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"Bicycle Times", January 1, 2013

LEZYNE SUPER DRIVE XL

BY KAREN BROOKS

PHOTO BY JUSTIN STEINER

PRICE: $120 MADE IN TAIWAN WWW.LEZYNE.COM

LUMENS: 500 STEADY MODES: HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW FLASH MODES: SLOW

RUNTIME (STEADY): 1.5 - 5 HOURS WEIGHT (WITH MOUNT): 157G

MOUNTS INCLUDED/AVAILABLE: TWO HANDLEBAR (25.4MM AND 31.8MM) AND HELMET

CHARGER TYPE: MICRO USB CHARGE TIME: 4 - 6 HOURS

This is a sleek and powerful little package, although it is bigger than the previous Super Drive — it makes sense that they added “XL” to the name. Lezyne also added some key features: a colored LED battery gauge in the control button that works even when the light’s off (just tap it once), and circuitry that keeps the light’s power output constant as the battery drains. Besides the normal function of switching between the four modes, the light can be set to “Race Mode” in which the button cycles through just high and low settings, skipping the flash and medium. The flash was nicely paced for getting attention without causing seizures. The beam pattern was circular, fading out at the edges without prominent hot or dim spots. It had a slightly greenish tint, which didn’t bother me. Cutouts in the sides of the housing allowed the light to shine to the sides for cross traffic.

The handlebar mount is rugged and comes with two different clamps and precisely sized shims for a solid grip. A $150 “Fully Loaded” package includes a helmet mount, spare lithium-ion battery, and a case — very convenient. The spare battery comes in its own little case so it won’t get beat up. One does have to charge the spare inside the light.

All together this is a winner of a light that I’ll continue to use for a long time.

WHO IS THIS LIGHT GOOD FOR?

Commuters or even tourers who have a long and dark route ahead that demands constant light and the ability to swap in more juice.

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