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Component brand Lezyne are launching a small, aluminium LED light called the Femto Drive that, like most Lezyne products, looks neat and stylish. It's also likely to be inexpensive.

The Femto Drive will be available in a front (white) and rear (red) version as well as a front and rear pair. Lezyne say that the front version pumps out 15 lumens of light while the rear puts out seven. The power comes from a pair of replaceable CR2032 coin cell batteries that will be included.

"The Femto Drive LED is pretty small, but still manages to really pack a punch,” said Lezyne's marketing head Patrick Ribera-McKay. “The body is CNC-machined aluminum and super weather resistant. This light is going to be in service for much longer than other blinky lights.”

The Femto Drive will be available in the UK from July in a choice of Black/Silver/Red/Blue for front or rear lights sold separately or Black & Black /Silver & Silver if you buy them as a set. And price? £12.99 for the front or rear lights when sold on their own or £21.99 when you buy them as a pair. That sounds mighty competitive if they are up to the usual levels of Lezyne quality. Here's hoping they've got rechargeable versions in the pipeline too.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 4 years ago
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"It's also likely to be inexpensive."
I think thats a typo!

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nowasps [453 posts] 4 years ago
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That works out at about £10. Not bad for a nicely made lamp.

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Tony Farrelly [2869 posts] 4 years ago
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nowasps wrote:

That works out at about £10. Not bad for a nicely made lamp.

Be interesting to see how much they are on sale over here for, general rule of thumb is that the US dollar price tends to translate accross in to the same number of pounds. Even so, £14.99 would be pretty competitive - not sure that knog, for instance, do anything that cheap.

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joemmo [1164 posts] 4 years ago
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the basic knog lights are under a tenner aren't they? Just as well when they randomly detach themselves from your bike or helmet and ping off into the darkness.

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Bigchrismm [14 posts] 4 years ago
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Nice, i myself have the lezyne power drive a very powerful front light, bit pricey, but you cant put a price on your life, plus its a fantastic light.

I'm waiting for the matching rear light to match this, this one seems nice, the guys in my local bike shop said a while ago a rear light was coming, but would expect a bit more than this for a rear light 7 lumens, good but I don't think bright enough. Also needs a rechargable battery

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step-hent [723 posts] 4 years ago
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joemmo wrote:

the basic knog lights are under a tenner aren't they? Just as well when they randomly detach themselves from your bike or helmet and ping off into the darkness.

Yep, Knog Frogs can be had for under a tenner each, but I've found them pretty unreliable - they seems very susceptible to water ingress, even with mudguards. My blinky light of choice is the Cateye loop, which comes in at £10 per light. They do look a bit 'functional', but seem very durable. From all the other Lezyne stuff I've got, these will be durable AND pretty - so if I need to pick up another set of lights I'll certainly give them a look...

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matt_fantastic [87 posts] 4 years ago
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These will have to be good to beat my Flash/Flare combination...

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Sascha [8 posts] 4 years ago
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I question the choice of CR2032s over an in-built rechargeable battery. By my calculations the front light will get only about 6h:45 per set of batteries.

The cost and annoyance of frequent battery changes therefore needs to be factored in.

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Calculations, for those interested:

Capacity of a single cr2032: 225mAh /1000 × 3V = 0.675Wh
Power usage, assuming an LED that outputs 75 lumen per Watt: (1/75 lumen) x 15 lumen = 0.2W
Use time: 0.675Wh / 0.2W = 3.375h
Use time with two cr2032: 3.375h x 2 = 6.75h

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mike the bike [745 posts] 4 years ago
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Lezyne do good lights. So good I use one myself, and I'm famously reluctant to spend money easily.

And I'm sure this little one will be equally good value for the cash, but did they have to give it the name of a pantyliner?

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bzzbxx [12 posts] 3 years ago
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