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NiteRider CherryBomb Blinkie

niterider2NiteRider is known primarily for their headlight systems, making a name in the bike world back when mountain biking was booming and high powered light systems were just coming into their own. These days NiteRider has entered the urban and commuter market with a line of smaller headlights and blinkies. The CherryBomb is the latest half-watt LED based rear blinkie out there, with a pair of smaller LEDs lending some side visibility and flicker to the flash.

The light is a simple unit with just the three modes you need, off, blink and steady. Pick your poison with a rubber button on the back of the light and no need to cycle through 25 different blink modes just to turn it off when you get home. Forget to turn it on in the first place? The CherryBomb incorporates a small reflector in it’s design, so even if your batteries are dead or the light is otherwise off you have a fighting chance at some rear end visibility. This is a really good idea, and something tells me it will trickle to other manufacturers over time.

niterider1 The CherryBomb is shaped roughly like an orange slice, which while nice on the eyes it makes the light hard to solidly attach to a bag or the bike. As with many of these lights, the clip is fairly delicate and doesn’t hold solid enough for me to trust it with keeping a $30 blinkie mine. I prefer to attached lights with zipties, both to ensure they stay put bumping around and to prevent the local kids from swiping it out of convenience. This is where the shape of the light becomes a problem, as the light housing is curved and the clip is not notched there is no way to securely tie the CherryBomb onto a bag or seatpost without drilling a small hole in the clip for a ziptie to pass.

The CherryBomb is bright, which is the main concern, and comes from a manufacturer that has a history of standing behind their products. As it is, it is on par with other high end blinkies available today with a unique reflector built in for the forgetful folks. Give it a more solid bike attachment or a hole for a ziptie to fit and this blinkie would be that much better.


  1. PatrickJune 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Personally, I like these better than the Planet Bike Superflash AND the Princeton Tec Swerve. They are so bright and look nice mounted vertically or horizontal. Niterider has the bext lights by FAR in my opinion. I have this along with the Minewt Dual X2 and it is the perfect setup.

  2. Ghost RiderJune 9, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I’d love to see a brightness comparison between the Cherrybomb and some of the other lights on the market.

    Patrick, what specifically do you like better about this light than the others you mentioned? Because, for my money, the Superflash is damn hard to beat (and the Swerve has a really fantastic and secure clip, one of the gripes of the Cherrybomb).

  3. PatrickJune 9, 2009 at 8:15 am

    The cherrybomb is OBVIOUSLY a good bit brighter than each. I have all 3 mounted on my seatpost. I had the superflash first, then added a swerve because it looked cool, and then the cherry bomb came and destroyed the competition. Also, I didn’t think the swerve mounting was any good at all, the rubber bands allowed the light to bounce around too much.

  4. WalidJune 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    If you added the Cherrybomb after the Superflash and the Swerve, wouldn’t the Cherrybomb be brighter just because of the newer batteries alone? Or is the Cherrybomb brighter even when all the lights have new batteries?

  5. Ghost RiderJune 9, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Patrick — I have the same gripe about the rubber band…I find my Swerve is pointing toward the ground more often than not. So, it rides on my messenger bag with the excellent clip now!

    Brad, is there any way you guys can do a “head to head” comparison of the brightnesses? I KNOW you have a Swerve and a Superflash floating around in your collection!

  6. Bike NinjaAugust 6, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    A comprehensive side-by-side review AND comparison/demo of the Planet Bike SuperFlash, NiteRider CherryBomb, Princton Tec Swerve, AND PDW Radbot 1000 would be AWESOME, I bet so many people would go crazy for that…Youtube that! you guys should have a channel, I’d watch that

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