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Good lock, very poorly designed bracket
on 12 November 2017
This is a medium strength D lock. At about 1.3kg, it is about the right weight to carry whilst out and about.It's easily large enough to put around a standard bike rack and one wheel. It just about covers both wheels and a standard bike post (if you take the front wheel off, obviously!). It's a bit too small for most lamposts.
In terms of security, it is strong enough to withstand most bolt cutters but a sturdy pair of 42" bolt cutters would probably defeat it. I'd expect it to last only a few seconds against an angle grinder though (a type of attack becoming more common in London, even in daylight). I would recommend this for medium risk areas but not high risk areas like central London, especially if your bike is worth more than £200. For the price it's as good as you'll get but for higher risk areas, you'll need a Sold Secure Gold rated lock.
The biggest downside is the sub-standard bracket. It secures with a strap that relies on tension from the screw that holds the bracket to the frame. One poor quality screw is obviously not strong enough to secure a 1kg lock to a moving bike. Therefore the bracket came loose quickly and needed tensioning weekly, and before long the screw thread went, meaning the bracket needed replacing. There's no good reason they couldn't have used multiple screws and a buckle to secure the strap, it's incredibly sloppy design.
So in summary if you want to carry this in your backpack - it's a great lock for the price. However if you want a lock to carry on your bike, don't bother with this one.