Sold Secure Gold bike locks: The List

At the bottom of this page you’ll find a long list of Sold Secure Gold bike locks. U-locks, chains and folding locks, they’re all here! But first, just in case you don’t know who Sold Secure are or what they do…

Sold Secure is an independent, non-profit organisation based in the UK. They test and certify locks to make it easier to compare the security levels between different types and brands.

The Sold Secure Lab
No lock gets out of here alive: the Sold Secure workshop!

Manufacturers can submit their locks to Sold Secure who will try to defeat them using a wide range of different tools and techniques.

They then classify each lock according to the amount of time it took to defeat it, with three available classifications: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Sold Secure Gold, Silver and Bronze ratings

In the past, Sold Secure stated that a Bronze rating was for locks that could withstand “a minute with basic tools”, a Silver rating was for locks that could resist for “three minutes with a wider selection of tools” and Gold was for locks that lasted “five minutes with a sophisticated array of tools”.

However, they have since removed this quite specific classification from their website, preferring this much vaguer guidance:

  • Gold rated locks “offer the highest level of security”
  • Silver rated locks “offer a compromise between security and cost”
  • Bronze rated locks “offer defense against the opportunist thief”

While there has been some criticism of their testing techniques and the resulting classifications, there are number of very good reasons that we should use their ratings when choosing the best lock for our bikes:

  1. Their tools and methods are standardised. So you can compare the ratings of different locks with confidence
  2. They use inside information from the police and insurers to keep their tools and methods up to date
  3. Many insurance policies specify that you must use a Sold Secure rated lock
  4. Of all the independent testers, they classify by far the widest range of locks
  5. The purpose of the organisation is to test locks. They know what they’re doing.

All this means that the Sold Secure rating system is the easiest and most accurate way to judge the security of a bike lock.

But how do you know which rating you need? It depends on your own risk level. And this can be difficult to judge. However, I recommend you answer the questions in the table below:

Sold Secure Gold or Silver: which do you need?

QuestionsHigh RiskLower Risk
Where do you live?Big town, city or university campusSmall town or village
Does your bike attract second looks?YesNo
How long do you leave your bike unattended?More than 1 hourLess than 1 hour
Your lock security rating should be:Sold Secure GoldSold Secure Silver

If two or more of your answers put you in the “High Risk” column, you should seriously consider a Sold Secure Gold rated lock. Whereas if two or more of your answers put you in “Lower Risk” column you could possibly get away with a Sold Secure Silver lock.

I don’t recommend Sold Secure Bronze locks at all because I don’t feel they give enough protection.

So how can you find locks with a Sold Secure Gold rating?

Well, you can find a complete list of Sold Secure locks (and other security items) on their website. But it’s not very user friendly.

So I provide a list of the best Sold Secure Gold bike locks here. If you click on the names of the locks in the table, you’ll be taken to Amazon where you can further compare prices and reviews. These are affiliate links.

