Lezyne Mega Drive – 2013 Mtbr Lights Shootout

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This is a compelling new light from Leyzne. It measured 1100 Lumens on our sphere and displayed a beam with good throw and spill. It has all the right moves and is available for $200.

Specifications:

  • Price: $150
  • Claimed Lumens: 1000 Lumens
  • Measured Lumens: 1133 Lumens
  • Measured MTBR Lux: 115 Lux
  • Light Head Weight: 266 grams
  • Installed Weight: 296 grams
  • Run Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Category: Flashlight


2013 Lights from Lezyne
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Strengths:

  • Incredible machining and craftsmanship
  • Excellent brightness and dual beam pattern has wide spill and far throw
  • Water Resistant so capable of all weather use
  • Field replaceable battery so run time is flexible
  • Very conservative Lumen rating as it registered 1100 Lumens instead of the claimed 1000
  • Light output is constant throughout the  whole cycle
  • Battery charge indicator and available race mode
  • Configurable purchase options with available kit

Weaknesses:

  • Too big now to be used as a flashlight
  • Lots of sharp edges with all the heatsinking
  • Charging on a typical USB port can take up to 10 hours
  • Not practical now for use on the helmet
  • High powered lithium cell has two adjacent leads and is easy to short out specially when transported in a pocket or hydration pack

Mounting:

Mounting is done with a plastic or optional aluminum handlebar mount. Two different sizes are used for the standard or oversized bars.

MTBR Light Meter Measurements: Compare all lights here.

This light measured 115 Lux on our ambient light measurement facility.

Integrating Sphere Measured Lumens: Compare all lights here.

1133 measured Lumens. Claimed Lumens by the manufacturer is 1000 Lumens. The Lumen-hour graph below shows how the light performs over the first three minutes of its battery cycle.

Backyard Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

We photographed the lights in the same location setting with the same camera settings. The photos were taken in the back yard that is approximately 25 yards long. These photos feature many objects and a distinct background to analyze detail and beam pattern.

Tunnel Beam Pattern Photo: Compare all lights here.

The location is useful since it has walls and a ceiling that can display a bike light beam pattern. The walls have a lot of graffiti on them and actually show detail when they are lit up by a light with a wide angle. Cones and targets are set up with the far target set up at 80 yards.

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Lezyne Mega Drive - 1000 Claimed Lumens - 1133 Measured Lumens

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Scott says:

    Going to buy one tomorrow . It’s says its USB charge . Can this be charged via ps3 USB ???

  • Scott says:

    Got mine happy with it but one battary will charge but the one it came with inside the light will not ?

  • Grant says:

    Sorry to say, the mountings are just not up to scratch at all!! Had one and it was a lovely object; until it fell off (on two separate rides) and bounced along tarmac at high speed. The second time, I can say, I was 100% sure it was securely clipped in. Returned and I now have a Cateye Volt 1200, which although not as stunning, has an effective mount system

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