Impeccable design, and simplistic, yet incredibly functional effective engineering. This is Lezyne, and the Control Drive CO2 Inflator is a tremendous example of just how seriously this company takes its mission. This elegant, exacting, yet ultimately purposeful inflator head looks good enough to leave on your desk as a conversation starter, but truly belongs in your saddle bag, available at a moments notice to get you back on the road.
Lezyne takes the CNC’d Slip-Fit head, and adds a dial style twist knob the back of the unit for precise control while inflating. The unit can be controlled with one hand, as the meticulously manufactured assembly spins smoothly and precisely.
The tried and true Slip-Fit head unit fits both Presta and Schrader valve types, and must be used with threaded CO2 cartridges. A single 16 or 25 gram cartridge is included, as is an anti-freeze sleeve to protect your hand during CO2 release. The 46 gram weight of the head unit won’t eat into your wattage on the road, and every time you use the Control Drive you will be thankful that Lezyne prioritizes the overall functionality within the Engineered Design process. Now if you can just justify one for the desk.
My second venture into the co2 inflator world since Genuine Innovations. Its small, compact. Screw on a 16g cartidge. Press the valve head onto your tubes presta valve. Turn the control knob open. You have air. It comes with a sleeve so your hands wont get frost bite. You can easily store it in one of your jersey pockets or saddle bag. Its a little bit expensive considering its size. But when you are standing on the side of the road with a punctured tire while experiencing what was a wonderful ride, its worth it. Gets you back on the road fast. Unlike Genuine Innovations, it will accept any 16g threaded cartridge. Big plus. I like it.
Posted on January 31, 2016
I had been carrying this unit in my seat bag since last year and finally had occasion to try it out. For so small a tool, it is everything they say it is. The 15g threaded cartridge screws securely to the unit and it grips tightly on the valve stem. You can hold the unit on the valve while turning the knob to precisely mete out air to the tire maintaining control over how fast the tire inflates. No more heart-in-mouth moments as compressed air zooms into your tire to the point of bursting within seconds. I will be replacing all my old inflators with this one so each bike has this unit. The price is worth the peace of mind knowing I won't burn through multiple cartridges before I get it right next time I flat. I can also impress my riding buddies should the need arise to assist one of them out on the road!