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Road.cc Reviews the Mega Drive

"Well-designed, well-built, kicks out loads of usable light and best of all, doesn't cost the earth"
Road.cc Reviews the Mega Drive for Year 8
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Road.cc Reviews the Mega Drive for Year 8

Road.cc never fails to deliver the Lezyne love. Our newly upgraded Mega Drive wasn’t about to fall through their fingers! With a CNC-sculpted aluminum body in a compact, self-contained configuration, the Mega Drive is the ultimate high performance LED light built for trail or road use. It features Constant Lumens power management that drives three LEDs at a bright 1,400 lumens. Overdrive Race Mode allows quick switching between Overdrive and Economy, and its Infinite Light design allows for on-demand battery replacement for a bright light that never quits. It is recharged either with fast, high efficiency, 2 Amp recharging with a compatible wall adaptor or via a Micro USB cable for ultimate convenience. The Intelligent Power Indicator button allows the user to check the power level any time. The Mega Drive’s CM hard mounts secure the light to 31.8 mm and 25.4 mm handlebars. It is also available as a Fully Loaded package with aluminum handlebar mounts (31.8mm and 25.4mm), a spare battery pack, a Micro USB charging cable, and CM storage case.

“The Mega Drive is Lezyne’s top-of-the-line performance LED light. It’s self-contained, and kicks out loads of light in a well-designed beam pattern. I like it a lot.

“The Mega Drive, as with other Lezyne products, is a beautifully manufactured aluminium unit. It not only looks good, it’s very strong as well. I know, because it dislodged itself from my handlebars mid-descent. Before I could recover it, a car had driven over it. It continues to work perfectly. The lesson in this, of course, is to make sure the light is mounted on the bracket properly. Doh!”

Read the entire review here!

Bike Rumor Tackles Lezyne’s Super Drive XL, Mega Drive, and Zecto Drive Pro

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Bike Rumor Tackles Lezyne’s Super Drive XL, Mega Drive, and Zecto Drive Pro

“As Lezyne puts it, just a few years ago there were no Lezyne Lights. Now, they’re practically an electronics company. The Super Drive XL, Mega Drive, and Zecto Drive Pro offer just a small glimpse into their line up from the 160 lumen Zecto Pro to the blinding 1200 lumen Mega Drive.”

Get the full glimpse and rundown of the article right here.

Lezyne Christmas List

Lezyne Christmas List

Lezyne helped Rudolph make an upgrade this Christmas, and we can do the same for your Christmas shopping! We have a lot of good stuff that should be on every cyclists Christmas list this year, but we decided to make things a little bit easier for you and make a list of our ‘must-have’ items for this holiday season:

Mega Drive – $199.99

With 1200 lumens, replaceable battery and USB recharging, this light is able to cut through the early winter nights so that you can ride at any time. Make sure you point it down the road, because this thing can be pretty blinding! Get it by itself or in our Loaded Box Kit.

Super Drive Loaded – $154.99

You know what’s better than getting a 575 lumen Super Drive XL? Getting it Loaded with a Composite Matrix (CM) handlebar mounts, a CM helmet mount, a spare battery pack, a Micro USB charging cable, and CM storage case. That’s a lot to be putting under the tree.

CNC Digital Floor Drive – $129.99

Our classic CNC machined aluminum floor drive with a little something new on it, our super precise, easy-to-use Digital Gauge. Accurate to 300psi and able to work on Presta and Schrader valves, this is definitely something every cyclist should have on their Christmas List.

CNC Dirt Floor Drive – $109.99

The mountain counterpart to our classic CNC Floor Drive, this is for any of the mountain-men on your Secret Santa list. With a high-volume tube, this pump dishes out a extraordinary amount of air that will have anyone back on the mountain in no time.

Micro Drive Pair – $89.99

Two presents are definitely better than one, so why go for deciding on the 200 lumen Micro Front ‘OR’ the 70 lumen Micro Rear when you could go for ‘AND.’ With the new Daytime flash mode for our performance lights, these guys will keep you seen and safe during any time of the cold winter days.

Alloy Drive Hand Pump – $44.99

Compact, high-volume, and custom CNC machined aluminum, this is the perfect size and shape to make the ultimate stocking stuffer! At max 90psi and able to fit right on your bottle cage, this will make sure all the cyclists on your Christmas List will never be left out in the cold.

Stainless 12 – $39.99

Highly functional, durable, and lightweight; this tool is like putting 12 little presents under the tree for that special someone. With a chain breaker that works on 9/10/11 speed, spoke wrenches, and tool bits in Hex, Star, and Phillips head, this has everything that every cycling-shop needs.

SV-7 – $24.99

Another incredible stocking stuffer, this compact tool includes CNC machined aluminum body with stainless steel tool bits. Can fit into your pocket to take with you anywhere to always know you can become a handyman at any given moment.

Femto Front – $14.99

Small, bright, and available in multiple colors, you would have sworn they were Christmas lights. Work just as well hanging from the tree as they do on the handlebar of your bike, lighting your way with three different flash modes and super bright blast mode. Get them on it’s own or paired with its rear counterpart for $27.99.

Caddy Sack – $9.99

Simple, reusable bag that can be used to carry all necessities on your ride; including your beloved phone. Available in two different sizes and built in with a water-proof system to keep your items dry in the cold, snowy weather.

These are just some of our suggestions to make this Christmas even better for that cycler on your list. Happy Holidays to everyone from the Lezyne team and happy shopping!

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.

Lezyne Goes Big With Mega Drive

Lezyne Goes Big With Mega Drive

Friedrichshafen, Germany – Today is a day the Lezyne crew has been working all year to bring the public – the day we launch the Mega Drive. This light represents the culmination of all that Lezyne has learned in development of the new Year 6 LED line.

The Mega Drive is an ultra high-powered, 1000 lumen, self-contained, performance LED light system. Constant Current electronics allow dual LEDs to emit light at a steady lumen output, producing more light over a longer period of time. The CNC-machined all-aluminum body can be opened to allow access to the replaceable battery pack (Infinite Light) and a standard USB charging port, like all of our rechargeable lights. The sculpted aluminum body is not just for show. The ribbed exterior actually serves as heat fins to maximize the efficiency of the LED light, and providing more light for your ride.

>Mega Drive LED mounted to aluminum handlebar hard mount

The Mega Drive has four standard modes: Enduro (500lm), Blast (1000lm), Economy (200lm), and Flash (200lm). To cater to the performance and endurance LED light users, the Mega Drive features Race Mode – an alternate power mode that switches between Blast (high) and Economy (low) modes with a single push of the power button.

The Mega Drive attaches to handlebars with the existing Composite Matrix hard mount (same clamp used on the existing Year 5 and new Year 6 XL LED lights), as well as a new CNC-machined aluminum hard mount. It is available as a standard (light, USB charging cable, CM handlebar mount) and loaded package (light, USB charging cable, AL handlebar mount, extra battery, CM storage box).

Mega Drive LED – Loaded Package

CNC-Machined aluminum handlebar hard mount 31.8mm (25.4mm also available separately).

Mega Drive spec summary:

  • Price: Standard $199.99 / Loaded $249.99
  • Enduro: 500Lm / 3hrs
  • Blast: 1000Lm / 1.5hrs
  • Economy: 200Lm / 7hrs

For more information about the Mega Drive, visit the Lezyne Eurobike booth (B3-107) or visit the Mega Drive product page.