Litelok is going head-to-head with other U-lock makers with new lighter, but more secure Litelok X locks, protected by a new Barronium composite construction that gives them unparalleled anti-theft resistance against angle grinders. Offering a claimed 5-15X more security thanks to their multi-material tech that resists the most common bike theft techniques, Litelok still manages to protect your bike without extra weight…
Litelok X lightweight theft-resistant U-locks
Newly self-crowning themselves as makers of the “world’s lightest, most practical, and convenient angle grinder-resistant bike lock” the new Litelok X lightweight theft-resistant U-locks pack their innovation inside. The secret is the “Barronium” inside a multi-material construction that fuses composite fiber to a hardened high-tensile steel core (which resists conventional bolt cutter, hammer& chisel & prybar attacks), that then is covered with a plant-based rubber protection layer.
The functional result they say resists angle grinder attacks by “turning the grinder’s energy and force on itself” – quickly wearing down multiple grinder disks, draining batteries, and damaging the grinder’s motor.
“I’m incredibly excited to have reimagined the popular D-lock format with innovative design features and our own technology Barronium, which provides the ultimate in anti-angle grinder resistance. The range was put through extensive tests, breaking discs and grinders in the process. It’s light, secure and incredibly strong. I believe it’s a gamechanger and unlike anything else on the market,” says LITELOK Founder & CEO, Professor Neil Barron.
Litelok describes their 1700g X1 U-lock (they like to call it a D-lock) as “5X more secure than the current best-selling, best-performing D-locks” on the market. This standard X1 bike lock has an ART4-accredited locking cylinder and internal dimensions of 101 x 196mm.
With a heavier-duty Abloy Sentry lock – the “most pick-proof cylinder available” on the market – Litelok describes their slightly heavier 1900g X3 as “15X more secure than the current best-selling, best-performing D-locks” on the market. It is essentially the same size overall, with 99 x 194mm clear inside the locked loop.
The UK-made locks are Sold Secure Bicycle Diamond certified. They feature retro-reflective detailing, and come with a secure & rattle-free Twist+Go mounting bracket to carry it on your bike. But Litelok also partnered with Restrap to make a lock holster available separately, as well.
Litelok X – Pricing, options & availability
The new theft-resistant Litelok X u-locks come in two versions. The lighter 1.7kg/3.7lb X1 is available now for £150 – direct from Litelok.com, via Amazon, and in select shops in Europe & the UK. The heavier 1.9kg/4.0lb X3 with its pick-proof lock cylinder will be available from November for £280.
We expect to try out the X1 to protect our bike on commutes soon, although I kinda don’t want to try to ruin my own angle grinder at home and hope it doesn’t get a real-world test when I leave my bike at the train station. I guess we’ll see.