The well sized and efficient Minewt from Niterider scored nine points in our recent lights grouptest, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of its bigger cousin, the three-LED Trinewt. Niterider has stayed with the same organic shape, and while it does sit larger on your bars, it’s still a beautifully designed thing. The sophisticated take on an O-ring that fixes it in place remains one of our all-time favourites for its low hassle factor.
The beam is clean toned and powerful, delivering more punch forwards than the Minewt and, as you’d expect, a broader spread. Of course, all that extra luminescence requires a bigger power source and that’s the only downside of this light. The Minewt has a tiny battery that sits neatly against the stem, giving you one discreet unit. This battery (with 3.5-7 hours run time) is around double the size. That said, it’s very easy to fix onto your bike and the Velcro strap has held up well and kept everything firm during all our testing.
So, will it be the much-loved Minewt, or the new boy about town, Trinewt? We still love the ickle chap for most of our after-dark adventures, but for more technical night routes or anyone needing that extra power punch, the Trinewt is the one. It ain’t cheap, but the quality of light and the construction quality make it worth saving for.