OK the idiots at Amazon screwed me up again. They just love to group totally different products on one page. I thought i was selecting color of the light, in reality they were not only different color, but different models as well:
Amazon.com: Light and Motion Urban 550 Lumens Bike Light (Galaxy Grey): Sports & Outdoors
you gotta love those idiots ! they have one model number clearly stated on top of the page and another on the bottom. IDIOTS ! ! !
anyway, so i thought wow Urban 550 for $70 is a great deal ! but actually it's $120 ...
which brings us to Lezyne Super Drive XL ... which is $80 ... well appears to be $80
Amazon.com: Lezyne Super Drive Xl LED Front Light (Black): Sports & Outdoors
because on another page on Amazon its double that ...
of course i just want to use these lights as a front blinky. i have no intention of illuminating anything with them - they aren't powerful enough for that.
some idiot in the review of SuperDrive said the light is "bright as can be" i just voted his review "not useful" and decided not to tell him how dumb he is ... at least that idiot didn't say it was brighter than the sun !
anyway so i certainly think L&M is a better light maker, but i have two Lezyne pumps and they are great ( certainly comared to Topeak pumps ) and the design of the SuperDrive XL is certainly clever.
so why not just get SuperDrive XL then ?
well a few reasons:
1 - the flash pattern on Urban is much more effective. the pattern on Lezyne is too slow. remember i am getting this light ONLY for the flash pattern, so this is very important !
2 - with the mount it is 160 grams versus 112 grams for Uban of the same output, that is 550 lumens. in fact i can also get a 700 lumen Urban that still weighs 112 grams but i probably wouldn't spend the extra money. but anyway, the Lezyne is much larger and heavier for the same output.
here: compare the size and weight ( both lights measured with bar mounts ):
3 - amazon reviews for the Urban seem to be better, than for SuperDrive XL.
the battery in SuperDrive being standard and replaceable is on the one hand a sort of insurance in case battery goes bad, on the other hand L&M has much more experience making lights so it is a greater risk buying from a new company on the market like Lezyne.
what do you think ? does anybody own either / both of these ?
do you know any videos that show the flash pattern of SuperDrive XL ?
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