Video: Lezyne Launch Helmet Mount for LED Light Range

There was only one thing missing when we tested the Lezyne Super Drive 450 Lumen LED light last year, a helmet mount kit.

On its own it’s not really bright enough to be bar mounted but on the helmet, it’s the perfect partner to a more powerful main beam.

At the London Bike Show last week UK Lezyne distributor Upgrade Bikes had the first pre-production sample flown in from Lezyne’s HQ, and we got Rory Hitchens to tell us all about it.

The mount is made of a stamped and machined aluminum base and compression ring with a Composite Matrix spherical pivot cradle that holds the LED light. A long Velcro strap attaches the mount to the helmet and a rubber pad on the underside of the mount provides grip. The spherical pivot allows the user to adjust the position of the light in all directions.

The mount is compatible with all Lezyne LED lights and will retail for £16.99 and available from http://shop.upgradebikes.co.uk/Catalogue/Lights/Lezyne-Light-Spares

We tested the Super Drive last year, here’s reminder of how we got on:

Packing 450 Lumens, this is the brightest on offer, and with a price tag of £99.99, it’s immediately clear you’re getting a decent whack of illumination for little money (it is significantly cheaper, for example, than the Exposure Lights Joystick, which only manages 325 Lumens ).

Lezyne’s first entry into lights is a well priced, nicely designed and focused light that offers a surprisingly powerful beam. When the helmet mount is available it will make a useful second light to accompany a more powerful bar mounted light for the serious night riding enthusiasts, while for everyone else it’s the perfect way to get into night riding.

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Green Park Bike Station and Lezyne Tools

Green Park Bike Station does a lovely overview of how to tune up a bike and perform basic maintenance tasks using a number of Lezyne tools.

In a dark greasy corner in a bike workshop in Bath lurks a beast, of a pump!  Seriously the Lezyne Steel Floor Drive has been in use in our workshop for around 6 months now and has proved indispensable. Firstly its appearance, it looks solid especially the nice aluminium feet at the base, they’re textured to give grip and reassuringly long to keep the pump upright.  The hose clips over the pump handle using the threaded ‘flip chuck’ valve to clip it to the base of the pump, this makes it look really neat when storing it.  The handle is one of the nicer features, a bit thinner where your palms rest to aid grip and made of a very durable varnished wood.  With all the use in the workshop some of the deeper grooves in the grain have become embedded with black grease, giving it an aged appearance which is nice.  The barrel is pretty plain, painted in a variety of colours but really its just a simple tube.

In use the pump is really great.  The barrel and piston is long enough to not have to double over when pumping which is great for your back.  The best thing about it is that it takes very few strokes to get a tyre up to full pressure, road tyres can be up to 110 psi in a matter of 10 strokes!  The flip chuck is a great mechanics friend, you screw the chuck onto the valve and of course you’re guaranteed that it will always push air into the tube and its never going to pop off.  Also when removing it you never have to struggle with a QR lever and the subsequent ‘kickback’ when you release the lever.  It really is much easier to get on and off than the lever types of pump.  I have had issues with it taking out the valve cores on presta valves, but Lezyne have updated the pump with an Air Bleed System (ABS) button, which releases all the pressure in the tube and means valve cores stay put.  If you already own this pump or any Lezyne pump the new ABS chucks can be bought separately.  The guage is housed in a big chunky ring of engineered aluminium at the base of the pump, I’ve got to say its become pretty obscured at times by dust and muck from the workshop.  A quick wipe gets rid of the muck and the dial can be seen again, mind you it is necessary to get down a bit and take a squint at it as the numbering on the dial is ‘sparse’.  Having said that it doesn’t detract from the pleasure of using such a solid feeling pump. The video below shows it (and me!) in action thanks to Bath Uni CC.

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View The Green Park Bike Station Review Here

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Floor Drive Pump Review

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Drive

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Floor Drive Pump Review

Once again, BikeRumor.com has exposed the newest and greatest features among Lezyne’s product line. He highlighted the ABS Flip Chuck and Slip Chuck and demonstrates how well they work with Lezyne’s Alloy Dirt Floor Drive…..unreal.

