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Lezyne Strip Drive Pro

7
£39.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Good performance and build quality with enough power to use as a daylight flasher
Weight: 
60g

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Lezyne's Strip Drive Pro packs plenty of punch and it's easy to fit to a range of bikes. Battery life is on the short side, but it's a good choice for faster roads where you want to maximise your visibility.

The light itself is a hard plastic unit covered with a silicone rubber cover. That keeps the light waterproof (no issues at all during testing) and there's a separate rubber cover at the bottom which hides the USB charger. You plug this light directly into a USB port to charge – it doesn't require a lead.

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Two plastic hooks poke through the silicone, and you hook a segmented rubber band around them to fix the light to your seatpost. The rear shape of the light is designed to work with either aero or round seatposts and it stays put pretty well. If your seatpost is small you'll end up with a flappy bit of band, but you can cut it off if it bothers you.

Like many lezyne rear lights the Strip Drive has a veritable cornucopia of modes. There are three steady modes including a group-friendly economy setting, and six flashing modes up to a 100-lumen day flash that's very, very bright. Suffice to say that whatever type of riding you're going to do, there's a mode in there that'll fit the bill. I gravitated towards 'Knight Rider' (not its real name) for most riding, and economy steady mode for rides in a group. The day flash is certainly good for faster riding and busier roads, though. The light remembers which mode you were in when you turn it back on.

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Battery life is, for the most part, pretty average. The economy steady mode will keep you lit for 15 hours (we found the Lezyne claimed times to be pretty accurate) but it's not that eye-catching. The better flashing modes give you around four hours of continuous use.

When the battery is low the Strip Drive Pro changes to economy to eke out as much ride time as it can. I never arrived home at the end of a ride to find that the light had gone out, but several times I managed to drain it to the point where it went into battery-saving mode.

If your rides are shorter, or you're looking for something you can sling on your bike for riding on busy roads – say a main road commute, or for your time trial bike – it's a better choice than as a more general purpose light. You need to be fairly on the ball regarding keeping it charged, but so long as it's topped up frequently it's an effective and well-built option.

Verdict

Good performance and build quality with enough power to use as a daylight flasher

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Lezyne Strip Drive Pro

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the light is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Lezyne says: "Extremely powerful five LED taillight. Light and durable co-molded lens/body construction. Unique aero and round post compatible design. Five market-leading, ultra high-output LEDs delivering up to 100 lumens. Mode Memory function returns to selected mode after turning off. 9 combined lumen and flash modes. Enhanced MOR (Maximum Optical Reflection) lens with built-in side visibility. Integrated cable-free recharging USB stick."

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

MAX LUMENS:

100

WEIGHT:

69g (without strap mount)

SIZE:

87x37x34 mm

RECHARGE TIME:

2.5hrs (1A) / N/A (2A)

Rate the light for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the light for design and ease of use. How simple was the light to use?
 
8/10
Rate the light for the design and usability of the clamping system/s
 
8/10
Rate the light for waterproofing. How did it stand up to the elements?
 
9/10
Rate the light for battery life. How long did it last? How long did it take to recharge?
 
5/10
Rate the light for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the light for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the light for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the light for value:
 
7/10

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

It's a good rear light for your fast bike so long as you're happy to be rigorous with your charging schedule.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the light

Bright, easy to fit to all sorts of post.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the light

Battery life.

Did you enjoy using the light? Yes, in the main.

Would you consider buying the light? Probably not because I can't be trusted to remember to charge it.

Would you recommend the light to a friend? Yes, depending on their needs.

Use this box to explain your score

It performs very well and it's easy to mount; battery life is average.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 189cm  Weight: 92kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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