Niterider 150 Cordless front light review£100.00

Retro-looking lighting

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Niterider’s new retro-looking cordless light is a usefully powerful, convenient performer. The Borofloat lens is less focused than some other self-contained units, which means it looks a bit limp on the lux test for the money and it’s slightly short sighted on the trail.

There’s still enough depth to ride at a decent pace on trails you know, though. Reasonable sideways coverage also lights up enough lines to stop you steering into the dark.

The click-lock handlebar mount ratchets on and off bars very quickly, although there is more vibration and blur on really rocky trails than with screw-on or cam lock lights. A helmet mount is available separately for £12.

The self-contained battery means no worries about where to fit a frame bag or fretting about paint damage from straps or cables, and the supplied three-pin/USB charger gives you the option to rejuice it without looking for plug sockets. Price is good too, although the 250 Cordless at £130 sounds even better value.

Niterider 150 cordless light: niterider 150 cordless light
Niterider 150 cordless light: niterider 150 cordless light

Beam shot - Niterider 150 Cordless

For more information of how we tested this year's crop of lights, see our latest buyer's guide to mountain bike lights and Tested: 30 high-power mountain bike lights.

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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