The 2016 Sea Otter Classic is about to kick off! From Thursday, April 14 to Sunday, April 17 the cycling world congregates at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, and we will once again have a booth set up with our latest offerings. We’ll be located near the main entrance in booth number 526. Be sure to drop by, pickup a sticker and check out a handful of products making their first public debut! If that’s not enough to pop in, we’ve got a few activities to further entice your presence.
Cedric Gracia Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
Cedric Gracia will be on hand signing posters and taking selfies with fans!
Air Hockey Challenge Friday, April 15, 4:00pm
We’ll be hosting an air hockey tournament that’s free for anyone to enter (limited to a first come first serve basis) featuring guest appearances by Cedric Gracia, Cylance Pro Cycling, Eric Porter and Team Clif Bar. Play for a chance to win a bunch of Lezyne prizes!
Danny MacAskill Saturday, April 16, 1:00pm
The legendary Danny MacAskill will be at our booth for an autograph session! Come by and meet one of the most incredible trials riders ever!
The release of the ABS2 on the Year 9 line of floor pumps was a major improvement. This new chuck works for both Presta and Schrader valves and features a quick disconnect for Presta valves and an Air Bleed System button for easy pressure tuning. The ABS2 chuck is also sold separately and can be applied to older Lezyne Floor pumps. It’s also available in high volume (HV) or high pressure (HP) versions for mountain and road biking, respectively. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to convert older models, so here’s an easy guide to help you with your pump upgrade.
Unscrew the old ABS chuck from the hose swivel.
Use an Allen wrench (Allen 4 on the Lezyne 3-Way Wrench) to remove the swivel from the hose. If you own a pump with the crimped on swivel, simply cut it off.
Refer to this video for more in-depth instructions on swivel removal:
Twist off the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck and insert it on the pump hose.
Insert the ABS2 chuck into the hose.
Slide the compression nut of the ABS2 chuck up the hose and screw back on to the chuck.
Your newly upgraded pump is ready to prepare you for your next epic ride! Enjoy!
We can always count on road.cc to release thorough reviews of all our new products every year, and this time they’ve gone after the new Macro Drive 600XL! This was a huge upgrade from our Macro Drive of previous years, and the reviewers over at road.cc have taken note.
“The Macro Drive is clearly designed for those who, along with the obvious need to be seen at night by other road users, need enough light to blaze their own trail through the night.”
The review covers battery life, the different light modes, light range, variety of mounts offered, and other solid talking points.
Every year brings on new exciting challenges here at Lezyne, and every year we hit new milestones as we continue to expand around the world.
Currently, our global sales and marketing team is in Taiwan preparing for the upcoming 2016 Taipei Cycle Show, which takes place March 2nd – 5th. Preceding the show, we welcome our global distributors to our Taichung based manufacturing facility to proudly present our YEAR 10 product line.
We are also proud to announce some new additions and restructurings to our US and international sales teams:
Brian Billington (Right) took over the role as Pacific Oceanic Sales Manager. In his new role, Brian will be handling South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and our USA distributors. Furthermore, he will oversee the Asian markets together with our new Asia Sales Manager, Eric Chiang (2nd from right).
In Europe, and working closely with our longtime European Sales and Marketing Manager Alex Mai (2nd from Left), joins Arnaud Berg (Left). Arnaud will assume the role as our new Junior European Sales and Marketing Manager.
Brad Buxton (not pictured) has been promoted internally to USA Inside Sales Manager. He will lead our San Luis Obispo-based customer service and warranty departments, US warehouse and our USA sales reps.
Ulrike Prokasky (Center) will maintain her role as Global Sales and Marketing Director. “We are extremely excited about our new hires and the promotions from within!” Ulrike exclaimed. “Lezyne continues to grow globally and our newly expanded sales force will keep us heading the right direction.”
Macro Drive 600XL and Super GPS Win RCUK Accolades
We are just over a month into 2016 and we’ve already picked up two significant awards. Along with the three products that won the Design & Innovation Award 2016, Road Cycling UK has just announced that our Super GPS computer and Macro Drive 600XL front light have been honored as one of the industry’s top 100 hottest road cycling products of 2016.
RCUK notes the Super GPS’ versatility, “One stand out feature in the range, though, is the dual connectivity on the Super GPS with it featuring ANT+ in addition to Bluetooth Smart. That means it’ll communicate with almost any device or external sensor on the market, making it highly compatible.” Furthermore, RCUK calls out the devices impressive battery life, affordability and GPS Root website. They also mention the Super GPS’ ability to pair with smart phones, stating, “You also get Bluetooth Smart connectivity on the Super, and that means call, text and email alerts on screen when it’s connected to your smartphone.”
The Macro Drive 600XL is an excellent choice for a road cyclists and RCUK took note of the unit’s size and output. They mention that it’s “a powerful but compact and affordable light” and “you won’t go far wrong with the Macro Drive.” In addition to the light’s features, RCUK discussed the redesign for 2016 saying, “On that topic, the casing is crafted from a compact, durable and heat-dissipating machined aluminum body.”
