NiteRider Pro 1800 Race Light $349.95
A light weight solution to late night trail rides
Late night trail rides and endurance races call for a light that's brighter than the one sitting on the handlebars of your commuter bike. A light with 500 lumens might work well at dusk, but it doesn't provide sufficient lighting when you're speeding down a single track that's enshrouded in darkness. The NiteRider Pro 1800 LED Race Light steps in when lower lumen lights aren't enough. Producing more light than the average car headlight, the Pro 1800 will illuminate the darkest trails with what looks like the mid day sun.
The light output of the Pro 1800 isn't the only thing that makes it the go-to light for endurance riding. The combination of a lightweight construction and an 1800 lumen output make it an ideal choice when you're going for speed and don't want the added weight of multiple lights on your bike. Designed to cast a wide beam of light across the trail, the Pro 1800 uses CREE LED bulbs to create a bright beam that sustains battery life and reduces the amount of heat that the bulbs produce.
The light has four solid settings -- high, medium, low, and walk, plus a flash mode. Depending on your setting, the light will last for 1.5 hours at 1800 lumens, three hours at 700 lumens, six hours at 400 lumens, and 25 hours at 80 lumens. If you have the light on your bars or helmet, adjusting the light setting during a climb is simple with the easily-accessible output button on top of the light. The eight-step fuel gauge on the light gives you an accurate reading of how much battery is left -- so you know when you need to hustle over to the service course for a battery swap.
Since LED lights produce an incredible amount of heat, the Pro 1800 uses a Borofloat lens on the front of the light -- this isn't your average flashlight glass. Compared to the boilerplate tempered glass, NiteRider uses Borofloat, a form of borosilicate glass, that won't shatter when your hot light falls into a cold stream after a jump-gone-wrong.
The NiteRider Pro 1800 LED Race Light comes with an AC adaptor, helmet mount, handlebar mount, and cable extension. It's Explorer headband compatible, it has a charge time of about 4.5 hours, and it weighs in at an estimated 435g.
Note: If you're a current owner of a NiteRider Pro series light, your battery docking station is compatible with the Pro 1800 LED Race Light battery pack for charging.
What community has to say
Great light, needs more battery
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As an avid cyclist and skate skier in Alaska, I spend 100+ days a year using my lights. I've used several previous NiteRiders, the Storm and Moab HID lights, and am now on my second season with this Pro 1800 Race. It's the best light of the bunch, with a nice broad, even beam and terrific power on the 1800 lumen setting, which is really great in the fall when the woods are damp and inky dark, and just absorb light. The light head is small and lite, and works great on a helmet. The downside is that the high setting really sucks down the battery. I haven't run it to shut-down, but I get less than an hour on high before I'm down to one flashing red indicator light on the gauge. I thus run it on the medium setting, which is pretty equivalent to the HID lights, and only flip to high on the faster descents, and then can get about 3 hours. By comparison, my Moab with about double the battery size gets over 10 hours. I love this light, and just wish NiteRider would offer a 6 or 8 cell Enduro battery.
Could be better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My first one was replaced by nr since the light would switch on by itself. No hassle by nr.
I think I would consider the 1200, the 1800 drains the battery quick at the high setting. Overall it's a nice light but could be better for the price. One major dislike is that it can easily be switched on by accident, the switch has a light touch and is not protected. It's a must to disconnect the battery when transporting.
Grizzly Gulch, Utah
Screen shot from a GoPro Hero3 black
I never thought I'd be going full speed on a mtn bike trail in the middle of the night before. This allows you to do just that. On it's full setting its like daylight. Very light on your head too because of the external battery pack, I was surprised. The extension in the battery cord makes it very easy to throw it in your backpack. They battery life is pretty nice also (pretty accurate to the times listed in the description). I went on a midnight ski tour last winter and was a little worried about the battery life because it was 0 degrees F when we were skinning up. However it didn't seem to phase it. Stayed bright for the whole ski.
I highly recommend this light! you can really do anything with it.
I just wish there were some mounts that allowed you to put it on a helmet that does not have vents. The vent helmet mount and handlebar mount work great though.
Daylight on the trail. Happy for this!
I had a NiteRider SlickRock 900 and it was hard to believe there was anything better than that, but when bulb-replacement time arrived, I decided it was more economical to buy a new system, and chose the Pro 1800. On it's lowest setting, this Pro 1800 nearly matches the low-setting output of the SlickRock and is more than adequate for commuting, but on high, the Pro 1800 is just out of this world. Upgrades include a battery life indicator (very much appreciated), instant-on (the SlickRock had to warm up to full intensity), and a wider U-shaped beam that covers the entire road surface from shoulder to shoulder, but somehow manages to focus the highest intensity right in front of me. It can literally light up my yard, it's so bright. High-speed road descents are well within the scope of the Pro 1800. I've yet to take it off road. The whole system is incredibly lightweight. The wire connections are a little confusing at first, but they are solid & won't unintentionally separate. Handlebar mounts are very good, as is the helmet mount. I haven't found anything I don't like about this light yet. If you're a dedicated dark-rider who's willing to drop some coinage for the best, this is your ticket...lightweight, superb performance & features all converge to make this one hell of a light