Having a good lock is the basis for any cyclist who cares about his bike. This is the best solution against thieves.
There are 400,000 bicycle thefts every year! Low quality padlocks are destroyed in a few tens of seconds. A good lock, in addition to being robust, has the mission of deterring thieves generally equipped with wire cutters. That’s why today we present to you one of the best padlocks of the moment: the Kryptonite Mini-7.
My opinion on the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7
Best value for money right now. An easily transportable and very solid padlock at an affordable price, that’s all we needed!
What I think of the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 after several months of use
After using the Kryptonite for about 6 months to protect my e-bike, I’m very happy with it. I can carry it easily because it is not bulky and not too heavy. This is the advantage of U-locks, you can fix them on your bike when you don’t have a backpack to carry it. Very easy to use, you attach your bike with the turn of a key.
The first time I had to install this Kryptonite lock on my bike, I followed this tutorial from the brand:
In terms of protection, it is very reassuring with a good 7/10 from the American manufacturer. It’s not the most solid of the range, but it is really practical. It is for its very interesting quality/price ratio that we have decided to share this good plan with you.
As a bonus, the KRYPTONITE Mini 7 comes with a cable that you can wrap around your front wheel if you don’t have another lock. You are probably saying to yourself “But, did you tell us that the cables were fragile? Yes, when used alone! If you attach it to your U, they present an additional deterrent to thieves.
Conclusion: the Kryptonite Mini 7 is both solid AND practical.
Why is this Kryptonite U-lock one of the best in its class?
U-locks have become a reference for cyclists looking for optimal protection. In addition to being quick to handle, they are often very solid and resistant to wire cutters: the favorite weapon of thieves. This is not the case with cables or chains that are too thin. The Kryptonite Mini-7 is both practical and robust.
For maximum security, you may prefer its big brother, the New York Standard 2018. Thicker, therefore heavier, it offers an even higher level of resistance to theft. During our assessment, we selected several of the most important criteria for choose your lock..
Solidity and resistance to theft
Resistant to wire cutters, a favorite weapon of thieves, the Kryptonite Mini-7 is also difficult to pick in the middle of the street. Its lock mechanism deters most thieves from attacking it.
The fact that it is quite narrow also prevents using a tool to blow it up. If you tie it well, the space between the lock, the bike frame and the fixed point should be insufficient to insert a crowbar.
Easy to transport
To take it everywhere with you, it is easy to carry in a backpack due to its lightness. Otherwise, you can simply attach it to your bike using the support provided with your lock!
Easy to use
Nothing’s easier. In seconds, your bike is secured in 3 steps:
- Unlock your U, and pass the handle around the fixed point, the frame and if possible in your rear wheel.
- Pass your cable around your frame, in your front wheel, and finish this loop in the handle of the lock.
- Close your lock and lock it. That’s it !
What value for money?
For the same price, you can find several chains or collapsible padlocks of average quality. The one we presented to you today is above the lot.
What drove us to use the Kryptonite Mini-7 was really this combination of practicality and resistance. The chain is a non-negligible bonus which allows you not to bother with another cable lock, often less resistant.
Bonus: what to choose in addition to the Kryptonite Mini-7?
To make your bike as secure as possible, several additional protections may be of interest to you:
- A saddle lock: To equip if it is not already done. This saddle nut is very practical to avoid running into a dancer…especially if you have invested in a good saddle!
- A discreet PARAVOL GPS tracker: An interesting investment if your bike ever goes missing. Find it thanks to your associated mobile application.
Best protect your electric bike against theft
To find out all about the different ways to protect your bike, discover our anti theft guide. Our tip: In the event of a problem (accident, theft) remember to insure yourself. Find out about the electric bike insurance
The Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 U-lock is a very reliable companion to protect your electric bike. Certainly not the most resistant of the market (although 7/10 is already very satisfactory) nor of the brand but an excellent quality/price ratio!