We are thrilled to continue seeing our latest products and innovations receive these prestigious awards. Being recognized as making one of the world’s hottest products is a great honor and it’s something we strive for with everything we create.
Read more about these honors for the Macro Drive 600XL here,
and the Super GPS here.
We are all incredibly heartbroken today by the loss of Kelly McGarry. Nothing can truly describe the shock and sadness we all feel at Lezyne. Kelly was more than just an ambassador for us; he was a friend, a mountain bike brother and inspiration to us all. Though we were only lucky enough work with him for a short time, his charismatic smile and carefree attitude will forever leave a lasting impression on all of us.
The only thing greater than Kelly’s fearlessness was his personality. His larger-than-life presence was felt wherever he went, and his outgoing lifestyle made him a true rockstar of the action sports world. In his short time on this planet Kelly embraced life 1,000-percent while pushing the boundaries of mountain biking, surfing, motocross and many other extreme sports.
Kelly will be greatly missed by all of us, but he will live on in our hearts and forever inspire us to go big and live life to its fullest. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to Kelly’s family and friends.
The world has lost a legend.
Rest in Peace, Kelly McGarry.
Lezyne has teamed up with the new women’s professional squad Cylance Pro Cycling. Based out of US, the 10-rider team features four Americans, four Europeans and one rider from St. Kitts & Nevis. Cylance Pro Cycling boasts a synthesis of veteran experience, ambitious protégés and an excellent mix of talent that will be competitive at any race they enter.
Former professional athlete and long-time cycling director Omer Kem founded the team with an eye on the newly created UCI Women’s World Tour. In addition to racing, Kem wants to use the team to encourage leading an active lifestyle. “We believe that sports can be a critical component to a happy and healthy life, and we want to empower everyone to get active and achieve their goals,” said Kem in a recent press release. “Cylance Pro Cycling Team members will be role models to athletes of all sports, male and female, not only for their accomplishments on the team, but also as they strive to represent their nations in the Olympics.” Each of the athletes will be aiming for a selection to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The team kicked off their season this week in Australia, competing in the 4-stage Santos Women’s Tour. Top US sprinter Shelley Olds found the podium on the very first day with an impressive second place finish and went on to finish second overall.
“We’re thrilled to be working with some of the best female cyclists in the world,” said Dillon Clapp, Lezyne’s communications manager. “All of riders are great ambassadors of the sport as well. It’s going to be exciting watching them represent Lezyne across the world at the highest level of racing!”
The team will be racing with Lezyne bottle cages and new GPS computers. When not racing, the girls will be outfitted front-to-back with Lezyne gear including saddle bags, hand pumps, multi tools and LED lights.
New Title Sponsor for America’s Top Ranked Continental Men’s and Women’s Program.
“Circuit Sport is proud to announce Rally Health℠ as the title sponsor for 2016 and beyond. Rally Health, a Washington, D.C. based digital health company, is working to reimagine health engagement, offering simple ways for individuals to navigate the complex healthcare system, get access to care, and achieve their health and wellness goals. Rally Health brings a fresh and exciting element to cycling while reinforcing the team’s mission to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
“We are excited to become the title sponsor of the program, which will be known as Rally Cycling (www.rallycycling.com) from 2016 moving forward,” said David Ko, Rally Health’s president and chief operating officer. “Cycling is a fantastic way to improve one’s health, both for lifestyle enthusiasts and professionals. We are inspired by these athletes, and know their stories will help motivate Rally users to stay active. The team’s dedication and commitment to excellence and healthy living are admirable. The team embodies the Rally Health mission and, together, we want to inspire people to be active and make better, more informed decisions about their health.”
“The partnership with Rally Health is an ideal continuation of the health and active lifestyle message that has been the foundation of our team since its inception,” said Circuit Sport Founder and Managing Director Charles Aaron. “Rally Cycling will be able to expand the reach of our healthy and active lifestyle message and affect further positive change in people’s lives.”
On the women’s side, Olympic and Pan Am medalist Jasmin Glaesser returns to anchor the team. A strong all-arounder, Glaesser is joined by her teammate on the Canadian pursuit squad Kirsti Lay. Together Glaesser and Lay will feature strongly in road races and are sure to play a part in Canada’s Olympic ambitions. In addition to Lay, new recruits include all-arounder Heather Fischer and time trial specialist Hannah Ross. Cyclocross racer Elle Anderson comes on board, along with sprint specialist Erica Allar and all-arounder Jessica Prinner to headline the team’s criterium contingent. Also joining the team is a quartet of young up-and-coming riders; Sara Poidevin, Catherine Ouellette and Katherine Maine of Canada and junior World Championship medalist Emma White of the United States.
Rally Cycling will continue the team’s long tradition of success on the racecourse while helping people make positive changes toward an active, healthy lifestyle. The original men’s program, under title sponsor Kelly Benefit Strategies, started in 2007 with a win at the USPRO Criterium National Championships – the only team in history to win the event in its first season.
