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Solid lock, key a little sticky
on December 21, 2009
I needed a lock that was a) long enough to easily lock both wheel and frame (for my hybrid bike which sports a longer-than-average front wheel to frame distance) and b) light, but still strong. This was the only lock I could find that fit this bill, and overall it has been good-but-not-great.
* Comparison to Kryptonite's other locks: Kryptonite's next tier up, the "Evolution," is quite a bit heavier. According to my bikesmith, the only difference they noticed when they've had to cut through these locks with an angle grinder is that the Evolution takes slightly longer to get through. The "New York" lock weighs more than my bike, and the "Keeper" is not appropriate for a mid-high cost bike. That made the Kryptolok series an easy call. (BTW, after I bought the lock, I started noticing locks on my campus -- Kryptolok is easily the most common brand.)
* Locking mechanism: The other reviews nailed it -- the key sucks. It sticks a lot, especially in the cold. But it won't likely break off (like some users reported) unless you are twisting it like a maniac. Hopefully Kryptonite will make an improvement here. Not sure where else to turn, though.
* Warranty: This is garbage. You have to pay to activate, and the theif has to leave a piece of the broken lock for you to claim. Useless.
* Dimensions. Length is right, but the width is still a little thin for my hybrid tires. I can't lock my bike to parking meters, which sucks. What I really needed was a 5x11 lock, but I didn't see any of these on the market... Anyone with a hybrid or MTB that doesn't need the extra length should definitely stick with Kryptonite's 5x9 lock.