Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12.00pm
By Guy Kesteven, What Mountain Bike
Leyzne’s sleek-lined Super Drive XL has some tidy design features, but it’s ultimately short of lighting punch out on the trail.
The all-in-one design sits below the Mega Drive in Lezyne’s range, and creeps in a penny below the £100 mark as a solo pack. Riders after a more usable run time can buy the Loaded pack, which includes a spare battery in a neat alloy caddy, a helmet mount and a plastic carry case for £115.
It’s low on grams and well balanced for a secure ﬁt on the quick-release bar mount. Charging is done via USB lead, so it’s worth investing in a proper USB charger plug as refuelling from your computer takes an absolute age.
Unfortunately, the good looks and neat design aren’t backed up by a similarly impressive performance. Despite a claimed 500-lumen output, the Super Drive is distinctly underpowered once you hit the darkness of the trail, to the point where we found ourselves repeatedly checking we were running full power – especially when doing the beam shots.
The mode button is also awkward to ﬁnd easily while wearing winter gloves.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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