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Altor makes the fattest U-Lock ever, adds anti-angle grinder defense

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Based in DC, Altor has been making locks for a while. And they’ve seen the rise in angle grinder use by thieves, which can apparently make short work of many locks. Enter the Altor SAF, their solution to motorized cutters, and also one of the fattest bike locks we’ve ever seen.

The Altor SAF claims to withstand angle grinders, such that either the tool runs out of battery power, destroys the grinding disc, or just burns out the motor before the lock can be broken. The secret is the patterned reliefs inside, which is a softer metal that’s actually harder for grinders to effectively cut.

Well, that and the fact that the 78mm outer “U” is just so fat that the grinding disc can’t even reach the inner steel core. And this hardened steel core stands up to leverage-based tools like crow bars.

Inside is a durable, highly pick-resistant keyed lock core. Here’s the rest of the specs:

  • 80 mm diameter alloy SAF Tech Shell which protects against angle grinders
  • 14 mm hardened internal shackle
  • Dual-sided anti-rotation locking bars ensure a thief would have to cut the lock on two sides to compromise the lock
  • High security disc detainer lock mechanism to prevent lockpicking
  • Soft protective outer coating made of vinyl and silicone to protect against scuffing

The lock is available now on Indiegogo for $199, with a planned $299 retail price after the campaign.

AltorLocks.com

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kt
kt
3 years ago

13.7 lbs, in case anyone was wondering.

peter alexander
peter alexander
3 years ago
Reply to  kt

seriously? thats kinda insane

Celest Greene
Celest Greene
3 years ago

That’s heavier a gallon and a half of milk. Even so I’m having trouble imagining what it would feel like in your hand (or bag).

Douglas McSaladbath
Douglas McSaladbath
3 years ago
Reply to  Celest Greene

Lol it’s also heavier than a full gallon of milk?

Dolan Halbrook
Dolan Halbrook
3 years ago
Reply to  kt

Wow, it’s even under the UCI limit.

onrhodes
3 years ago

That thing is HUGE!

Klaster_1
Klaster_1
3 years ago

One is binding, two is loose, click out of three…

Juan De Bobo
Juan De Bobo
3 years ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

Someone follows the lockpickinglawyer, lol

Matty
Matty
3 years ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

That was my first thought. LPL would have this open in 60 seconds.

Chris Bussiere
Chris Bussiere
3 years ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

All the stars for a LPL reference!

Rodrigo Diaz
Rodrigo Diaz
3 years ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

Love the LPL, but to be fair I doubt most bike thieves would use the finesse method in any lock.

roadstain
3 years ago

If I felt I needed to use a lock like that – simple. Would not leave my bike there.

yinzerniner
yinzerniner
3 years ago

This is the lock that Michel Gondry would use.

Josh
Josh
3 years ago
Reply to  yinzerniner

I love this joke so much

Padrote
Padrote
3 years ago

i like this. instead of trying to be “slick”, it does what it sets out to do with no compromise. and gives people some perspective when it comes to the tradeoffs involved with designing bike locks.

Lester Binegar
Lester Binegar
3 years ago

Perfect for leaving it where you use it.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

So just cut the pole it’s locked to?

they should fill the tech shell with angry bees!

C
C
3 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

They could fill it with stink bomb solution?

Huffagnolo SuperMagna
Huffagnolo SuperMagna
3 years ago

Heavy thick hard to carry locks don’t sound like a great thing. I would rather have an ABUS granit X-plus and have something lighter, that is easy to carry. Plus it is super secure and hard to cut and pry open.

When you don’t have your own factories and use quality virgin steel with good tempering and hardening processes you need thick weighty locks!

sceloglaux
sceloglaux
3 years ago

“quality virgin steel with good tempering and hardening processes”

Trust me, angle grinder doesn’t care how virgin your steel is.

Cheese
Cheese
3 years ago
Reply to  sceloglaux

But Jesus does.

Huffagnolo SuperMagna
Huffagnolo SuperMagna
3 years ago
Reply to  sceloglaux

Sure but an angle grinder will care when it can’t easily get through and will still have to cut through the other side to get in! Cheap locks need the thickness to stop attacks.

Huffman
Huffman
3 years ago

They may not get your frame but your Brooks saddle will be on eBay.

DAniel
DAniel
3 years ago

just cut the bike stand/fixture and steal both the bike and the lock.

ninjichor
ninjichor
3 years ago

I imagine that those hollows could hold plastic pouch capsules, filled with pepper spray stuff…

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