Niterider 250 Cordless front light review£129.99

Superb value package

BikeRadar score4/5

We’re big fans of Niterider’s MiNewt lights and their new 250 light packs the same head into a bright, light and convenient all-in-one package.

Unlike most cheaper lights, the cordless unit gives a broad enough, distortion-free light pool with a healthy amount of throw. There’s enough light to pick out detail on techy sections too.

The ratchet bar bracket can wobble a bit on really rocky trails unless you really squeeze it on tight, but there’s a helmet mount included too. The in-built battery means no mounting hassles.

The medium power setting is still bright enough for riding, which extends the otherwise short run times. The USB-compatible charging lead is great for commuters too, which all makes this a cracking all-rounder for the cash.

Niterider 250 cordless front light beam: niterider 250 cordless front light beam
Niterider 250 cordless front light beam: niterider 250 cordless front light beam

For more information on 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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