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Finding the best way to see and be seen in low-light or nighttime conditions without dragging a giant headlight along for the ride can be a challenging search for many cyclists. You want lots of light in a small, lightweight, unobtrusive package. The NiteRider Pro 1400 Race Light delivers all that functionality in a breeze with 1400 lumens of light that perch sprightly on your helmet or handlebars to illuminate road and trail adventures without bulk.
The NiteRider Pro 1400 Race Light is powered by a rechargeable 4-Cell Li-Ion battery with beefy run times ranging from two hours on the steady, 1,400 lumen setting all the way up to 32.75 hours on the flashing setting. With a total of five steady beam options and three flashing options between those two bookends, you can customize the brightness to meet your riding needs on the fly.
- Item #NRI001B
- Q & A
Adequate for XC
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased this light and compared it against the Niterider 1800, The Light in Motion Seca 1800, and an Amazon.com $30 special. This light had a narrower beam patter of usable light compared to both 1800 lights and was definitely the "spottiest" in terms of beam pattern with the exception of the Amazon light. This light did have the best overall burn-time. I got over 3.5 hours burn time with this light on high. It dimmed a bit and gave some flickers for the 20 minutes until it died. Overall I was very impressed. Niterider has a superior handle mount compared to the Seca, but the Niterider helmet mount in large and a bit clumsy. I prefer the Seca's use of a GoPro mount for the helmet. The battery is the same between both niteriders, and the night rider batteyr mounts the most securely to a mtn bike frame of any the lights tested. The battery indicator is a nice touch, but the nitrider battery takes about 2x as long to charge as the Seca's. I think the 1400 is best used in conjunction with another light both to serve as back up, fill in the shadows, and fill in the gaps of the narrower beam pattern.