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Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Mini Review

This is the smallest high-security lock reviewed. Its security is incredible, but it's not very versatile or portable
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock Mini
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Price:  $130 List | $129.95 at REI
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Pros:  Compact, extremely secure, heavy-duty
Cons:  Heavy, limited versatility, expensive
Manufacturer:   Kryptonite
By Rylee Sweeney and Rebecca Eckland  ⋅  May 29, 2019
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  • Security - 40% 10
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 4
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6
  • Versatility - 15% 4

Our Verdict

Tell potential thieves to "Forget about it" in your best Brooklyn accent when securing your wheels with this lock. The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini is a burly little guy. The Mini is for cyclists who are seeking the most security from the smallest package. Small doesn't mean lightweight, though. This lock weighs almost five pounds. However, other bike lock models performed better across the board. The larger Kryptonite New York Standard features greater versatility and an included frame mount while offering comparable security.

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Pros Compact, extremely secure, heavy-dutyVery secure, mounts to bike, convenient size for locking upWearable design, solid security, easy to useVersatile, light (for a U-Lock), easy to use, valueInexpensive, more secure than many in its price range, high quality
Cons Heavy, limited versatility, expensiveHeavy, bulky to transportNot lightweight, uncomfortable with some backpacks, priceySlightly less secure than other U-Lock models, bulkyLocking mechanism stuck a few times, lackluster frame mount
Bottom Line This is the smallest high-security lock reviewed. Its security is incredible, but it's not very versatile or portableThis is our favorite all-around lock for high security needsThe innovative design of this wearable chain lock increases this heavy lock's portability, which is great news for regular bike commutersA versatile U-lock and cable combo that provides strong security at a favorable price pointThis inexpensive U-lock offers versatility and security that is likely to fit the needs and budgets of many cyclists and commuters
Rating Categories New York Fahgettabo... New York Standard U... Hiplok Original: Su... Evolution Mini-7 U-... Kryptonite Kryptolo...
Security (40%)
10.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Transport (25%)
4.0
4.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Versatility (15%)
4.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Specs New York Fahgettabo... New York Standard U... Hiplok Original: Su... Evolution Mini-7 U-... Kryptonite Kryptolo...
Measured weight (lbs) 4.7 lbs 4.5 lbs 4.3 lbs 3.5 lbs 3.2 lbs
Type of lock U-Lock U-lock Wearable chain U-Lock + cable U-Lock + cable
Lock dimensions 3.3” x 6.3” (18mm thick) 4" x 8" (16 mm thick U) 33.5" circumference, 2" width U-lock: 9.4"x 5.6" (13mm thick U), 4' cable U-lock: 11.1" x 5.4" (13mm thick U), Cable: 4'
# of keys included 3 keys (one with LED light) 3 keys (one with HID light) 3 keys 3 keys (one with HID light) 2 keys
Primary materials 18mm Hardened Steel 16mm Hardened Steel 8mm hardened steel chain, 600D polyester sleeve 13mm hardened "max-performance" steel with braided steel cable Steel
Warranty/Manufacturer programs $5,000 Theft Protection, Limited Lifetime Warranty; Key Safe Program $4,000 Theft Protection, Limited Lifetime Warranty, Key Safe Program 1-year manufacturer warranty $2,500 Theft Protection (does not cover cable), Limited Lifetime Warranty; Key Safe Program $1,700 Theft Protection
Unique Features Small and super burly, LED light on one key; dust cover over keyhole Keyhole cover, LED light on one key; dust cover over keyhole Reflective sheath, curve key LED light on one key; cable in addition to U-Lock; dust cover on keyhole Includes 4 foot cable
Tin Snips No No No Cable: Yes; U-lock: No No
Hammer No No No No No
Hacksaw No No No No No
Bolt Cutters, 36" No No No Cable: Yes, U-lock: No No
Angle Grinder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Number of cuts required to free lock 2 cuts 2 cuts 1 cut 2 cuts 2 cuts

Our Analysis and Test Results

The New York Fahgettaboudit Mini belongs to Kryptonite's New York U-Lock line and is just as sturdy as the rest of the family. This bike lock measures a compact 3.25" x 6.25", and is 18mm thick.

Performance Comparison


The trouble with the Fahegettaboudit lock is its small size...
The trouble with the Fahegettaboudit lock is its small size. Sometimes our reviewers were unable to lock our bikes to anything, or to get the lock around both tires and the frame (especially if we were on mountain bikes).
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Security


This is hands down one of the toughest bike locks we tested. Sold Secure, the U.K. independent testing organization gives it a Gold rating (products can meet Bronze, Silver, and Gold standards). Kryptonite offers $5,000 in bicycle protection, which is enough to make most bike owners feel safe. Additionally, the Fahgettaboudit Mini earns a 10 out of 10 from Kryptonite's security scale. After trying as hard as we could to break into this U-Lock, we agree that it is made for New York. Hand tools don't work on the Fahgettaboudit.

