Sold Secure Silver bike locks: The List

At the foot of this page there’s a table full of the best Sold Secure Silver bike locks. We have U-locks, chains and folding locks. But no cable locks, cos they’re rubbish!

But first, if you don’t know about Sold Secure and what they do, here’s a short explanation…

Sold Secure test and rate locks for security. This makes it easier for us to compare different types and brands. And easier to find a good one! They are based in the UK and are an independent, non profit organisation.

The Sold Secure Lab
Where bike locks come to die: the Sold Secure workshop

When manufacturers submit a lock to Sold Secure, they’ll attack it using a range of different tools and methods.

Once it’s defeated, Sold Secure classify it according to how long it look to beat. There are three classifications: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Sold Secure Gold, Silver and Bronze ratings

Previously, Sold Secure said Bronze was “for locks that can withstand a minute with basic tools”, Silver for “locks that can resist for  three minutes with a wider selection of tools” and Gold for “locks that last five minutes with a sophisticated array of tools”.

But more recently they’ve abandoned this definition for a more generic one:

  • 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”

There has been some criticism of their testing techniques and ratings but there are several very good reasons we should use Sold Secure classifications when we’re looking for the best bike lock:

  1. They use standardised tools and methods. So we can compare different locks with confidence
  2. Inside info from the police and insurers helps to keep their tools and methods up to date
  3. Lots of insurance policies now insist you use a Sold Secure rated lock
  4. They rate far more locks than any other independent testers
  5. Testing locks is the sole purpose of the organisation. They know what they’re doing.

Because of this, the Sold Secure rating system is the safest and simplest way to judge the security of a lock when we’re looking for the best locks for our bicycles.

So how do you know whether you need Bronze, Silver or Gold? Well, it’s going to depend on your own circumstances and this can be difficult to judge. I recommend you answer the questions in the table below…

Sold Secure Silver or Gold: 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 are in the “High Risk” column, you probably need a Sold Secure Gold lock. But if two or more answers are in the “Lower Risk” column, then you’ll probably be OK with a Sold Secure Silver lock.

Sold Secure Bronze locks are not very secure at all and I don’t recommend them for any circumstances.

And where can you find out which locks are Sold Secure Silver?

Their website has a complete list, but it’s not very user friendly! So I’ve provided a table of the most popular Sold Secure Silver 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.

 ModelThicknessWeightCans of
coke
weight
HeightWidth
Kryptonite Evolution LITE mini 6Kryptonite Evolution
LITE Mini-6
11 mm1.65 lb
(0.74 kg)
26.0”"
(15.3 cm)
2.75”"
(7 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5Kryptonite Evolution
Mini-5
13 mm3.15 lb
(1.43 kg)
3.57.0”"
(17.8 cm)
3.25”"
(8.2 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7Kryptonite Evolution
Mini-7 with cable
13 mm3.15 lb
(1.43 kg)
3.57.0”"
(17.8 cm)
3.25”"
(8.2 cm)
Kryptonite Evolution Mini-9Kryptonite Evolution
Mini-9
13 mm2.75 lb
(1.25 kg)
39.5”"
(24.1 cm)
3.25”"
(8.3 cm)
Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2Kryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 Standard
13 mm2.85 lb
(1.29 kg)
3.59.0”"
(22.9 cm)
4.0”"
(10.2 cm)
Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 ATBKryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 ATB
13 mm3.10 lb
(1.41 kg)
3.59.0”"
(22.9 cm)
5.0”"
(12.7 cm)
Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 LSKryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 LS
13 mm3.20 lb
(1.45 kg)
3.511.5”"
(29.2 cm)
4”.0"
(10.2 cm)
Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Mini-7Kryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 Mini-7
13 mm2.45 lb
(1.11 kg)
37.0”"
(17.8 cm)
3.25”"
(8.2cm)
OnGuard Bulldog STDOnGuard Bulldog
STD
13 mm2.43 lb
(1.10 kg)
39.06”"
(23 cm)
4.53"
(11.5 cm)
OnGuard Bulldog LSOnGuard Bulldog
LS
13 mm3.12 lb
(1.42 kg)
3.511.5”"
(29.2 cm)
4.53"
(11.5 cm)
Abus U-mini 40Abus U-mini 4014 mm2.16 lb
(0.98 kg)
2.55.63”"
(14.3 cm)
3.15”"
(8.0 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 470 230Abus GRANIT Plus 470
230
12 mm2.62 lb
(1.189 kg)
39”.0"
(23 cm)
4.29”"
(10.9 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 470 300Abus GRANIT Plus 470
300
12 mm2.83 lb
(1.285 kg)
3.512.0”"
(30 cm)
4.29”"
(10.9 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 640 230Abus GRANIT Plus 640
230
12 mm1.98 lb
(0.90 kg)
2.59.0”"
(23 cm)
3.27”"
(8.3 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 640 150Abus GRANIT Plus 640
150
12 mm1.90 lb
(0.86 kg)
26”.0"
(15 cm)
3.27”"
(8.3 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 51 230Abus Granit Plus 51
230
13 mm2.87 lb
(1.30 kg)
3.59.0”"
(23 cm)
4.25”"
(10.8 cm)
Abus Granit Plus 51 300Abus Granit Plus 51
300
13 mm3.28 lb
(1.49 kg)
412.0”"
(30 cm)
4.25”"
(10.8 cm)
Abus Varedo 47Abus Varedo 47
230
12 mm2.62 lb
(1.189 kg)
39.0”"
(23 cm)
4.29”"
(10.9 cm)
Abus Varedo 47 300Abus Varedo 47
300
12 mm2.83 lb
(1.285 kg)
3.512.0”"
(30 cm)
4.29”"
(10.9 cm)
Hiplok DHiplok D13 mm2.20 lb
(1 kg)
2.55.31"
(13.5 cm)
2.76"
(7 cm)
Hiplok DCHiplok DC13 mm2.43 lb
(1.10 kg)
35.31"
(13.5 cm)
2.76"
(7 cm)
Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 915Kryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 955 Mini
Integrated Chain
9 mm3.90 lb
(1.77 kg)
4.521.5”"
(55 cm)
Kryptonite KryptoLok Series 2 915Kryptonite KryptoLok
Series 2 915
Integrated Chain
9 mm8.10 lb
(3.67 kg)
9.560”.0"
(150 cm)
Abus Iven Chain 8210Abus Iven Chain 8210 858 mm4.26 lb
(1.934 kg)
533.0”"
(85 cm)
Abus Iven Chain 8210Abus Iven Chain 8210 1108 mm5.5 lb
(2.497 kg)
6.543.0”"
(110 cm)
Hiplok v1.50Hiplok v1.508 mm4.0 lb
(1.8 kg)
4.535.4"
(90 cm)
Abus Bordo 6000Abus Bordo 60005 mm2.69 lb
(1.22 kg)
2.535"
(90 cm)

