LEZYNE Super Drive, £99.99, Mini Drive, £49.99, www.upgrade.co.uk
Perhaps the most widely talked-about lights at the various 2011 cycle shows, these latest offerings from Lezyne sit perfectly within its growing portfolio of beautifully-crafted tools and accessories. But on this occasion it’s the performance that we’ve found impressive, not the sleek design.
Both LED lights we tested here use what Lezyne calls a mirror-finish ‘reflector dish’ which effectively projects brighter light in the middle of the beam. In both on and off-road use, we found that they gave a really concentrated central beam that spread its wings much further than lights costing three times more. Off-road it was enough for the Super Drive to light up a double-track not just a portion of it; it gives off an astonishing 450 lumens of light in the highest of three modes. The wee (66g) Mini Drive maxes 150 lumens. Both units are made from CNC-machined aluminium and come with high capacity Li-ion batteries which are both rechargeable (USB cable included) or upgradeable (£14.99-£29.99). We found the supplied batteries needed regular topping up, so we’d buy an upgrade for long tours. And while bar mounts are included, a helmet mount costs an extra £16.99. JK
PROS best compact lights for under £100
CONS the extras can add up