Lezyne Power Drive XL light review£94.99

Retro-styled headlamp

BikeRadar score2/5

Leyzne's typically distinctive design looks like it belongs on board some sort of retro Flash Gordon spaceship. Rather than a ray gun, the light mounts a single LED in a fat fluted 'cigar' body, with cut out faceted lens sides for increased traffic visibility.

The three power levels and flash mode give a decent run time for the size before the warning light comes on. The battery is replaceable and a spare is included in the extra-cost 'Loaded' package, should you need a longer run time. The Loaded package also includes a metal bar mount – otherwise you get a plastic thumbscrew-tightened mount with two sizes of band supplied for inch and oversized round bars. Unfortunately, while features are good the actual output is disappointing, with a vague flood patch right in front of the wheel and a separate fuzzy spot in central mid-distance but no real reach.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus 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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