“As the founding partner of the team, it is exciting to see the program take another step forward,” said John Kelly the president of Kelly Benefit Strategies. “Through the years we have enjoyed great results due to our amazing partners, dedicated staff and talented athletes. Having Rally Health as the title sponsor is a great continuation of the program’s legacy. Rally is committed to the same mission this team embodies – promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.”
Under the direction of Olympians Jonas Carney, Eric Wohlberg, and Zach Bell, along with former WorldTour rider Patrick McCarty, the team has achieved major victories on the national and international stage. The men’s program took high profile wins at the Amgen Tour of California and Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, podiums at the USA Pro Challenge and Tour of Alberta, along with multiple Amgen Tour of California King of the Mountain jerseys. The team has also won its hometown race, the North Star Grand Prix, for five consecutive years.
At the international level, the team has found success with an historic podium at La Course by Le Tour de France and a fourth place at the UCI World Team Time Trial Championships in 2014. In addition, the team has had tremendous success abroad taking wins in Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Thailand and Uruguay. With Rally Health, the team will continue to build and achieve even greater success.
Rally Cycling Men’s Team
Jesse Anthony | Newbury Park, CA
Rob Britton | Victoria, BC
Adam de Vos | Victoria, BC
Brad Huff | Springfield, MO
Evan Huffman | El Dorado Hills, CA
Shane Kline | Bally, PA
Pierrick Naud | Amos, Quebec
Emerson Oronte | Boulder, CO
Danny Pate | Colorado Springs, CO
Will Routley | Abbotsford, BC
Bjørn Selander | Hudson, WI
Thomas Soladay | Glendale, CA
Curtis White | Delanson, NY
Eric Young | Boulder, CO
Tom Zirbel | Boulder, CO
Rally Cycling Women’s Team
Erica Allar | Tucson, AZ
Elle Anderson | San Francisco, CA
Heather Fischer | Boulder, CO
Jasmin Glaesser | Coquitlam, BC
Kirsti Vivian Lay | Montreal, QC
Katherine Maine | Ottawa, ON
Sara Poidevin | Canmore, AB
Jessica Prinner | Saint Charles, MO
Hannah Ross | Wichita Falls, TX
Emma White | Delanson, NY
Catherine Ouellette | Saint-Lambert, QC
Three Lezyne Products win Design & Innovation Awards
It’s no coincidence that Lezyne rhymes with design. Every accessory, part, gadget and device that we produce is held to a certain standard of elegance and style. In an industry filled with copycats and complacency, we continually strive to not just standout, but to also be a trend leader. This approach is a huge part of what defines Lezyne and it can be seen throughout our entire catalog of products.
However, aesthetics is just one aspect of what makes a Lezyne product exceptional. It’s important, to say the least, but what we really crave is innovation. No matter how visually stimulating we make something, it still has to maintain a level of superior functionality.
These are the two elements that generate the lifeblood of Lezyne: Innovation and Design. We call this Engineered Design.
Engineered Design is the foundation of every Lezyne product. It represents our development strategies, our identity and our philosophies. Everything we create is held to this standard and is the result of a powerful in-house team of engineers, designers and forward-thinking project leaders. Lezyne is Engineered Design.
Fortunately, this commitment to product development and originality does not go unnoticed. We’re continually honored with glowing reviews, accolades and product shootout victories. Seeing our hard work validated by esteemed publications around the world is truly satisfying.
Our latest achievement was bestowed upon not one—nor two—but three Lezyne products: The Design & Innovation Award 2016. This exclusive award came from deep within the Dolomites and was spearheaded by a collection of 40 prominent industry individuals from 10 different countries. For two weeks this conglomeration of cycling elites tested, debated and contemplated hundreds of submissions from all corners of the bicycle world. And when it was all said and done three of our latest accessories came away with the award: Our Mini GPS cycling computer, Strip Drive taillight and Digital Over Drive floor pump.
Here are a few nice things they had to say about our winners:
Digital Over Drive:
“Lezyne have created a workshop legend.”
“The pump has enough volume to handle the latest plus and fat tires, and its powerful delivery seats tubeless tyres effectively.”
“The highlight is the ABS2 connector chuck, which makes connection to the valve a reliable and trouble-free process”
“Its ultra-compact dimensions and super light weight mean you have the freedom to mount the Mini GPS anywhere you want.”
“In combination with a long battery life and a display that clearly presents only the important information, it will be a trusty companion on your adventures.”
Strip Drive Pro
“The unique aero- and round seatpost-compatible design and integrated cable-free USB charging boost usability.”
“The powerful daytime flash mode could be a potential lifesaver on the roads.”
Lezyne Hecto300XL and Strip Pair Most Wanted in Cycling Plus
Along with our new GPS cycling computers, our new Y9 LED line went off with a blast! Here’s the latest review of not one, but two within that line. Both the Hecto 300XL and Strip Drive Rear (available as a pair) were warded “Most Wanted” by Cycling Plus with a solid 4.5/5 star review.
“Making sure you’re clearly visible in dark and dismal conditions is a winter safety must, and the 300XL light set gets the job done in style.”
Shop the Hecto 300XL/Strip Drive Pair here, and click the top image above for an enlarged version of the Cycling Plus article.