Sold Secure Gold bike locks

 ModelThicknessWeightCans of
coke
weight
HeightWidth
Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit MiniKryptonite New York
Fahgettaboudit Mini
18 mm4.55 lb
(2.06 kg)
5.56.0"
(15.3 cm)
3.25”"
(8.3 cm)
Kryptonite New York M18 WLKryptonite New York
Lock M18-WL
18 mm6.1 lb
(2.76 kg)
710.3"
(26.1 cm)
3.9” "
(10.3 cm)
Kryptonite New York StandardKryptonite New York
Lock Standard
16 mm4.35 lb
(1.97 kg)
58.0"
(20.3 cm)
4.0”"
(10.2 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution Series 4Kryptonite Evolution
Series 4 Standard
14 mm3.75 lb
(1.70 kg)
4.59.0"
(22.9 cm)
4.0”"
(10.2 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 LSKryptonite Evolution
Series 4 LS
14 mm4.10 lb
(1.86 kg)
511.5"
(29.2 cm)
4.0”"
(10.2 cm)
OnGuard Brute STD 8001OnGuard Brute
STD
16.8 mm4.17 lb
(1.86 kg)
57.96"
(20.2 cm)
4.53"
(11.5 cm)
OnGuard Brute LS 8000OnGuard Brute
LS
16.8 mm5.07 lb
(2.3 kg)
610.24"
(26 cm)
4.37"
(11.1 cm)
OnGuard Pitbull STD 8003OnGuard Pitbull
STD
14 mm3.55 lb
(1.61 kg)
49.0"
(22.9 cm)
4.53"
(11.5 cm)
OnGuard Pitbull LS 8002OnGuard Pitbull
LS
14 mm3.9 lb
(1.77 kg)
4.511.5"
(29.2 cm)
4.53"
(11.5 cm)
OnGuard Pitbull Mini 8006OnGuard Pitbull
Mini
14 mm2.54 lb
(1.15 kg)
35.52"
(14 cm)
3.55"
(9 cm)
Abus Granit X-Plus 540Abus GRANIT X Plus 540
230
13 mm3.20 lb
(1.45 kg)
3.59.0"
(23 cm)
4.25”"
(10.8 cm)
Abus Granit X-Plus 540 300Abus GRANIT X Plus 540
300
13 mm3.65 lb
(1.656 kg)
412.0"
(30 cm)
4.25”"
(10.8 cm)
Abus uGrip Plus 501Abus uGrip Plus 50113 mm3.64 lb
(1.65 kg)
48.86"
(22.5 cm)
3.74”"
(9.5 cm)
Abus Mini 401 YellowAbus U-mini 401 Yellow14 mm2.34 lb
(1.06 kg)
2.55.71"
(14.5 cm)
3.15”"
(8.0 cm)
MasterLock 8195DMasterLock 8195D16 mm3.13 lb
(1.42 kg)
3.58.27"
(21 cm)
4.33"
(11 cm)
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain 1415Kryptonite New York
Fahgettaboudit Chain 1410
14 mm10.80 lb
(4.90 kg)
12.539.0"
(100 cm)
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain 1415Kryptonite New York
Fahgettaboudit Chain 1415
14 mm15.25 lb
(6.92 kg)
17.560.0"
(150 cm)
Kryptonite New York Chain 1217Kryptonite New York
Chain 1210
12 mm8.65 lb
(3.92 kg)
1039.0"
(100 cm)
Kryptonite New York Chain 1217Kryptonite New York
Chain 1217
12 mm13.15 lb
(5.96 kg)
15.567.0"
(170 cm)
Kryptonite New York Noose 1275Kryptonite New York
Noose 1275
12 mm6.95 lb
(3.15 kg)
830.0"
(75 cm)
Kryptonite New York Noose 1275Kryptonite New York
Noose 1213
12 mm10.55 lb
(4.79 kg)
12.551.0"
(130 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution series 4 1016Kryptonite Evolution
Series 4 1055
Mini Integrated Chain
10 mm4.40 lbs
(2.00 kg)
521.5"
(55 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution series 4 1016Kryptonite Evolution
Series 4 1090
Integrated Chain
10 mm6.10 lb
(2.77 kg)
735.5"
(90 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution series 4 1016Kryptonite Evolution
Series 4 1016
Integrated Chain
10 mm9.70 lb
(4.40 kg)
11.563.0"
(160 cm)
OnGuard 8019L MastiffOnGuard Mastiff 801910 mm6.7 lb
(3.04 kg)
843.0"
(110 cm)
OnGuard 8019L MastiffOnGuard Mastiff 8019L10 mm10.5 lb
(4.76 kg)
1272.0"
(183 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus Granit CityChain
X-Plus 1060 85
10 mm4.63 lb
(2.1 kg)
5.533.0"
(85 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus Granit CityChain
X-Plus 1060 110
10 mm5.84 lb
(2.65 kg)
743.0"
(110 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus Granit CityChain
X-Plus 1060 140
10 mm7.19 lb
(3.26 kg)
8.555.0"
(140 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus Granit CityChain
X-Plus 1060 170
10 mm8.27 lb
(3.75 kg)
9.567.0"
(170 cm)
Abus Ivy Chain 9100Abus Ivy Chain 9100 8510 mm5.4 lb
(2.45 kg)
6.533.0"
(85 cm)
Abus Ivy Chain 9100Abus Ivy Chain 9100 11010 mm6.4 lb
(2.9 kg)
7.543.0"
(110 cm)
Abus Ivy Chain 9100Abus Ivy Chain 9100 14010 mm8.49 lb
(3.85 kg)
1055.0"
(140 cm)
Abus Ivy Chain 9100Abus Ivy Chain 9100 17010 mm10.69 lb
(4.85 kg)
12.567.0"
(170 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus CityChain 1010 859 mm4.3 lb
(1.95 kg)
533.0"
(85 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus CityChain 1010 1109 mm5.29 lb
(2.4 kg)
643.0"
(110 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus CityChain 1010 1409 mm6.04 lb
(2.74 kg)
755.0"
(140 cm)
Abus Granit CityChain X-Plus 1060/140Abus CityChain 1010 1709 mm7.45 lb
(3.38 kg)
8.567.0"
(170 cm)
Hiplok GoldHiplok GOLD10 mm5.3 lb
(2.4 kg)
633.5"
(85 cm)
Abus Bordo Granit X-plus 6500Abus Bordo GRANIT X Plus 65005.5 mm3.48 lb
(1.58 kg)
433.5"
(85 cm)

