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Ridden & Reviewed: TiGr Locks Take a Bite Out of Bike Theft

February 4, 2015

 

The TiGr Lock is an interesting solution to the question of, “how can I carry a reliable lock while riding?”

 

The TiGr strapped to my Domane Classics Edition.

The TiGr strapped to a road bike.

The folks behind the TiGr Lock, the family-owned Stanton Concepts, LLC, are in the business of making security devices. They hold a number of patents on various locking mechanisms and sought to create a bicycle lock that was as elegant as the bicycle itself. Constructed of titanium and made right here in the USA, the TiGr Lock is a bow lock that offers simple yet sturdy security.

The TiGr Lock comes in two security sizes and three lengths. The width of the bow determines how secure the body of the lock is. The 075 wide bow TiGr Lock is the smaller size and is perfect for quick trips into the store or coffee shop. The wider 125 bow on the TiGr Lock offers added security by being heavier duty and is great for commutes to work or school.

The length of the bow determines how versatile the lock is. Want to lock your bike and wheels with one device or want to be able to lock the entire family’s bike at the park? Get the long option. Simply locking your bike on the fly as you run errands? The short option is a good bet. The standard length is the best of both worlds, allowing some ability to lock a front wheel along with the bike or a couple of bikes together while remaining a small enough package to easily manage.

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The TiGr Locks are all wrapped in rubberized coating and have small rubber bumpers along the length of the bow so you don’t have to worry about damaging your bike’s finish.

So how does it work?

In the open position it wraps around your bike’s headtube or seattube and secures to the top tube by way of included velcro straps, similar to those used to add security to a full-size frame pump. The lock core simply goes in a pocket or bag and you’re off with your lock. Arive at your destination and use the TiGr Lock’s bow shape to secure your bicycle to a rack or other solid object and the locking core closes the bow with a spinning cylinder lock. The lock mechanism is particularly innovative in that the shape of it and the fact that it rotates means it’s hard to get a tool that might be used to try to break the lock on or around it.

 

Mounting the lock to the bike takes a bit of hand eye coordination. I only got a couple rides with it so I fumbled about a little bit with the Velcro straps. With practice, I’m sure it’s a simple task. You also want to make sure the straps are tight as you don’t want the lock to slip off the frame and dangle from the straps. For the type of riding around town I do—mostly just to coffee shops and the like—the smallest TiGr Lock simply tossed in a bag would be my method of use.

The use of titanium means the TiGr Lock is not only light making it easier to transport, but also secure. How secure? TiGr Lock’s manufacturers sent their locks to Europe for testing because there are no independent bike lock testing labs in the US. The ART® Foundation in The Netherlands performed the testing and their certification standard includes 5 levels. Levels 1 to 3 are recommended for bicycles.

For the TiGr Locks, the ART testing results were that the 075 TiGr Lock meets or exceeds most certification standards and the 125 TiGr Lock meets or exceeds all certification standards for a level 2 ART Rating. The 125 TiGr Lock is the lightest lock with a level 2 (or higher) rating in the u-lock, chain, and folding categories and are the only locks with a level 2 or higher rating that are able to capture both wheels on most bikes without removing a wheel or the need to add a second security device like a cable.

The TiGr Lock is a great option for folks looking for a reliable lock that offers it’s own transport method in a lightweight design.

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