Niterider Minewt 600 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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This light used to be 150 lumens, then last year it jumed up to 350 lumens. Now it is 600 and it is rockin!  600 lumens is significant cause now, you can really see with when riding the road or the trail. It is self contained and it can be used as a super flashlight around the house. The beam pattern features a fairly big spot and a big halo so it is quite useable.

Charging is accomplished by a USB port so any USB port around the house will charge this puppy in 5 hours from full empty.

The switch is pretty nice as it is big and lit with indicator colors on its status. It does have a couple quirks though. The first is the light always turns on in Medium power.  We think this is a big mistake in user interface as users will most often want to run this on full power and now they have to waste time clicking it again just to get it to the right setting.

The other issue is it has a lock mode that will deem the light inoperable until unlocked. The purpose of this is to prevent accidental turn on while the light tossed in a bag. This is only helpful if you remember to put it lock mode before the possibility of turning it on accidentally. The bigger issue is lock mode is entered by pressing the switch for about 5 seconds while on.  The problem is it you have to press the switch about 2 seconds to turn the light off and about 3 seconds to put it in flash mode.   This is just a recipe for accidental locking of this light.  To unlock it, the user has to press the switch again for about 5 seconds.  This is not difficult but it will lead to a lot of customer confusion who think their light is broken or discharged.

Specifications:

  • Price: $150.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 600 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 156 grams
  • Installed Weight: 188 grams
  • Run Time: 25 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 50 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 485 Lumens

Buy this light from Mtbr Partner HucknRoll.com

Mounting:

This light comes with a handlebar and a helmet mount. The handlebar mount is a super-easy to install ratchet system that locks on to an oversized or small handlebar simply by pushing the ratchet in place. It can be aimed left right as well. Removing it is just as easy. It is convenient but for mountain biking, the rider can experience some shakiness with the heavy light head. It is not quite as stable as most mounts and there’s not enough ratchet teeth to tighten it harder.  The helmet mount works pretty well but aiming up down can only be accomplished by mounting it up and down the curvature of the helmet.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • DZ says:

    It does have a crappy handlebar mount. I contacted Niterider about it and they sent me parts to convert it to a screw-type mount which works a lot better.

  • EM says:

    I have been running one of these for over a year now in cr@ppy Pittsburgh weather and it is an awesome commuter light. I would prefer something brighter for off road, and the original handlebar mount sucked, but I contacted NR and, like DZ, they set me up with a screw on mount. So, overall, customer service is great, long term durability (1+ years) is so far so good, but there are better lightsfor off road MTB riding, but for commuting I could not be happier.

  • Mike B says:

    For bumpy conditions, I simply mount my NR600 upside-down on my bars.

  • Cavecreekgoat says:

    I also love the light but hated the mount. I contacted the company regarding this and they sent me a much better handlebar mount that had a thumb screw instead of the ratcheting system. Great light and GREAT company!

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