TiGr Mini Review
If you’re looking for a different kind of bike lock , this might be the best bike lock for you. It doesn’t work or look like other locks, and it’s even made from different materials. It’s unusual, which is usually what turns thieves off.
The TiGr Mini Lightweight Titanium Bicycle Lock is an innovation to bike lock industry. It delivers usability and durability along with security.
It’s one of the lightest bike locks on the market, so it’s easy to carry around. It’s quite easy to use, too, but the main question is: how secure is it?
Keep reading as we discuss just how well it works and what it delivers. We’ll talk about its features, specifications and pros and cons, all to help you decide whether this bike lock is the best to keep your bike safe and secure.
Features and Specifications:
Unlike most bike locks that are made from steel, the TiGr Mini is made from titanium. Naturally, all metals deliver different toughness and strength that determine how secure the lock is. To avoid talking about the differences between steel and titanium , we’ll mention just a few.
Both metals have different pros and cons when it comes to bike locks. Steel is better against cutting attacks, but titanium is much better against leverage attacks. Still, the grade and alloy used here determine these advantages and disadvantages in more detail.
In the case of TiGr Mini, the Sold Secure haven’t yet rated it. ART, the independent Dutch security organization gave it 2/5 stars. You may or may not know that ART tests are a bit more demanding than of Sold Secure, which is something people often forget.
This essentially means that the lock is ideal for medium risk situations. The difference between medium and high risk is not all that big, so make sure to think about this very well.
If you own an expensive bike and live in high-risk areas, I wouldn’t recommend the TiGr Mini. Nor would I recommend it if you want to leave your bike unsupervised for hours at the time. However, if you live in less dangerous areas and you’re only leaving your bike for a short period, you’d do well to consider this bike lock.
On another note, one of the best things about this model is the ease of use and transport. This is one of the most lightweight locks on the market. No doubt, titanium has the best weight to strength ratio so making a lock from it was a good idea.
The TiGr Mini weighs only 0.9 lb. (o.4kg) which makes it super light compared to others on the market. It offers reliable protection and is also lightweight which are the two specifications that are hard to find paired together.
The TiGr Mini is also compact being only 10.5’’ x 4’’ (27cm x 10cm). This means you won’t have any problems carrying it around in your backpack or purse. It comes with a frame mount that you can screw into the holes of your water bottle holder. This lightweight and compact U-lock is barely noticeable when carrying.
Still, if you don’t have a bottle holder or don’t prefer to carry water there, there’s another solution for you. Try out some of the frame mounts that are on the market. Many of them fit the TiGr quite well.
The TiGr Mini has two parts; a steel locking cylinder and a titanium bow. The bow is 0.125’’ x 1.25’’. It’s a triangle with an open 2.8’’ gap in one corner. That’s the space you have to fit your bike frame through. It’s a small gap considering that you also need to fit whatever you’re locking your bike to. Luckily, titanium is flexible so you can somewhat maneuver the ends to fit all that.
What you get is a small gap where you have to fit your frame and bike post. It may seem like very little, but that’s the whole point. Everything has to be tight for security reasons, so it’s a good thing.
The flexibility of the TiGr Mini allows you to lock the two ends together tightly. The push button does the job of locking, so you don’t need a key to do this.
As for security; the two ends of the bow naturally spring out once you lock them in, so it’s pretty impossible to break the thing apart.
This is a little complicated to understand as it’s complicated to explain, but it’s nothing hard to do. It might take you some time to get used
to, but once you do, you’ll love it.
You get two metal keys in the package and a tag with a registration number. This number allows you to order a few spare keys online if you ever need to. They are high-quality and sturdy so it’s unlikely that they’d break at any time.
- Unlike any other bike lock on the market
- Made of titanium
- Super lightweight
- Comes with two keys
- Easy to use and carry around
- Not for high-risk areas
- Limited locking options
If you live in a medium-risk location and you don’t think you’ll leave your bike locked for too long, this might be the best option for you. It offers medium security, and it’s best for keeping your bike safe for a while before you come to get it.
Overall, it’s innovative, and it’s unlikely that someone has seen a lock like this. Of course, this sets thieves off since they won’t bother with what they don’t know. The locking system is simple too, but the thing is tight and offering insufficient locking options.
The TiGr Mini is an ideal small lock that’s easy to carry around in your bag or mounted on the bike frame. When it’s not in use, you won’t even know it’s there.
After reading this review, all you need to consider is your preference and locking options to figure out if the TiGr mini is the right bike lock for you.