NiteRider Pro 1200 Race light review£195.00

Reliable, well-designed lamp

BikeRadar score3/5

This night busting light from US brand NiteRider may look expensive but its overbuilt construction and high capacity battery make it an ultra-reliable epic ride workhorse.

The swivel-hinged and ratchet-tilted bar mount is a lot heavier and bulkier than an O-ring but it sits the light in front of your stem and any control lines and makes it easy to get the beam pointing where you want it. The plastic head unit has proved super-durable on long-term sets but it’s light enough to be comfortable with the supplied helmet mount.

The Pro 1200 has 50 percent less power than the pricier 1800 and looks expensive in lumen-per-pound terms. That’s a genuine tested output rather than a theoretical maximum rating though, and the three-LED cluster gives excellent, consistent power coverage with tons of peripheral for twisty technical trails. Run time on full power is just under two hours, but it’s easy to extend that using lower power modes.

There’s an LED battery life ‘traffic light’ on the head too. The long hardshell battery can be awkward to fit though and at nearly 500g it’s not really 'race’ weight compared with all-in-one battery and lamp units.

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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