Lupine Piko front light review£275.00

Small light, big punch

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Introduced late in 2010, this micro head unit is impressive for its weight. At just 59g for the tiny twin LED head with a universal strap helmet mount, you can stick it right on the front of your lid for near eyeline illumination without any worry about neck strain. The powerful beam punches a useful distance down the trail with enough peripheral spread to mean a bar-mounted flood isn’t essential. The mid setting extends slightly short battery life for longer rides.

The tiny solid case battery drops into jersey pockets and the connectors are well sealed enough for the separate trailing lead to the battery not to be undone too easily by twigs. A zip-tie loop on the back of your lid is advisable to stop it rattling round by your ears. The offset switch takes a while to get used to positionally – particularly in thick gloves – but reliability has been faultless during a cold and wet winter.

Lupine piko front light beam:
Lupine piko front light beam:

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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