As with any hobby, there comes a substantial investment in gear. This is never more true then when talking about cycling. When leaving a $1000 investment outside of the grocery store, the last thing you want is for it to disappear. When the time came up to find a new lock to secure my bikes when running errands, there was one option that stood out. The TiGr mini + took the old U-lock and resigned it with new materials. As a backpacker I have a desire to have everything Titanium. Mugs, spoons, and plates are cool, but using Titanium for a bike lock? Hard to pass up the chance to test out a new product.
- TiGr Lock Mini + weighs in at 16.5oz.
-Similar size to standard sized U-lock.
-Cost $135 from the manufacturer.
-Used primarily for locking up the bike when running errands in high theft areas around Phoenix.
The Short Story-
Weighing in at just under a pound the TiGr Mini + uses high grade Titanium to form a secure, and lightweight lock. I was initially concerned about the strength of the material as a lock. A quick search online put my mind at ease. There are countless video test conducted by the company, as well as multiple independent organizations verifying the strength. The lock cuts the weight of a comparable lock by two-thirds but still manages to maintain the same strength as the hardened steel locks. There are a few links from their website about the testing conducted.
The locking mechanism is cylinder shaped and accepts a specialized key in the end. When the mechanism is unlocked there is a button that pops out, allowing you to remove the key, while leaving the lock unlocked. To secure the lock there is no need to use the key, just push the button in and it locks. This feature is useful when unlocking the device, and not wanting to dig out the key. Occasionally when trying to unlock the mechanism the key spins around until finally catching. There is nothing wrong with the lock, it just rotates sometimes and takes a extra few seconds to unlock. Not really a huge concern.
The shape of the TiGr Mini + allows you to easily fit a front tire and the frame in most locking situations. The lock itself is coated in a thin rubber that prevents the lock from damaging the bike. Two keys are provided, as well as a clip that allows the lock to be mounted on the bike. Using the water bottle mounts the clip attaches to the bike frame. The lock, slides into place and locks between two plastic tabs. The clip seems well built, but because it is plastic there is the potential for it to break. When the lock is installed, it rattles when in motion. This was rather annoying initially but after a few rides, I got use to the noise. I would recommend that a rubber bumper be installed in the clip to minimize the rattle. The clip holds the lock in place over any terrain. I tested it on some rough dirt roads, as well as hopping curbs in the urban jungle.
-Lightweight and high strength compared to most locks available.
-Aesthetically pleasing on your prized steed.
-Included clip allows easy transport on the bike.
-Lock can rattle when in the clip, but never comes loose.
-Lock mechanism sometimes is frustrating when it twist during the unlocking.
-Not widely available yet, so you would most likely have to purchase online.
When it comes to bike locks, there are plenty of options on the market. Right now TiGr mini + is in a class all it’s own, using Titanium and a unique design. The advantage of this is using something that most thieves aren’t familiar with, unlike most u-locks. The style and effectiveness make this lock a great choice for running errands by bike or individuals looking to save a few pounds on their touring rigs. If you are looking for a different style, TiGr has you covered with a few models available to fit your needs. Some of these lock both wheels, or are even lighter then the mini +. Keep an eye on TiGr locks at tigrlock.com, as I am sure there will be plenty of unique products to come from them.
*This product was provided by the manufacturer for testing per request.