Niterider Pro 3000 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout Video

This light used to have 800 lumens. Then it was upgraded to 1200. This year it just catapults to a claimed 3000 lumens. What the heck happened? We knew this design had a little more in it but 3000??

So this is the brightest light in our shootout this year. The Mtbr Lux reading of 255 is followed the Lupine Betty (2600 lumens) at 217 Lux.  Is it bright?  You bet it is.  The only real downside to this system is weight at 828 grams installed and the run time at high of 1.5 hours.

The Niterider Pro 3000 features a big, overbuilt lighthead with six Cree XML emitters. Each emitter is supported 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


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


  • Price: $700.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 3000 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 187 grams
  • Installed Weight: 828 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 255 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: na


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.

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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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