Lupine Piko TL review£265.00

Advanced but pricey headlamp

BikeRadar score3/5

German lights specialist Lupine has always pushed the most advanced tech – sometimes at the expense of reliability – but its Piko series is the trustiest in the range. The neat metal thumbwheel-tightened O-ring mount also fits most bars, including some less aggressive aero bars.

As you’d hope at this price, the 1200 lumen twin LED output gives consistently powerful coverage and excellent reach despite its tiny low-profile case. The focused beam means a very rapid drop to darkness at bottom edge though, which can be tiring on the eyes.

Seven different two-, three- or four-step programmes on the main menu, then a specialist blue LED menu including various flashing and low start modes, potentially extend the short battery life. Keep an eye on your watch though, because the coloured battery indicator built into the switch goes from worry-free full power blue straight through flashing ‘low’ warning to dead extremely fast. It's very expensive for its bottom line performance too.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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