NiteRider TriNewt Older Lights

DESCRIPTION

FEATURES

  • 3 Light Settings: High / Low / Flash
  • Low Battery Indicator
  • 486 Lumens
  • 3:30-7:00 HR Regulated Run Times
  • Borofloat Lens

    SYSTEM INCLUDES

  • LED Headlamp
  • Helmet Mount
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Extension Cable
  • Handlebar Mount - Fits up to 31.8mm
  • 4 HR Smart Charger

    Think of the TriNewt as the MiNewt’s big brother, with a look and design every bit as unique and striking as the MiNewt. The TriNewt incorporates a cluster of 3 high-powered LED’s to achieve a retina searing output of 500 lumens! No ‘off the shelf’ optics are used in the TriNewt. Instead, the 3 high-powered LED’s are housed in a custom made reflector designed specifically with cycling in mind. The result is a beam pattern ideal for night riding. Like all NiteRider LED lighting systems, the TriNewt uses a Borofloat lens to greatly minimize light loss and maximize light output, when compared to a traditional glass lens or total internal reflector. New Gimbal Style mounts are used for handlebar and helmet mounting.


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  • USER REVIEWS

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    [May 03, 2010]
    fipogg
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Bright white light. Perfect for handlebar use although the mounting on my 31.8 mm. Easton carbon handlebar needed some genius solution. The battery is fairly light compared to previous other Nite Rider products I've owned and its velcro strap is enough to keep it firmly attached to the frame.

    Weakness:

    The connectors! I don't understand why Nite Rider continues to use different type of connectors. This one has three pins and the male-female assembly is kind of weird compared to so many different other cable connectors.
    Although is comes with a helmet mount the light assembly is heavy and I assume that the On-Off switch located in the battery makes it difficult to operate if you carry it in your Camelbak.

    The system works! The battery lasts over three hours and it works for my type of night rides. I will call the attention to Nite Ride for the cable connectors and the mounting bracket for the bigger diameter handlebars.

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    Nite Rider Digital PRO and other Nite Rider very old lights.

    [Jan 15, 2010]
    jonsbike
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Bright beam, smooth with no hot spots or artifacts.

    Weakness:

    Unit fails after 15-50 cycles. This is the 5th time sent back.
    Bar mount does not fit 31.8 without a fight. Plug impossible to connect in the dark. Switch inoperable with gloves on.

    Unreliable American-made crap. Over engineered is a phrase I've heard when referencing these units. Riding home in the rainy dark with just a secondary light blows ass. Just like the Niterider Tri-Newt. Cheers!

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    [Dec 04, 2009]
    jason3559
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Much brighter than previous products I have tried. Robust construction. Dependable service. Quick installation and removal.

    Weakness:

    No switch on light head, which makes turn off the light a major pain. Battery switch indicator light (blue/red) started to malfunction immediately after purchase. NR warrantied the item. Light sits high on helmet and is fairly heavy, so front mounting causes balance issues, thus requiring mounting at the highest point on the helmet. Count on banging it alot on low hanging objects.

    My ride partner just bought a L&M Seca 700. We did a comparison between the two. When I put my hand over the Trinewt, we could barely tell a difference. When he covered teh Seca, it was like the lights went out. Really showed how much less light the Trinewt puts out. Claimed lumens is 600, but I have my doubts. Prior to this test, I was super impressed with the Trinewt. On trail, the Seca completely washes out the Trinewt. However, when I am riding alone, I am more than pleased.

    My rating won't reflect this, but Night Riders use of light head specific batteries treats the consumer as enemy, in my opinion.

    When I bought the light, $375 was on the expensive side, but the output made me feel like this was the price of insurance. However, the performance against the Seca makes me feel like I got scammed and I would love to see actual Lumen output of the light.

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    Night Rider Trail Rat, Princeton Tec Switchback.

    [Oct 07, 2009]
    atnorris
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Bright light with good beam.

