Lupine Piko 3 – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Lights Shootout Video

The Lupine Piko 3 will be the #1 selling product form Lupine. It is functional, flexible and useable with its 190 grams of total weight. Last year, many customers were introduced to the Lupine brand through the Lupine Piko which delivered 550 claimed lumens at $330.  This year, the output is raised to 750 lumens.

Last year, 550 lumens was good but just wasn’t bright enough to be used on its own for aggressive riding. And when when used as a helmet light, it was good but could get lost when used with a handlebar light that was over 1000 lumens.  This year, the Piko 3 is bumped up to 750 lumens and it’s a great improvement as has  really increased the useability of this light.

Riding Impressions:

The Piko 3 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 22 degree beam pattern is big and belies its diminutive light head. There is a huge center spot and a surrounding halo that blends in nicely.

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


  • Price: $330.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 750 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 60 grams
  • Installed Weight: 190 grams
  • Run Time: 2 Hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 63 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 600 Lumens


Helmet mounting is ideal as the light mounts in the front area of the helmet. Thus the height profile of the helmet does not increase. The battery mounts at the back of the helmet. In total, 190 grams of balanced weight is not bad for additional helmet weight.  Bar monting is available too with a sweet center mounted mounta avaialble.

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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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