The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini. What is there left to say about this, probably the most famous of all u-locks? In its heyday, it was undoubtedly the most secure portable bike lock money could buy.
And for many people, it was the ultimate in bicycle security.
However, times change.
Portable angle grinders became more powerful. Thieves started using them to cut bike locks. And even a lock as strong as the Fahgettaboudit Mini could be defeated in around a minute by a thief with a fairly average portable angle grinder.
For a while, that wasn’t so bad. Because every other bike lock could be defeated in much less than a minute!
But with the recent arrival of several bike locks boasting technology that’s significantly more angle resistant than this, what’s the point of the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini these days?
Well, that’s what we’re here to find out…
The Fahgettaboudit Mini is outdated. There are more secure bike locks that are easier to carry and easier to use.
New York Fahgettaboudit Mini
4.55 lb (2.06 kg)
3.25 x 6"
Other Security Ratings:
Fahgettaboudit Mini Cons
How secure is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini?
With an 18″ shackle, the Fahgettaboudit is a rare beast. There are very few locks that can boast a shackle this thick.
What’s more, it’s made from Kryptonite's max-performance steel, which is triple heat treated for ultimate cutting force resistance.
No bolt cutters can crop this lock, manual or otherwise. In fact, here's a video of it destroying the blades of a hydraulic bolt cutter...
Leverage attacks, (that might defeat other u-locks) are also rendered useless by the double locking, over-sized, hardened steel crossbar.
And because it's a mini u-lock, if you lock your bike correctly (more on this later), there’ll be no room inside the “D”, for a thief to insert a hydraulic bottle jack (that might be able to pop the lock open).
The extraordinary level of protection is reflected in its security ratings. Kryptonite themselves give it a maximum 10/10 rating. It's rated both Sold Secure Bicycle Gold and Motorcycle Gold. And ART give it 4/5.
The only way the Fahgettaboudit can be defeated is with an angle grinder. But the problem is:
- Thieves are increasingly using angle grinders
- A portable angle grinder can cut through both sides of the Fahgettaboudit Mini in around a minute
Now, we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that all thieves are walking around with portable grinders. They’re certainly not.
But when the Litelok X1, X3 and Hiplok D1000, offer far more angle grinder resistance. And there are loads of other bike locks that can also only be defeated by angle grinders, but are a bit easier to use and carry...
We come back to that first question: what is the point of the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini these days?
Let’s look at some of these usability issues that you’ll face with the Fahgettaboudit Mini…
Is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini easy to carry?
Although it’s a mini u-lock, the Fahgettaboudit is still exceptionally heavy. With an official weight of 4.55 lb (2.06 kg) it’s actually one of the heaviest u-locks available.
In fact, I could only find two u-locks that are heavier: the M18-WL mentioned above and the long shackle version of the OnGuard Brute!
In case you're struggling to imagine how heavy this is, it’s the same weight as 5.5 cans of coke. Which is pretty heavy!
And it doesn’t come with a frame mount! So this makes carrying the Fahgettaboudit Mini a bit of a challenge.
Of course, you could put it in your backpack or shoulder bag if you use one. But that sort of weight in on your back every day might start to get annoying. You could also strap it to your luggage rack or put it in your panniers if you use them.
I have heard of people wedging them in their water bottle cages. And some people fasten the lock through a belt loop on their jeans (I do not recommend this technique, it seems like an accident waiting to happen, to me)
For many people these options weren’t acceptable and some have fashioned their own frame mounts, usually out of pieces of Velcro! If you google “how to carry a Fahgettaboudit” you will find loads of these homemade solutions.
Otherwise, you could buy a separate, third party frame mount. Kryptonite themselves make the Transit H-Bar lock carrier [Amazon] which is compatible with a wide range of bike locks including the Fahgettaboudit.
Basically, it will fasten the lock to your handlebars by way of a plastic mount and some Velcro straps. However, be aware: it doesn’t get universally good reviews!
Two Fish also produce a handlebar mount [Amazon] that gets much better reviews. And note that although it’s specifically designed for handlebars, you can also use it to mount the lock anywhere else on your frame.
If you don’t want to mount the Fahgettaboudit on your bike, you could also look at third party holsters that will strap the lock to your body!
