Lupine Piko TL Max – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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Lupine is entering the bike lights flashlight or ‘self-contained’ arena with the Lupine Piko TL Max. It is a 750 lumen light that shares the light head as the Lupine Piko 3. Their output and beam pattern are identical.  This self-contained unit lasts 2 hours at full power despite it’s miniscule size and 180 gram weight.  With the optional no-tools mount, it weighs in at 198 grams.

It comes with its own two piece smart charger that has a new mini plug. Thus chargers from previous Lupines will not work. We suspect the technology and voltage is the same so a plug adapter may be in the works.

Riding Impressions:

The TL Max is  a joy to ride with. It is easy to install and it can be aimed left to right and up down. Compared to the Piko 2, it sports an impressive 750 lumens, up from 550.  The old Piko 2 was almost the perfect light but it needed just a little more punch to be used solo on aggressive riding. The TL Max addresses that now. The beam pattern is huge and betrays it’s diminutive light head. There is a huge center spot and a surrounding halo that blends in nicely.

For the ultimate setup, complement this light with a Piko 2 or Piko 3 mounted on the helmet.

Smaller Brother Configuration:

There is also the Lupine Piko TL which is a shorter version of this light and comes with a 550 lumen light head. The case is shorter so it is much more handy to carry around in the pocket. Run time is 2 hours as well.

Specifications:

  • Price: $430
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 180 grams
  • Installed Weight: 198 grams
  • Run Time: 2 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 63 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 600 Lumens

Mounting:

This is really designed for the handlebar mounting with two versions of the rubber strap. Two bands are supplied with the light to fit the two different handlebar diameters.

Theoretically, this will mount on the helmet using some of the helmet mounts supplied with other Lupine lights. Lupine does not prescribe this though as it is an inferior experience to mounting a Piko 3 on the helmet. A TL Max on the helmet is hard to balance, is bulky and can be a safety concern in case of a crash.

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