Lezyne’s Alloy Dirt Floor Drive pump is a tool with a purpose. That purpose?  Seating and inflating tubeless mountain bike tires.  As anyone who’s tried to get a reluctant tubeless mountain bike tire to seat using a floor pump knows, that job can require a lot of air in a small amount of time- more than most floor pumps can deliver.  While a half-decent excuse is all most guys need to run down to Sears for an air compressor, Lezyne’s big-bore Dirt Floor Drive series of pumps are an appealing alternative.  Hit the jump to find out why…

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Drive Floor Pump Review

In order to provide the air volume that tubeless tire seating requires, Lezyne have increased not only the pump barrel’s bore, but also the hose and internals to minimize air flow restrictions.  In practice, this has allowed me to seat all of the true tubeless and most of the tubeless-ready tires I’ve tried.  Why use a pump when, in my case, there’s a perfectly good air compressor really close by?  In short, because the compressor is awfully noisy in my small workshop and, by the time it’s been switched on and reached pressure I could have used the Dirt Floor Drive to seat the tire.  Besides, nobody likes getting kicked out of bed in the middle of the night to turn off an air compressor they’d left on.

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Drive Floor Pump Review

The middle of three Dirt Floor Drive models, the tested $85 Alloy Dirt Floor Drive has a nice wood handle and polished aluminum barrel- a step up from the $75 Classic Dirt Floor Drive’s steel barrel and a step down from the blingtastic $110 CNC Dirt Floor Drive, which has still more machined aluminum hardware and an aluminum handle. For 2012, all three use Lezyne’s presta/Schraeder reversible ABS Flip-Thread Chuck and come with a hose that is long enough to comfortably reach the wheels of bicycles mounted in workstands. The gauge is located at the substantial cast base- not great for legibility, but probably the best choice given its size and heft.  With the large barrel entirely unsuited to road bike use, the gauge only goes up to 70psi, making small pressure differences easy to read.

A big reason that the Lezyne has been so eagerly adopted as part of my workshop is that it’s plain satisfying to use. The polished aluminum makes it look like a serious piece of equipment and the stained wood handle is not only pretty but a pleasure to hold. The height of the pump is just right, allowing average-height adults to manage full strokes without uncomfortable bending- and making shorter pumps feel oddly child-sized by comparison.

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Drive Floor Pump Review<

Back in April’s initial review of the Alloy Dirt Floor Drive pump, I complained about the 2011 Flip-Thread Chuck’s tendency to either thread tubeless valves through their locknut and into the rim and, when removing the chuck, inadvertently removing valve cores (and with them the tire’s contents).  Properly tightening locknuts addresses the first problem and, for 2012, Lezyne’s new Air Bleed System (ABS) chucks address the second.  Now shipping with all Dirt Floor Drive pumps and pictured above, the ABS Flip-Thread Chuck allows the rider to bleed pressure from the pump’s hose after inflation.  This reduces the amount of pressure on the seals and prevents the chuck from unthreading valve cores.  Hooray!

The ABS Flip-Thread Chuck is never going to be the fastest to use (oh! those valuable seconds!), but it makes up for it in simplicity and durability.  The $4 Speed Chuck (pictured below, on the gold Flip Thread Chuck), which is also shipping with new Lezyne pumps, is faster but can be fiddly and leaky in use- so I tend to leave it on the bench.

Lezyne Alloy Dirt Drive Floor Pump Review

At $85, the Alloy Dirt Floor Drive is awfully close to the price of an inexpensive consumer air compressor, which makes it a hard sell on paper.  After working with it for nearly a year, I can speak to its durability- in fact my local shop uses Lezyne pumps on their floor and in their workshop because of the Flip-Thread Chucks’ resistance to sealant fouling.  Unlike an air compressor, the Dirt Floor Drive is  also easy to take to the races- and is miles better than small car-oriented portable air compressors.  When rain means it’s time to switch a 24-hour team’s bikes to mud tires, the Alloy Dirt Floor Drive could almost pay for itself in CO2 cartridges.  Leaving a (nice to have but not essential) tire bleed valve the only thing that I can think to wish for, Lezyne have done a very good job with the updated Alloy Dirt Floor Drive:  it’s a well made tool that does exactly what it’s meant to.  And it looks darn good doing it.

LED Helmet Mount Finalized and Available Next Month and Super Drive Review

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San Luis Obispo, CA – Lezyne LED users will be happy to hear the Lezyne LED helmet mount will be available next month. Production of the long awaited mount began this month and the first round of mounts have already shipped to Lezyne distributors worldwide. Available to the public early February. The helmet mount is made of a stamped and machined aluminum base and compression ring with a Composite Matrix spherical pivot cradle that holds the LED light. A long Velcro strap attaches the mount to the helmet and a rubber pad on the underside of the mount provides grip. The spherical pivot allows the user to adjust the position of the light in all directions.