    Weakness:

    Battery fails if not charged. Had to get it replaced twice. First time I sent it in they only sent back the battery and light. Never got the other stuff in the kit back. Complained but got nothing. Also lamp is kind of heavy.

    Would be OK light if not for the crappy battery and getting ripped off by the repair department. But without the battery, the light is not going to work.

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    Going to try some other brand now.

    [Aug 20, 2009]
    Anonymous
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very bright. Long lasting. Easy to mount and use.

    Weakness:

    Plug from light to battery is sometimes hard to deal with, but I think they designed it to come apart easily in a crash.

    I've used this every night for over three months. Great light. Everyone comments about it. I ride some gnarly trails at night and it has never let me down.

    [Jul 17, 2009]
    saiysidi
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Very bright
    Doesn't get hot like the HID
    Bean patterns is very good

    Weakness:

    Rubber strap is junk and hard to put on. For the price pay for this light I wish the universal handle bar mount came with it instead NR make you pay $30 as optional.

    I ride atleast 2 to 3 hours twice a week at night and this light is helping me see the trial almost like daylight and the cars will see me also when I ride on the road. So far the battery is still giving out 3 plus hours of juice after using it for total of 30 hours within 6 months. All in all I'm very happy with this light.

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    [May 27, 2009]
    spgallo
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Very durable - this light can be trusted to withstand a crash. Very nice even light beam makes for an excellent handlebar light. I used it in recent 24hour race and the flood is so wide and even that I could almost get by with just that light. I used a Trailrat which has a very narrow focussed beam on my helmet. It was just enough to point down the trail to see what was coming in the distance where the Trinewt wasn't shining. Trinewt battery life is excellent also. I think their factory ratings are a little conservative. I lasted all night on one charge cycling between low and high beam.

    Weakness:

    Not so great for helmet light. Bean is to wide and does not project far enough down the trial. Also the switch is on the battery and you would not be able to cycle the light from high to low for conserving battery life. Battery is a little bulky compared to others, but it is still a very usable size.

    This is an incredible handlebar light. If you are looking for a helmet light don't consider this one. My rating is based on using as a handlebar light.

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    [May 09, 2009]
    acctnut
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Bright and has a long run time

    Weakness:

    expensive, battery doesn't strap to some frames effectivly.

    Having a kid, work and school I ride about 50% at night, mostly on a road loop through the suburbs. I've been doing this for about 4 years and seems to prepare me well to race with the 4's or 2's in crits or XC. Every now and then, I'll night ride some overlooked singletrack nearby that seems pretty kosher, but around here nothing is really legal. Botom line is if you use this light, it is well worth the price. It's really nice to have long run times and it's really nice to have something bright so cars notice you and you notice all the little cracks, bumps and dead things on the road. On the trail, you simply just need to slow down a bit, even with this bright of a light. You can't interpret the little contours of a trail that fast in the dark, but it's still fun.

    This light has been good to me, no problems and it still holds it's charge for as long as I car to ride after a couple years.

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    [Apr 14, 2009]
    taterbug
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Really bright for it's size.

    Weakness:

    Charger and battery

    I bought this light at the beginning of November. After receiving it the charger would not charge the light. I called Harbor Country Bikes and they sent one (another charger) right out. Everything went well with the light for a while. Last weekend I went on a night ride and everything was working. However, when I attempted to recharge the battery, the battery light stayed red for three days and never turned blue which indicates that it is fully charged. I called Niterider and they said it could be the circuit board in the battery and to send it in to them as it was under warranty. When it works it is great. I just hope to keep it working a little longer this time around

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    None, first light I have used

    [Mar 31, 2009]
    commuter
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    Strength:

    Bright light easy to mount

    Weakness:

    Battery died second time I used it. I had to pay return shipping for warranty repair. Two weeks later I had it back. It died again recently. Used sporadically over last five months mostly while commuting. No response from niterider when I tried to contact them this time.

    The battery has problems. When it works it is great. Too bad that doesn't appear to be very often.

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