Fabric Horse do a very good value holster that attaches to your belt and fits a number of u-locks, including the Fahgettaboudit. I especially like this one as it’s made from recycled seat belts!
That’s not the Fahgettaboudit in the photo, by the way. It's the bigger, New York Standard. But this holster will also fit the Fahgettaboudit.
So, while the Fahgettaboudit doesn’t come with a frame mount, there are plenty of alternatives. But the reason I’m talking about this so much, is that it’s really important that you find a way to carry the Fahgettaboudit that works for you.
There’s no point owning a super secure u-lock if you can’t find a satisfactory way to carry it around every day. Because if carrying it is a pain, you’ll stop using it. And then your bike will be stolen.
It’s the same thing with making sure it’s easy to use…
Is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini easy to use?
The Fahgettaboudit is a mini u-lock. In this case, the internal dimensions are just 6.0” x 3.25” (15.3 cm x 8.3 cm). That’s pretty small. Measure it out with a ruler or a tape measure. See what I mean?
These internal dimensions are important because they will determine where and how you lock your bike. Everything you want to secure, including whatever you’re locking your bike to, needs to fit in that space.
Now obviously whether this is possible or not will depend on what sort of bike you're riding and where you’re trying to lock it.
The technique in the photo above locks the frame, the wheel and makes it difficult to attack the Fahgettaboudit with tools such as angle grinders or hydraulic jacks.
If you're riding a bike with a thin frame and thin wheels, you should have no problems locking the frame and the back wheel to a modern bike stand.
However, if you’ve got a fatter frame, fatter tires or the thing you're locking your bike to is slightly bigger than a modern Sheffield Cycle Stand, you will probably struggle to secure the frame and the wheel.
To be honest, if it’s a busy stand, you may even struggle with a thin bike!
Now, this is not the end of the world. You can always use the Sheldon Brown bike locking method, where you secure just the back wheel to the bike rack, but through the rear triangle of the frame.
The idea here is that because the wheel cannot be pulled through the rear triangle, the whole bike is safe. I explain this locking method in more detail (with photographs!) on the
A more long term solution would be to replace the quick release skewers on your wheels with secure locking skewers.
In fact, there’s a whole series of methods that you can employ to protect your wheels and reduce or even eliminate the need to lock them together with your frame. And I talk about them in great detail on the
Much more important, though, is that when you use a mini u-lock like the Fahgettaboudit, you do limit where you’re able to lock your bike. And if you live somewhere with few proper bike stands, your options may be very limited.
So think carefully about your neighborhood, your bike and where exactly you routinely lock it. Will you easily be able to find places to secure it with a Fahgettaboudit? If the answer is no, then the Fahgettaboudit is probably not for you.
Another thing we should talk about is lock maintenance. Modern locks shouldn’t need too much looking after. But if they are left outside for long periods, especially in harsh weather conditions, you should be nice to them at least occasionally.
There are quite a few of reports of the Fahgettaboudit seizing up or jamming. I don’t think the Fahgettaboudit is more prone to this problem than any other high quality lock. I just think, it’s such a heavy beast, that when it does start to stiffen, it’s that much harder to fix.
Try to avoid the problem even starting by cleaning and lubricating your lock regularly. I go into this in more detail on my how to fix a jammed bike lock (and how to stop it happening again) page.
But to summarize here: clean the mechanism with WD-40. Lubricate the mechanism with a Teflon based product such Finish Line or TriFlow. And add a smear of White Lithium Grease to the ends of the shackles and the crossbar holes.
This will significantly reduce the chances of your Fahgettaboudit ever jamming.
Does the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini include insurance?
The Fahgettaboudit is eligible for Kryptonite's in-house Anti-Theft Protection. Under this scheme, if your bike is stolen as a result of this lock being defeated, Kryptonite will pay you up to $5,000 / £3,500 / €4,500 depending on the value of your bike.
I go into the ins and outs of this scheme in much more detail on the Abus vs Kryptonite vs OnGuard page.
But to summarize here: you need to register as soon as you buy the lock, it’s not free and even though the Kryptonite scheme is far better than the equivalent OnGuard scheme, the chances of them paying out aren't great.
It’s much, much better to organize your own insurance separately.
Conclusion: Is the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini worth it?
The Fahgettaboudit was always a lock you had to make compromises for. Because it’s really heavy and doesn’t come with a frame mount, it can be difficult to carry around. Because it’s really small, it can be difficult to secure your bike how you’d like.
