Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5 Bicycle U-Lock with Transit FlexFrame Bracket (3.25-Inch x 5.5-Inch)
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- 13mm hardened MAX-Performance steel shackle resists bolt cutters and leverage attacks
- Higher security disc-style cylinder
- High security Bent Foot(TM) design
- 3 keys - one lighted with high intensity bulb & replaceable battery
- Includes Transit FlexFrame Bracket for easy mounting to frame tubing 25mm to 80mm wheter round, oval, triangular, or square. Also features 360° rotation providing the ability to better fit and align with a bike frame's specific geometry.
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|Item Dimensions||3.27 x 1.18 x 5.51 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.4 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.29 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
The Lock: The lock is what you would expect from Kryptonite. It is compact, well-protected by its rubbery coat, and smooth to operate. It still has some heft to it (don't expect it to be feather-light), and fits in my back jean pocket easily. It comes with a mount that I never bothered to install. Like other reviewers have stated, the mount comes with incomprehensible installation instructions (this is why I knocked a star off, otherwise I would have given full stars).
Using The Lock: I also purchased a locking skewer (from Pinhead) for my front wheel so that I wouldn't have to carry a cable at all. With your front wheel secure, you only have to lock up the back wheel. When I had originally purchased the lock, I was afraid that I would find myself unable to lock my bike to larger poles and what not due to the small size of the U. However, over months of use this has NEVER happened. Perhaps this is because I am fortunate enough to live in a rather bike-friendly area with lots of actual bike racks. However, even when a legit bike rack was not available, I have always found something that I could lock to. Thinner to medium-sized street poles or stair rails have always worked. If you live in an area where huge poles are the only solution to lock your bike to, this lock will not be for you.
I have had this lock for over four months now, with no theft.
Bottom Line: This is a great, secure lock for people who do not want to lug around a huge lock.Read more ›
The mounting bracket works great for me, finding the proper location where it is not in the way is the problem. As you can see in the picture provided this is the best place to mount it in my case. I have tested it via riding on more rough terrain as well and it stays secure.
The mount that comes with this is also very nice, and doesn't move at all once properly installed. Ignore the manual and instead go to YouTube and watch their installation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqaqSG-lfGo. If the link is dead search for "Kryptonite Transit FlexFrame-U Bracket". It's much easier to understand.
As for the theft insurance, make sure you register for it within 14 days of purchase or they may try to deny your claim. It's in the fine print, and not obvious that you have such a deadline.
Mounting help: To install this mount securely you need two people, period. Be sure the nylon band is threaded through the mounting bracket so that the bracket pinches the band between the bike and bracket when the lock mount is screwed into the bracket. Use your assistant to keep the band very taught while you screw the lock mount into the bracket. This undocumented mounting process results in an extremely secure mount that can be placed in many frame and seat post locations. Be sure to note that the mounting clip on the lock itself can be swiveled 360 degrees for proper positioning of the lock almost anywhere on your bike.
Addendum 6/1/2014: While this lock is too small to fit around a wheel, frame and most bike racks, it will usually fit around a wheel and most racks, at least with my 28mm tires. The advice I have read recommends threading the lock through the section of the rear wheel within the triangle formed by the seat tube and the rear hub stays. The thief would have to destroy the rear wheel or cut the lock to get the bike, and they usually don't bother. Unless you take the front wheel with you (or carry dual locks), it is vulnerable, but also cheaper to replace than the bike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i dig it. nice small size. I put some tape around silver piece to not scratch paint as much on a 50 plus year old bike I have.Published 2 days ago by sk8prim8
Given the price, it's a great value. However, it's very small making it somewhat challenging to use.Published 15 days ago by Dan Dunay
Was too small good if you have thin tires and frame but I had a mountain bike.Published 21 days ago by Mark Giubarelli
The lock itself is probably 4 stars. I know the benefits of smaller u-locks, but this one is just a little smaller than the mini OnGuard lock I previously had, and it shows in not... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Anon
So far so good, great quality lock. I have it mounted on my MTB rear frame and stays well put on my bike rides. No problems with locking/unlocking with the key. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mariska
small enough that i cant lock the wheel and the frame at the same time unless i am locking to a bike rack with slim bars. comes with a mount, which is great!Published 1 month ago by mash
I live in the bike theft capital of the country, NYC. I don't even feel safe when my bikes in my apartment, that's how bad it is. I look at this as a deterrent, not a lock. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FOB_NYC
So far so good. I installed the mounting bracket. While some reviewers noted that it rattles, I can't imagine any bracket holding tighter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by W&S