Kryptonite Evolution U-Lock
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- Lock Size: 3 x 5.5 -Inch, Lock Style: Keyed
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The Kryptonite Evolution is constructed of a 1/2" hardened steel design and a stout steel crossbar. 1/2" hardened high-grade carbon alloy steel shackle. Free $2,000 Anti Theft offer except LK4122 which is $500. Includes EZ-mount bracket and lighted keySecure disc style cylinder resist picking and drilling. Short crossbar and shackle create the closest, most compact fit providing better securityNew design key cylinder and stout steel crossbar. EV Disc: Smaller opening prevents use of jacks and prying tools
Size: 3 x 5.5"
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Small enough to fit inside any backpack and but still large enough to lock the front tire and downtube to the bike rack.
The reputation for this lock's ability can be best told with a personal story of mine:
I wanted to run into the food court and get a ice cream from Burger King at the school dining hall, but all the bike rack spots were taken. Conveniently, there were stairs with hand rails right next to the entrance. Ignoring the sign that warned all bikers to not lock their bikes to the rail, i went ahead and did so anyways. I'd be back to my bike in less than 3 minutes.
Lo and behold, as I walk back out with my ice cream in hand, I see campus security standing over my bike, holding bolt cutters, and kind of staring into the distance and pondering life. I ran up and apologized, saying that I hadn't expected him to be so vigilant and catch me in those few minutes. He scolded me, let me off with a warning, and said next time he wouldn't be so generous. As I was getting ready to leave, he looked around before whispering to me "To be honest, I just wasn't ready to break another set of bolt cutters. Those Kryptonite locks are something else..."
There you have it. Buy this lock and literally feel the worry and stress slip away. Who knew peace of mind was so inexpensive. Wish they had solutions like this for all of life's problems.
Main reason for this choice of U Lock was for weight savings, mounting bracket, color, and small size. (it truly does fit anywhere)
Weight is almost not an issue no matter how you carry. Backpack, back Pocket, or Bracket are not a problem. The crushing weight of the NYF was unbearable. So hands down this is far nicer to ride around in.
I've read many reviews on how hard it is to get the lock out of the supplied bracket. I've been using this ulock daily in the bracket for 2 months. I have it mounted to my seat tube, and yet to experience a problem. It's been mounted so that I have about 3 inches of clearance from the top tube. When lifting the lock upwards it will gently bump into the top tube letting me quickly know the lock is free and ready to be removed. I've never pinched my fingers as some have claimed, or had to wrestle with the release of the bracket EVER. Maybe I got a newer designed bracket? Or maybe I'm not retarded and can use a ulock bracket correctly? The bracket is the main reason I got rid of my NYF (to large to have a bracket) and I LOVE IT, works as intended.
I hate to admit it but one of the most compelling reasons that I got this lock over the much cheaper and nearly identical ulock (series 2) was the bright orange color. I just love it, and it's been easier to spot my bike on the rack.
Using a commuter bike doesn't lend itself to being easily locked up by this ulock. But I knew that after using the NYF for a year. There are a few times I've had to be very creative on what I've locked the bike up to. But luckily there has always been something near by that has worked. If your concerned about wheels get a cable lock. I bought a 12mm cable lock to lock my GF bike to mine and it works just fine.
The BAD things I've noticed so far:
Bent foot design: I was spoiled with the NYF and able to lock it any way without looking (double bolt design). Now I have to make sure I get the bent foot into the right hole before locking up and leaving. This usually cost me and extra 2-6 seconds in lock up time, I'm sure it will speed up as I use it more.
Key: Poor design and not very strong, it looks to be using 1-2 tumblers less than the NYF so its even weaker key design! Never close to breaking it off yet, but if you don't take your time I can see how this would snap off on you. (TURN KEY SLOWLY and check for resistance!!!!)
Looking for a small lightweight strong ulock that should last years this maybe the one for you. In all honesty if your on a budget just get the series 2 (gray lock) its basically the same. Series 2 has gray rubber, and is slightly longer (wont fit in your back pocket, so no hipster look). And after intense research found out it uses slightly softer metal. Takes 5 mins from cordless grinder to cut threw Evolution Mini, and 3.5 mins for series 2.
If they come out with a Evolution Mini with double bolt like the new Evolution 4 and NY line I will upgrade that's the only reason I would ever change ulocks because I hate this bent foot! (more of an annoyance then anything)
.... and it's not for a beach cruiser because the opening is to small. I have to use the cable to lock my GF bike to mine or else she would have to go lock-less.
I think someone tried to use a saw on it, the coating is worn on one part but the metal is undamaged. This happened at least 18 months ago and I still use this lock at least 3 times a week.
The lock is the perfect size to fit in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. However it does not provide a lot of room for what you're locking it to. I've had to get very creative with locking my bike up at times. On most bike racks I'm able to lock my front tire and the frame (road bike frame). I have used an additional cable with this lock for long term parking (72+ hours) without issue. If you live in an area where locking your frame is safe enough most of the time I highly recommend this lock.
Why didn't I? I was only one with this lock. This lock worked so well that I actually had to hide it while it wasn't on the bike. People kept trying to steal the lock! It posed a new problem... how do I keep my lock from getting stolen?!? Fortunately, I've been there to catch the people who were stealing my lock, several times.
This thing should come with a lock stealing prevention kit or some type of details on how to hide your lock when it isn't locked on the bike!