A review of the Lupine Edison 10 HID. (Long + Pics)- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Trail rider and racer
    Reputation: Trevor!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    4,691

    A review of the Lupine Edison 10 HID. (Long + Pics)

    Hello everyone. I decided that I would take the time to put a review of the Edison 10 HID light up for others to read. I have had the system for a few weeks now and have ridden it enough to give it a fair review.
    Like other asects of Endurance racing, Lighting setups is one that is of interest to most.

    For what it is worth, I found the MTBR HID shootout just so informative, and although it did not feature the Lupine Edison 10, it did spark my interest in HID lights, and susiquently was the cause for getting these lights.

    Lupine Edison 10: 10/16 W Metal Halide (Xenon), 18 HID lightset

    I love all things technical - The higher the spec the better. The Lupine Edison is something that I new I just had to have. It features a Xenon metal halide xenon globe spaning an 18 range. Most interstingly unlike other lights this system boasts a 6000 K colour temperature, which basically amounts to producing a very white light, not yellow and most definatley not overly blue light some Xenon lughts. On its highest setting that produces the equivlent of a 65w beam the system will happily burn for 5 hours. On the lower setting equating to 40w the system will burn for a whopping 8 hours. The former setting is very bright and the latter almost as bright and perfect for endurance racing.



    OK, it has to be said, so I may as well say it now. The price of the system can leave a real foul taste in some peoples mouth, but from where I stand in the scheme of things the price isn't all that much of an issues, as most aspects of endurance racing seem to be costly. You get a single light unit with the PCS 4, Lupine Charger 1, power plug, auto adapter, cables, dutch grease, user gides and everything else to assist in getting the light onto your frame.

    Construction of the light itself, together with the battery enclosure, charger, helmet mount and controller is very typical of anything European - Everything is High quality, well crafted, very intuitive and logical. The charger really is informative providing detail on the current being supplied to the battery being charged and the current AH of the batter as it is being charged. This is really helpful as there is no guess work involved in charging the batteries. The system came with a car adapter so if you need to do a quick charge on the way to a race you can, by just plugging it into your car or SUV if you have charge points in the back.

    Out on the trail is where the Lupine shines - literally. Upon pressing the button the light is completely bright in no time, without hesitation. I would say by 5 seconds you are ready to roll, if not in shorter time. The beam is comprehensive to say the least. It covers plenty of distance and for my own personal use, when helmet mounted is more than adequate showing a good range, from just ahead of my front tyre to a good distance out from that. Coverage from left to right, is just right, particualy when you are in single track or tracking around trees or tight switchbacks. On the lower of the two settings the light is adequate and would give most others HIDS a run for their money. On the higher setting the differnce isn't all that noticeable per se, but the light is a bit brighter in the center and probably coves a further distance. Frankly the lower setting inspires confidence and the higher just gives that added brightness, good if your riding really nasty terrain that you are unsure about. Burn times are as spec'd and it was a surprise to be able to literally plug and ride with this system. It comes fully charged and provides you with actual burn times out of the box.

    Having used two other lighting systems I have to say that overall the Lupine out smarts anything else. The helmet mounting system is acutally really user friendly and easy to set up, the added velcro stirps make the entire system really neat and tidy, I can literally have the light system looking like it was made for my helmet, with the cable runing neatly to my hydration pack (If helmet mounted) or to my bottle cage if bar mounted. The system just looks so clean and minimalist.

    Dont be fooled either, unless there is thick heavy fog or dust in the air, this system is spot on perfect placed on your helmet. I have always believed that the Helmet is the place for a light, and these lights confirm that opinion. When set up correctly (No brainer) you should still get adequate depth of field and great coverage making negtiating any trail from the easy to really technical just so easy.

    A review would seem odd if it did not contain some criticsim, but to be frank, I still cannot find a critcism thus far. To make people happy, the price is a little high but like with bike components, frames and forks you really do get what you pay for. These lights are the like Chris King Hubs - A little pricey at face value but in realitiy - Perfection, reliable and functional.

