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Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Mini Review
Cons: Heavy, limited versatility, expensive
Bottom line: This is the smallest high-security lock reviewed. It's security is incredible, but we found its versatility and portability to be lacking.
Tell potential thieves to "Forget about it" in your best Brooklyn intonation when securing your wheels with this lock. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini is an all muscle little guy. In our tests, it proved impossible for us to compromise the lock with hand tools. It earned our highest security rating, tying with two other locks from Kryptonite. It's straightforward and easy to use, too. The mini is for cyclists who are seeking the most security from the smallest package. Small doesn't mean lightweight, though. This puppy weighs over four pounds, second-most of all contenders reviewed. It also doesn't come with a mounting bracket for on-frame portability. For extended lockups in high-risk areas, though, this lock rocks.
We don't argue with the security of the Mini, yet a few other models performed better across the board. The larger Kryptonite New York Standard U-lock beat out the Mini due to its greater versatility and included frame mount while offering comparable security. For regular commuters who don't leave their bikes in the riskiest neighborhoods, consider our favorite model for commuting, the Hiplok Original: Superbright. Being able to wear this lock makes transporting the weight much easier than carrying it in a backpack.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Mini belongs to Kryptonite's New York U-Lock line and is just as sturdy as the rest of the family. This bike lock measures a compact 3.25" x 6", and is 18mm thick. The list price for the high-security Mini is $112.
This was hands down the toughest bike lock we tested. Sold Secure, the U.K. independent testing organization gives it a Gold rating (products can meet Bronze, Silver and Gold standards.) Kryptonite offers $5,000 in bicycle protection, which is enough to make most bike owners feel safe. Additionally, the Fahgettaboudit Mini earns a 10 out of 10 from Kryptonite's security scale. After trying as hard as we could to break into this U-Lock, we agree that it is made for New York. Hand tools don't work on the Fahgettaboudit.
Less expensive U-locks can be opened with a pry bar, but the Fahgettaboudit is just too much Kryptonite MAX Performance Steel for that. We sawed through the 18mm shackle after 45 seconds of grinding, but then couldn't get the shackle off of the bike rack. Both ends of the shackle are locked into the crossbar so tightly that we had to make another cut to open the lock. The other models that came closest to the Fahgettaboudit were the New York Standard and the Krytponite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc Lock. All three resist pry bars and necessitate power tools and require two separate cuts of an angle grinder to free the bike. The ABUS Granit X-Plus 540 also required two cuts to defeat it.
Ease of Transport
This product is compact, which makes it nice to shove into a backpack or pannier. It is heavy, weighing 4 lbs 5.8 oz, which our testers found very noticeable as a drawback. The New York Standard earns its keep in this category because of its ability to be carried on the frame while riding by utilizing the included frame mount. The Mini requires the separate purchase of a bracket to achieve on-frame portability.
Ease of Use
Kryptonite does a great job of creating locks that work smoothly. One of our testers poured sand into the crossbar holes to see if it gummed up the locking mechanism, but this piece continued to work normally. The issues we came across occurred when some of the testers tried to lock their bikes around poles that were too big for the Mini. The larger diameter ABUS Granit X-Plus and Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock is much easier to use in this regard. The New York Standard has a larger capacity when locking and is just a smidgen less burly (16mm shackle thickness instead of the Mini's 18mm.)
This category, along with ease of transport, is where the other U-locks, such as the New York Standard, outperformed the Fahgettaboudit by design. We liked the Standard's option of locking both wheels and frame to a bike rack whereas the Mini can only secure the frame and maybe a skinny wheel. Forget about locking fat tires with this model. If you buy a cable and add it to the Fahgettaboudit Mini, the combo would earn more points on our versatility scale, but the Mini alone scored significantly lower. City dwellers that own expensive bikes might do well to use 2 Fahgettaboudits to lock up both wheels and the frame, since a cable might not survive long (and neither would your front wheel).
This model is sold both as a bicycle lock and as a motorized vehicle lock, and it is a phenomenal all-around buy if you own both. At 4+ lbs, the Mini is not the most bike tour friendly, but some might value its compactness more than they value saving weight. In any application, this model is a formidable theft deterrent.
A little on the expensive side, the Fahgettaboudit Mini is an investment. It is a high quality, high-value lock with a lifetime warranty. We think it is worth the $112 bucks to own a lock that you could take to any city and leave your bike outside with peace of mind.
The Fahgettaboudit Mini, apart from having an awesome name, is the most secure and compact of all the locks we tested. The hardcore security adds some extra weight; at 4.36 lbs, the Mini was the heaviest of locks tested. We think the compactness of the Mini is what draws commuters and everyday bikers to this lock, but we also recognized the resulting downfalls. The New York Standard, the Mini's larger brother, ended up winning our Editors' Choice award, given its increased versatility and portability.
— Rylee Sweeney
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