If you're certain that a cable lock fulfills your bike security needs, the OnGuard Akita 8041 is our preferred model of the two cable locks reviewed. These types of locks offer the bare minimum deterrence due to their inability to resist defeat from hand-powered cutting tools as simple as wire snips, as our destructive tests confirmed. Besides security, though, this model performed well in our other metrics. It's the most lightweight model, which our testers appreciated in comparison to the much heavier chain and U-locks we tested. Its length means you can secure all removable parts of your bicycle simultaneously and conveniently (although these parts are only "safe" to a small degree). This lock is better than nothing, and it's simple to use and portable, yet we recommend more robust locks for most riders and environments.
Throughout our testing period, the Akita gained our favor over the Kryptonite Kryptoflex 1218, the other cable lock reviewed. Although the KryptoFlex comes with a frame mount, we were more inclined to toss these cable locks into our packs or panniers when moving from place to place, and the Akita proved easier to use overall. For increased security, we suggest leaving the world of cable locks. The ABUS uGrip Bordo 5700 is a stronger deterrent against theft without being too heavy or cumbersome to transport.