Niterider Pro 1200 Bike Light Pro Review

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Niterider Pro 1200 – $649.00

Light Price Claimed Lux Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lux per gram Lux per dollar
Niterider
Pro 1200
$649 1200 2:30hr Lithium 196 g 600 870 .09 .13

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

The Niterider Pro 1200 features a big, overbuilt lighthead with two Cree MC-E emitters. Each emitter is supperted by very well made reflectors, with one optimized for a focused center beam and one with a wide center beam. Both have a big halo that illuminate the a huge area.  Each beam can be turned on separately and the two can be used together to form a bright and even beam pattern.

The head has a lot of plastic casing for impact resistance and the battery is fully sealed against the elements. The battery is designed to be removable from the mounting bracket so it can be charged without taking the battery mount off the bike

Software:

We normally don’t have a section discussing light software but this one is worth noting. Niterider has invested a ton of resources to let the rider configure the light levels and run times of each setting on the light. Each emitter can be configured independently  and the user can choose the perfect amount of output for their application. Profiles can be saved too so the user can bring up their ‘Endurance Race’ profile or ‘Commute to Work’ profile where their favorite settings can be stored.

Some lights have some of this configurability but it’s always been too cumbersome to bother. But with a PC and a USB connection, this really is a lot more user-friendly.  They call it the DIY Software and you can even download and preview it here before buying the light http://www.niteriderservices.com/

Light Head close ups:

Mounting:

Handlebar mounting is performed by the 74 gram bar mount similar to the older lights like the Trinewt. It is one of the best in the business since it is very sturdy and very adjustable. It mounts without the use of tools and can be rotated in different axis to aim the light properly.  Plus it mounts the light in the perfect position, right in front of the stem faceplate.

Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured in at 82 Lux at full power and it’s one of the brightest lights on our light meter. But the true story of this light is in the consistency and the brightness of the beam pattern.  It’s one of the best beams we’ve seen and it uses every Lux to the best advantage of the rider.

Strengths:

  • big, bright, consistent beam pattern
  • excellent craftsmanship, durability and ergonomics
  • industry leading software for manipulating light levels and run times
  • awesome charging station with battery level indicator
  • very good handlebar mount

Weaknesses:

  • it’s a bit heavy at 870 grams installed with bar mount
  • battery needs to be removed from the mount every time it needs to charged

Bottom Line:

Some people will find the USB Software very handy as they configure the light levels to their exact needs. Commuters and racers can dial in their brightness, runtimes and flash modes as each light can be controlled independently as well.

For us, we were impressed by the quality and construction but wary of the weight of the system. But as soon as we turned it on, it became a favorite. It’s all about beam pattern and this light takes the cake. It is is wide and bright and consistent. It throws a long way and the periphery is well illuminated. We were even able to use it without a helmet mount and felt perfectly safe at high speed and twisty trails.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Niterider Pro 1200 Spot Mode

Niterider Pro 1200 Wide Mode

Niterider Pro 600 and 1200

Niterider both

Beam Pattern rollover and side by side comparison page available here.

Value Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.7 out of 5 Stars

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