Lezyne Mini Drive – 2012 Mtbr Lights Shootout

Lights Shootout

MTBR Light Meter Measurements:

This light measured 15 lux ont the MTBR Lux setup.  This is more of a ‘to be seen’ light.

MTBR Actual Lumens and Lumen Hours Measurements:

Mtbr spent several days in a light laboratory facility and utilized ad $30k integrating sphere to measure some lights. The procedure is described in the video below.  This is very revealing as most lights claim a certain ‘Lumen Output’ without actually measuring the actual lumen output.  We are able to measure actual lumen output with this setup and the measurement for the Lezyne Mini Drive is 161 lumens at the peak output.

Another excellent data point is the lumen-hour graph below.  It shows exactly how the light behaves over its whole run time.  A flat graph is good as it means the light output is constant over the its run and the user gets the same light outpu in hour one as in minute one of the light.  It also shows how long the actual run time lasts under ‘high’ mode.  The area inside the graph can be described as the total output of the light for one full battery charge.

Light Meter Charts and Comparison Table »


  • Very small form factor
  • Good commuter light


  • One hour run time is too short
  • Pales in comparison to the Super Drive

Bottom Line:

It is not bad compared to the competitors at the $70 price point.  But compared to Lezyne’s own Super Drive at $110, this is not a good option

Beam Pattern Photos:

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Value Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating:

3.75 out of 5 Stars

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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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