Lezyne Signs Remy Absalon for 2012

Remy Absalon

Superhero Enduro rider Remy Absalon signs with Lezyne for the 2012 season. We cannot wait to see where he goes and what he accomplishes this coming year.

Remy Absalon

Remy Absalon is a member of Commencal’s SUPERTEAM and has recently joined up with Lezyne. He is an extremely talented and well-versed enduro racer. He has a staggering list of accomplishments and is without a doubt a top contender in every enduro race that he enters, mixing it up with the likes of Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Mark Weir, Ross Schnell, and Rene Wildhaber Lezyne couldn’t be happier to work with Remy in 2012 as he will, without a doubt, be putting up some really great numbers and pushing the envelope of what is possibly on and off the bike. The “enduro” race format is gathering so much momentum, especially over in Europe, that Lezyne is proud to be a part of the forward push. We are really excited to see where the sport goes in the future because this style of racing is so inviting to both riders and spectators.

Remy Absalon

Remy Absalon

Lezyne’s Power Drive gets Editors Award at Triathalon Magazine

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Lezyne’s Power Drive gets Editors Award at Triathalon Magazine

91 POINTS! We’re scoring better than a lot of pricey bottles of wine, so go ahead and do yourself the favor: skip those bottles of wine and buy yourself some sweet LUMEN LOVE! It’s a Valentine’s Day FIESTA!

Lezyne snags the “Editor’s Choice” award at Triathalon Magazine. This is exciting stuff…our LED’s are finally getting the recognition deserved, if I might be so blunt.

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“Knocks out a lot of power….despite its small size.”

“Well-made and sealed CNC case so operation, even with gloves on, is really easy.”

“A nicely priced and sturdy number that packs a lumen punch.”

91 POINTS! We’re scoring better than a lot of pricey bottles of wine, so go ahead and do yourself the favor: skip those bottles of wine and buy yourself some sweet LUMEN LOVE! It’s a Valentine’s Day FIESTA!

Cedric Gracia gets 3rd at Santos Urban DH Race in Copacabana, Brazil

CG on top of the podium at the start of the year. Good things to come. Some people may think he’s “getting old”, but we at Lezyne very much disagree and this is why.

Here’s what Cedric had to say about his race in Copacabana, Brazil:

“Last Sunday was the 10th anniversary of Santos DH urban race, Marcelo and Juliana invite me to take part one more time to this event who is for me the first race of the season. This year a lot of international riders was there and record of TV audience for Globo TV with 50 million people watching the event in all over Latin America!

The race went well for the Brigade, Saturday qualification went to Marcelo and on Sunday a 3th place for me in the final.

It was the first time I was racing with two new partners Fox racing shox and Shimano. Thanks to you guys for the trust and the support who made that podium possible!

Special thanks to the Shimano Brazil team for the warm welcome and your help.

Next stop Chili, Valparaiso!”

Thanks everyone for the support and following on Facebook.

The Sergeant

CG

Cedric Gracia

Initial Review: Lezyne’s Compact Super Drive Headlight

Initial Review: Lezyne's Compact Super Drive Headlight

Initial Review: Lezyne’s Compact Super Drive Headlight

Thanks to all great folks over at BikeRumor.com, enlightening the world about all of the great and not so great products in the industry. In all honesty, I didn’t expect to like Lezyne’s Super Drive.  As a commuter who regularly starts and finishes his morning commute in the dark, I’ve been spoiled by trail-ready 900+ Lumen lighting systems and the vision -and visibility- that they guarantee.  Coming from substantially more powerful lighting systems, I wasn’t sure what a 450 Lumen light with a mere 90 minute runtime could offer- especially at $110.  After about eight weeks of near-daily use, I now know- and have taken quite the shine to the little light.  Click through to find out more…

With its replaceable internal rechargeable battery, the Super Drive is a slick little package.  Slightly smaller than an Exposure Joystick, the Superdrive is similarly built almost entirely from aluminum, making for a sturdy light.  Tool-free 31.8mm and 25.4mm Composite Matrix (plastic) bar mounts are included in the package, as is a Mini USB charging cable.  Though there is no battery gauge on the light itself, the LED itself flashes while charging.  Though it’s tempting to use the Super Drive as a flashlight, Lezyne warn users not to- without cycling’s air flow, the light can’t evacuate the heat generated by the LED emitter and the body can in my exterience get quite hot.

Initial Review: Lezyne's Compact Super Drive Headlight

Lezyne’s Uniform Power Beam reflector makes the most of the light’s moderate 450 Lumen claimed output (on high- medium and low put out 300 and 150 Lumen, respectively).  Though not as pencil-thin as the Joystick’s, the Super Drive’s beam is among the more focused I’ve seen on the bike and the concentrated center makes it seem a whole lot brighter than it should be.  The beam almost creates a tunnel of light for riding in- not really broad enough for bar-mounted mountain biking, but plenty wide for road and commuter biking.  Aimed properly, I haven’t found myself wanting for more than the Super Drive’s high output while commuting, even at 30mph.  The hooded is a nice touch and does a good job at preventing accidental self-blinding when standing for climbs. (Why doesn’t everyone do this?)

