We're always on the lookout for budget products that steal the show, so we decided to take a chance on the INBIKE 8 Joints Alloy Steel. The list price is intriguing, plus it's lightweight, folds to a compact size, and comes with an excellent mount. It's one of the best models for easy transportation and its flexibility allowed us to lock up to some awkward racks. Unfortunately, this lock proved to be just a half step above cable locks regarding security, succumbing to most tools in our thievery toolbox. It can also be a pain to snake through spokes and frames with all eight rotating pieces swinging around. Despite its bright spots, there are better locks around for the money.
If you're drawn to folding locks, the ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700 has a similar design with better execution. It's a tad heavier and larger, yet it's more secure, easier to use, and more versatile. When it comes to a bargain basement price coupled with reliable security, you can't beat the Cocoweb Armbar Combo. For less than 30 bucks, you get a versatile U-lock and chain, providing a great deal more security.