Cateye Nano Shot – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

We love this light. First look at it and it has the best form factor and feel of all the self-contained lights we’ve seen this year. It just feels like quality and it is so small and light at 80 grams. CatEye, based in Japan has come to reaffirm their commitment and leadership in the bike lights market the Nano Shot is a sign of good things to come.  The form factor is smart as it is short and flat  so it sits nicely on top of the handlebars much like a bike computer. Also, it slips conveniently into your pocket for a handy flashlight.

We turned it on and just hoped it would produce good light. And indeed it did! It has a nice beam pattern that is more horizontal than round.  It has a bit of a spot and slight halo around it.  It is no torch but for the size and weight, this will make an excellent commuter light. It’s about as bright as an Exposure Joystick but at less than half the price and better form factor.


  • Price: $100.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 250 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 80 grams
  • Installed Weight: 100 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 20 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 208 Lumens

2013 Lights from CatEye


Handlebar mounting is done with the standard Cateye light mount. It is threaded strap style that is tightened by a wheel that can be turned by hand.  This allows for  a tool-free mount that can handle any sized handlebar. This mount has performed admirably for most CatEye bike computers so it should work fine for the Nano Shot.

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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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