Less expensive U-locks can be opened with a pry bar or even from a beating from a hammer, but the Fahgettaboudit is just too much Kryptonite MAX Performance Steel for that. We got through the 18mm shackle after 45 seconds of angle-grinding, but then couldn't get the shackle off of the bike rack. Both ends of the shackle are locked into the crossbar so tightly that we had to make another cut to open the lock. The other models that came closest to the Fahgettaboudit were the New York Standard and the New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Disc Lock. All three resist pry bars and necessitate power tools and require two separate cuts of an angle grinder to free the bike. The ABUS Granit X-Plus 540 also required two cuts to defeat it.

If you park your bike in a dark street at night (we really recommend...
If you park your bike in a dark street at night (we really recommend NOT doing this) here is what it looks like when a thief tries to work through the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock. For this particular lock, it would take a thief about a minute and thirty seconds-- enough to send up a smoke signal (so to speak.) This isn't to say they won't try to steel your wheels (they will and do all the time) but there is a bit of risk involved when you break a high-end U-Lock like the Fahgettaboudit.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Ease of Transport


This product is compact, which makes it nice to shove into a backpack or pannier. It is heavy, though, weighing 4 lbs 11.1 oz. To say our testers found the lock's presence "very noticeable" is putting it mildly, and is definitely one of this lock's major drawbacks. (And if you drop this thing on your foot, let's just say it's going to leave a mark). The New York Standard earns its keep in this category because of its ability to be carried on the frame while riding by utilizing the included frame mount. The Mini doesn't come with a mount; if you like carrying your locks on the bike frame, this one requires you to purchase an aftermarket bracket separately.

It may be small, but it's mighty. The size is a bonus if you're...
It may be small, but it's mighty. The size is a bonus if you're sporting a messenger bag or riding a road bike. In most cases, though, the size seriously limits what you can lock your bike to--and what bike you can lock (if it's a mountain bike, forget about it).
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Ease of Use


This is where the Mini really took a hit in our scoring metrics. This model is great if you're running skinny road tires on your commuter hog, but what if you're rocking a mountain bike? When our testers took fatter-tired bikes to test this lock, they found that the size added an extra layer of logistical complication to using a U-lock. Often, you couldn't just "slide the lock over both wheels and the frame" and be done with it. With thicker tired bikes, we had to weave the open u-lock into the back stay and then through the two sets of spokes to lock the bike up. This left us with a series of Cat 5 tattoos, which detracted from its overall ease of use. It's also not a very secure method.

Kryptonite does a great job of creating locks that work smoothly. One of our testers poured sand into the crossbar holes to see if it gummed up the locking mechanism, but this piece continued to work normally. The issues we came across occurred when some of the testers tried to lock their bikes around poles that were too big for the Mini. The larger diameter ABUS Granit X-Plus and KryptoLok Series 2 Standard U-Lock is much easier to use in this regard. The New York Standard has a larger capacity when locking and is just a smidgen less burly (16mm shackle thickness instead of the Mini's 18mm).

There's not much room left over after securing these mountain bike...
There's not much room left over after securing these mountain bike tires together. In this case, you almost surely need another New York Fahgettaboudit to properly secure the bike frame.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Versatility


This category, along with ease of transport, is where the other U-locks, such as the New York Standard, outperformed the Fahgettaboudit by design. We liked the Standard's option of locking both wheels and frame to a bike rack whereas the Mini can only secure the frame and maybe a skinny wheel. Forget about locking fat tires with this model unless you like chain grease all over your hands or the reminder of what it's like to put on your "skinny jeans" just after the holiday season. If you buy a cable and add it to the Fahgettaboudit Mini, the combo would earn more points on our versatility scale, but the Mini alone scored significantly lower. City dwellers that own expensive bikes might do well to use two Fahgettaboudit's to lock up both wheels and the frame, since a cable might not survive long (and neither would your front wheel).

This lock weighs... a lot. It's something you're going to notice in...
This lock weighs... a lot. It's something you're going to notice in your jersey pocket, which is something we don't recommend.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Value


This lock is definitely on the expensive side. The Fahgettaboudit Mini is an investment. Granted, it is a high quality, high-value lock with a lifetime warranty. We think it is worth the cost if you run narrow (rather than wide) tires and if you know that your destination will always have a specialized bike rack. If these two things are true, then this lock is one that you could leave your bike outside with peace of mind.

The New York Fahgettaboudit is significantly smaller than the...
The New York Fahgettaboudit is significantly smaller than the Standard New York and slightly heavier. We suggest doing some reconnaissance work on where you are going to lock your bike before investing in this very secure--but also very small--lock.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Conclusion


The Fahgettaboudit Mini, apart from having an awesome name, is the most secure and compact of all the locks we tested. The hardcore security adds some extra weight; the Mini is one of the heaviest of locks tested. We think the compactness of the Mini is what draws commuters and everyday bikers to this lock, but we also recognized--and experienced--its downfalls. The New York Standard, the Mini's larger brother, ended up winning our Editors' Choice Award, given its increased versatility and portability.

The New York Fahgettaboudit is seriously burly. It takes two...
The New York Fahgettaboudit is seriously burly. It takes two separate cuts before it will release a bike from a structure.
Photo: Rebecca A. Eckland

Rylee Sweeney and Rebecca Eckland