Lupine Betty 7 light review£699.00

Huge power, similar price

BikeRadar score4/5

Lupine have always liked to push the limits, but big Betty is up against some stiff competition this year.

Seven Seoul P4 LEDs make the 2009 Betty 7 brighter than ever, with a super-broad shotgun spread that lights up absolutely everything.

Its reach is fantastic, although some of its cheaper twin-lamp competitors (the Lumi LED System 3 Elite 26 and Tiger Light Twin LED sets, for example) are significantly brighter when both lamps are lit.

The preset ‘low’ rating is way too feeble after full blast, so the remote switch needs to be programmed straight away. Its weight is low though, and it’s easy to fit, thanks to the small battery O-ring mount.

A head mount, extension lead, car charger, sealant grease and a smart full data charger are included, but it’s still obscenely expensive.

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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: 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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