Lumicycle LED3 XPG ATL Elite26 front light review£275.00

Cheaper, more powerful

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Lumicycle have been producing lights in the UK for over a decade. Their versatile and upgradeable LED headlight won last year’s lights test and their latest light, the LED3 XPG ATL, is more powerful and £25 cheaper.

Three Cree XPG LEDs sit in a compact barrel head on a sturdy thumbwheel-secured bracket, with a simple but effective helmet mount supplied in the kit. The powerful beam is an excellent balance of high-speed reach and broad 3D illumination for all-round trail-riding.

A large toggle switch on the back means operation of the four modes and flashing sequences is easy, even with frozen hands. The Boost option also lets you run max power for three minutes before returning to the normal high mode, which is ideal for short descents.

Run time and mode are clearly communicated by a small traffic light LED on the back and even with the smallest Elite 26 bag battery you can knock out an epic ride without worry. Real night warriors can go for the double size Pro 52 bag or bottle options or carry a spare Elite 26.

Modular lamps and batteries make upgrading easy and Lumicycle are the only light brand we’ve never had a single reliability issue with. Their excellent customer service has gained them a loyal fanbase too.

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Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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