You may have a couple of questions about these locks:

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

No. Generally, the thicker the lock the more secure it will be. Check the “Thickness” column in the table above. You can also check the manufacturers ratings and the ART ratings in the U-lock and chain comparison tables.

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

A lock has to be submitted to Sold Secure by the manufacturer before it can be rated . And there’s loads of good locks that are haven’t been submitted yet and may never be submitted. Of course that doesn’t mean they’re not up to Sold Secure “standard”.

I can think of 3 off the top my head:

These locks are not currently rated. But they’d undoubtedly receive Sold Secure Silver certification if they were submitted.

If you want to find more locks that are Sold Secure Silver standard but are not certified, check the manufacturers ratings in the U-lock and chain lock comparison tables.

Locks without Sold Secure certification that have the same manufacturer ratings as locks with Sold Secure ratings are most probably Sold Secure “standard”.

If you’re still unsure about which might be the best bike lock for you, check my easy 3 step guide that guarantees to find the right lock for your need.

And if you’ve got more questions about Sold Secure Silver locks, let me know below…

6 thoughts on “Sold Secure Silver bike locks: The List

  • March 29, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the great info over here!!
    For those interested in min. weight u-locks, Abus U-Lock GRANIT Plus 640 150mm is just 789g, not 860g as “advertised” by Abus. (Just bought one and weighted it).
    Cheers!

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    • March 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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      Thanks for this Calin! I suspect the “official” weights are often a way off the actual weights. I’m not going to change the weight in the table now as it would skew the results. But if we get enough actual weights from readers maybe we could add the to an extra column in the table?

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  • September 16, 2016 at 5:36 am
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    Hi,
    Really appreciate all the good info in your site! Congratulations on the quality of the research you’ve made.
    Been searching a lot and I’m nearly decided but wanted to ask you which of these 2 locks you think is better:

    – Abus U-mini 40
    or
    – Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5

    I think the Abus is more secure (because of the double bolting and thicker shackle 14mm) and I can get it at a cheaper price (25% less than the Krypto +/-)
    On the other hand, the Krypto has its positive side too (it’s a 100 gr lighter and comes with the flexframe U bracket). Maybe the steel is better on the Krypto?

    I feel I want the most secure of the two since the difference in weight is not much and I might carry it in my backpack.

    Would really appreciate your opinion.
    Thanks a lot

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    • September 16, 2016 at 11:41 am
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      Hi Jimmy,

      That’s a good question. My instinctive reaction would be the Abus. As you say, it’s got a thicker shackle and is double bolted.

      However, House of Chain (the bike shop) tested them both and the Abus was cut by 30″ bolt croppers while the Kryptonite withstood them. You can watch the videos here and here.

      Now I’m not a huge fan of these types of tests as I think they can be misleading. But it’s certainly worth bearing in mind. It’s also worth considering however, that the double bolted Abus may be less susceptible to leverage attacks like this one.

      So which do I recommend? I think they’re both good mid-security locks. They’re probably more or less the same security level. So it probably depends whether you value weight over price!

      Cheers
      Carl

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      • September 16, 2016 at 11:45 am
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        By the way. I’m not sure whether this is relevant or not. But this Abus lock is one of the few that’s manufactured in China rather than Germany. This could in theory have had effect on the quality of the steel and the security of the final product. However as far as I know all Kryptonite locks are now manufactured in China and the Evolution in the video did OK!

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        • September 16, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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          Thanks Carl,
          Yes, I agree with everything you mentioned. Tough decision.

          I had seen the videos.

          The Krypto’s steel seems harder (also I like the looks of it better [not that it really matters], it’s lighter, comes with the U bracket, the main key has a light, and it does not rattle while being carried [the Abus does]), but the only drawback I see is I’m not sure I’ll feel as safe with it only bolting on one side, but maybe it’s just me.

          Also, I don’t know why the Abus mini’s are being sold cheaper (maybe because of the lack of carrying bracket, or they’ve put down their price because they aren’t selling as many of them).

          Thanks again 🙂

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