With most gear, no matter how good, I can usually find a few things to pick apart. But not so with this combination of lights. They are simply the best bike lights I have ever used mountain biking. I rode with them under a variety of conditions and season over six months, mostly on singletrack on nights that ranged from warm, to rain, to freezing cold. They worked perfectly and let me ride the singletrack at night as fast as I can during the daylight.
One added benefit is that they shone so brightly, I could see animal eye shine from a long ways away. I was always convinced the eyes belonged to a mountain lion but they usually turned out to be mountain bunnies. Lion food.
I used the Pro 1500 Race LED on the handlebars of my six inch travel bike. The mount held tight despite the bumps. It throws out an amazing 1500 lumens, or about 20+ times more light than one of the brighter Black Diamond headlamps that we all started out with. The Race model comes with three simple preset light levels - high, medium and low. Duh. It burns 1.5 hours on high and 6 hours on low (450 lumens). A handy fuel gauge shows you how much of the battery is left so you can turn the light down or cut the ride short if you need. The battery takes 5 hours to charge so you have to plan ahead. Niterider seems to have now replaced this model with the Pro 1800 LED Race light which is basically the same light, just 300 lumens brighter. Cost is around $350.
On my helmet I mounted the MiNewt 750 Pro LED. It's lightweight - I ran the cord down into my pack and put the battery there. This light is made for a wider audience, coming preset with 4 light levels, along with 3 blinking settings, including SOS in case you need to warn your buddies when you do run into a mountain lion. On high it burns for 1.5 hours and on low, 6 hours. You can use this light when hiking or walking too and this setting lasts an incredible 35 hours. This light would be good on its own mounted on a handlebar when commuting to work. Cost is around $230.
Overall, I loved these lights and am now a total devotee. This is a big thing because usually I can take things or leave them for the most part. It's not as my Australian friend Jen used to say "It's six of one or a dozen of the other." These lights are the full dozen.
Check them out here: www.niterider.com
Reviewed by the night owl, Nathan Ward. www.NathanWard.com