Niterider Pro 1500 Race – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light claims 1500 lumens and we measured 1100 lumens in an integrating sphere.  It’s not bad but we would have been more pleased to see 1200 actual lumens to be in the range of industry averages for claimed vs. actual lumen output.

On the Mtbr Lux Meter, this measured in at 115 lux.  That is very close to the Light and Motion Seca 1400 at 113 lux (claimed 1400 lumens).  The Lupine Wilma TL is also at 113 lux (claimed 1100 lumens).  Of these three lights, the Niterider 1500 is the cheapest at $350

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  • Excellent brightness at $350
  • Good lens optics and good beam pattern
  • Helmet and bar mounts are included with the system
  • 110 % brighter than last year and 30% cheaper.
  • Not too bright, not too dim.


  • 1.5 hour run time at high is short for the ‘Race’ model. But it can run well on medium and there is a ‘Standard’ model
  • Small light head can get quite hot

Bottom Line:

This a great light from Nitetrider that is light with excellent brightness. This is probably their best light since it is the most useable and versatile.  One of these on the bars and one on the helmet would be a sweet package.

The beam pattern is wide and it looks great on our backyard beam pattern below. On the trail beam pattern you can see that it has nice width and nice throw, making the green 200 yard marker visible.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Backyard Beam Pattern Comparison Page »

Trail Beam Pattern Comparison Page »

Value Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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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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