- Small on-bike profile
- Extra powerful daytime flash mode
- Good run times
- Reasonably priced
- Won’t fit easily into some computers’ USB ports
Price as reviewed:
There’s always been a bit of an arms race in the front-light arena. Now that seems to have spread to rear lights, with the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro upping the game for Lezyne.
Although it’s not the company’s most powerful rear light – that honour goes to the 300-lumen Strip Drive Pro – the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro pushes out quite an eyeful of rear illumination on its 75-lumen daytime flash mode. It’s also surprisingly efficient for what’s quite a small unit, with a quoted run time in this mode of seven hours.
Go for the 20-lumen Blast constant mode and you’ll get around three hours. There’s also a three-lumen Economy constant mode with 13 hours’ run time and two other flashing modes, also giving you up to 13 hours’ run time. Recharge time is about three hours in a standard USB port.
The shape of the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro is like the lower output KTV Drive lights, so it attaches with a rubber band mount to your seatpost with the two flexible rubber wings on the rear ensuring that it will work with aero seatposts as well as round profiles.
And also like the other KTV Drive lights, the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro recharges with an integrated USB plug under a rubber bung in its base, so there’s no need for a separate charging cable. This does make fitting into a computer’s USB port a bit fiddly on some machines though and may make it difficult to plug anything else, like a front light, into adjacent ports at the same time.
The lens of the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro is designed to give good side-on visibility and you get quite a bit of illumination at angles well over 90° – an important consideration when riding in traffic.
If you want to up your rear visibility, the 75-lumen daytime flash mode of the Lezyne KTV Drive Pro provides a lot of output and should draw attention. The four other modes provide plenty of flexibility and battery life is good for quite a small unit.