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Singletrack Magazine Reviews the Shock Digital Drive

Singletrack Magazine Reviews the Shock Digital Drive

Primarily of interest to mechanics who do a lot of shock service and demo truck drivers, for 2014 Lezyne is releasing what may be the world’s first floor shock pump (shock floor pump?).  Sure, the ultra-high pressure (to 300psi), low volume pump will inflate tyres, but that would take ages.  No, the Shock Digital Drive intended to be a huge improvement in speed and accuracy over the pumps shipped with most suspension forks.  A new digital gage shared with some road models is said to be accurate to within 3%, making consistent settings quick and easy.”

Some recognition for our innovative design. Check out the full article here.

365 MTB talks about the Lezyne Mega Drive in its July Issue

365 MTB talks about the Lezyne Mega Drive in its July issue

365 MTB talks about the Lezyne Mega Drive in its July issue

If you’re someone who likes to ride at night, you know how convenient it is to have a compact and powerful light with a concentrated beam. A white light on the handlebars, and/or on your helmet, certainly makes it a lot easier. An LED light becomes more convenient and valuable on the road if you do not have to “route” another cable to the frame. When you need power that goes straight to the battery pack to be fixed on the front triangle, or at best on the bottle cage (as long as our bikes are fitted with them), a system like the Lezyne MEGA DRIVE definitely meets the needs of those looking for great performance in a compact body that is relatively lightweight.”

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Bicycles and headlights have had a relationship as fraught with unhappiness as Liz Taylor and each of her last 14 or 15 husbands. Cyclists have suffered weak lights with no staying power but were easily mounted, weak lights with plenty of staying power that were difficult to mount, powerful lights that had no staying power but were difficult to mount and occasionally powerful lights with great staying power that took forever to mount and ate up a bottle cage and weighed more than a regulation bowling ball.

As a set of choices, they all left plenty to be desired.

I don’t mind admitting that my core philosophy states that if the sun is not yet up or has gone down for the day, I need to be off the bike. Call that a bias if you like, but I couch it terms of self-preservation because if something doesn’t get me in the dark on the road, I still have plenty to fear when my wife looks at me and asks (in her most disdainful tone), “You were riding where? When?

But riding at the margins of the day, when I’m least likely to be missed means that this time of year, it’s a good idea to have some lights to try to notify less than fully awake drivers that I, too, am on the road and would like to survive the experience. A guy can dream, right?

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

What I learned some years ago was that the darker it is, the less powerful the light needs to be to illuminate your way. I was working on a light buyer’s guide with co-workers and found that the lights that didn’t seem to be on at dusk were pretty effective at midnight. The converse was the real eye-opener, though. Only the most powerful lights could be perceived as helping illuminate your path at dusk. It takes a lot more power to overcome the ambient light available and the relative dilation of your pupils to pierce dusk than full dark.

That was a disheartening realization for a simple reason. I’m far more likely to be caught out getting home late for a ride and need riding them than I am to need enough lighting to help me ride to the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Only the most expensive lights would help. Dang.

The 2012 Interbike show is scarred in my memory because that was the occasion when I made the mistake of staring at a 1000 lumens Lezyne Mega Drive when it was turned on. The entire convention center went fluorescent purple as my retinas attempted to recover. Wow.

Here’s what I hate about most lights: They don’t last long enough. They are hard to mount and remove. They are awkward thanks to cables that have to be strung to battery packs. And as previously mentioned, only depleted uranium is heavier. They are crazy expensive. The Mega Drive solves almost all of these issues.

The light features four modes: the 747 landing-light-esque 1000 lumens, which will go for 1.5 hrs; then there’s the enduro mode which offers a remarkably effective 500 lumens for 2.5 hrs; there’s the economy mode that offers 250 lumens (bright enough for a slow ride on a bike path in darkness) for a whopped in 5.5 hrs; finally, there’s a 250 lumens flashing function that will last for 10 hours—long enough to ride a Tour de France stage at night. It comes with quick-to-mount clamps for either 25.4mm or 31.8mm bars and the mount includes a swivel that will allow you to point the light to the exact spot ahead of your bike where you most want the light, not a foot to the right or the left.

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

Did I mention that it has the good fortune to look like something that would power Billy Blastoff’s next moon mission? It’s space-agey in a funnily retro ways, but that corrugated surface has actual engineering behind it; the casing is the light’s heat sink. My light, with 31.8mm clamp weighs all of 287g. I’ve eaten bananas that weighed more than that.

The battery is in the light, not at the end of some damn spiral cable nor does it take up a whole water bottle cage. The quick release mount means that it’s easy not just to do a ride without the light, but also to recharge it with a USB cable.

