The Litelok X1 bike lock is new and completely different – read our review to see if this could be the ideal bike lock for you!
First Impressions of the Litelok X1 Bike Lock
We liked the practical and unassuming cardboard box packaging of the Litelok. Plus, it was easy to unbox (we did not have to use sharp knives, a crow bar, or even a tool box). And all that was left over was easy to recycle.
As soon as I got the Litelok out of the box, I had an aha moment. As in, “Aha, this is DIFFERENT! What have we got here?”
Apparently, what we have here is a lock built with BarroniumTM, which is fused composite armor. The lock looks great, but more importantly, it is surprisingly light.
Not only that, but the lock immediately feels high quality as you touch it. A bit of research revealed that this is because it has a soft plant based eco-rubber outer layer. Apart from that, the key operation is butter-smooth and quiet.
All of these impressive features sent me down an enjoyable rabbit hole of research.
What’s In the Litelok Box?
Inside the box were the lock, two keys, and a neat little brown-paper package. The package had a bar code that you could scan to register your lock with the company (for future key replacement, if needed). And it contained a sturdy Twist & Go frame mount to mount the lock on your bike.
You can view the full range of Litelok Bike Locks by clicking here. You can buy one of these locks at that link. Please note these are NOT affiliate links. We don’t make any money if you buy one.
What’s Different about the Litelok X1 Bike Lock?
The key challenge with creating strong bike locks is to somehow make them strong enough to resist thieves, while still keeping them light enough to easily carry on a bike. Litelok has met this challenge by developing a new material, BarroniumTM. BarroniumTM is made with an angle-grinder resistant technology designed to protect your bike from would-be thieves.
Angle-grinder resistant is what you want, of course. I remember one time I lost the keys for my very expensive bike lock. It was a top name brand, but I am not going to bad mouth them by mentioning it here. I hired a guy with an angle-grinder to help me out. The bike was locked up in a bike cage in the building where I worked. The guy went in, and he set to work with his angle-grinder. It made a noise, and generated a big shower of sparks. However, no one seemed to notice us, and it took less than two minutes.
I have to say, that really shook up my faith in regular bike locks. And my faith that in a busy city, a thief would not be able to steal my bike because someone would notice. Also, now that I come to think of it, I never did prove to that guy with the angle-grinder that I actually owned that bike. But he did have reason to trust me, as he knew me pretty well. He was an honest business man himself, and I am sure he only trusted me because he knew me.
How the Angle-Grinder Resistance Works
The BarroniumTM material basically turns the energy from the grinder in on itself, resulting in a lock that is 5 times more resistant than other premium bike locks. This composite material is internally fused to a hardened, fine-grain, high-tensile steel core. This core provides resistance against other tools that bike thieves like to use, such as cable cutters and bolt croppers.
Other Features of the Litelok Bike Lock
It’s not just about the angle-grinder resistance. Thieves use other tools, and this bike lock has features to protect against those too. Apart from the steel core, it also has a unique anti-rotation feature that will stop thieves from breaking it by twisting.
I also like the reflective strips. They add a bit of style, and reflection on a bike is always a good thing.
Related Post: How to Use Bike Reflectors to Make Your Bike Visible
Certified by Sold Secure
The Litelok is certified by Sold Secure. This is a company of independent testers who test bike locks. They assess bike locks using manual attack testing. They have certified this lock as Bicycle (and Motorcycle) Sold Secure Diamond.
The Diamond certification is their highest level of rating. They define it as: “The highest level of theft resistance including use of specialist tools (aimed at preventing the most destructive attacks that could include angle grinders).”
How to Put the Twist and Go Mount on Your Bike
There are no instructions in the box, and it is not something I could figure out intuitively. However, Litelok supplies very good instructions, and some useful videos, right here. I would have pasted in the videos here, but they are Vimeo, not YouTube, so I cannot do that. Once you have seen the instructions, installation is super easy and requires minimal tools.
Other Litelok Bike Locks
The lock I have reviewed here is far from the only product Litelok has to offer. They also offer a whole range of other locks, including the more flexible kind. They even have a weable that you can wear around your waist. You can view the entire range of Likelok Bike Locks by clicking here.
Bottom Line on the Litelok X1 Bike Lock
I love this bike lock, and it has now become my everyday lock. It’s just lighter than any of my other locks, yet at the same time stronger and better looking. So, what’s not to like? We here at Average Joe Cyclist highly recommend this bike lock for anyone who wants to do their best to protect their valuable bike.
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