NiteRider Solmate Older Lights

3.75/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 303 grams


Product Description

  • LED Headlamp NiMH Battery
  • Handlebar Mount - Fits up to 31.8mm
  • 8 HR Linear Smart Charger
  • Helmet Mount (SolMate System)


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Geoff a Cross Country Rider from Boca Raton

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2008

Strengths:    Handle bar mount
Helmet mount
Long run time
Good beam coverage
Low price compared to Halogen or HID setup


Weaknesses:    Cable location on light

Bottom Line:   
I have been using my Vista Lite setup for some 10 years now and the batteries finally quit. I have used a Nite Rider Evo Smart loaned from a friend. SolMate is much brighter then the old 10W halogen, but not as bright as the Nite Rider. For fast runs on the trails I paired it with a MiNewt x2 on the handle bar for increased coverage. I recommend this to folks that want an effective setup without a heavy draw on the wallet.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia, FL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Brands Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Nite Rider Evolution Smart, Vista Lite 10W halogen

Bike Setup:   GIANT NRS2, Giro helmet

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Barry from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: October 23, 2007

Strengths:    Small & light battery. Helmet or bar mount. Decent light output.

Weaknesses:    Weird cable setup (should come out the back of the light). Decent (not huge) light output.

Bottom Line:   
Runtime and weight are exceptional for the size and price of this unit. Noticeably brighter and lighter than the Blackburn X3 that I bought for the same price a couple of years ago. Of course, you have to give something up for the price. The light output is pretty good but not great. Good enough for some moderate road or trail riding but not adequate for prolonged high speeds. This shouldn't come as a shock at this price point so don't take this as a bad review. FWIW, I actually bought the Sol and then bought the helmet mount kit = SolMate.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn X3. Old Nightsun halogen.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vinz Klortho a Cross Country Rider from Louisville, KY, Jefferson

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    The light was well worth the money. It is small, light, and easy to work. The on button lights up to tell you if it needs a charge or when the charge is done. It stops charging automatically. The light gets warm but not hot like other light's I've tried.

Weaknesses:    The clip that holds that strap down kept coming lose during the ride. The light would then slip down the helmet. The battery wire comes out the front of the light instead of the back. It needs to come with another velcro strap so you can run the wire to the back of the helmet.

Bottom Line:   
I did an initial test burn and I stopped it at 3 hours. The manual says that it has a 4 hour burn time. Out on the trail we compared it to my friends Light and Motion HID light. The Solmate was ALMOST as bright and lit just as far. I was really happy with it out on the trail. I have to figure a better way for the stap to say clipped. I recommend strapping it to the top of the helmet rather than the front. For a first light, I'm happy with my choice. If I ever feel the need for more, I can always get the Sol for my handlebar

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Favorite Trail:   Brown County, IN

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   Light and Motion HID.

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Hardtail, Giro Helmet

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Asheville, NC

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    Helmet or bar Mount
Long Run Time 4 hours
Low Price


Weaknesses:    Not quite enough light by itself to ride fast

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the new generation of LED light that offers the brightness and low price of a halogen but the batteries last 2-3 times longer because LED is a more effeicent system.

The SOLMATE is the helmet mount version of the SOL. It's the same light but costs 30.00 more for the helmet mount and a short extension cord. Kind of a rip but that's they way they do it at Nite Rider.

The light is fairly bright but if you wanted to go fast you would need a second light for the bars. It's a great beginer light or a replacement for your old 10W halogen helmet light.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Dinotte LED
Nite Rider 10W halogen


Bike Setup:   Titus Switchblade

Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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NiteRider Sol (and SolMate?) battery replacement

Since I haven't seen much in the way of info on these lights, and since they seem to have an issue with the batteries dieing from sitting (what happened to me), I figured I'd make a really quick post about replacing the batteries. No pic's of the final product, as I hacked it up pretty good while ... Read More »

NiteRider MiNewt or SolMate for helmet?

Looking to get into some night trail riding in the AZ desert since the days are getting too hot! I had a NiteRider light years ago that I liked but lost the battery pack. I have a cheapo $40 Cateye light on the handlebars and want to put a better light on my helmet. Hoping I can get by with that com ... Read More »

Looking to mod a Niterider Sol/Solmate

I've got this hardly used Solmate that I've used in the past for the helmet, and although the recent DIY projects blow it away in terms of output, the build and mounting system is still top notch in my opinion. Soooo, it's time to mod it ! I've seen lots of info on upgrading the Minewts to an SS ... Read More »

MiNewt Vs. Solmate

Is there really any difference between the 2 besides the 5 lumens? Is it even noticible? Im thinking of getting one for the helmet. Also, is there a better light for the same price or cheaper?Read More »

NiteRider SolMate Helmet Mount problem

Last week, I bought the new helmet mount for my MiNewt X2 (its the same mount as you get in the SolMate). It was difficult to adjust the light as the O ring was so tight, and when I opted to take it off, the O ring got sliced. I returned the mount immediatly. I wish that NR would create a MiNew ... Read More »

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