We have had Lezyne’s Zecto Drive Pro light for over a month now and as the nights have drawn in have been able to test its abilities.
We were intrigued by the dual front and rear usage offered by the Zecto Drive Pro but have to admit it has seen service mainly as a rear unit. We tend to go for something like Hope’s excellent R4 on the front, my own argument being that you cannot be too illuminated.
We like the neat design, size and packaging of the Zecto Drive Pro and found having a mini-USB cable preferable to a flip out charge plug that we have seen elsewhere. We charged it from the side of a Macbook Air and found it just fitted better with the cable.
The single rear LED puts out plenty of light. I used it on the 20 lumen ‘flashing’ mode as I have always had a preference for two rear lights: one static, one flashing (you may be spotting a belt and braces approach, but, hey, safety never takes a lunch break). We tested the capabilities of the dual LED set up out front (80 lumens from the ‘Blast’ and ‘Flash3′ modes; 160 lumens from the ‘Daytime Flash’ setting), but again we feel the Zecto Drive Pro is one for being seen, rather than for seeing with.
We found that the Zecto Drive Pro lived up to the run times quoted in our ‘first look’ . A rechargeable unit brings obvious benefits, chief of which is the avoidance of a ride scuppered by the failure of dry batteries, which always seem to give their last when a big ride is in the offing.
A note of caution should perhaps be sounded for owners of bikes with aero profiled seatposts. You may wish to check the Zecto Drive Pro’s fitment before purchase, specifically the inbuilt clips around base.
As a secondary back up light to a front and rear combination, we see the Leyzne Zecto Drive Pro as a sensible addition. As a single purchase, however, it lacks validity: separate lights front and rear should always be the standard. A light for the commuter? Certainly, and one with the potential to extend the ride home into a training loop.