Initial Review: Lezyne's Compact Super Drive Headlight

Though it’s reasonably stable once fitted, the combination of the charging port seal and aggressive tab on the hot shoe-style bar mount makes mounting the Super Drive a 2-handed affair.  Despite tightening the thumb screw as much as I could, it remains easy to aim the light from side (and so also to knock it off center). The location of the charging port and its chunky rubber cover make it difficult to charge the light while it’s mounted- not a big deal unless you have an outlet near your bicycle parking spot.

About the diameter of a roll of quarters and the length of a smartphone, the Super Drive is easy to remove from the bike when locking up for the day.  The 90 minute runtime requires regular topping off- thankfully the USB charging port makes at-work charging easy.

Initial Review: Lezyne's Compact Super Drive Headlight

As good as it is, with its relatively focused beam and light 125g weight, the Super Drive is really screaming for a helmet mount.  This would make the most of the beam, allow the rider to catch the eye of drivers merging from side streets, and enable off-road use. Happily, one is in the pipeline and should be reaching distributors by the middle of February.  For the next generation, a bit of clipping at the top of the beam might be nice as well.  Aiming the center spot fairly far out makes the most of it’s punch- a rotated “D” shape might make a bit more of the light’s output while sparing oncoming traffic.  But these would be a minor change and do little to take the shine off the little Lezyne.

Though it may not seem like it on paper, the Super Drive is a heck of a package- and especially impressive for a first effort.  The price is reasonable, additional batteries are available if needed, and the output is surprisingly punchy.  The self-contained design has sidelined my more powerful headlight for commuting- and I haven’t missed that light’s higher output.  If the forthcoming helmet mount is half-decent, the convenience and safety of its high position could well make it the commuter light to beat.  Stay tuned for more…

Initial Review: Lezyne's Compact Super Drive Headlight

Lezyne signs Danny Macaskill for 2012

Lezyne signs Danny Macaskill for 2012

Lezyne has been fortunate enough to sign on with the ever-talented bike rider Danny Macaskill. Talent for days…..a match made in heaven.

“Danny Macaskill is a man in demand and has been since he burst on to the international scene a couple of years ago with his first Youtube video. And for good reason for his riding exudes class, style and individualism. Which is precisely why he has recently been signed by Lezyne as their latest sponsored rider. We took the opportunity to catch up with him in his adopted city of Edinburgh where he was recently shooting a promo video for his newest sponsor who have just launched their 2012 range of workshop tools. While the video may not be quite ready to air on Pinkbike, read on for the exclusive interview:

I’d been working on my bikes in my flat for a while with really cheap, nasty multi-tools that my friend had from decathlon or somewhere like that, real nasty things, and after working in a bike shop for a while you get used to using nicer tools. But I had a little Lezyne multi tool, and I’d also seen some of their other stuff on the net, so I thought they’d be a cool company to approach. I liked their brand image and more importantly I knew they made good stuff. So we got in touch and it’s been cool that we’ve managed to work something out. It didn’t take long to sort things out either, they were really easy to talk to and I’m just delighted to have all the products – it’s gone from having the bare essentials to having all the tools to tune the bike up and keep it in good working order. It rounds things off for me – I’d got my bike setup all dialled and now it’s nice to have all the right stuff to maintain them properly too.”

“What are your plans for 2012?”

“I’ve been off the bike for a while, pretty much since Crankworx. I’d been carrying a knee injury for a while before that, but then I tore my meniscus. I’ve had a really weak leg for the past eight months, through the filming of my last video as well. It turned out I’ve actually got a torn disc in my back too so I’ve really been trying to get that sorted out without an operation. I had a steroid injection into one of my discs, but I’ve not really felt the benefits of that so I’m going to go back out to the US to get it sorted. Once that’s fixed I’ve got a really exciting year coming up. I’m hoping to get into a position so I’ll have a good setup to learn new tricks and do some new videos. I hope to be hanging out down in London for a bit which’ll be cool. It’s going to be a really exciting year, I just need my health to catch up.”

“I’d love to do some mountain bike races in amongst all my trials riding. It tends to be quite hard as a lot of my free time between projects is taken up with injuries at the moment. Things are stacking up and then a few projects end up going back to back. But I’d love to do some races, I’d love to go out to the mega this year, it’s been a couple years since I’ve done that. Some friends are also going out to do the Trans-Provence race which is a 7-day enduro. It’s the Enduro stuff that I’m into the most and it’s just a lot of fun, a lot of time on the bike. Other than that I’ll just see what I can do, maybe some local races in Scotland. Are you getting much enduro/all mountain riding in just now? It’s enduro/all mountain riding that I do the most, you just can’t beat playing about in the mud. And I mainly ride my (Orange) Five for that when it’s pouring with rain and blowing a force ten hooley (Translation from Scottish: very windy or an unreasonably strong wind). And it’s been blowing like that all winter here, so when my knee and back are feeling alright I’m trying to get out to cruise about as much as I can, I really can’t get enough of it.”

