NiteRider TrailRat 2.0 Older Lights

3.67/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $110.00


Product Description

The NiteRider TrailRat has become synonymous with ruggedness and durability. The TrailRat light system comes equipped with a powerful lightweight 6 volt NiMH battery pack and headlamp, housing a NiteRider custom tuned 10 watt halogen bulb for superior output. The TrailRat uses NiteRider surlock power cables to provide a strong, waterproof connection, sealing the system from the elements. Whether commuting the city streets, or trail riding, the TrailRat light system guarantees to provide years of dependability and service at an affordable price.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Collin a Cross Country Rider from Rochester

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2008

Strengths:    Very bright, not too heavy

Weaknesses:    A bit long charge time

Bottom Line:   
One of the best lights I have seen. It works very well. I have not had any problems with it so far. Contrary to what some people have said, you do not have to fully discharge it before charging it but you should be careful how long you charge it. NiMH batteries do not have a memory like NiCd batteries. I would recommend setting up a ratio of charge time to run time.

I would recommend this product for someone who would use the light occasionally but not daily. The charge times are a bit long for daily use.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   several cheap generic lights


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Oakland, NJ

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2007

Strengths:    Bright. Durable. Excellent product for the money.

Weaknesses:    Have to wait for the battery to drain before re-charging. 9 hour charge time.

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking to do one or two moderate night rides per week than this is the light for you. If you're a hardcore racer or downhill rider it's probably not for you. I ride XC trails at night about once a week and for me it's a perfect fit. To all you weekend warrior types out there, if you're looking for something solid to at least get you on the trail at night this is your light. Enjoy!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Campmor

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   '04 Kona Kikapu

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pink Robe from Calgary, AB

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2007

Strengths:    Very lightweight, compact battery

Weaknesses:    Poor mount design for the light, short circuit at the battery

Bottom Line:   
I picked this up on sale thinking "Awesome! Nightrider kicks ass!" Yeah, not so much. I had trouble getting the light to stay put on my helmet, and it weighed enough that it caused my helmet to shift a lot when trail riding. The upside was that the battery pack was small and very light compared to the waterbottle systems. Eventually, I moved the light to the handlebar where it stayed put properly.
Later, I picked up the Trailtech HID from Batteryspace, and the NR went onto my wife's bike so she could use it to commute to work. I fabbed a holder for the battery and it worked well - for a while. One day my wife tells me that she almost burned her hand on the battery. I'm like, WTF? I picked up the battery carefully, and can smell burning plastic. It had developed a short circuit inside the cover. Nice. It was starting to smoke, so I cut open the cover and disconnected the offending wires. Problem solved.

4 chilis for producing decent light for a while and being lightweight. -1 chilis for melting.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Singletrack Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Cateye, BLT, Trailtech HID

Bike Setup:   Many and varied

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jason a Weekend Warrior from Clovis, Cali, US

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2007

Strengths:    It"s a lot brighter then the LED set up I got at sports authority.

Weaknesses:    No battery level indicator, really long time to charge.

Bottom Line:   
It does what it said it would do on the box. I just didn't think that the lack of the indicator would frustrate me so much. You can't overcharge the battery because it will damage it so in the booklet it has a little table that explains that if you use the light for X minutes then you must charge for Y amount of time. I would just shell out the few more bucks for the model with the indicator.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   trisport fresno

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn light with 4 LEDS


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by George Hernandez a Cross Country Rider from Woodacre, CA USA

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Easy to mount battery.

Weaknesses:    1970's charging technology, low light output, short burn times, poorly designed light mount, weak manual.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this light for commuting on country roads where it would be the only lightsource. Even when new, the output was too weak and it would start to dim at the end of my 45 minute ride. What made it worse was the silly charging system where you have to time how long you charge it. They had better set ups for drills back in 1984. I really don't see the advantage of this light over a $15 LED.

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Niterider Classic, cheapy LED lights.

