This review is a small part of our Best Mountain Bike Lights feature, where we tell you the three best lights - plus eight others to consider - after testing 24 different sets of lights.
As you’d expect from six LEDs pumping out 3600 lumens, the beam of Niterider's Pro 3600 Enduro is hugely powerful, with full wider-than-the-bar-ends peripheral coverage and consistent brightness further down the trail. There is a slight halo and less close-in light compared with some big hitters, but that’s only noticeable in beam shots rather than on the trail.
The single button toggles between three single lamp settings and then the full double lamp punch with small pinprick light indicators above each lens so you know what’s running. The head is slightly hooded to avoid upwards glare, and there’s a four-LED battery status bar on the head unit. It’s a good job though, because the Pro burns through run time surprisingly fast considering the large and potentially awkward to fit hard case battery.
The big multi-angle adjustable bar and helmet mounts are overkill. The latest Pro series lights seem to have ironed out previous charging issues and recent Niteriders have been reliable. They’re expensive and heavy compared with similarly powered competition, and the half power Pro Race is more than enough for most riders.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.