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Old 10-03-12, 09:04 AM
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Has anyone used Lezyne lights before?

Days are getting shorter and the commute home is getting darker so it is time to replace the light that was stolen a while back. I am mostly interested in the mega drive but possibly some of the others from them. It will mostly be a commuter light but I do want it to be bright enough for the occasional technical mountain bike ride.
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I have two of these, very satisfied, very bright at low cost. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/CREE-XML-T6-L...40910331628812
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I got this one from amazon and have been happy.
http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/...ne-super-drive
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I use 2 of these (http://www.ebay.ca/itm/5W-LED-CREE-F...item337c744125). Only on one part of my commute do I actually need to light the road, 1km of single-lane dirt road, the rest of the journey is lit by streetlights (plus my awesomeness!) so I have the one that is pointed slightly towards the limited oncoming traffic in flash mode and the other one as a constant beam and pointed down a bit.
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Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
Days are getting shorter and the commute home is getting darker so it is time to replace the light that was stolen a while back. I am mostly interested in the mega drive but possibly some of the others from them. It will mostly be a commuter light but I do want it to be bright enough for the occasional technical mountain bike ride.
I'm not familiar with reviews of the mega drive, but the super drive has received really good reviews. It seems the light output from the 450 lumen super drive is similar to claimed 600 lumen lights from other bike light manufacturers. Lezyne rates the newest super drive model at 500 lumens. I like that the super drive uses just a user replaceable 18650 battery. That makes it easy to carry a couple more along if you are going to be out in the dark for quite a while. It looks like the mega drive uses a couple of 18650s in a pack that comes with the light, but you can purchase additional battery packs from Lezyne.

If being able to replace the battery is not a concern of yours and you don't need 1000 lumens, the Nightrider Lumina 650 has received good reviews.
http://www.niterider.com/lumina-650-2013/
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Why not give this one a look?
http://goinggear.com/flashlights/bik...cle-light.html

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Old 10-03-12, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ben4345 View Post
Nice looking light, but it is not cordless. I assume the OP wants cordless and usb charging capability for commuting.
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Old 10-03-12, 02:08 PM
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I would go with 1000 lumens. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-03-12, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by hubcap View Post
Nice looking light, but it is not cordless. I assume the OP wants cordless and usb charging capability for commuting.
Why would you assume this? Most cordless lights are not a lot of lumens.
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Old 10-03-12, 02:12 PM
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I like the Lezyne lights and they would be one of my top options if I was in the market for a headlight. I've got a Light & Motion Urban 500 that is really bright (500 lumens on high) and very easy to mount and recharge, but the run time is not that great. The Lezyne light has about the same brightness and run time, but uses standard 18650 rechargeable batteries -- so you can carry spare batteries to extend the run time. This is a real advantage if you need to use your headlight more than 2 hours between charges. My round-trip commute time is 2 to 2.5 hours so I have to charge my Urban 500 every day, even running it on the medium setting (250 lumens). On high, my Urban 500 will hold a charge long enough for one leg of my commute. With the Lezyne, I could carry spare batteries and not have to recharge as often. This could be a huge issue with cyclists that have even longer commute times or randonneurs and other distance riders.
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The Lezyne lights look good. They did pretty well in the MTBR shootout. Lezyne also has great customer service, should you happen to have a problem.

I've got a NiteRider MiNewt 600 Cordless, which is similar to the Lezyne SuperDrive. You can probably still find the NiteRider MiNewt lights on clearance, since they were replaced this year by the Lumina series. The only complaint I have about the MiNewt 600 is the handlebar clamp, and they fixed that with the new series. I bought the new clamp for about $20 and it works with the old light.
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Old 10-03-12, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
I like the Lezyne lights and they would be one of my top options if I was in the market for a headlight. I've got a Light & Motion Urban 500 that is really bright (500 lumens on high) and very easy to mount and recharge, but the run time is not that great. The Lezyne light has about the same brightness and run time, but uses standard 18650 rechargeable batteries -- so you can carry spare batteries to extend the run time. This is a real advantage if you need to use your headlight more than 2 hours between charges. My round-trip commute time is 2 to 2.5 hours so I have to charge my Urban 500 every day, even running it on the medium setting (250 lumens). On high, my Urban 500 will hold a charge long enough for one leg of my commute. With the Lezyne, I could carry spare batteries and not have to recharge as often. This could be a huge issue with cyclists that have even longer commute times or randonneurs and other distance riders.

A proper high lumens light should yield 3 to 5 hours before a charge is needed.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Why would you assume this? Most cordless lights are not a lot of lumens.
The OP wanted a light primarily for commuting to replace one that was stolen (again - I assume it was stolen off of the bike). Having the ability to easily remove the light and take it with you is the best defense against having your light stolen off of your bike. You are correct that most cordless lights are not a lot of lumens, excepting of course mega-huge flashlights adapted to bike use. The OP was interested in the cordless Lezyne and it seems that a lot of new models designed for commuting are integrating usb charging capability, which is very convenient for a lot of commuters who can just plug it into their computer when they get to work.

Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
A proper high lumens light should yield 3 to 5 hours before a charge is needed.
The proper light is the one that meets the needs of the user. There are plenty of commuters that do not need 3 to 5 hours of high power run time for their commute.
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Old 10-04-12, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by hubcap View Post
Nice looking light, but it is not cordless. I assume the OP wants cordless and usb charging capability for commuting.
I wanted cordless with a helmet mount option so you have it right.

Glad to hear people that have used them are pretty happy with their lights. I know everything else they make is great so I will probably get one in the near future. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
I wanted cordless with a helmet mount option so you have it right.
The Lezyne lights don't come with a helmet mount unless you buy the "loaded" version that includes a 2nd battery. I'm also thinking of getting one, the use of swappable 18650 lithium cells is the big selling point for me. If I manage to work my way up to a 600km brevet next year, I'm going to need a light that can go all night.

Lezyne has refreshed their product line this year adding XL to the end of all the previous models. Each one is a little bit brighter with a better lens.
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Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
Days are getting shorter and the commute home is getting darker so it is time to replace the light that was stolen a while back. I am mostly interested in the mega drive but possibly some of the others from them. It will mostly be a commuter light but I do want it to be bright enough for the occasional technical mountain bike ride.
I have the Lezyne superdrive. Very nice light (as are all of their products).

Their tech support sucks balls, however.
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Their tech support sucks balls, however.
Really? What was your experience?

My only interaction with their customer support has been when I bought a broken Micro Floor Drive HP pump at an REI used gear sale. I e-mailed them, told them I bought the thing broken and asked if I could buy a replacement part (plastic ring in the chuck assembly). They sent me a new, upgraded hose and metal chuck assembly free of charge.
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