The mount is compatible with all Lezyne LED lights and will retail for $19.99. Look for these in your local shop next month!

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MTBR.com Releases In-depth Review of Super Drive LED

To add to the LED news, the guys of MTBR.com have released an in-depth, 2-page review of the Super Drive LED. Here is what Francis of MTBR.com had to say about the Super Drive LED:

“[The Super Drive] is a ground breaking new light from a new light company.  They could sell a few of these lights at $250 so we suspect they will sell a lot at the $110 price. It is a great beam pattern that accomplishes a flood and a decent spot at the same time. And the real bonus is if you want it brighter, buy two. If you want more run time, buy more Lezyne batteries.”

“The Lezyne Super Drive is not the brightest but it is the most compelling because of its quality and $110 price. We also want to note its honesty in reporting.  Claiming 450 lumens for a measured output of 421 lumens is one of the most honest we’ve seen to date as the industry usually 30% off.

Follow this link to read the full review >>

LED TECH Page to be Launched

LED Tech Page

To help consumers learn more about the new LED lights, Lezyne will be launching a new LED Tech Page on our website later this month.  It will contain useful information about LED lighting, in general, as well as in–depth details and FAQs about our lights. Check our Engineered Design page for updates and more Lezyne Tech

Lezyne SV Tool Review

Lezyne SV Tool

Lezyne SV Tool Review

SV10 Multi-Tool review by Wojtek Wysocki for the Atlanta Sports Gear Examiner. Thanks Wojtek!

Andy Johnston has spent most of his life in the bike world, and over 20 as a Mechanic.  There are a myriad of multi-tools out there, but few as finely crafted such to appreciate the detail as the Lezyne SV multi-tool.

The SV 10, as implied, includes 10 tools: hex wrenches of 2,3,4,5,6 and 8, Phillips screwdriver, T-25 and T-30 torx wrenches, and a chain breaker for 9 & 10 speed chains.  Price is $45.

All bits are stainless steel for extreme durability and rust resistantance.  Forged Stainless steel bits means a hard, long lasting tool and no rounded off corners for the hex wrenches.  Side plates and chain breaker are CNC aluminum to keep the weight at 101 grams.

The chain breaker is the most ingenious component for its simplicity and lightweight.  A threaded pushpin attaches to the tool and a machined aluminum chain breaker body threads onto that.  Chain pin removal is easy, but to further save grams, there is no method for reattaching a pin.  It is assumed most racer-oriented trail repairs will be made with a master link, so be sure to have a spare or two on hand.  Lower down the Lezyne line the chain breakers do have this option.

Lezyne SV Tool

Lezyne SV Tool Review

Chris Verbick installation with Lezyne Pumps

As a sponsor for ARTCRANK London 2011, the Lezyne bicycle products company were interested in showcasing their fine track pumps in an innovative way.

The production team for the show wanted to bring what we called “the red carpet effect” to London’s second ARTCRANK show. Thus this rope barrier was designed and constructed with specially-sourced pink inner tubes. The branding for ARTCRANK, Look Mum No Hands! and Lezyne were all highlighted in the installation.

The design allowed for the bikes to remain functional during the event—something of which many of the show attendees took full advantage.

Alloy Dirt Floor Drive Review by BikeRumor.com

Alloy Dirt Floor Drive

Really awesome review of our Alloy Dirt Floor Drive by Tyler over at BikeRumor.com. Thanks Tyler!

When I first ran into Lezyne’s mountain-specific Dirt Floor Drive line of pumps at Interbike last fall, I admittedly didn’t get it. With an oversized barrel (30% larger than the standard Floor Drive) and a gauge topping out at 70psi, the Dirt Floor Drive seemed oddly limited- especially in a road/mountain household. It was only after repeatedly hearing a local shop owner rave about the durability of their shop’s Floor Drive and getting the rest of the story about the Dirt Floor Drive from Lezyne that it started to make sense. Read on to find out why, after two months’ use, I’ve made the mental U-turn to embrace the Dirt Floor Drive- and why my air compressor has largely been sitting silent.

