Niterider Pro 600 Bike Light Pro Review

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Niterider Pro 600 – $499.00

Light Price Claimed Lux Runtime Battery Type Light head weight Battery Weight Installed Weight Lux per gram Lux per dollar
Niterider
Pro 600
$499 600 4:00 Lithium 102 g 487 673 .07 .09

Light Meter charts and comparison table available here.

Description:

The Niterider Pro 600 features a light head with a Cree MC-E emitter. This emitter has a reflector optimized for a focused center beam.

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 46 Lux at full power. This is quite similar to the Lupine Tesla and quite a bit brighter than other lights which claim a lot more lumen output in their catalog

Strengths:

  • focused, 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
  • 4-hour run time on high mode is excellent

Weaknesses:

  • it’s a bit heavy for the light output
  • It’s not quite wide enough for solo use
  • not a great value even when compared to the 1200
  • 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.

This is a good light with solid construction. It’s a bit pricey for what it is so we’d rather opt for the 1200 or two 1200s.  But looking at the beam pattern, it is a pretty solid light.

Beam Pattern Photos:

Niterider Pro 600

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

Value Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

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  • Merost says:

    I think they are having some glitches with either the battery or docking station. I order one and the first time I charged it the docking station started flashing all its lights in random patterns and wouldn’t work properly. I did some research on the internet and found a few other people with same problem. I called Nite Rider and explained to them the issue. They seemed to have heard of this issue before and quickly sent me a replacement. Good customer service experience though. I have ridden several time with it at night. Not quite as bright as my Blowtorch HID, but good enough for most of what I use it for. If you are looking for a trail light on technical trails that you are going to use a lot, get the 1200, which will offer you more of a flood pattern in addition to the spot light. For easier trails and commuting, get the 600.

  • chris says:

    Battery seems to drain quickly in cold. I frequently ride in single digits and below and the battery life is definately diminished

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