Niterider Mako 1 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 5 lux on our ambient Mtbr lux light measurement facility. In an integrating sphere, this light measured at 46 lumens.  The Mako 2 on the other hand measured 11 lux and 92 lumens in our lab tests.  Clearly, the Mako 2 is twice as bright as the Mako 1 at $50 vs $40.

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  • $40 is a good price point
  • Cree LED and reflector is good to have at this level
  • Quick release mount is very good for a commuter level light


  • It’s just a very weak light compared to the Mako 2.
  • The beam pattern is weak and very small

Bottom Line:

If you have to be at this price point, go for the Mako 2 which is only $10 more

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Value Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

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