Alloy Dirt Floor Drive Gauge

It turns out that Lezyne have increased not only the Dirt Floor Drive’s barrel volume, but also reworked the rest of the pump’s internals to allow for substantially increased air flow. It’s that combination of increased stroke volume and decreased flow restrictions that allows the three pump Dirt Floor Drive line to effectively seat about 3/4 of the tubeless tires I’ve tried it on. It’s not quite as effective as a small workshop air compressor- but with a bit of effort it sure comes close. And it’s against that of an air compressor that the purchase of a Dirt Floor Drive should be considered.

The Dirt Floor Drive range starts with a $75 steel-barreled version, proceeds to the tested $85 Alloy Dirt Floor Drive, with its wood handle and aluminum barrel, and then on to the blingtastic $110 CNC Dirt Floor Drive with still more machined aluminum hardware and an aluminum handle. All three use Lezyne’s presta/Schraeder reversible thread-on chuck and the hose is long enough to comfortably reach the wheels of bicycles mounted in workstands. The large gauge is located at the substantial cast base- not great for legibility, but probably the best location given its size and heft.

lezyne-Alloy Dirt Floor Drive Chuck

It didn’t take long for me to get in the habit of using the big Lezyne over my air compressor to mount tubeless tires. First, it’s considerably quieter. Second, when time waiting for the compressor to reach pressure is taken into account, it’s almost always faster. Finally, it has a gauge (reducing the need for a second operation). The thread-on chuck is a double-edge sword. Its simplicity is wonderful and leaves far less to go wrong or to be fouled by sealant than do more ‘modern’ designs. Its downside is the possibility of threading tubeless valves into the tire (through their lock rings) when installing the chuck, and the inevitability of removing the occasional valve core (along with all of the tire’s air) when removing the chuck. In order to facilitate trailside valve stem removal and sealant injections, I’d been in the habit leaving both fairly loose but have had to snug things up in order to use the Dirt Floor Drive.  Lezyne’s $10 aftermarket push-on Slip Chuck head should address these complaints, though, and is high on my shopping list.

Alloy Dirt Floor Drive

Another reason that the Lezyne has been so eagerly adopted as part of my workshop is that it’s just satisfying to use. The polished aluminum makes it look like a serious piece of equipment and the stained wood handle is not only pretty but a pleasure to hold. The height of the pump is just right, allowing average-height adults to manage full strokes without uncomfortable bending. The overall impression the Dirt Floor Drive gives is one of solidity and durability.

Along with a push-on head, I would love to see Lezyne equip the Alloy Dirt Floor Drive with a bleed valve of some sort. This would allow tires to be seated at 50 or 60psi, then bled down to the riding pressure. But this is a minor request- none of the pumps I own have one- it’s just that much more noticeable because the thread-on chuck can make the letting small bits of air out a bit fiddly. The $85 price is high, but as it could largely take the place of an air compressor (and is considerably more portable), the Alloy Dirt Floor Drive could be justified on those grounds- anyone changing tubeless tires at a race will love you for bringing one. I’ll be changing and inflating loads more tires as the year goes on and report back if anything interesting

Specialzed lululemon’s Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney Winning!!

Specialzed lululemon's Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney

(Chloe on the left, and Loren on the right.)

Specialzed lululemon’s Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney Winning!!

Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney are 2 for 2 in the Bay Thriller in Australia!

Lezyne sponsored Specialized lululemon riders Chloe Hosking wins day 1 of Bay Thriller and Loren Rowney takes the victory in day 2! This only seems fitting that they are crushing this Australian event as both girls are originally from Australia. Chloe is from Canberra and Loren is from Queensland.

Specialzed lululemon's Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney

In an interview with Chloe after the race, she stated: ”I love racing like that,” (speaking of the attack-filled race) she said. ”I don’t really like just sitting in and then sprinting. For me it was really exciting to go out there and show what women’s racing can be like. There has just been some really negative things said in the press lately about how women’s racing is boring and how we don’t deserve a minimum salary.”

When the Herald put it to Hosking that women’s cycling lacked support from the very top of the sport’s administration, she replied: ”What can be said? Pat McQuaid’s a dick.

Read more here.

Specialzed lululemon's Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney

Specialized-lulemon’s newest recruit Loren Rowney, took all of two days to win her first race of the season. Following her team-mate Chloe Hosking’s lead, Rowney took out a round of the Jayco Bay Series in Geelong on Monday, making it two out of two for the Specialized-lululemon duo. Rowney, who worked tirelessly for Hosking’s win on day one, was merely following instructions when she put herself in the break of the day. “Chloe and I had talked this morning with our Total Rush teammates and she said ‘whatever happens, someone from our team needs to be in every break,’” said Rowney. “I saw a break go with none of us in it and knew I had to get across.”

