Hiplok DX1000 Review: Is it worth the extra money?

Hiplok DX1000 Review: Is it worth the extra money?

Last Updated on May 10, 2024 0 Comments

The Hiplok DX1000 is essentially a bigger version of the Hiplok D1000, which was one of the first angle grinder resistant bike locks to hit the market.

The DX1000 uses exactly the same anti grinder technology as its little brother. The shackle is the same thickness, the body uses the same cylinder, and the lock has exactly the same independent security ratings as the Hiplok D1000.

So I won’t waste too much time talking about these aspects of the lock. The big question is whether the extra width and length make the Hiplok DX1000 worth the extra cost over the D1000.

Spoiler: it almost certainly will be if you’ve got a bulky ebike or ride a motorbike or motor scooter and need more internal locking space than the Hiplok D1000 or the Litelok X3. If you haven’t, it probably isn’t!

Let’s take a closer look…

The Hiplok DX1000 is a great choice for bulky and powered bikes and motorbikes that need a bigger lock & maximum protection!


Hiplok DX1000

Hiplok DX1000

My score:

Rating: 4 stars

Check price:

Shackle thickness:

20 x 15 mm


5.73 lb (2.6 kg)

Size (internal):

4.4 x 8.07"
(11.2 x 20.5 cm)

Other Security Ratings:

Hiplok DX1000 Pros

  • Fantastic angle grinder resistance
  • Generous internal dimensions
  • No delivery delays

Hiplok DX1000 Cons

  • It's very big and heavy
  • No frame mount
  • It’s incredibly expensive

How secure is the Hiplok DX1000?

The Hiplok DX1000 is one of the most secure bike locks you can currently buy. I explain why below, but I’m going to try to keep this section short, as I’ve already discussed the security aspects at length in the Hiplok D1000 review.

It has a double locking, impossible to crop, 20 x 15 mm thick shackle that is reinforced with a ceramic compound called Ferosafe, to provide exceptional resistance to angle grinder attacks. The body of the lock is also reinforced with Ferosafe, so there’s no weakness there either.

In my tests, the Hiplok D1000 (which has exactly the same angle grinder protection as the DX1000), was second only to the Litelok X3 in terms of the time it took to cut with a mains powered angle grinder.

You can see the results in the table below:

Time to cut

Litelok X3

Hiplok D1000

& DX1000

Litelok X1


First side:

3:25 min
3 discs

2:50 min
3 discs

1:10 min
1 disc

16 seconds
1 disc

Both sides:

5:30 min
4 discs

4:25 min
5 discs


4 discs

32 seconds
1 disc

And here is a video comparing it to the Litelok X3:

Note: I used a mains powered angle grinder and I immobilized the lock with tape. This was to eliminate any external factors (battery drain and sudden movements), that might influence how long it took to cut the lock. The idea is: with fewer variables, it is easier to compare the essential angle grinder resistance of different locks.

For the same reason, I didn’t include the time to change the discs.

In the street, a thief would obviously be using a battery powered angle grinder (which is typically not as powerful), wouldn’t be able to keep the lock as still, and would also have to change several discs.

All of which would significantly add to these times.

The Hiplok DX1000 also has the same independent security ratings as it’s little brother: Sold Secure Powered Cycle Diamond and 4/5 Stars from ART, making it an exceptionally secure bike lock.

Is the Hiplok DX1000 easy to carry?

The Hiplok DX1000 is a very heavy bike lock, with an official weight of 5.73 lb (2.6 kg). Which is around the same weight as 7 cans of Coke! And that’s a lot of weight to be carrying around on your bike every day.

When I weighed it at home, it was even heavier:

Weighing the Hiplok DX1000

I weighed the Hiplok DX1000 as slightly heavier than the official weight

But even the official weight is still 44% heavier than its little brother (the Hiplok D1000). And 24% heavier than its closest rival, the Litelok X3.

But it’s not just the weight that’s an issue. It’s also very bulky. The external dimensions are 11.4” x 7.1” (29 cm x 18 cm), making it a very big bike lock too!

The extra size is the whole point of this lock (more on this later). But the consequential (and considerable) extra weight and bulk do pose challenges regarding how you’re going to carry it around.

For the (smaller and lighter) D1000, Hiplok sell a carry pouch that can either be attached to your trouser belt or the frame of your bike. And although there is nothing like that for the DX1000 in the Hiplok store yet, I imagine there will be when the DX1000 is more widely available.

Hiplok D1000 carry pouch on belt

Hiplok D1000 carry pouch: there's no pouch for the DX1000 yet

When I tested the carry pouch for the D1000, I wasn’t keen on using it on my belt. The lock was just too big and heavy for it to be comfortable hanging from my waist. So I imagine the DX1000 will be even more uncomfortable!

The D1000 carry pouch worked pretty well on the frame of my bike though, and I think that if they do release one for the DX1000, it will be a great option for carrying the lock while you're cycling around.

Hiplok D1000 carry pouch on bike

Hiplok D1000 carry pouch on bike

If they don’t, then you will just have to throw the Hiplok DX1000 in your bag, strap it to your luggage rack with elastic bungee straps, or come up with some other ingenious method to carry it about!

Hiplok DX1000 in bag

The Hiplok DX1000 fits easily into my saddle bag

I think that the weight and bulk of the Hiplok DX1000 means that it’s likely to be a lock that’s more suitable for owners of powered bikes (where the bike will help them carry it!). Whether that’s ebikes, e-scooters or straight up motor scooters and motorbikes.

