TiGr Mini Bike Lock

 

TiGr Lightweight Mini Bike Lock

 

Mini TiGr Bike Lock

Handmade in the in USA from Titanium.


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Who are TiGr Locks: This link will explain all about TiGr and how they came about to make a incredible strong light range of bike locks.... 

I came across the name TiGr Locks from there Twitter feed, based in the USA, and made in the USA by hand it caught my eye as being something completely different to any other bike lock I have come across. 
My review here is on the Mini bike lock, its small and light weight, comes with a set of keys and a bike mount.
The review is not going to be a destructive one, as I feel that any bike lock can be compromised, this will be a more "How easy to use"  review.
Security mark: TrGr have ART certified certificate on the range of locks, tested in Europe under real life circumstances.
Check out the Youtube video on a attack against a TrGr lock. 
Keys can be registered at  the TiGr website to register the number.

Titanium lock barrel.

TiGr Mini.
The Mini arrived from the USA in a great designed box, the Mini fitted in the box a treat and was not damaged in any way on transit. 
Once out of the box the Mini felt light and smooth thanks to the clear PVC coating that TrGr have used as a sleeve to protect against scratching your bike frame,


 Fitting to your bike: The Mini comes with a frame mount fitting bracket that uses the water bottle mounting holes on your frame if you have one.


Fitting: If your bike has a bottle holder, this will need to be removed to mount the TrGr holder, easy enough to do, but before you do remove the bottle holder I would recommend just holding up the TiGr Mini in its mount to see if it will fit in the area, I found on a couple of bike it was not possible to fit the TiGr to the frame, do not let this put you off though, if your a commuter you may ride with a back pack, or even panniers, so well worth checking out TiGr locks on there website as the Mini is light enough to slip in your bag.

Mini mounted in the mount.

Barrel of the TiGr Mini is held in place securely by the barrel at the bottom of the Bracket mount.



Remove bottle holder.

Offer up the Mini.

 The bike I have used here is a road bike from Specialized, the mighty Allez, a typical road bike.
On fitting the mount I had no problems at all, was a easy quick fit, mounting bracket is well designed and made.

Hooks on both side of mount to hold the Mini in place.


Fitted.

Next I take the TrGr Mini for a test lock: Once fitted to the Allez I then popped out to my local sports center as I know there are several bike fitting post there.

Plenty of bike parking, and locks as well!

Bike to be locked.

Easy fitting, remove the Mini from holder and unlock the barrel to allow the placement to the bike and bike hoop.

Fits well, but I wanted to see if I could also have the front wheel in the bow of the Mini TiGr lock.

Front wheel removed and it was possible to get it to fit the bow of the Mini.

All secure.


Fitted nice to the bike hoop.


On the serch for a bike park came across this old kind of design, not well suited for a road bike and the TiGr Mini.

Looks like a "Medieval" torture contraption, but in fact it is a "Bike Security park"!

Had to walk away from this bike park system, not at all well suited for my road bike, was not possible to use the Mini on this one, I would not be happy leaving my bike here with any lock, so no refection on the Mini.

This is more like it, looks like a normal bike hoop to me!


Surprised at the way some of theses bike were locked up, no front wheel secured, and a long lock was used.
TiGr have a solution for this with there "Long" lock, check the website out for this lock.

Allez fitted in well.

Nice and secure.

Front wheel also secure.

A Tight fit, but it would make it harder to get a saw or bolt cutters in to the bow.




On to the next type of bike park.

Easy to use this bike hoop.

Not too keen on the design of this bike hoop, square cut metal made to a loop, so not very bike friendly I feel, had no real problem locking the bike, but had to be very careful not to chip my bike frame on the hoop!

Front wheel removed and fitted to the TiGr Mini lock

I think the idea of this bike park is to sit the front wheel between the bars, this I found was impossible with my road bike!

All secured.


Not my bike, but came across a bike using the hoops to mount the front wheel, take a look at the spokes!

Such a bad design yet again for a bike secure park!


Found I could not use the drinks holder with the TiGr Mini fitted to my road frame on the seat tube.

Metal cage held in place, bottle will not fit.

Good news the TiGr would fit on to the frame of the Ribble bike.

Full suspension bike the Mini fit the frame.

A 29er hardtail, found on the seat tube the Mini did not fit.

Fits perfectly on the down tube of the 29er.
  
One way you could fit the TiGr to your seat post using there SKS bottle cage adapter available on the TiGr website https://tigrlock.com/store/sks-bottle-cage-adapter-copy/ 
The SKS could be used on the seat post with the Mini mount fixed to it, depending on the type of bike you ride this could also be used on the front fitted around the headset, it may be possible, you will need to play with this as I have not included the SKS in my review here.

My Verdict: The TiGr Mini is a nice light weight bike lock, it does what it is designed to do, the Mini feels lighter and stronger than a lot of locks I have tried,
If you cycle to work and park your bike at a bike hoop, leave it there locked to the hoop for the next time you park your bike there, will save you carrying it about with you, personally I would not leave home with out it if I knoew I had to lock my bike up any where, it is just too good to leave at home!


Check out Bikefix London for stock if your near.
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  A Quick Video on just how easy the Tigr Lock is to carry with you. 

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