Rowney then had to play a smart game to outsmart the strong Green Edge riders. When Amanda Spratt went on the late attack out of the break, Loren covered her and was able to go past her for the win. “Loren was so strong today,” said Hosking. “She’s amazing and she rode the perfect race. We’re really looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen tomorrow. Hosking now leads the series by only one point with two stages remaining.

Specialzed lululemon's Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney

Lezyne Great Divide Pack Review

Andy Johnston, three time National MTB Champion and coach reviews our Great Divide hydration pack and LOVES it. Exciting stuff.

Andy Johnston, three times National mtb Champion is not only a racer and the coach.

Andy incorporates camping into his mountain biking experience. Here is his review of the Lezyne Great Divide Pack:

Lezyne’s Great Divide pack is their largest pack offering.  A very generous 24 liter cargo capacity and a 3 liter drinking bladder makes this suitable for long bike rides and camping trips.  With 6 external pockets, including one big basement pocket, and numerous internal storages solutions, the Great Divide has plenty of easily assessable storage areas.

When you are doing your big ride there is only one reason you wear a backpack; to carry your stuff, and you need to get to that stuff quickly and easily. The Great Divide gives you that with easy to access storage compartments.

The pack is very easy to wear and comfortable on the shoulders. A little more narrow than a typical daypack helps keep the load balanced when in a leaned over riding position.  Additional adjustment and compression straps help secure the load, and double as mounting straps for external items – even a full-face helmet.

To keep the pack off your back an insertable, bendable support also allows air to flow and keep you dry, and it also provides an ideal storage next for large, flat maps.

Overall the pack is a quality piece of gear with many well thought-out touches you will appreciate out in the woods or wherever your adventurers take you.

Externally and internally, this pack has lots of storage.

Water resistant, soft material scratch free zipper pocket for your electronics, such as music devices, with an earphone cable port.  This is the go-to pocket for easy access zipper storage.

Two mesh pockets on the hip strap.  These can be accessed while wearing the pack, so are perfect for items you might use a lot.

Large side pockets on either side of the pack are great for small to medium size items.

Two main compartments: a cavernous main and secondary one features tons of pocket space for your little items, it is even labeled with pictures of the things that go in the pocket so you don’t have to dig to see what’s in there.

For odds and ends there is the outer pocket on the back of it all.  It is made of a stretchy fabric that allows you to cram and stuff items in a hurry yet still hold them safe.

A ventilated storage compartment under the pack for wet, smelly or dirty items to protect your other stuff.  It also works great for clean items.

The hydration bladder compartment is lined with reflective material called Temp Shield to keep temps constant.   The bladder closes using a zip-lock top which opens wide enough to get your hand in for easy cleaning.

The Great Divide pack is big enough to be used for camping yet small enough to be used for a day ride or hike.

Bottom line:
WOW!  This is my favorite pack, although not as roomy as my 30 liter hiking pack, or as minimalist as my cycling water pack, it is the nicest, and has the best features.  This is an all day/ multi-day pack for the outdoors person that needs to carry a lot of gear, but does not want a bulky cumbersome pack.

Lezyne LED Review by MTBR User

Lezyne Super Drive

Here’s a great review by Andy aka Rut on MTBR.

So last night was the first night I have been able to use our new Lezyne Super Drive lights. I mounted two on the bars and headed out for a few hour ride. I turned one on low and proceeded to do get into the 1 1/2 hour climb. With another person behind me, I was being “flooded” out by their light, but that was my doing. I did, after all, have the light on low.

Once we got to the top, I turned both lights to full power and was amazed by the power of the lights! Holy Shimoly! My riding buddy was using another brand of lights which were brand new and we both decided the Lezyne Super Drive lights simply covered the singletrack better. It had a wider coverage and was bright as hell. Both of us had two seperate lights on the bars.

I love the USB port for plugging it in and can’t believe how small the entire unit is. Not to mention having no battery pack is simply mind blowing. The whole unit is on my bar mount. Incredible!!! Oh, and it weighs about 125 Grams!

The only draw back is it lacks a helmet mount. Once Lezyne comes out with a helmet mount this unit will be unstoppable!

I am not affiliated with Lezyne in anyway and was really surprised at how awesome this unit is. There are tons of other technical info about this light to be found on the net. I believe Francis has posted some stuff on it too.

If you are interested in purchasing a light, check into this unit. I love it.