At this point you may have a couple of questions:

1. Are all Sold Secure Gold locks as secure as each other?

No, not at all. The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the “Thickness” column in the table above. Generally, the thicker the lock, the more secure it will be.

2. This list is missing some very secure locks. Why?

For a lock to be rated by Sold Secure, it must be submitted by the manufacturer. And there’s plenty of really good locks that are either never submitted or have not been submitted yet. But that doesn’t mean they’re not Sold Secure “standard”.

Off the top of my head:

  • OnGuard Brute Mini U-lock
  • Kryptonite New York Legend Chain
  • OnGuard Beast Chain

These are all Sold Secure Gold “standard” bike locks that don’t have a Sold Secure Gold rating.

If you want to see which locks would most likely be granted a Gold rating if they were submitted to Sold Secure, you can use the manufacturers own ratings on the U-lock comparison and chain lock comparison pages:

If a lock without Sold Secure certification has the same manufacturer rating as a lock with certification, it’s most likely Sold Secure “standard”.

If you need more help choosing the best bike lock, follow my simple 3 step guide that guarantees you’ll pick the right lock for both you and your bicycle.

More questions? Let me know below…

 

10 thoughts on “Sold Secure Gold bike locks: The List

  • January 18, 2017 at 6:21 am
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    Can you tell me which of the Sold Secure Gold u-locks comes with a bike mount or has one available?

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    • January 18, 2017 at 6:37 am
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      Hi Edward,

      I think all the u-locks come with a mounting bracket except the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit, Kryptonite New York M18-WL, the Abus Yellow mini and the OnGuard Brute LS.

      I hope that helps

      Carl

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  • January 23, 2017 at 6:20 am
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    Great! Thanks for answering my question. Btw, I found your articles on bike locks very informative and it has helped me decide on what lock to purchase.

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  • April 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm
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    This is very helpful. Are any “gold” level locks made with combinations? If not, do you know why?

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    • April 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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      Not that I know of Amy. And that’s because combination locks tend to be less secure.

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  • July 22, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    Hi. My bike shop sells the Oxford alarmed u-lock. It only has a silver sold secure rating. I would welcome your views on it please – I’m trying to decide between it and the abus 540.

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    • July 24, 2017 at 9:15 am
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      Hi Michelle,

      I don’t think you should be trying to decide between a specific silver lock and a specific gold lock. What do you think your risk level is? If it’s high you need a gold lock. If it’s lower you will probably be OK with a silver lock.

      Once you’ve determined what security level you need, then start thinking about specific locks.

      As an aside, I haven’t been too impressed with most of the Oxford locks I’ve used.

      I hope that helps!
      Carl

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      • July 24, 2017 at 9:42 am
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        That’s really helpful Carl, thank you. I think the gold ABUS wins. I’m also looking at the Shed Shackle for storage purposes. Your site has been really helpful.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:53 am
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    What about the Lifelok? It’s a Sold Secure Gold rated zip lock. Seems to be the best lock in existence, as an all rounder. Please reply, I’m terribly interested in your opinion.

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  • October 19, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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    re last message, ‘LifeLock’ is an ID theft solution. ‘Litelok’ is a gold standard bike lock.

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