Luu Turbo Torch review£249.99

A little underpowered but stable and reliable

BikeRadar score3/5

Luu's new self-contained lamp is OK but not outstanding. The single can unit twist locks onto a bolt-up plastic clamp that balances weight well to keep it stable on steps and rocky descents. 

There's a remote switch for toggling between the four outputs, and the backlit switch communicates remaining charge.

Its four Cree XML R5 LEDs give a smoothly graded beam with no obvious holes or halos, but it's much less impressive on the trail than the claimed lumens would suggest. Lux rating backs up a lack of long-range vision on the trail and there's not much sideways spread to the beam. 

While we've had no reliability issues with several Luu lights we've got on test, the battery life and overall performance is only adequate for the weight and price. 

Luu Turbo Torch beam shot

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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