And as we’ll see, that’s really who this lock is aimed at. And indeed who will get the most out of this lock…

Is the Hiplok DX1000 easy to use? 

The Hiplok DX1000 works just like the D1000. The shackle clicks and locks into the body very smoothly, there is a rubber flap covering (and protecting the keyhole) and you get three keys and a key code for ordering more.

Everything works well, just like the D1000.

But the larger internal dimensions mean that you can use the DX1000 in ways you can’t use the D1000.

Hiplok DX1000 dimensions

Hiplok DX1000 internal dimensions

The internal dimensions of the Hiplok DX1000 are 4.4” x 8.07” (11.2 x 20.5 cm). This is significantly bigger than the D1000’s 3.62” x 6.1” (9.2 x 15.5 cm). And also bigger than the Litelok X3’s 3.9 x 7.6" (10 x 19.5 cm).

Which means the Hiplok DX1000 has more internal locking space than any other angle grinder resistant bike lock.

There were a lot of complaints about the diminutive size of the Hiplok D1000 when it was first released (the internal dimensions are about the same as a mini u-lock), as it doesn’t work well with bulky ebikes and motorbikes.

Hiplok D1000 and traffic light

The Hiplok D1000 isn't big enough for some street furniture

So the DX1000 is definitely a response to those complaints, (although you should be aware there are other perfectly acceptable ways to lock your bike that don’t require the lock to go around the tire and frame).

Hiplok DX1000 and traffic light

WHeras the Hiplok DX1000 manages the same pole just fine!

If you’ve got an ebike or a bulky town bike or mountain bike, then the DX1000 is probably going to enable you to get the lock around your frame, a wheel and a bike rack (whereas with the D1000 you couldn’t).

If you’ve got a motor scooter or motorbike, then you will probably be able to get the DX1000 through the wheel and a ground anchor (or even Hiplok’s angle grinder resistant AX100 anchor), whereas with the D1000, you couldn’t.

And of course, that is the main attraction of the Hiplok DX1000: it gives people that would struggle to lock their bikes with the smaller D1000 the ability to protect their bikes with the same technology.

But if you don’t ride a bulky bike, you probably won't need that extra space.

Hiplok DX1000 on front wheel

My skinny framed bike doesn't need such a big lock

I ride a skinny framed single speed city bike with slim tires in a city where there is a proliferation of Sheffield bike stands. So I had no problem using the Hiplok D1000 in exactly the same way as the larger Litelok X1 and X3.

And for me, the extra weight and bulk of the DX1000 are a definite disadvantage when I’m trying to carry the lock around. Whereas if you ride a powered bike, the weight and bulk are going to be much less of a concern.

Conclusion: Is the Hiplok DX1000 worth it?

The Hiplok DX1000 is 25% more expensive than the D1000. It’s also 44% heavier. And a lot bulkier. So it’s going to be more challenging to carry around on your bike, especially a regular pedal powered bike.

But if you ride an ebike, a cargo bike or even a motorbike, that requires a bigger lock to secure it the way you’d like, then the Hiplok DX1000 is obviously the better option.

Hiplok DX1000 on chain stays

Plenty of locking opportunities with the Hiplok DX1000!

It has more internal locking space than any other angle grinder lock resistant currently available. Which means you’ll have more locking opportunities than with any other angle grinder resistant lock that’s currently available!

It’s important to think about how you’re going to carry it around, though.

There is no official carry pouch for the Hiplok DX1000 yet (although I expect they will be releasing one). So it’s going to have to go in your bag, or you will need to strap it to your pannier or another part of your bike.

But if you can make the transport situation work, you can lock your bike with confidence, because the Hiplok DX1000 is one of the most secure bike locks around, with an incredible level of protection from angle grinder welding thieves!

Alternatives to the Hiplok DX1000

As always, if the Hiplok DX1000 isn’t the right bike lock for you, then there is at least one very good alternative!

Looking for something lighter?

Litelok X3

If carrying the equivalent of 7 cans of Coke around with you every day is just too much to bear, then how does 5.5 cans of Coke sound?!

The Litelok X3 is 20% lighter than the Hiplok DX1000, coming in at a measly 4.6 lb (2.1 kg).

That’s still pretty heavy, to be honest, but you will certainly be able to tell the difference!

The Litelok X3 is also 20% cheaper than the Hiplok DX1000. And in my tests, it took over a minute longer to cut through the Litelok X3 shackle than it took to cut through the Hiplok DX1000 shackle.

So what’s the catch?

It’s a little bit smaller, so in some situations you might struggle to lock your bike how you’d like. However, it’s bigger than the Hiplok D1000, so I recommend you look at the X3 first, and if it’s still too small then go for the DX1000.

Hiplok DX1000 Specs

Hiplok DX1000

Hiplok DX1000

My score:

Rating: 4 stars

Check price:

Shackle thickness:

20 x 15 mm


5.73 lb (2.6 kg)

Size (internal):

4.4 x 8.07"
(11.2 x 20.5 cm)

Other Security Ratings:

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About the author 

Carl Ellis

I've had bikes stolen in London, New York and Barcelona. Yep, I was a serial, international, bike theft victim. In 2015 I decided to stop the rot. And not a single bike's been stolen since! Brakes, yes. Bells, yes. But they're another story. Everything I learn, I document on this website. More about my story. Contact me. LinkedIn.

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