handlebar bag for my commute. Something like a Toppeak or Ortlieb with mounting bracket. To do this, has anyone lowered the always-on light or relocated it. Not massively technical, so if there are any parts or obscure terminology, I would appreciate a link. Thank-you.
 

VoltMan99

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Before I decided to change the handlebars on my Vado SL I was looking at using a handlebar extender to get height for a basket or bag. Many of them on Amazon:

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Cramer Long

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Hi,

I want to install a handlebar bag for my commute. Something like a Toppeak or Ortlieb with mounting bracket. To do this, has anyone lowered the always-on light or relocated it. Not massively technical, so if there are any parts or obscure terminology, I would appreciate a link. Thank-you.
Forget about the light unless you have a buddy who could fabricate something. I've looked at Vados with the light located on the front fender area. It's just a simple wire bracket . That could easily break if you fell . Apparently Specialized doesn't want you to be able to move it from the stem bracket . Since they sell the stem for someone who might want to move it there. From what I can find they don't make the Fender bracket .
 

Cramer Long

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Does your bike have front fenders? That could be a possible point to mount the light…
I got a brief look at a Vado 5 with the Fender Mounted light . I need someone to get me a picture of one mounted . I can then find the parts . It's so obvious what they used to mount it there . I need to know the clearance though . They use the same bolt that holds the Fender on . I even found a place online that says he could make one up fairly cheap . I just need to see what I'm dealing with It appears they use a similar mount like what you'd use to mount a light to caliper . Just bent differently. It's obviously not very stable there . I watched a Video with a Guy riding a New Vado 4 . His light kept flopping sideways
 

VoltMan99

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I got a brief look at a Vado 5 with the Fender Mounted light . I need someone to get me a picture of one mounted . I can then find the parts . It's so obvious what they used to mount it there . I need to know the clearance though . They use the same bolt that holds the Fender on . I even found a place online that says he could make one up fairly cheap . I just need to see what I'm dealing with It appears they use a similar mount like what you'd use to mount a light to caliper . Just bent differently. It's obviously not very stable there . I watched a Video with a Guy riding a New Vado 4 . His light kept flopping sideways
Vado 5 SL fender bolt is through the rear of the fork. That wouldn’t prevent you from devising a thin bracket with aluminum that ran on top of the fender beneath the fork. However if I have to mount on the fender I will just use some type of adhesive, along with perhaps a GoPro camera mount cutout if needed. The problem becomes where to route the wiring. I don’t have my bike yet because it’s still being built, and it’s too rainy to pick it up anyway, so I can’t see what is actually installed yet.

Edit: that would also flip the light 180° thus making its Stvzo beam shape illuminate skyward. So the light needs to hang from its bracket.

I am very much warming up to the idea of a handlebar mounted bag now though!
 
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Cramer Long

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Vado 5 SL fender bolt is through the rear of the fork. That wouldn’t prevent you from devising a thin bracket with aluminum that ran on top of the fender beneath the fork. However if I have to mount on the fender I will just use some type of adhesive, along with perhaps a GoPro camera mount cutout if needed. The problem becomes where to route the wiring. I don’t have my bike yet because it’s still being built, and it’s too rainy to pick it up anyway, so I can’t see what is actually installed yet.

Edit: that would also flip the light 180° thus making its Stvzo beam shape illuminate skyward. So the light needs to hang from its bracket.

I am very much warming up to the idea of a handlebar mounted bag now though!
My bad I was thinking regular Vado . Guess I need to pay better attention with Titles
 

jodi2

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The Vado SL 4.0 with it's alloy fork has hole&thread in the front of the fork for normal light installation there. We installed the light for my wife there, as she wants to use her Ortlieb handle bar bag like before...
The bad thing ist, the Lezyne front light on the Vado SL 4.0 has a special housing only for handle bar mount and you can't flip it around (the normal version of this light you can buy in the www is for fork mount). So you need a new front light (up to 7.5watts) for fork mount.
 

mountain-bluebird

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The Vado SL 4.0 with it's alloy fork has hole&thread in the front of the fork for normal light installation there. We installed the light for my wife there, as she wants to use her Ortlieb handle bar bag like before...
The bad thing ist, the Lezyne front light on the Vado SL 4.0 has a special housing only for handle bar mount and you can't flip it around (the normal version of this light you can buy in the www is for fork mount). So you need a new front light (up to 7.5watts) for fork mount.
Thank you. Any chance you can share a photo of bag and light? Only if it is no trouble. I want to know what I am doing. And thanks for the info' on the hole&thread, I saw your previous post and assumed you were mounting on one of the forks on one side of the wheel.
 

mountain-bluebird

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Forget about the light unless you have a buddy who could fabricate something. I've looked at Vados with the light located on the front fender area. It's just a simple wire bracket . That could easily break if you fell . Apparently Specialized doesn't want you to be able to move it from the stem bracket . Since they sell the stem for someone who might want to move it there. From what I can find they don't make the Fender bracket .
I took a look at the light and thought if I had my brother's meccano kit from 50 years ago, I could fabricate something!
 

VoltMan99

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Tokyo
Thanks. Trying to not add weight, but that would be a solution for someone. What did you decide to use for handlebars?
I went with BMX handlebars to get a net 150mm rise with the stock Specialized stem. Here’s an example. I went with an alloy aluminum but that’s now out of stock.


I didn’t do it for a bag though - purely for the rise for my back. Total cost including labor and parts for lengthening the cables etc. was about $500 US. However if you look closely there is a 1 inch crossbar I can leverage for hanging the bag etc. but I haven’t decided yet on a handlebar bag or a left side only rear pannier type.