Lezyne Laser Drive first night ride review£57.99

Make-your-own bike lane with this 250-lumen tail light

In pitch darkness our group of 20 rolled out from the Las Vegas strip for an early morning, pre-Interbike ride. Many of the roads didn't have a bike lane, so we made our own.

Lezyne Laser Drive highlights

  • Parallel laser lines alongside and behind rider
  • 9 modes, two laser-only modes
  • 2.5–17.5hrs claimed battery life
  • Fits a variety of posts including aero models with adjustable rubber band
  • 84g

Mmmmm, lasers...

Lezyne's new Laser Drive is a quality tail light with variable flash/steady settings, a strap that works for any seatpost and a good run time. But the headline feature is the two parallel laser lines that are projected on the ground on either side of the rider. 

Drivers behind see not only a bright tail light, but a rolling red bike lane surrounding and trailing the rider.

The laser lines extend about twice the length of a bike.

Even with multiple 600- and 800-lumen headlights on right behind, the laser lines are easy to see
Even with multiple 600- and 800-lumen headlights on right behind, the laser lines are easy to see

Will these lasers protect a rider more than just a tail light? Well, they don't create a force field, but they do project a very noticeable and unusual light pattern on the ground. And when it comes to getting drivers' attention, bright and out-of-the-ordinary can't hurt. 

The Laser Drive has nine different illumination modes, plus two laser-only modes. Run times range from two and a half hours on full 'Blast' mode to a claimed 17.5hrs on a flash setting.

The ground laser lights extend back about twice the length of the bike
The ground laser lights extend back about twice the length of the bike

In addition to the laser lines on the ground, the 250-lumen Laser Drive has a wide lens on the main light for 180-degree visibility.

The rubbery straps let you mount it on any seatpost, big aero posts included, in seconds, and the power/mode button is easy to operate while riding. A long press turns it off and on, and a short press cycles through the modes.

The Lezyne Laser Drive goes on virtually any seatpost with an adjustable rubber band
The Lezyne Laser Drive goes on virtually any seatpost with an adjustable rubber band

Lezyne Laser Drive early verdict

One of our go-to tail lights at BikeRadar has been the Bontrager Flare R. That light is bright (65 lumens), light (60g) and easy to mount on normal seatposts with its built-in rubber band. Although heavier, the Laser Drive is giving the Flare R a run for the money.

Why get up in the dark to ride in Las Vegas? To get out here, of course. The Laser Drive has multiple daytime flash settings too
Why get up in the dark to ride in Las Vegas? To get out here, of course. The Laser Drive has multiple daytime flash settings too

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 183cm / 6'
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 84cm / 33in
  • Chest: 99cm / 39in
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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