Bike Setup:   Hybrid commuter.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dale a Downhiller from mesa AZ US

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2006

Strengths:    It turns on

Weaknesses:    where do I start, The first light I bought the connector broke the first time I used it, then the second try wasnt much better. The worst thing about this light is the lenght of the cord, in a perfect world this would fit your frame. The cord is so short it wont fit most frames, such as the big hit you have to put the battery on the fork!!! stinky delux it barley reaches the frame and causes problems on long rides. What were they thinking?!! the new plug design doesnt stay together, the connection gets looser over time (short time) It really isnt very bright. Dont buy this light. The night riders they made in 1999 were way better, what happened?!!

Bottom Line:   
Dont waste your money, You might as well take a lighter to a hundred doller bill!!

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Favorite Trail:   yard sale

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   performance

Similar Products Used:   older night rider design, night stick, vista light, night pro extreme, etc...


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cesar Agustin a Weekend Warrior from Menlo Park, CA

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2006

Strengths:    Simple and bright. Depth, angle, and brightness are great, compared to the cheap lites I've used before.

Weaknesses:    Long recharge time and 2.5 hour usage time. Fortunately, my nite commute is only about an hour so it's not a huge problem.

Bottom Line:   
Great light, simple and effective. Great for nite commutes of 2 hours or less.

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Favorite Trail:   Cyclocross race

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cateye HL-500, simple triple LED lights.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Otis a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta ,GA, United States

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2004

Strengths:    This light stsyem is bright a very light to carry or strap onto your bike

Weaknesses:    It takes the light 9 hours to charge and burns for 2.5 hours

Bottom Line:   
If you plan on riding at night all the time this is probably not the light system for you because it takes 9 hours to charge, burns for 2.5 hours and there is not batter strenth indicator not a smart charge system, plus you have to wait for the battery to fully discharge before you can hit it with anothor charge. If you are a weekend warrior or just riding at night ever one in a while this is what you want be cause it is a great light system for the money. I used mine in 2 24hour races and it worked fine , i just dislike the long charge time needed

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali North Carolina

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   cannondale jekyll 800

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joseph Schlau a Cross Country Rider from Schaumburg IL

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2004

Strengths:    Simplicity. It is just a basic 10Watt light with a simple on off switch. A smart charger was added to avoid overcharging the battery.

Weaknesses:    The older plug style connectors were changed to a different configuration that is more likely to come apart during a ride. I can live with this by insuring there is sufficient stress relief for the cables

Bottom Line:   
The Trail Rat was purchased to temporarily replace a Digital Pro 12 LCD that had to be sent in for service. The Trail Rat has outlasted the Pro 12, which now sets on the wall of shame. The Trail Rat keeps going and going and going. The only things I added was a smart charger, a tail light and another battery. It has gone through 2 bulbs in almost 3 years.

Before you guys at Niterider pat yourself on the back for a good review, understand the only reason I bought a Trail Rat was the need to send my Digital Pro 12 LCD in for a 6 week vacation to San Diego and the desire to keep riding with some light. The DP12LCD never worked well since.

It is too bad that your bottom of the line light like the Trail Rat has a higher rating and reliability than your Digital Pro 12 LCD.

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Favorite Trail:   RAGBRAI

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Spin Doctor Bartlett IL

Similar Products Used:   Digital Pro 12 LCD, a candle. The candle was more reliable.

Bike Setup:   Mountain bike set up for all season commuting.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2004

Strengths:    Compact size, relatively light on helmet, EXCELLENT attachment for helmets, easy to cinch, easy to aim, small battery with runtime as advertised.

Weaknesses:    tight beam to accomodate low wattage.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good "secondary light", to supplement a dual beam or HID on the handlebars, but not enough light for serious offroad riding at night. The beam is too narrow and too dim for fast or technical riding. Otherwise, it performs as advertised, has great Customer Service support and seems reliable.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Laguna to Noble Canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   NightSun Team, NiteRider Trail Rat, NiteRider dual beam, Performance dual beam, Light and Motion single beam halogen, Light & Motion ARC HID, NiteRider HID, Lume Strada HID

Bike Setup:   XC Hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ray a Cross Country Rider from State College, PA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2003

Strengths:    nice low price (even if I had paid for it)
great light pattern
does not use a water bottle
runs longer than claimed time
fades out predictable when near end of the charge


Weaknesses:    did not come with helmet mount
did not come with cord long enough for helmet mounting
switch tought to use when gloved and/or numb from the cold


Bottom Line:   
I won this light for doing trail work, it had been donated by The Bicycle Shop in State college, PA. The light rocks and I am buying myself a second one to replace my Peformance Dual Pro that is dying. This light throws a more useful pattern at 10w than both the 10 and 15 of the Viewpoint did back when it worked. Not brighter or bigger, but more useful.

i wish it had come with a helmet mount and longer cable, but for the suggest retail that may be asking too much.

