The Lezyne Road Drive M doesn’t resemble most mini-pumps we’re used to, but in this case that’s a very good thing.
Instead of the usual right-angle head mounted on one end, the Lezyne pump features a unique removable hose that is conveniently stored within the body. Just remove the hose from one end and screw it on to the other and you’re ready to go.
The road-specific Road Drive M’s hose is Presta-only but most others in the Lezyne catalogue can be used for Schrader as well.
The screw-on head yields a secure connection at the tyre – even when there isn’t much valve showing – and the flexible hose means you can pump away with little fear of bending the valve core.
Because Lezyne has moved the head connection away from the pump body, the 170mm stroke length is unusually long for the moderate 230mm body size so inflating tires takes less time than you’d expect. We hit 90psi in about 200 strokes for a standard 700x23c road tire but ran out of arm strength well short of the claimed 160psi maximum. The reasonable chamber volume works fairly well for mountain bike tires, too.
Though the Road Drive M is fairly expensive at £18.99, that price nets you full alloy construction and unusually high overall quality. Sturdy rubber seals are fitted at all usual contaminant entry points (however, the one between the handle and body is rather fidgety) and you can easily unscrew everything by hand for maintenance if you’re so inclined.
The extruded aluminium mounting bracket is a quality bit of kit, too – there are three foam pads to keep things quiet and even the D-ring on the Velcro strap is aluminium. Talk about obsessive.
Yes, the Lezyne Road Drive M is expensive but it just flat-out works well and the sturdy build means it’ll actually do the job when we need it to.