Lumicycle Halide Elite lights review£269.99

HID illumination system

BikeRadar score4/5

Another retro classic from Lumicycle, this HID light cannon is a bright bugger and great if you like things simple. Once warmed up, the HID bulb throws out a big bluey-white pool of light that’ll match the best LEDs for spread and beat them for reach. 

Despite the big CNC-machined howitzer head it’s still relatively light when teamed with the smallest ‘Elite’ battery and run time is still nearly two-and-a-half hours.

You need to be careful not to knock the toggle switch or pull the cable out because it pauses a few seconds before restarting. Replacement bulbs are also very expensive, although you can buy every spare or upgrade you’ll ever need from the vast cross-compatible battery and head unit selection.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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