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Favorite Trail:   Gettis Ridge Road

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   won for doing trail work

Similar Products Used:   Performance Viewpoint Pro

Bike Setup:   NA

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by IbisBreezer a Cross Country Rider from The jewel of North Texas, DALLAS

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Strengths:    Rugged design, tight dispersion pattern and bright white light.

Weaknesses:    No lateral adjustability. Battery not the "smart" style so won't activate the fuel gauge on my NiteRider Digital Evolution headlight.

Bottom Line:   
Nice light, the tight beam complements the wider beam of my Digital Evolution (mounted on bars) when used with helmet mount. The battery will power my DE but does not allow the fuel gauge to work so you have no idea where you are on a charge, which is really too bad. I wish NR had used the same batteries so they are interchangeable. Lasts about 30-45 minutes longer than the DE (on 15 watts) so you have a safety buffer if the main light dies. I also wish NR included the "smart" charger like they have with the DE, there is just no reason to still supply the crappy old-style chargers for the price this thing goes for.

If I get the 6-7 years from this thing I got from my old one it will have more than paid for itself.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Ore Road, BBNP

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Richardson Bike Mart

Similar Products Used:   NightRider Digital (diabolical, see my review) Evolution.

Bike Setup:   Beater singlespeed for nighttime laps at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Pensacola,Fl,USA

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2003

Strengths:    This little sucker puts out a lot of light! Great for the trail and road. I use just the helmet mount and find it works well.

Weaknesses:    Cord is too short, need charger with indicator to tell when it is finished.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great quality product. The helmet mount is just the right amount of light for all your needs. I would recommend this light to anyone. I give it 5 flamming turds!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   none first light set

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Sugar 2+
Trek 1000 full ultegra

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by FolderPete a Cross Country Rider from SF CA

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2003

Strengths:    Low cost, small battery (NiMH); rugged; can double as replacement battery and repl. bulb, for the cost. Have had good service for repair (YMMV). NR tail-light accessory is grrreat!

Weaknesses:    Difuse light-beam (10W) - no more illuminative on the road than my 2.4W hub gen! New for '03 most units have a pigtail connector from the lamp; earlier lamps had a plug-in connector, which makes it easier to swap out/ disconnect quickly; this may not be such a short-coming, but is an annoying change. short cord for helmut use, requires expensive connectors. non-smart charger.

Bottom Line:   
??? Smart-charge is where it's at; may have to spend more to get a worthwhile system. Looking at other makers to incorporate desired features. NR-TR2.0 is a basic commute system, but sale prices may make other products desireable. But any other use falls flat.

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Favorite Trail:   commute

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   NR NiteOwl. Another NR product (can't recall). NiteSun 10W NiCad system. 2 hub-gens. other generator systems. various alkaline setups.

Bike Setup:   Bianchi Ibus, with Schmidt dynohub & standlich lamps front & rear, Rohloff speedhub. Bike Friday with Lightspin gen.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Drew a Cross Country Rider from Cincinnati

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2003

Strengths:    Very bright, heavy duty wire, easily installed,


Weaknesses:    Cord too short, needs light on charger or battery to show it is charging and when it is complete.

Bottom Line:   
Great light for the $. Don't waste your money on cheap lights that take standard batteries. They will cost you more in batteries!! Product highly recommended.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $109.00

Purchased At:   Eddy's / Cleveland

Similar Products Used:   Battery lights

Bike Setup:   Bridgestone RB-2 Early 90's model, Just can't part with it!

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trailrat 2.0 bulbs

I'm currently running a dinotte 200L on my helmet and a niterider trailrat 2.0 on my bars. The set up works well. Last week I was removing the trailrat from the bars in preparation for a daylight ride, and I dropped the light. The lamp died. I phoned a LBS and was told $44 for a replacement lamp ... Read More »

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