The rides I’ve done with this light have gone so well I’ve literally ceased to notice that I’m riding at night. While I’ve tried the light on the enduro mode, my rides in darkness have been short enough that I haven’t seen the point in cutting the power. Another liability of weak lights is that if you ride fast enough, you’ll outrun the light, meaning that you reach what enters the beam faster than you can process it. I can say with some authority that’s a bad thing if your path is being crossed by bunny rabbits. Been there, almost hit that. I’ve not ridden with another light that didn’t frustrate me at some level.

Lezyne Mega Drive Light

True story: Our son went missing at home a few months ago. While my wife looked for him, frantically waving a flashlight in closets, I grabbed the Mega Drive and used it in my search because…well because it was brighter than our flashlight.

Okay, so it’s $199.99. That’s not cheap. I won’t argue the point. But this is the first light I’ve run across where I saw the light (was blinded by it, actually) and then figured it was worth every cent.

I still don’t like riding at night, but thanks to the Mega Drive, I’m not so frightened anymore. Reviews the Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release

Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release  £25.99 Reviews the Lezyne Pod Caddy M Quick Release

Saddle bags are a useful accessory but can often ruin the look of a nice bike; a baggy material with velcro straps wrapped around multiple surfaces. The Lezyne Pod Caddy does away with straps and bagginess, creating a saddle rail mounted hard shell case.

In-line with what I’ve come to expect from Lezyne, it’s a stylish and well made bag that will not look out of place on a high value bike. I was looking forward to testing it on my Giant TCR, as with its aero post, fitting a standard saddle bag proved cumbersome and I also wanted something I could easily remove when racing. Unfortunately the Pod didn’t fit either: the rail mounting interfered with the seat-post clamp.

Granted the TCR has quite a bulky rail clamp but it is something to consider when buying on of these. I have my saddle on the limit of set-back, offering the maximum amount of rail to the Pod and still couldn’t get it on. You need to have a good amount of horizontal rail area for the clamp as you won’t be able clip the Pod on if it’s on the curve at all.

So, with it not fitting my road bike I mounted it on the mountain bike. I decided it would offer a better test for stability of the Pod anyway, getting rocked around off-road.

With only support from the top, you might be concerned that it would wobble or become loose. Thanks to a well designed and solid support this isn’t the case however. Fully loaded with a tube, multi-tool and a few other bits, the Pod is still held fast and was not noticeable during riding. The bag clips into the mount with a confident ‘clunk’ and isn’t come to come out until you want it to. The Pod is a EVA foam moulded construction with Nylon cover and is water resistant, certainly more resistant than most soft material bags but after forgetting to take it off during a bike cleaning I can say that it isn’t going to keep things 100% dry.

Onto the main sell of any saddle bag, the Pod’s design makes it one of the easiest to load and unload from. A zipper runs around three sides of the case, allowing it to open like a clam shell. You then have full access so you’re not removing everything to get the change that has fallen to the bottom at the cafe stop. A netted partition stops things falling out when the lower opens. The zip also features a large finger loop to avoid any fumbling around with cold hands.

We had both the S and M sizes on test and the difference in size isn’t massive but with the M i’d say you can get two road tubes in rather than one (or one MTB tube in my case), along with a tyre lever and multi-tool. It’s a good size – not too big to look odd perched under the saddle – and for an extra £2 probably the size I’d go for. We also had both the black and the white colours and I’d say the black is subtle – as you want from a saddle bag – but is purely taste.


I really like the Lezyne Caddy Pod, I’ve used a few saddle bags in my time and reckon this is the most stylish, whilst remaining practical. That makes it more of shame that I couldn’t fit it on my race bike, whether you’ll have the saddle rail access is something to consider before buying. The S and M retail at £23.99 and £25.99 respectively and although there are cheaper options I don’t feel it over priced for what is a tidier saddle bag option for most that isn’t going to cause any paint rub. Review

SOC13: Lezyne’s New Digital Floor Pumps for Shocks, Tools and Cool Blinky Lights


SOC13: Lezyne’s New Digital Floor Pumps for Shocks, Tools and Cool Blinky Lights.

Lezyne’s new digital floor pumps are available in standard high volume pump in Sport, CNC, Alloy and Steel Digital pumps. At the moment, they’re all high pressure (read: road tire) models, plus one for shocks.

Yes, a floor pump for suspension. It’s not the first time someone’s done it. It pumps 1/3 the air of a standard floor pump and goes to 300psi. Really, it’s aimed at team mechanics and others that have to set up a lot of forks and shocks. There’s wood handle and the pump head has a dual disconnect that lets you remove the head from the hose to disconnect without losing air pressure. Then you thread the head off the shock. An inline pressure release valve lets you bleed air a little at a time to set it just right. Retail is $109.99.

The other digital floor pumps start at $69.99, and all have a gauge is accurate to +/-3%.

Get pumped for some cool lights and tools after the break…

The full article/review is located HERE