But for those who needed the very highest level of bike security, these compromises were worth it, because they were getting the strongest portable bike lock in the world.
Now that’s no longer the case (there are stronger portable bike locks available), why would you make those compromises?
The answer is: you wouldn’t.
I never made the Fahgettaboudit one of my best bike lock choices, because I always thought the compromises were unnecessary for most people. But I recognized that for those that needed the most secure bike lock, it made a lot of sense.
But to be honest, it’s a hard to recommend the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini for anyone in 2023.
The Litelok X1 and X3, and the Hiplok D1000, are all stronger (at least against the methods of attack that thieves are using in the street). And this is reflected in their Sold Secure ratings; they are the only u-locks with Motorcycle Diamond ratings.
And with these locks you don’t have to make the compromises that you do with the Fahgettaboudit Mini.
The Litelok X1 is bigger, lighter and comes with a decent frame mount. The X3 is bigger, just slightly (50g) heavier, but 15x more angle grinder resistant. The Hiplok D1000, is about the same size, but lighter (120g) and also 15x more angle grinder resistant.
The only place the Fahgettaboudit beats these locks is in terms of price. But while the Litelok X3 and Hiplok D1000 are both incredibly expensive, the Litelok X1 costs only slightly more than the Fahgettaboudit Mini [Amazon].
I fully expect the big brands to launch their own angle grinder resistant bike locks in the coming months. And maybe the Fahgettaboudit will be relaunched with angle grinder resistant technology. It would certainly be a shame to lose such a strong brand.
But until then, there are much better high security bike locks available.
Alternatives to the Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini
Whether you’re looking for something lighter, cheaper or more secure, there are plenty of alternatives to the Fahgettaboudit.
Looking for something lighter?
The Abus Granit X-Plus Mini 54 [Amazon] is around the same price as the Fahgettaboudit and is more or less the same size, just slightly shorter and wider.
However it’s almost half the weight of the Kryptonite monster! This is because the shackle is just 13 mm thick.
Despite this, Abus give it their maximum 15/15 security rating and it’s also rated Sold Secure Gold.
In fact it’s probably the lightest, high security u-lock available today.
It’s clearly not as secure as the Fahgettaboudit, but you probably don’t need it to be. The only way either lock is likely to be defeated is with an angle grinder, and a few seconds either way isn’t going to make much difference.
So if you’re looking for a small, light u-lock that still offers a very high level of protection, this could be the lock or you.
Looking for something more secure?
Unfortunately, even the mighty Fahgettaboudit will only last seconds against an angle grinder attack.
But fear not, as there is a new generation of angle grinder resistant bike locks in town!
Bike locks like the Hiplok D1000 and the Litelok X3 are so resistant to angle grinder discs that they are almost angle grinder proof.
However, they’re very heavy and very, very expensive.
The Litelok X1 is the baby brother of the Litelok X3 and while it’s not quite as tough, a thief would still need to change several discs before they could defeat it.
In most street scenarios, this will be enough. And the Litelok X1 has the advantage of being much lighter and practically sized than both those two locks and the Fahgettaboudit.
Looking for something cheaper?
The OnGuard Brute Mini [Amazon] is about the same size as the Fahgettaboudit, being slightly wider but also slightly shorter.
The shackle is 16.8 mm thick, so it’s definitely bolt cutter proof. And it features OnGuard’s quadruple deadbolt locking system which means the shackle would need to be cut twice to defeat it.
OnGuard give it a 97/100 security rating and while it’s not rated by Sold Secure, there is no reason to think it wouldn’t be awarded the same Gold rating as it’s standard sized brother.
The best thing about this lock though, is the price. It usually costs less than half as much as the Fahgettaboudit! In fact it’s usually less than half the price of all the other locks on this page. A bargain!
Just remember to clean and lubricate it regularly, because OnGuard locks are often not as well weatherproofed as some of the other brands. But if you’re looking for a high security mini u-lock at a rock bottom price, this is the lock for you!
If these locks aren’t quite right either, don’t forget my straightforward guide to choosing the best bike lock!
Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini Specs
New York Fahgettaboudit Mini
4.55 lb (2.06 kg)
3.25 x 6"
Other Security Ratings:
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