Lupine Piko 4 SC helmet light review£261.00

Tiny, pricey illumination

BikeRadar score3/5

This review is a small part of our Best Mountain Bike Lights feature, where we tell you the three best lights - plus eight others to consider - after testing 24 different sets of lights.

Lupine’s tiny Piko helmet light is light and feature loaded but it’s heavy on the wallet as a result.

The tiny twin LED head delivers a focused 1200 lumen beam for good distance detail. There’s little peripheral coverage as the Piko is primarily designed for helmet use (the same price Piko TL is the self-contained bar version). That means it comes with a neat pivoting cradle mount for helmets as well as a bar mount but 3M stick-on and GoPro-style mounts are available to make the most of its tiny size.

It comes with a wide spaced three power output as the default setting, but you can tune the light levels to anywhere between the 1200 lumen max and 100 lumen minimum – even the on/off sequence is programmable. Even at full power run times are pretty good considering the tiny indicator strip equipped SmartCore battery.

Rectangular deep cuff connectors keep the leads well sealed and the Piko family has the best reliability reputation of the Lupine family, with no headunit or battery issues on ones we’ve tested over the years. Price is high compared with similar units such as the Gemini Duo.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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