Niterider Pro 1800 Race light - in brief review£275.00

User-friendly broad-beam special

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Niterider’s Pro 1800 Race has a bulky battery pack, but it’s a tough and user-friendly broad-beam special on the trail. The three-LED cluster in the headlamp gives broad and even coverage. That means punch and detail isn’t as good as some, but it’s brilliant for a sense of context or when riding twisty technical trails without a helmet light.

The big offset nylon bracket with built-in hinge and angle ratchet is definitely overkill, as is the helmet mount, but both give loads of easy adjustability. The big plastic battery can be awkward to fit on curvier frames and run time is OK rather than outstanding. The four-LED status bar on the head unit and a good jump from maximum to medium power make battery rationing easy.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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