Niterider Pro 1500 Race front light review£325.00

Balance of speed-friendly depth and singletrack-happy width

BikeRadar score3/5

Niterider’s new Race series uses a simple battery connected to their proven Pro head. The head is a relatively compact single-LED unit, attached to the bar with a multi-angle adjustable bracket. This puts it dead centre ahead of your stem but at 75g alone, it’s nearly as heavy as the head unit.

The actual output is a decent balance of speed-friendly depth and singletrack-happy width though, with no obvious dark spots or rings to detract from detail. The four-LED battery indicator lets you accurately judge use of the three evenly stepped output levels too. The long solid battery needs careful siting though, and it’s a relatively heavy system considering its average run times.

Niterider pro 1500 race front light:
Niterider pro 1500 race front light:

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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