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Verdict: 
Robust and super-bright rear light that's easy to use, but the battery life is a bit on the short side
Weight: 
63g
Lezyne Strip Drive Pro 300 rear light
7 10

The Lezyne Strip Drive Pro is a very powerful rear light that is simple to operate with a myriad of settings to suit everyone. The mode memory is useful for when you've found your preferred beam type, and although battery life is on the short side, the auto economy mode should get you home in an emergency.

  • Pros: Good value, super-bright, simple to use & charge, economy mode gets you home
  • Cons: Battery life, unit length, convoluted set of modes

The updated Strip Drive Pro now has a huge max power output of 300 lumens for daytime use. It retains the same design as the previous version with five LEDs and a solid casing with a protected USB socket on the underside.

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To mount the light you just fix the rubber back end to your seatpost, and this has plenty of give so you can attach it to a standard round or an aero seatpost with ease (which came in useful for a recent race I did in foggy conditions). There are two plastic hooks either side to attach a rubber band which keeps the light secure, and the band is stretchy enough to fit to any seatpost circumference.

Charging takes just over a couple of hours, with a small green light indicating a full charge. The USB charge port doesn't require a lead, and plugs in directly. It has just about enough clearance to plug into the side of a laptop, so you won't need an extension as with Knog's square lights, for example.

There are 11 settings in total, which is too many really, as some of the flash modes are very similar. A memory mode helps once you've chosen your favourite, for the next time you turn it on, but this doesn't happen in between charges.

I eventually worked out that my setting of choice was Flash 2, the fifth option in the cycle, which puts out 25 lumens and repeatedly lights up each of the five LEDs in rapid succession. I found this good for the three-mile city centre dash either end of my commute, and I've been assured that it's bright enough to be very visible without being irritating or dazzling. It's meant to last 4hrs 20mins, but I only got around 3.5 hours before it dropped to economy mode.

The 300 and 150-lumen modes (options 10 and 11) are daytime flash modes; they're really powerful and not something you would use at night. The other four brightest flash modes, which are either 25 or 35 lumens, are all bright enough for night-time use and will last you between four and four and a half hours. When the light is running low it automatically changes to the 5-lumen economy mode to get you home.

Ideally, I'd like a flash mode that lasts five or six hours, as four hours (or less) won't quite last the week for my commute – or lots of other riders' according to Strava.

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In terms of value, £50 isn't bad when you consider the lumens you get for the money. It's a tenner less than Exposure's TraceR Mk2 Reakt, though the run-time isn't as good, but a tenner more than Moon's very good Nebula.

Overall, I was largely impressed with the Strip Drive Pro. It's very bright and easy to swap between bikes, but fewer modes would improve its usability. You will also have to keep on top of charging if you require one of the brighter settings at all times, but as long as you do it's built to last and worth the 50 quid outlay.

Verdict

Robust and super-bright rear light that's easy to use, but the battery life is a bit on the short side

road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Strip Drive Pro 300 rear light

Size tested: 300 lumens

Tell us what the light is for

Lezyne says: "Extremely powerful and versatile LED taillight. Light and durable co-molded lens/body construction. Waterproof. Unique aero and round post compatible design. Five market-leading, ultrahigh-output LEDs delivering up to 300 lumens. Mode Memory function returns to selected mode after turning off. Nine combined lumen and flash modes, including the extremely visible 300-lumen Daytime Flash mode. Enhanced lens with built-in side visibility. Integrated cable-free recharging USB stick."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the light?

Lezyne lists:

Fully waterproof

Mouldable mount that will fit round or aero seatposts

max delivery of 300 lumens from five LEDs

Weight: 63g

2.5 hours charge time, USB rechargeable

3 hours run time on most powerful setting, up to 20.5 hours on weakest

Mode memory return remembers which setting you were on before turning the light off

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Built to last; good shout on the standard/aero seatpost mount and fairly easy charging – no complaints here.

Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
7/10

Easy to charge, turn on and change between settings, but it's a bit tricky to distinguish between them – which matters if you need to use a low-powered setting.

Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
9/10

Super-easy and quick to attach to/swap between bikes. The light unit itself is quite long, though, and only mounts vertically, so might be a squeeze fitting it under a saddlebag.

Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
9/10

I've used it in an absolute deluge on multiple occasions and it's absolutely fine.

Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
5/10

This is the main sticking point. On the setting I prefer (Flash 2, 25 lumens) it didn't last the 4hrs 20mins it's meant to, more like 3:30, so I had to remember to charge it most days.

Rate the light for performance:
 
8/10

Very bright and there's a tiny bit of side visibility; in practice it works very well and is visible from a long distance.

Rate the light for durability:
 
8/10

Very solid and dependable.

Rate the light for weight:
 
6/10

There are lighter, but it's certainly not heavy.

Rate the light for value:
 
6/10

Plenty of power for the money.

Tell us how the light performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It works well, as long as you remember to charge it regularly and you're happy always mounting it vertically on your seatpost.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

The mounting design for aero or regular seatposts, the brightness, charging simplicity and, kind of, the number of beam options.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

The lack of run-time on the more powerful settings; some of the modes seem a bit pointless, and it's quite long so difficult to fit on a seatpost with a saddle bag.

Did you enjoy using the light? Yes (unless I forgot to charge it!).

Would you consider buying the light? Yes

Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's a hardwearing light that's easy to use and plenty bright enough, but could do with a bit more run-time to raise the score to 8.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 179cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride: Road bike (currently Specialized Tarmac)  My best bike is: Ridley Chronus TT bike

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, triathlon races

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

5 comments

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Matt L [10 posts] 4 months ago
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Great light and genuinely 'simple to charge' until you lose the rubber bit on the bottom that covers the USB charging bit. Then.... useless because the charging port is totally exposed to the weather....

If anyone kows where you can get a replacement pleasse let me know!

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HLaB [219 posts] 4 months ago
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Matt L wrote:

Great light and genuinely 'simple to charge' until you lose the rubber bit on the bottom that covers the USB charging bit. Then.... useless because the charging port is totally exposed to the weather....

If anyone kows where you can get a replacement pleasse let me know!

I never lost the rubber bit of the precessor but after a few winters it wouldn't hold charge  7

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Artem [33 posts] 4 months ago
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Great light, but fitting is crappy, I lost two in a couple months, these hooks for rubber strap on the sides are too small!

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Jack Sexty [81 posts] 4 months ago
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Matt L wrote:

Great light and genuinely 'simple to charge' until you lose the rubber bit on the bottom that covers the USB charging bit. Then.... useless because the charging port is totally exposed to the weather....

If anyone kows where you can get a replacement pleasse let me know!

Hi Matt, I've just been informed by Lezyne's distributor that you can buy the spares from them direct. Here's the link... http://outlet.upgradebikes.co.uk/Outlet/Light-Spares/Accessories/Strip-Caps

Cheers,

Jack

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Matt L [10 posts] 4 months ago
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Thanks Jack! Just bought a couple.

Much obliged.