Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL front and Lezyne KTV Pro Drive 75 rear light
Lezyne’s 1,000-lumen Lite Drive front light has eight modes from its two LEDs, ranging from a tiny 15-lumen emergency light (with a claimed 87-hour run time) to the full-whack 1,000-lumen Overdrive setting.
In addition to these, there’s a 500-lumen Blast setting, a steady 150 Eco setting (with a claimed 19-hour run time), a 250-lumen Enduro setting (handy for urban riding under street lighting), a 150-lumen flash, a 150-lumen pulse setting and a 1,000-lumen dayflash (with a claimed seven-and-a-half hour run time, which should be long enough for most rides).
If you’re riding predominantly on the road, you’re most likely to use the second-highest 500-lumen Blast setting, which provided me with just under three hours of illumination.
The Overdrive setting gave me 80 minutes at full brightness – compared with the claimed 90 minutes – before the beam started to weaken, though it didn’t cut out entirely until over the 90-minute mark.
The Lite Drive has a tough CNC-machined aluminium construction, which is claimed to be imperviousness to water. Its IXP7 rating means it can be submerged in water for half an hour and will retain its waterproofness – although I wouldn’t recommend doing that.
The single top-mounted power switch changes colour to let you know how much power is remaining, while the side fins help to keep it cool.
It’s secured to handlebars using the familiar chunky rubber strap: turn the light 90 degrees, stretch the rubber over the bar and secure it, then rotate the light back. The light didn’t go anywhere and was reasonably easy to attach and remove.
I did find that it moved more than ratcheted fitting systems, however, such as Cateye’s FlexTight, and fittings requiring a hex bolt. Also, unlike those options, the Lezyne doesn’t let you leave the fitting on the bar to remove the light.
The twin MOR (Maximum Optical Reflection) lenses delivered a well-spread beam of light, with sufficient brightness for unlit urban routes, but you’d probably need more oomph for off-road forays.
Lezyne KTV Pro 75 rear light
The KTV Pro 75 puts out a very decent 75 lumens in its daytime flash mode and its large lens offers an impressive 270 degrees of visibility.
At a steady output of 20 lumens it will last up to four hours, while in the 10-lumen flash option it lasted 25 hours.
Unusually the KTV Pro 75 doesn’t require a USB lead. Instead, you remove the tough rubber section at its base and plug the light directly into a USB socket – handy if you’re prone to losing leads. I found it charged fully from a mains LED in a few minutes over the claimed three hours.
Like the Lite Drive, the KTV Pro 75 is also IXP7 rated for a high level of water resistance and it fits easily – or sometimes a little grudgingly – to different shaped seatposts.
Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL front and Lezyne KTV Pro Drive 75 rear light overall
Lezyne’s 1000XL and KTV Pro can be bought as a pair for £90, which represents decent value, or separately at £25 for the rear and £70 for the front. Shop around, though, and you should be able to get it for much less still.
It’s a tough, waterproof, bright and well-priced lighting combo.
Lezyne Lite Drive 1000XL: £70 / $70 / AU$130 / €70
Lezyne KTV Pro Drive 75: £25 / $30 / AU$40 / €25
Purchased as a pair: £90 / $95