Strengths: Non-proprietary battery, nice workmanship in whole, typical Lezyne design touches -that's about it. The battery is a HUGE plus, but the platform is mediocre.
Weaknesses: For the money, a higher mAh battery (x2 for the loaded package) would be expected, instead just a pair of 2400 mAh. Difficult cap w fine threads, hard press switch. Instruction(manual) seems intensive but ultimately poorly worded -and is short re operation; modes & operation. No reasons for any of the above if there were more "outsider" review assessments allowed -or among development stages, certainly prior to production. This is a no-brainer re going from design to final product.
Lots of promise, especially since it stands with one strong aspect: the non-proprietary battery; switching out during use. From there Leyzene just muddied the waters, especially they pride themselves on craftsmanship/design. And since this is a 2nd generation of this model, very little evolved. Supposed a 10-20% boost w a better circuit system -that's it. But when all the glitzy high-design is looked past, you really have dressed up but so typical 502b flashlight (which many have better switches; at least more intuitive). Xbrian gives the best review here, and hits all of the same notes I have. Hopefully a 3rd generation might have a remote-to- cap extra, more sensitive top switch (as a commuter, you can't "hang" to get a mode nor push too hard unless you create an unsafe riding situation). Redo the instructions -from copy to graphics. Get rid of the fine cap threads. For the obviously self-pride Lezyne gives itself as a distinction above others, this above-grade design they trumpet, they missed some very obvious rough spots.
Strengths: - Good beam, especially for helmet mounted light.
- Nice helmet mounting hardware.
- user replaceable battery
Weaknesses: - Tail cap threads are pretty bad
- handlebar mount is a bit finicky
- comes with 2400 mah batteries, which is way outdated
- on/off button hard to press
First off, let me say that my favorite format for lights are single, user replaceable, 18650 Li-ion battery lights. Best case scenario would be primarily a bike light, but that could also be used as a flashlight (Gemini Xera, Jetlite F-U2). 2 or 3 of these lights provides enough light for fast singletrack riding and ensures you have at least one backup light in the case of a failure. Durations of 1-2 hours on high is usually plenty for night riding for most of us, and it's very simple to change batteries if you do run low/out. one other very interesting solution is the new Fenix BT-20, which I'll be trying out as soon as they are released...
Since I purchased the Lezyne Super Drive last year, and was very happy with it as a secondary/helmet light, i figured this next iteration would be at least as good. I also own other Lezyne products and feel they have great design combined with very high quality.
From this perspective, I was let down by this purchase. While the beam quality is excellent for a 500 Lumen light, I feel that Lezyne cut quite a few corners compared to last years version of the light. My biggest gripe is the batteries they included. Same battery as last year, which is a 2400mah battery. Same time last year I purchased 3100mah panasonic protected cells. I also now have 4 3400mah panasonic protected cells. Why would Lezyne go so cheap here? Were they just thinking they could get 1:30 out of a 2400mah so why not just leave it at that and make a little better margin on them?
To make matters a little bit worse, crewing on the tailcap after replacing the battery takes quite a while to get right. Lubing the threads helps quite a bit, but I'm still afraid I'm going to strip the threads.
Also, when turning the light on/off or switching between levels, pushing takes a bit more effort than I would prefer. Last years model is quite a bit more friendly here.
Really nice beam. I've used the light on the bars and the helmet, and I really like it as a helmet light. It's got a nice spot beam that really lights up wherever you point your eyes. When using as a helmet light, I had the last year model on the bars and it was plenty of light. I was surprised by this. Usually, I would keep the MJ-808 on my head, and both the super Drive XL and super drive on the bars, and that setup is really bright with good flood and spot.
Also, the XL on the head is very light. can hardly tell its there. and the helmet mount is excellent.
Giving this light 3 for value since they only included 2400 mah batteries, and also the lumens/$ is a little low (based on MTBR light shootout analysis).
Overall, it gets 3 chili's because of 1, value and 2 their step backwards from last years extremely high quality product.
I'd also like to review the Fenix BT-20, the JetLites F-U2, and the Gemini Xera flashlight.
Similar Products Used: last years super drive, magicshine MJ-808
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2012
Strengths: Nice beam pattern, very bright on full power, easily enough for off road riding. Use medium power and save high setting for when you really need and you get more burn time. Bar mount is easy to fit and doesn't wobble or shift over bumps. Unit is lightweight and compact and feels well made.
Weaknesses: Charge time is a bit long I find at 6 hours + via usb, power / on - off button needs a bit of a firm press with your thumb making power level changes on the fly more difficult than they ought to be.
Overall an excellent light with few faults, good for the money, I bought the loaded pack giving you an extra battery to double your run time and a helmet mount (which I haven't used yet). Plenty of illumination on pitch black trails,, compact and well made unit, slightly fiddley button stops me awarding full marks, but only a minor flaw. Recommended.
Have had this light for a month now and it is awesome!! I have it as a front light on my commuter and as a helmet light on my mountain bike. Great wide beam and good warm light. This thing is bombproof!!!