Review: Burning trails with the NiteRider Pro 2800 Enduro Remote headlight

I used to believe that any light putting out more than 800 lumens was just overkill. I saw more power as more weight, cumbersome designs, and unneeded output. This was prior to experiencing NiteRider’s Enduro Remote series that offered me 2800 lumens, literally at the push of a button. It wasn’t the output that swayed my mind though, it was the battery and remote. The system took a bit of getting use to, but after my second ride finding the remote’s button became second nature.

The experience of wielding such power was, dare I say… enlightening…

Out of the Box

  

Banana for scale

Out of the box, the system includes the lamp, battery, bar mount, 36″ extension cable, charging adapter, carrying case, manual, and stickers. At first glance, the light is covered in heat dissipation grills, and has LED indicators on top. The bottom has a curved mounting bracket that mates snugly with the bar mount. The mount gets a rubber shim that has a slightly tacky feel, and a mounting plate that extends in front of the stem. The size of the battery and lamp are reasonable, and the built-in connection cables are long enough to fit my 21.5 (XL) frame.

Mount, Adapters, and Setup

 

The handlebar mount is easy to adjust, and allows the light to twist, turn, or tilt as needed. It uses 2.5mm bolts to keep the adjustments from wiggling around, and a large knob to secure the mount around the bar by hand. It’ll fit most bars up to a 35mm in diameter, and if secured properly it offers a firm connection between light and bike.

36″ extension cable

They recommend that you mount the battery under the top tube or down tube, but any open space that best suits the rider should work. I started with the pack under the top tube, but began mounting it on the down tube because the Velcro was somehow catching my tights (may have been user error the first night). The battery was secure in both recommended locations, with little to no shifting/movement throughout the rides. The 36″ extension cable offers enough length to tuck the battery into a backpack, or for you tandem riders mounts to the back half for weight distribution.

Battery

The 7.4V, 7800 mAh Li-Lon battery ranges in run time from 1:30 – 17 hours depending on the mode. One of its more unique features is a USB port for charging mobile devices. It’s a convenient use I forgot about until I needed it. Most of my night rides took place in sub/near freezing temps, this may have led to the run times experienced – 1-1:10 hours maxed out, and ~2:40 at 1400 lumens. I’m sure that with more favorable temperatures it would perform closer to the benchmarks. The charge time was pretty close to the 6 hour claim from near dead to full. Most of the time I’d top it off after a ride, not allowing it to drain more than 3/8 of the way…

Performance, Modes, and Impression

 

 

My previous thoughts about powerful lights were all thrown out the window the first night. The high output wasn’t what swayed my thoughts on the matter. It was the ease of use in addition to the long battery life in lower power modes. I did enjoy maxing out the light for entire rides, though. It painted a picture of how different night riding is for people depending on the lumen output. The normal trip however consisted of me running it at 825 or 1400 just to get a longer run time. As I mentioned before, using the remote took a ride or two to get use to, but became increasingly more useful. It’s nice being able to keep both hands on the bar while adjusting the light. The lamp has a battery indicator made up of 4 LEDs and represents the battery level in 1/8 increments. They change from solid green, to flashing green, to a single red light. It also has two bulb indicators that helps sort out which mode you’re in (Right (low), Left (Mid), Both (High) w/ variations). Additional modes include, flashing, beacon, SOS, and walking. I played around with the modes and they all worked well, but didn’t have the need to fully test them. The remote has a dim red glow which helped remind me the first couple rides that it was there. It also added a nice aesthetic, matching the glowing power button on top of the lamp. The remote option is only available on the 2800 & 3600 models.

Weight doesn’t comes to mind for me with this kind of gear, but the weight of your accessories does add up. After double confirming with different scales, it was interesting to see my unit ring in at 778g, while the claimed weight is 625g. Price: $450

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Comments

14 thoughts on “Review: Burning trails with the NiteRider Pro 2800 Enduro Remote headlight

  1. It looks very pretty, but $450? Seriously? My Ebay light cost a 10th of this, give a similar amount of light with better battery life. I have been using it daily for the past two winters in temperatures a long way below freezing, snow and occasionally rain and it still works great.

    I really like the finish and the housing on these lights and the batteries, but until the prices come down to earth I can’t imagine ever buying one. Especially not wen I can buy four or five of my setups for the cost of a replacement battery for one of these.

    1. 450 is justified considering this is an enduro model. You get what you pay for! You can cheap out all you want with an xc light, but no way will I ride my enduro bike with a non enduro light.

      1. That’s the enduro model shown in the photos above. The actual Enduro model will be “Neon Banana” and have a “Powered by Troy Lee Designs” sticker on it.

      2. True, I hadn’t thought of that. My daily use in snow, sleat, rain and -20 C is not as tough as “Enduro”. Adding Enduro to the name clearly justify’s the 10 fold increase in price.

  2. I bought a 3600 (without remote) 3 years ago for $350 off of eBay. Still going strong. I use it for our weekly night ride that lasts around 3 hours. Still going strong like new. I used my Niterider HID light for over 7 years with only having one bulb issue along the way, which again cost me around $350 off of eBay. You get what you pay for. Recommended.

  3. $45 eBay lights won’t compare, whether it be true output, light spread, etc.
    That said, there are plenty of better options. Two pounds is porky. They need to revamp their bathtub light housing and their tanker truck of a battery.
    If I was feeling spendy, Light and Motion would be my go to. Seca 2200 Race for $50 less, 355grams, same run time, much sleeker package. Or for the same price, the 2200 Enduro is just under 500grams and gets you a full 2.5hours at 2200lumens.

    Niterider has fallen behind in their race light game.

  4. Can’t say enough good things about my older Pro 1500. I’m envious of the newer batteries with the USB port to charge devices while riding though.

      1. @artitectus I’ll admit, the banana used was pretty uuuge. Next time I’ll use one that’s closer to average

  5. Wired lights are so yesterday. Self contained are just to awesome for me to ever consider hooking up another wire to a battery and wrapping the cord around a frame tube, but this looks nice and 2800 lumens is pretty awesome.

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