Lupine Betty 12 front light review£850.00

Extremely bright

BikeRadar score2/5

The latest Betty 12 packs seven Cree XM LEDs into its broad, short head unit. The O-ring mount design, which Lupine pioneered, still means simple and secure mounting.

There’s a battery life/light mode traffic light above the switch that can also be used to reprogramme the massively bright or very dim default setting. The new solid battery gives ample run at full whack plus a push button charge indicator.

It’s heavy though and the 145mm length with a single central security strap can be hard to home, particularly on more curvaceous frames. With a claimed 2600 lumen output it creates a tunnel of almost daylight brightness.

There are variances within the beam though, including an obvious edge between central punch and the relatively restricted peripheral ring. Reliability of previous Betty and Wilma lights hasn’t matched their vast price either.

Lupine betty 12 front light beam:
Lupine betty 12 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: 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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