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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

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 https://www.niteriderservices.com/

Specifications:
  • 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
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.

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MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 255 Mtbr Lux on our ambient light measurement facility. We had to check and recheck this figure many times because the number was just off the charts. The next closest contender was the Lupine Betty 2600 lumen light at 217 Mtbr Lux.

The integrating sphere could not get an actual reading on this light since the light head was too big to fit in the light port. Based on our other lights that got an Mtbr Lux and and integrating sphere reading, we estimate the actual output of this light to be 2400 lumens.

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Strengths:
  • This is the baddest and brightest light this year.
  • Big, bright, consistent beam pattern
  • Good head design with cooling ducts
  • Industry leading software for manipulating light levels and run times
  • Awesome charging station with battery level indicator
  • Very good, overbuilt handlebar mount
Weaknesses:
  • It's a bit heavy at 870 grams installed with bar mount
  • Battery needs to be removed from the mount every time it needs to charged
  • Low and medium modes switch on one light at time. It would be much better if both lights were used at lower levels to get the benefit of the full beam pattern.
Bottom Line:

This is a heavy light that costs $700 but once you turn it on, you will be impressed. And then you realize you're not even in High mode yet. Then you'll really be impressed. It is brighter than most car headlights that average 2000 lumens.

For us, we were impressed by the quality and construction but wary of the weight of the system. But as soon as we turned it on, it became a favorite. It's all about beam pattern and this light takes the cake. It is is wide and bright and consistent. It throws a long way and the periphery is well illuminated. We were even able to use it without a helmet mount and felt perfectly safe at high speed and twisty trails.

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Value Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

4.75 out of 5 Stars

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