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Kryptonite New York Standard Bicycle U-Lock with Bracket ( 4-Inch x 8-Inch)
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 7 x 11 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||4.4 pounds|
Kryptonite New York MC 3000 U-Lock Ultimate security for high theft areas
Steel sleeve in a "crossbar over crossbar" construction
High security, anti-pick disc style cylinder with double dead bolt lock
Extra thick 58" Kryptonium steel shackle
Includes a lighted key
4" x 8"
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Knowing what I know now, I would have chosen a different lock.
Living in the big city and riding bikes, owning the best lock available is the most important step to keeping the bike in your possession. Kryptonite does this well. Very well. They offer all sorts of strengths depending on your threat level of getting stolen. Considering that I would have to leave my bike locked up downtown for hours on end, I'd figure mine was pretty high. So naturally I bought the strongest they had, New York Fahgettaboutit and boy was that beafy. First impressions, hand down it's the strongest and toughest lock. Extremely sturdy but it wasn't the right lock for me. Why ?
First. It's shankel is shorter then this one and while that's done intentionally to prevent jacks from being used to pry open your lock, it realistically means that you are really limited to what/where you can lock it up. And once you locked it up you could only lock up the frame (I have wheel locks on my bike, but secondary protection is always welcomed). This version, while slightly lighter, offered more space to lock my bike to more choices, but I could also get a wheel locked up to ( and thus preventing a jack from getting into the lock). This became a win/win
Second. Storage. While not in use, i found it a pain to store the 'Fahgettaboutit'. When I carried a back pack with me, the extra weight was really noticeable and uncomfortable. I couldn't really keep it in the front of the bike. I tried keeping it on my rack in the back but i found it a little dangerous because the little shifts in movements become dangerous at high speeds, especially while turning. With this version, when I found out it has the bike clamp I became really excited. Not only does it store it safely, but I have it in the center part of my frame, which means my CG (center of gravity) is excellent. It doesn't move or shift at all. Every month or so it becomes a little sticky or doesn't slide in 'n out as easily and I just add, literally, a drop of oil and it's back to as good as new. The trade off is some folks like to keep their water bottle there. So if you don't mind the trade off or have another place for it ( not enough space for both inside the frame) consider this lock.
Lastly. Security. I started by saying that security was my number one most important option, and then I give all these reasons why I love this lock and none of them are security related. Well lets address that. Remember, all locks are merely deterrents and all can be cut through. All of them. You're never going to be 100% theft proof. Impossible. Yes the Fahgettaboutit is the Fort Knocks of locks. And if that's the case, then this is the....hmm, what's the 2nd most secure building ? No one ever talks about that! I digress, basically this lock isn't no push over. You're not getting through with bolt cutters or other little toy options. You need a cordless saw ( don't laugh, they use them!) So basically it comes down to this. This lock will take about a minute to saw through. The Fahgettabouit will buy you an extra maybe 10 to 20 secs of drill time. Will the cops show up or a citizen intervene in the extra time ? Chances are if it didn't happen in the first minute, its slim to happen in the next 20 secs. Is that extra drill time worth the trade offs of everything listed above. If it's for you, then the Fahgettaboutit is the perfect lock. For me, the trade-offs as mentioned above are more valuable in a day to day situation and I feel just as safe.
Hope this review helps.
This lock is much beefier than you realize once you handle it. You get use to it, but just know that this is a tough one.
At level 11, it's almost the best (out of the 1-12 scale). It's just one level less than the 6" NY Lock, but it's larger area makes it more versatile. (Additional room to allow more locking options but with 1/2 lb less weight than the 6" version).
Regarding the majority of negative feedback:
Weight - It's heavy, but it's not like a cinder block or anything. It's still quite manageable for a highly ranked U-lock, so it's what you expect it to be. Also, other locks that compare, especially the chains, are much more heavier (10-15 lb), making this (4 lb.) one of the best choices for a weight to security ratio. Also, be aware that KRYPTONITE HAS LIGHTER U-LOCKS AVAILABLE. The tougher the lock , the heavier it will be. Ignore negative feedback on a product that lists the weight and states what it's suppose to do. It was never a light u-lock and wasn't intended to. That's what the Evolution Series 4, or Series 2/Kryptolocks are.
Keys - Many complaints about keys and how they break off. Perhaps, there are older versions that aren't as good, but like other models I own, I can see why keys may break. The cuts on the keys are closer to the end of the key, making it weaker where you need the strength. The key has some length to it because of the depth of the keyhole. If the key is not inserted into the lock all the way, you will only turn a few of the discs that can turn with the key. It will not turn completely, which means you have to turn back and push down farther. People may be still trying to turn it, which can make the key break off into the keyhole. If you understand how the keyhole mechanism works, it may help as a reminder when you use it.
Transportation Bracket - This may be the only disappointment, but it's not really. Included with your lock is a "Free" bracket to connect to your bike. Yes, the bracket isn't that great, but it's just a bracket. Having used the same bracket with other Kryptonite U-Locks, I found that some can be quite stickier than others, sometimes being impossible to remove or pull back out. One way to get around this is to put the lock in the bracket before putting it on the bike. Bend around and work the lock within the bracket a bit to loosen the tightness it may have. Doing this pries out some breathing room for the piece that goes in it. I found this to be effective and is easy to remove and still holds securely without problems.
All in all, I feel much more secure with this lock. It's a good price for the level of security this lock provides out of other choices.
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