We’ve tested NiteRider lights in the past, and they’ve been a little underpowered, but the Pro Race 1800 is really bright.
When we measured it in the sphere it registered 1,672 lumens, which is very good in this company.
The beam pattern is good too, being very similar to the Volt 6000, with a distinct lower edge that’s fairly bright all the way into the middle distance. We could ride most trails using this as our only light.
The one issue we’ve had is battery life — we never achieved the claimed 90 minutes.
The Pro Race 1800 does feature an eight-step fuel gauge though, so you can keep an eye on this when riding. This is more like four LEDS with half steps, but it’s better than a vague button-based gauge.
Included in the carry case with the light is whole host of accessories, including a helmet mount and an articulated bar mount. You have to remove the rubber shim before the bar mount fits 35mm handlebars, but other than it nipping your finger when you slot in the thumb screw, it’s solid and doesn’t rattle.
The NiteRider is almost as bright as the test-winning BBB, but it’s more expensive and 100g heavier, so it gets the runner-up slot this time round.