Kryptonite is the leading manufacturer of bicycle locks in the United States. It created the bicycle u-lock in 1971 which set the standard for the modern u-lock designs that we see today. As a result of its commitment to security, it has gained several awards and recognitions from different parts of the world. They include an Emmy Award for outstanding commercial announcement, a Museum of Utilitarian Art Award in Germany for the K-4 lock, a Good Housekeeping’s Best Lock award and a Good Design Prize in Japan for the K-4 lock.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best bike locks from Kryptonite. If you’re looking for the ones that are under $50, then head over to this article which discusses the Evolution Mini Bike U-lock widely used by bike messengers.
The Fahgettaboudit is probably the most popular in Kryptonite’s product lineup. The company has its own security rating system ranging from 1 to 12, and this product is rated at a maximum of 12. Its 18-mm hardened steel shackle can resist most attacks, including bolt cutters. It also has an oversized hardened steel sleeve over crossbar for double security. The key lock is flat which is quite difficult to duplicate. At around $70, this is a heavy-duty lock and a deterrent to thieves who would rather pick on easy-to-defeat locks. With a couple of hundred reviews, there’s definitely something about this lock that gives a lot of customers peace of mind.
The Evolution Series 4 is a tough bicycle U-lock designed for places with medium to high crime rates. It has a 14mm hardened max performance steel shackle that’s more than enough to endure cutting and leverage attacks. It also has a double deadbolt locking mechanism with a disc-style cylinder. This kind of cylinder allows for more than a million key variations, thus giving thieves a very challenging and time consuming undertaking. If the Fahgettaboudit is rated at 12 on Kryptonite’s own security rating system, this particular U-lock is rated at 9 (of 12). At $67, it’s a decent lock for its price.
Also known as the New York MC 3000 U-lock, it promises to provide the ultimate bicycle security in high theft areas. This model is also the company’s flagship bicycle U-lock. Its steel sleeve is constructed in a “crossbar over crossbar” manner. Its “Kryptonium” steel shackle is extra-thick as well. Due to the popularity of this model, a newer one was released. The Kryptonite New York Standard Bicycle U-Lock with Transit FlexFrame Bracket is priced at $70 and is rated at 11 (of 12) in Kryptonite’s 12-rating system.
Kryptonite 999515 Black 12mm x 39″ (1210) New York Chain and Evolution Series-4 Orange 14mm Disc Lock
Also known as the New York 1210, this lock is part of the Evolution Series 4 lineup and is a high security bicycle chain lock with an oval crossbar disc design. The chain is 12mm thick and is made of maximum-strength 3t hardened manganese steel. To protect and extend the cylinder’s life, the lock is equipped with a sliding dust cover. It is positioned towards big city riders in moderately high crime areas. It has a security rating of 10 (of 12). This lock costs $68.30. Many customers who have used this product stated that it really lives up to its claim, but it’s also very heavy.