“It’s just really nice to be able to pedal back up and smash back down them on the same bike. I absolutely love it. I’d say I get more of a buzz out of riding my mountainbike than my trials bike, you know, because you get more adrenaline which you don’t really get in trials because you’re really in control. Whereas I’m completely out of control on my mountainbike, I’m just a passenger. That’s definitely how it is, I ride it way out of my skill level most of the time – feet flailing about the place, as long as I make it down to the bottom with the bike it’s ok. I’d like to get some night riding in this winter too and Lezyne are hooking me up with some of their lights to cut about with so it should be fun, it’s just really good fun. I like that feeling of not quite seeing round the corner, it makes the same trails you ride every day completely different.”

Worrack Wins 1st UCI Stage of 2012 for Lululemon

February 2nd, Doha, Qatar – Trixi Worrack took the first UCI Stage win for 2012 for Specialized-lululemon on Thursday, winning the second stage of Tour of Qatar from a two person break.

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Worrack, who also made the break of the day on Wednesday in Stage One, was able to make the break again in the famous cross-winds that make the Tour of Qatar what it is.

“I’m really happy with the way the team raced today,” said Team Director Jens Zemke. “Yesterday we had three in the break but made some tactical errors, but today they made up for it.”

The Specialized-lululemon women along with the Green Edge team forced the race into the gutter from the stage start with the winning break escaping from the front group with 15km remaining in the race. Worrack and Judith Arndt went away with Adrie Visser and Kirsten Wild but were able to drop them with 12km to go and arrive at thefinish line for a two-up spring. Worrack won from Arndt and now sits in second place overall behind Arndt with one stage remaining.

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“I’m really happy to win a stage here in my first race with Specialized-lululemon,” said Worrack. “It’s hard and fun racing here and we’re really enjoying racing together.”

Worrack’s team-mate, Chloe Hosking wears the Best Young Rider’s jersey and Specialized-lululemon leads the team classification.

Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison

Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison

Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison

A great side by side of two very similar products: Topeak and Lezyne pump. And……….Lezyne wins.

Is there anything more frustrating than a lousy handpump? In our short cycling career I must have gone through a dozen pumps, most of which are now landfill. There are two main requirements for a good handpump in my humble opinion: it must fasten securely to the valve stem, and you must be able to apply sufficient pressure when pumping.

We have two pumps which meet these criteria: a Topeak Roadmorph, and a Lezyne something-or-other, both of which are pictured below for a side-by-side comparison. The Lezyne is the shiny one.

When fully compacted, both pumps are about the same length. The Topeak is slightly longer (with a corresponding increase in stroke length) and slightly slimmer. The Lezyne has more girth because its rubber hose is wrapped around the body, whereas the Topeak’s rubber hose has a sliding insertion into the housing of the pressure gauge.

In both cases, the rubber hose is a significant plus. The hose enables you to place the pump on the ground and apply good, hard pressure. Pumps without a hose require you to secure one end of the pump against the valve and then apply pressure with only the strength of your arms. I’m a weakling – it doesn’t work for me.

Both pumps have a small lever on which you can brace your foot. In practice these are not very useful unless you have the flexibility of a gymnast.

The pump handles have been designed to let you press down hard without spearing your palm. They both work moderately well, though I find the Topeak handle a bit less comfortable than the Lezyne. (The Topeak handle has not been spread out in the photo below.)

The most significant functional difference between the pumps is the way they secure themselves to the tyre valve. The Topeak uses a cam lever to clasp itself to the valve, whereas the Lezyne is threaded on directly. The Topeak is faster to put in place (if you get it right the first time), but the Lezyne is a more “positive” fit.

Also, the valve fitting of the Lezyne is dual-purpose. It can be removed and flipped to either a Schrader or Presta fitting, whereas the Topeak is single-purpose. This is a big feature for me. When I take the Lezyne, I know I don’t have to worry whether I have grabbed the right pump for the bike I’m riding.

Finally, both pumps have a pressure gauge. The Topeak’s gauge has very tiny numerals and is harder to read for those of us with tired eyes. On the Lezyne you can see the mechanics of the spring mechanism that measures pressure. However, its numerals are stenciled on the outside of the barrel – I don’t know if they will wear off over time.

In neither case is the gauge smooth. They adjust to an initial reading on the first stroke, and then stay put for the next 4 or 5 strokes before jumping to a new reading.

These are the best two hand pumps I have come across. When touring I like to give the tyres a boost in the morning to about 110 psi, and both pumps perform extremely well. I find the Lezyne slightly more comfortable to use, and the dual-purpose valve fitting is a major positive for me. Besides, its pressure gauge is very cool.

Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison

Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison

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Topeak vs. Lezyne: Handpump Comparison