Review: Lupine NEO 2

$245 German light with huge beam pattern

Lights Lights Shootout

2016 Lights Shootout

The Lupine NEO 2 is a small and light unit with a nice reflector and a big beam.

The Lupine NEO 2 is a small and light unit with a nice reflector and a big beam (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr and RoadBikeReview’s 2016 Bike Lights Shootout. See the 2016 Mtbr Headlights Index and the RoadBikeReview Commuter Lights Index.

The Lowdown: Lupine NEO 2

The Lupine NEO 2 is indeed an important product for Lupine, as they try to offer a good light that delivers good value while still maintaining all the Lupine attributes of quality and longevity. After using the NEO 2 for several rides, we can say that the NEO 2 is a success. At 188 grams, it is the ideal helmet light with the battery mounted at the rear of the helmet to provide balance to the light head up front.

Video: Test loop with the Lupine NEO 2. Camera is on a locked ISO setting and is set to Wide Angle mode. Light is mounted on the helmet.

The beam pattern is huge! There is also a big center spot. One can really ride with this light by itself, as it is the best use of 700 Lumens we’ve seen to date. The beam is very even and usable, as one can see the periphery very well and have good vision down the trail going at a pretty good clip.

Stat Box
Claimed Lumens: 700 Lumens Mtbr Lux: 71
Measured Lumens: 695 Lumens Mounted weight: 185 grams
Lumens per $: 2.84 Lumens Category: Headlight
Lumens per gram: 3.76 Lumens Price: $245
Run time on high: 2:00 Hours Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 Chilis-out-of-5

Pluses
Minuses
  • $245 for Lupine German quality, reliability
  • Switch is flat and a bit hard to find initially
  • 188 grams, balanced on the helmet disappears in to the ride
  • Throw is not that far if used on helmet to match up with a bar light
  • Huge beam pattern and big center spot
  • Excellent battery and charger with a bevy of options
  • 2:15 hour runttime for the lightest configuration of 188 gram

Full Review: Lupine NEO 2

Of course this is not the end-all of bike lights and the throw is not very far as it doesn’t have a focused centered spot. There’s only 700 Lumens after all (695 by our measurement). So as part of a classic bar and helmet light combo, we still prefer the Lupine Piko which has a very far throw with its 1200 Lumens. The Lupine NEO 2 seems like the ideal solution for someone who just has $250 to spend. The buyer can use this one light on the helmet for many adventures through all inclement weather conditions for the next decade.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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