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4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure whether to be proud or sad..., October 4, 2010
This review is from: OnGuard Brute LS 5000 Bike U-Lock (Sports)
First off - as others have mentioned, the picture is wrong; it looks like all the other modern OnGuard locks.

Anyway: this thing is pretty darned solid, and I will explain soon how I now know that. The lock itself is heavy and solid, and the locking mechanism works pretty well overall, especially if you keep it lubricated. The main problem with the length/size of this lock is the fact that it becomes harder to find a place to mount it, especially on a full-suspension bike like mine. I chose to strap it to the front fork, which I think led to its ultimate demise.

Now, for the good and bad of why I know this thing is, in fact, a brute. After using this lock for ~2 years, and having it take a tumble from it's mount a number of times at high speed, the lock finally gave up the ghost (while it was locked to something no less) The key simply would not turn the cylinder, and the whole thing looked like it was coming apart (did I mention the multiple 20+ MPH tumbles it took?) Anyway, I was lucky enough to run in to a work crew on campus, who had all manner of cutting tools. The sawzall took all of a nick out of the metal in ~2 minutes of cutting. Thankfully, an oxyacetylene cutting torch was in there arsenal, and even that took a little bit to set my bike free.

So, do I recommend this? Yes. It is solid, and you need a **** torch to get it off. I would recommend though that you take better care of it than I did. So, 4 out of 5 stars for truly being a brute. Minus 1 for failing on me (though admittedly due to my own abuse of it)
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Initial post: Dec 3, 2010 11:36:11 AM PST
Baldone says:
How long exactly did the torch take to cut through?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2010 2:39:53 PM PST
Maybe 10-15 seconds. 6,330 °F will make most any metal cry ;)

Not that any bike thieves really carry around cutting torches or anything...

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 6:19:23 PM PDT
T. Jackson says:
That's impressive Gotta get this for my cycle!! Thanks

Tom
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