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Mtbr Reviews the Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL

MTBR Reviews the Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL

Mtbr and RoadBikeReview recently published rundowns of the best lights on the market, titled 2016 Bike Lights Shootout (see them here, and here, respectively), and Mtbr whipped up a nice review for the Lezyne Deca Drive 1500XXL as part of it. Also included in these lists are the Micro Drive 400XL, Power Drive 900XL and Strip Drive Rear.

The Deca Drive 1500XXL was judged on items such as lumens, beam pattern, overall design and the elimination of field replaceable batteries, as well as all the goodies in the specs. We’d also love to think we have a “hidden mode” for our ultra tech savvy fans out there, but we aren’t that sneaky…we’d like to point out to Mtbr that this is our Overdrive mode, which gives you the 1500 lumen boost advertised on the light itself.

Mtbr completes their review with a mention that “there’s sweeping changes to the Lezyne line, but the bottom line is good optics and beam pattern are delivered,” noting the great value for the price. Read the entire review here.

MTBR Reviews the Lezyne Deca Drive

MTBR Reviews the Lezyne Deca Drive
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MTBR Reviews the Lezyne Deca Drive

Online publication MTBR (Mountain Bike Review) had some great things to say about our popular Deca Drive LED light (900 lumens version). This light is designed with a sleek CNC-sculpted aluminum body in a compact, self-contained configuration. It features Constant Lumens power management that drives three LEDs. Overdrive Race Mode makes it possible for quick switching between Overdrive and Economy, and its Infinite Light design allows for on-demand battery replacement. The Intelligent Power Indicator button allows the user to check the power level any time. 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 Deca Drive’s Composite Matrix hard mounts secure the light to 31.8 mm and 25.4 mm handlebars. It is also available in the 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 Deca Drive is Lezyne’s follow-on to the Mega Drive of last year. It measures almost 900 Lumens and is only 100 Lumens weaker than last year’s Mega Drive. But it is $50 cheaper and that makes this a terrific value. Furthermore, the edges have been smoothed out with some white powdercoating.”

Read the entire review here.

MTBR Visits Lezyne Booth at Interbike

MTBR Visits Lezyne Booth at Interbike
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MTBR Visits Lezyne Booth at Interbike

Online mountain biking publication MTBR stopped by our booth at Interbike this last week to check out what’s new for Lezyne! We showed them our new KTV and KTV Pro, Zecto Auto and Macro Drive Duo lights, Control Drive CO2 inflator and ABS pen gauge hand pump, as well as the improvements made to our CNC Drive, Alloy Drive and Classic Drive floor pumps. Our very own Michael Drabousky was on hand for the official media report!

Check out the full article here, and view the video below!

MTBR covers Lezyne’s 2013 Product Line

MTBR covers Lezyne’s 2013 Product Line

MTBR visited our booth at Interbike and shot a lot of videos and photos for your viewing pleasure. They are all super informative and helpful in introducing the new 2013 line of products to the consumer. It is absolutely worth the time to find out what actually drives us and what the end result in the product looks like. Enjoy. Link HERE.

New Super Drive Review

Lezyne Super Drive

New Super Drive Review

MTBR has posted an extremely thorough review on our new Super Drive LED.

Ahh Lezyne…they’re a fairly new company that quickly revolutionized tools and pumps. Early this spring, they held a press camp to announce their entry into the lights arena. At first, I didn’t give it a second look as it seemed like small commuter lights. But the more I looked at them and now that I’m using them, the more I find their products very compelling.

The Super Drive is a self-contained light that claims 450 lumens. It uses a Cree XML emitter that is housed in an all aluminum case for heat dissipation. The battery is a standard lithium cell that can be replaced on the trail. The rear of the light unscrews easily much like a traditional flashlight and the battery can be replaced with a fresh one for longer run time.

Although this is Lezyne’s first effort in lights, they have invested significant time and money to research the competition and their own lights. They’ve purchased their own integrating sphere to measure actual lumens output. With advanced tools, they’re able to control and publish how their lights behave over the whole battery cycle. They’re also able to analyze losses in lens and reflector designs.

