Launched on Kickstarter back in April, Litelok is in production with their unique lightweight, fully flexible lock in multiple lengths.
Lest the thin design fool you, it’s got a Gold Sold Secure rating and they say it’s extremely difficult to cut, even with industrial strength bolt cutters. The secret is the Boaflexicore material, which uses a combination of materials to resist any single type of cutting, sawing or other attack. Their testing shows it takes more than five minutes of consistent effort to get through it, which earned it the highest safety rating available. It also means thieves are more likely to give up before they break it.
Other benefits? It’s very light, at just 2.2lb, and its flexibility lets it more easily wrap around your frame and trees, poles or whatever.
They’re available in green, black and herringbone with a 29″ length. They come with two keys and two Velcro straps to secure them to your frame while riding. Get two and you can lock them together to extend the length, or use one for each wheel, share with family, etc.
If you didn’t get in on the successful crowdfunding order, it’s available for pre-order with an anticipated delivery by February 2015. Check them out at Litelok.com, pre-order pricing is £80 for one or £155 for a two-pack keyed the same.
We showed off the Abus Bordo Centium folding lock already, but it’s just so darn attractive with its upscale finish and packaging we thought we’d give you a second look.
Compared to their existing folder, it has a non-scratch leather-look finish, stainless steel lock cylinder with upgraded key system with thousands of options to drastically reduce the likelihood anyone else get theirs keyed the same, and a stainless and leather holster for your frame. Retail is $149.99. Abus.com
Hiplok introduced the Homie, a much longer version of their belt style locks that’s mainly meant for locking up a couple bikes at home. It’s still strong enough with a Gold rating to hold up to normal street duty, but it’s rather heavy to be toting around. Retail is $159, shown on bottom right in the pics above.
Also shown are their new reflective covers, which come on the locks with a retail of $75/$110/$140 depending on length.
The new DX/DXC locks come in at $84.99 and get a few bumps up from the D/DC models. These are Gold Sold Secure rated versus Silver on the D/DC, and it’s bigger to fit around more poles, etc., in the city. The “C” in the model name indicates the inclusion of a cable, shown above on the DC for U-lock size comparison to the new DX series.
The new FLX cable lock is 1-meter light duty lock for quick stops with some clever combinations.
Yes, it’s a combo lock, but it also combines a blinky light with a clip that holds it in jersey pocket so the light is just above the pocket’s edge. One less thing you’ve got to carry if your rides typically end at the coffee shop. Available in March 2016 for $39.99.