Kryptonite New York U-Lock
|Price:||$79.99 - $323.89|
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The Kryptonite New York U-Lock is the highest security Kryptonite U-lock available. Highest security Kryptonite lock, 16mm Kryptonium steel with double deadbolt design. $3000 anti-theft protection. Includes 2 standard keys, lighted key, pick-safe, anti-pick disc-style cylinderOversized hardened steel sleeve over cross bar for double security
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Now enter the idea of it being a noose. One word: BRILLANT. This design esentially doubles the chainlength without doubling the weight, which is HUGE when these chains weigh as much as they do. This chain comes in at about 6 pounds, which is the highest reasonable weight I'll carry on my bike. Infact I wrap this chain around the top tube when I'm using it and unless I'm jumping my bike around obstacles, I dont notice it's there. Ok, so the noose design as you'd imagine turns this 2.25' (not 2.5' like the title says, not sure why they advertise that) and essentially gives you as much chain length from your bike to bike rack as a 4 foot chain would. A regular 4' chain would have to wrap in a circle and you'd connect both ends, so your bike could only really be 2' away from the rack. This chain ALSO gives you 2' between you and the rack with you looping or "noosing" it around the rack, thread it through ur back tire (always) and lock the chain to your seat tube or down tube. See the pic I uploaded. In the end, this chain gives me the best of both worlds. Lighter weight closer to the weaker locks, but the high security and difficulty cutting of the new york locks. Highly recommended and would absolutely buy the noose design again.
Until last week I had been locking it with this lock plus a Fugggetaboutit U lock for extra protection, but I lost part of the Fuggetaboutit and am waiting for Amazon to SLOWLY send me a replacement.
This lock is still under warranty from Amazon since it's so new, so I can get a new one, and I'll get my new U lock soon - so hopefully I will continue to thwart them if they come back with bigger tools. I would say to anybody who is wondering though - I wouldn't lock it with this lock alone, at least in a bad area. They definitely made headway. I was lucky they didn't get all the way through the steel.
UPDATE: 6/22/13 - the lock is still doing great. Since the bike is outside it has had to deal with rain and snow, but other than needing to be oiled once, it's been a champ! I am now using it with the Kryptonite U lock I mentioned above. As far as I can tell, nobody has even tried to tamper with it since the first failed effort.
Update 9/12/13 - I have to say, GREAT LOCK. Just needs oiling once in a while. Out in rain and all that. The noose is really nice, makes for less struggling to get the lock on the bike. Also, some of the posts in NYC are really fat and a typical ULock will not fit around them. The noose solves that problem also.
Unless you're Superman though, you won't carry this around. You pick your spot and leave it there (way too heavy, but that's why it works).
7/14 The lock is still going strong. This winter broke records with snow. During one of the storms my bike was seat-high in snow. When spring came, I had to replace the bike chain, but not the lock!
I am not aware of any attempts to destroy my lock/chain yet, and I doubt that anybody would bother when there are more expensive bikes nearby that are secured by cable locks.
I have not had any problem with the lock being difficult to lock/unlock with the key.
Convenience is a problem, though, because this beast is heavy. This isn't just an issue toting it around on a bicycle. It's heavy enough that the user must be careful when passing the chain through wheels or carbon frames because it would be easy to drop the chain or the lock and damage a bicycle. I would prefer an longer chain that would permit me to lock my bike to street lamp poles and still allow me to secure the frame and both wheels but a longer chain would be even less convenient. I'm going to keep using this for now but I'm thinking about getting one of the lighter chains instead of this beast because of the convenience issues.
Also, the lock does come with 3 keys, one of which has a small battery powered LED. It's a nice idea but unfortunately the company did not put as much thought into the design of the lighted key fob as they did the design of the lock/chain. The lighted key accessory is seriously cheap, poorly designed and unreliable. i removed my key from the light accessory because it's a bit bulky and doesn't work well anyway.