    Unfortunatley my camera handling skills are not on par with the likes of Photo-John so I have provided the pictures that are featured on Lupine. They give you a good idea what the light itself looks like, and what the beam provides. Also be sure to check out the other reviews featured on MTBR as they provide more insight into the lights, and good comparisons with other popular brands on the market.




    Finally. The Edison represents a high attention to quality, the finest technology on the market (IMHO) and the brightest light on the trail. It definatley gets a 5 star rating in my book. I hope this review has been of some interest to you, and informative too.

    Cheers
    Trevor!
    Trev!

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    69
    well, how much did it cost? And who sells them?

  3. #3
    Trail rider and racer
    Reputation: Trevor!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    4,691
    Quote Originally Posted by racer99
    well, how much did it cost? And who sells them?
    Euro prices can be found at www.lupine.de - FWIW I live in Australia so cannot really quote prices. An edison 10 retails for 760 euro, which is like $1000USD by the time it is shipped to you.

    You can get them from:
    http://www.lupine.de
    http://www.darkside-cycles.com
    http://www.gretnabikes.com/
    Trev!

  4. #4
    Gone riding
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    3,351
    Ooopps Trevor beat me to it!! I must be a bit slow typing....
    I think they sell directly from their site:

    http://www.lupine.de/en/home/index.php

    Some distributors:

    http://www.lupine.de/en/bestellen/where.php

    Great review Trevor,

    Cheers, Dave.
    Last edited by Low_Rider; 06-04-2004 at 08:55 PM.

  5. #5
    Do It Yourself
    Reputation: Homebrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    5,720
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    Euro prices can be found at www.lupine.de - FWIW I live in Australia so cannot really quote prices. An edison 10 retails for 760 euro, which is like $1000USD by the time it is shipped to you.

    You can get them from:
    http://www.lupine.de
    http://www.darkside-cycles.com
    http://www.gretnabikes.com/

    It's still extremely expensive but not that much. It's $710 from the US distributor...

    http://www.gretnabikes.com/product.a...d=69&cat_ind=7

  6. #6
    Trail rider and racer
    Reputation: Trevor!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    4,691
    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    It's still extremely expensive but not that much. It's $710 from the US distributor...

    http://www.gretnabikes.com/product.a...d=69&cat_ind=7
    Thats more like it price wise..... I thought $1K was getting a bit steep
    Trev!

  7. #7
    Do It Yourself
    Reputation: Homebrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    5,720
    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor!
    Thats more like it price wise..... I thought $1K was getting a bit steep
    Considering most people don't spend $1000 on a whole bike, much less a bike accessory, yeah, that's getting just a wee bit steep.

    Looks like a nice light for sure. I hope you get some good use out of it.

  8. #8
    Surfin' da mountain
    Reputation: Cucucachu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    808

    Good job! I have the Light & Motion Arc

    You can't go wrong with it. It costs less, about half, projects the same lumens, and has a burn time around 3 to 3.5 hours. I can confirm this burn time. Want burn time equal to the Lupine, buy a second L&M battery. You'll still be ahead on cost. I rarely night ride longer than 2 1/2 hours anyway.

    The Lupine looks like a great light, but wow, the cost is kind of high.

    Since its warm year round here, winter is the best time to night ride too. Since I live in North America, the L&M is getting its summer break.

    What ever you use, jump to the HID lights, if you're not already using them. You won't be disappointed. They really make a difference! :-)
    Attached Images Attached Images

Similar Threads

  1. Cuervo / DHR / V10 review (long)
    By [email protected] in forum Downhill - Freeride
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-23-2004, 10:03 AM
  2. New SS Ti 29er (and too long review)
    By lanpope in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 03-10-2004, 06:04 PM
  3. JFR visits Tucson (B&B review, ride recap & pics)
    By JFR in forum Riding Passion
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 02-06-2004, 06:45 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.