Lezyne Megadrive Loaded front light review£200.00

Punchy twin-LED unit

BikeRadar score2.5/5

This review is a small part of our Best Mountain Bike Lights feature, where we tell you the three best lights - plus eight others to consider - after testing 24 different sets of lights.

Lezyne gear isn’t short on style and detailing and the MegaDrive’s ribbed and scalloped machined body looks like a retro sci-fi spaceship. A miniature Grolsch bottle latch and catch on the metal battery hatch opens to let you load the spare battery supplied with this Loaded kit. It also exposes the micro USB port used for recharging.

Beam output is adequate rather than outstanding, because there’s a gap between the power that gets spread out wide to the peripheral and the beam that gets pointed a long way down the trail. That shadow can get a bit disorientating when you’re tired or riding in reflective misty/foggy conditions. You need to flick quickly past the double flash modes between the end and restart of the constant power modes too.

The megadrive's beam is competent but not class-leading:
The megadrive's beam is competent but not class-leading:

The Megadrive's beam is competent but not class-leading

As well as the cased spare battery, the Loaded kit also gets a metal rather than plastic bar mount that fits 25.4 and 31.8, but not 35mm bars. You get a helmet mount too but the light’s too heavy to make that a comfy option.

Run times are short so you need to keep pressing the switch to check battery life and the second battery is essential for longer rides.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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