The Super Drive is the top of the line of a family of three lights from Lezyne. It retails for $110 and puts out a claimed 450 lumens. The other lights in the family are:

Power Drive – $90 at 300 lumens claimed output

Mini Drive – $70 at 150 lumens claimed output.

These lights are charged via USB and there is no USB charger included. It is assumed that you have a charger or computer somewhere in the household. If you need one, a separate charger is available for $20.

Something interesting about the Super Drive and other Lezyne lights is there is no tiny indicator lamp for charging status or light switch illumination. It uses the actual LED as an indicator by flashing it very faintly to indicate that the light is charging. This shows Lezyne’s focus on keeping the light as simple as possible and hitting the $110 retail price point.

The light head itself has a lip on the top rim and that’s actually useful to keep the bright light away from the rider’s eyes during out of the saddle efforts. We love light’s with wide beam patterns but a downside is when you climb out of the saddle, you get way up front and the light can shine on your eyes a bit. The lip found on this light blocks some of that light spill at the top.

Quirky Light Switch:

The light switch is a bit quirky and non-intuitive.  We all know how to turn a flashlight on and off. Some companies have deviced in protection for accidental turn-ons for self-contained lights (in the bike bag) by implementing a double-click on or 2-second button press to turn on.  Lezyne  has gone further by putting more light logic feedback on it.  When you press the button, it will turn low instantly. After one second of button press, it will turn to medium indicating it’s ready to be released. When you release the button, it turns to high.   When turning off, a similar logic is applied.  It doesn’t make sense to the newbie until someone explains it to them.  After that, it’s easy enough to do but it does our brains process what’s going on every time we turned the light on and off. We believe that’s overkill and non-intuitive.  But, it’s a pretty minor complaint as the switch action and quality is excellent. At the end of the day, one has to hold the light switch for two seconds to turn on and off.


  • Price: $110.00
  • Claimed Lumens: 450 Lumens
  • Light Head Weight: 128 grams
  • Installed Weight: 128 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 hours
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 44 Lux
  • Measured Lumens: 421 Lumens


The mount is pretty simple hoop style with a plastic tightening knob for tool less mounting on to the handlebar. The light can be aimed left to right with indexed positions on the mount positions.

Helmet mounting is not available at this point but with any helmet mount from other manufacturers that simulates a handlebar pipe on to the helmet, the Lezyne mount will work for helmet use.

MTBR Actual Lumens and Lumen Hours Measurements:

This light measured 44 lux ont the MTBR Lux setup.  In a laboratory environment with an integrating sphere, it measured at 421 actual lumens.

This is the most exciting field in lights today as 500 lumen self-contained lights have become very affordable. For comparison, the competition is at:

Serfas True 500  $150.00 – 43 Mtbr Lux

Niterider Minewt 600 Cordless  $150.00 – 50 Mtbr Lux

Dinotte XML-1 C $169.00 – 51 Mtbr  Lux

Light and Motion Urban 500 $160.00 – 53 Mtbr Lux

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.

Light Meter Charts and Comparison Table


  • Great light output for $110
  • Excellent materials and construction with aluminum body
  • Good reflector and lens quality provides a clear and artifact-free beam pattern
  • Field replaceable battery is a great feature for additional run time
  • USB charging plug is well protected against water and the elements
  • The shaping, heatsinking, anodizing of the case is impressive


  • Non-intuitive switch action for turning on and off
  • No helmet mount available at this time

Bottom Line:

This 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.

The question most people will want answered is ‘Is it bright enough for trail riding? 450 lumens does not sound like a lot’.  The answer is yes. It is a great beam pattern that accomplishes a flood and a decent spot at the same time. Also, it is bright enough as you can see in the photos.  And although it only claims 450 lumens, it actually measures the same at 44 Mtbr lux as the first Magicshine MJ-808 that we got last year that claimed 900 lumens.

And the real bonus is if you want it brighter, buy two. If you want more run time, buy more $10 Lezyne batteries.

Value Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating: We can give this light 5 stars already but the we’ll put a tiny chink in its armor for lack of optional helmet mount and the quirky light switch logic. 4.90 out of 5 Stars

Beam Pattern Photo:

Lezyne Super Drive

Lezyne Super Drive

Lezyne Super Drive

Lezyne Super Drive