A few years ago Litelok made us rethink how heavy a high-security bike lock needed to be thanks to its flexible, composite construction. Now the same Boaflexicore material is back on Kickstarter in the new Litelok Silver – it’s another 25% lighter, and still rated Silver secure for use in moderate risk environments.

Litelok Silver ultra light, flexible Sold Secure Silver bike lock

The heart of the Litelok Silver is a thinner, more flexible version of Litelok’s patented Boaflexicore composite material. That blends a mix of alloy wires inside & polymers outside to create a loop that can’t simply be defeated with conventional tool in a bike thief’s arsenal. That means it is still resistant to cutting with bolt cutters, sawing through, or twisting in an attempt to snap it.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

The idea of course is that if your lock is lighter and easier to use, you are more likely to use it. And the Litelok Silver is again much lighter and more convenient than most bike locks on the market.

Picking the Lock, or rather lock security ratings

The first step to picking what bike lock to buy is figuring out how secure a lock you really need. Since all of the Liteloks are made in Britain, they’ve developed & tested the locks with the independent trade organization Sold Secure. If you aren’t in the UK, that still provides a useful reference as Sold Secure has a pretty huge database. Essentially the Gold rating like the original Litelok meant a lock was secure for up to 5 minutes of intensive attack by a thief with advanced tools – mostly intended for use in high risk urban environments.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

Sold Secure Silver was meant for up to 3 minutes of attack with multiple tool types – something Litelok says is more suited for running errands or securing your bike in less risky area. Litelok continues to develop a range of locks, to offer the right lock to the right cyclist and situation, but always lighter than the competition. The Litelok Silver looks pretty solid, and might even lead to increased bolt cutter sales (that is replacement sales if anyone else tries to cut Liteloks with them.)

Litelok Silver Tech Details

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

The new Litelok Silver is composed of a new four-strip Boaflexicore strap (vs. 6 inside the Gold version) with a soft-to-the-touch, abrasion-resistant polymer coating. Bound to the end of the new strap is an updated & smaller hardened steel lock that can also be connected inline with other Litelok Silvers to create longer loops.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

Litelok Silver is available in three lengths – 52cm, 70cm & 85cm – to give you all the lock you need with the lightest weight possible. That amounts to 630g, 730g, or 830g, respectively depending on length, making the Litelok Silver up to 25% lighter than the original Litelok Gold.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

The Litelok Silver is around 40-50% lighter than the average of equally rated U-locks, D-locks, chain locks, or reinforced/armored cable locks. The Litelok Silver also becomes the lightest lock to ever earn the Sold Secure Silver rating.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

The Litelok Silver can be carried on the bike as a closed loop, or extended straight and strapped to your toptube with the included velcro straps. A wearable kit to loop the lock around your waist was popular with customers of the original Litelok Gold, so this new one gets that option too.

Litelok Silver Kickstarter Pricing & Expected Delivery

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

Early Bird pricing on the Kickstarter begins at £55 for the shortest, lightest version, adding £10 for each step up in length, plus an additional £5 if you miss out on the earliest deals. Starting with the 70cm versions, the wearable kit is also included for free during the crowdfunding. Litelok expects to deliver the new locks to Kickstarter backers in February 2019.

As we write the Litelok Kickstarter campaign is already more than three-quarters of the way to their crowdfunding target with four weeks left to go. Act quickly if you want to get in on the Early Bird discounts.

Litelok Silver ultra-light lightweight flexible Sold Secure Silver rated bike lock

Given enough time, thieves can defeat any bike lock, so to avoid any ultimate loss, they also are offering a new global Litelok Theft Protection for £30 per year if you get it when you buy the lock. Litelok would then replace your stolen bike up to £1500 if it had been secured properly with a Litelok (subject to terms & conditions of course).

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Isn’t this most comparable to the Ottolock which is also much lighter?
    18” = 145g
    30” = 175g
    60” = 260g
    Now I wouldn’t trust an Ottolock as much as a ulock for strength but not sure how much I’d trust this design either

    • Hi Eli, Ottolock is a great product but it doesn’t offer anything like the same level of security & isn’t, as far as we’re aware, accredited by any independent testing agency like Sold Secure. Our claim isn’t that we’re the lightest lock but that we’re the lightest *secure* lock ever made, as attested by our Silver Sold Secure rating.

      Neil Barron
      Litelok Founder

    • This is incorrect Tyler. Litelok actually has the best resistance of any type of lock against a crow bar or tire bar. To prove how well Litelok performs we asked Swansea University College of Engineering to build a testing rig for us. You will see on our Kickstarter page that Litelok Silver lasts for 4 full turns of a crowbar and an equivalent Sold Secure Silver U lock only lasts half a turn.

      The video you have posted a link to misrepresents our Litelok Gold product. It’s almost impossible to break a Litelok through twisting it with a tool like a crowbar or tire iron. In fact it could cause serious injury to anyone who tries. Litelok Gold is made of the same Boaflexicore material as Silver and has the same incredible resistance to torsion attacks, which could actually cause serious injury to anyone who tries it on a lock that hasn’t been tampered with.

      This is because as you turn the crowbar energy builds up within the tensioned Boaflexicore material which coils and could spring back and unwind rather violently if you let go. This is clearly demonstrated in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKUU4quQNL4. We highly encourage all prospective bike lock buyers to do their due diligence and only rely on information from trusted sources. We passionately believe in our products and will continue to work tirelessly to deliver lightweight, flexible, secure locks to help cyclists deter bike thieves.

      Neil Barron
      Litelok Founder

  2. Ottolock is a lot lighter. I bought two Liteloks but never used them. They are actually superstiff and tough to bend, difficult for kids and my wife.

    We use heavier and thicker Abus chains which can just wrap and get through holes.

    I should try again maybe. But bottom line is making that circle is not that easy at all.

    As for ottolock, it’s not as secure, but a good cafe lock. Also usefull to tie up bikes on a carrier. More like a belt.

  3. Guys, if you really want to convince people that this lock is of any quality, send it to one of lockpicking channels on YT for testing.

  4. I’m very interested in this but shipping to North America makes it a difficult purchase. At £15 its almost 30% of the price of the 52 model.

  5. Just received my Litelok 52 Silver and I am delighted. Lock is well made and more than meets my needs and expectations. The company are very professional, friendly and helpful.I have no hesitation in recommending this product. Well done to Litelok, great innovation.

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