Sunday, December 8, 2013 12.00pm
By Cycling Plus
The Deca Drive is designed for road cyclists, but it also has the power to handle unlit paths and dark lanes. The unit is self-contained, which is rare for a long-running light this powerful.
At 110 x 58 x 35mm and weighing over 300g (with the mount) the CNC-machined Deca Drive is a pretty substantial unit. The all-aluminium construction, with metal hinges on the sealed battery compartment and its micro-USB charge port, oozes quality and will take the hard knocks.
This 'Loaded' version will get you a hard case for the light, a second battery and substantial CNCed brackets for 31.8mm and 25.4mm bars. The thumbwheel bolt and rubber liners have proved secure and vibration-free even off-road.
Run time is impressive. A single button scrolls through five settings, ranging from 16 hours of flashing at 150 lumens through the 'Enduro' setting – three hours constant at 400 lumens – to the powerful 'Blast' mode: one hour 50 minutes at 700 lumens. Need more? The 'Overdrive' mode ups the power further to 800 lumens for 90 minutes. A full charge from a USB port takes 10 hours, but using a mains adaptor halves that.
The Deca Drive makes the most of decent electronics with a well-designed lens that throws out plenty of peripheral light, with the central beam focused a good 10m in front of you. It's very impressive, and only matched by the similarly priced Cateye Volt 1200.
In non-Overdrive it packs more than enough punch for fast riding on unlit roads, and using a combination of modes gave us 3.5 hours on a night road ride. In Overdrive it'll cope with off-road singletrack rides, matching most dedicated off-road two-pack systems.
This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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