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Old 08-07-20, 12:14 PM
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Lezyne Lights - Confusion

I am planing to get new lights and I am especially looking at Lezynes product range. My usage is road bike training and some commuting. I would like lights that are relatively bright, sleek/elegant and easy to use.

Lezynes full product range:
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/led-lights

Lezynes new Smart Connect series looks very interesting.
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/smart-connect-led
Especially this Connect Smart Pair:
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...ect-smart-pair

Or is Lite Drive 1000XL / Strip Pro Pair (Remote switch compatible) a better choice?
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...1-led-16p-v504
Or is 1000 lumen a bit much in urban areas? Then this pair might do:
Micro Drive Pro 800XL / Strip Pair (Remote switch compatible)
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...1-led-25p-v204
Or get a Zecto Drive Max Rear. Handy to attach to a saddle bag.
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...ed-8r-max-v104
Or Micro Drive 600xl / Zecto Auto Pair might be enough:
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...1-led-2p-v1104

And then it's this pair:
Connect Drive Pro 1000xl / Strip Connect Pair
https://ride.lezyne.com/collections/...p-connect-pair

So many combinations. Total confusion.

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I recently bought a Lezyne 1000 light. It's pretty bright and has a good range on a dark road. I bought the 1000 for two main reasons, #1 was that I wanted a beam that shone a fair distance down a dark country road (I like to see skunks well before I get to them so I don't startle them) and #2 I can run the light a lot longer on a lower setting. I find the middle setting very good for urban lighting and lighting urban road surfaces. The lowest setting is still excellent for a " Be seen" light.

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Originally Posted by 1987 View Post
I am planing to get new lights and I am especially looking at Lezynes product range. My usage is road bike training and some commuting. I would like lights that are relatively bright, sleek/elegant and easy to use.[...]
if you want to do a lot of commuting and you do not drive on empty roads at night, get a light with a cutoff. None of those you mentioned do have a cutoff. Lezyne has the "StVZO" Category, the Power 115 is a solid light, albeit a tad narrow for my liking. The Power HB500 has integrated high beam. You could consider as well the cateye GVolt 70 or the B&M Ixon Space (order it in europe...) for your purposes. There is also a pretty solid chinese light with cutoff: Lumintop B01 (Aliexpress of banggood). If you want to spend a bit more, take a look at outbound lighting. If the sky is the limit (moneywise) --> Lupine SL/SLF/SLX or Supernova M99 Mini series, e.g. Mini Pro B54
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The "smart" lights seem kind of nifty -- but really, they address an almost non-existent need. That might be a case where simpler is better.
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The "smart" lights seem kind of nifty -- but really, they address an almost non-existent need. That might be a case where simpler is better.
Agreed. A lot of "smart" gadgets are nice, and the enhancements help. But somethings don't need to be smarter. Imagine a bluetooth chef's knife. I can't, either.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Imagine a bluetooth chef's knife. I can't, either.
I hope your example is imaginary; if that's a real thing, well, knock me over with a feather.

I do like my Nest thermostat, though.
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I hope your example is imaginary; if that's a real thing, well, knock me over with a feather.

I do like my Nest thermostat, though.
Sure, the Nest thermostat is very cool and extremely useful.

No, I made up the bluetooth knife as an example of the kinds of things coming out these days.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Sure, the Nest thermostat is very cool and extremely useful.

No, I made up the bluetooth knife as an example of the kinds of things coming out these days.
Okay, glad to hear it.

But if you mock my bluetooth-equipped Di2 bike, we're gonna have to disagree. It actually is pretty cool, and not very expensive.
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I borrowed my sister-in-law's Di2 bike. I liked it. It is definitely an improvement. I just can't afford that stuff yet. Maybe one day it will be the norm.
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Can you remove the strap from the newer Lezyne Drive lights? I want to add their GoPro mount to it, but it's not clear to me if that mount is only for their older lights.
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Can you remove the strap from the newer Lezyne Drive lights? I want to add their GoPro mount to it, but it's not clear to me if that mount is only for their older lights.
You can, if the light uses either this or that mount. Both a fixed with a screw to the body of the light and can be removed and replaced by either the GoPro Mount or the more solid "click into" handle bar mount. The GoPro mount is not suitable for lights with either this or that type of mount
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if you want to do a lot of commuting and you do not drive on empty roads at night, get a light with a cutoff. None of those you mentioned do have a cutoff. Lezyne has the "StVZO" Category, the Power 115 is a solid light, albeit a tad narrow for my liking. The Power HB500 has integrated high beam. You could consider as well the cateye GVolt 70 or the B&M Ixon Space (order it in europe...) for your purposes. There is also a pretty solid chinese light with cutoff: Lumintop B01 (Aliexpress of banggood). If you want to spend a bit more, take a look at outbound lighting. If the sky is the limit (moneywise) --> Lupine SL/SLF/SLX or Supernova M99 Mini series, e.g. Mini Pro B54
Thanks for your post about more models, some where new to me. And yes StVZO are nice in an urban environment, which makes the number of choices even higher.
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The "smart" lights seem kind of nifty -- but really, they address an almost non-existent need. That might be a case where simpler is better.
I think that your conclusion has some weight to it, but that your argument is missing the mark. The problem is that a lot of tech is short lived today. Most smart devices relies on an eco-system and when one link breaks the whole chain goes. In the old non-connected/analog days that was not the case. So when Lezyne's app no longer is updated and later removed from the app store, the lights will be regarded as obsolete.
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I think that your conclusion has some weight to it, but that your argument is missing the mark. The problem is that a lot of tech is short lived today. Most smart devices relies on an eco-system and when one link breaks the whole chain goes. In the old non-connected/analog days that was not the case. So when Lezyne's app no longer is updated and later removed from the app store, the lights will be regarded as obsolete.
I agree with your point. But I actually just mean that I can press some buttons on my bike lights on my own, and don't need the integration that the smart lights offer - whether it works or not.
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