Lezyne Super Drive XL front light review£100.00

Neatly packaged option for mountain bike trails

BikeRadar score2.5/5

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.

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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