IB13: Elegant Titanium Bicycle Lock from TiGr, Plus New Custom Fit Locks from Tallac

Titanium Bike Locked on Bike

Bicycle locks come in dozens of iterations but it’s rare to see real innovation. Somehow TiGr locks has managed to pull it off. Their new titanium locks take the most elegant and seductive approach to bicycle security we have ever seen.

The lock acts as one big bow that is threaded through the front wheel, around the frame and a bicycle rack, and then clasps shut around the rear wheel. This system securely locks all the essentials without having to resort to locking skewers, removing a wheel, or carrying a cable and a U-lock. Not only is it easier but because the TiGr is titanium, it’s also lighter than the traditional heavy duty locks we’ve all been carrying around for years.

The company got it’s kickstart on everyones favorite social innovation incubator but is now shipping locks to anyone and everyone. The prices are steep but the innovation and quality is top notch. Each lock is made in the United States and all components except for the actual locking cylinder are sourced from within a ~50 mile radius of the founders NJ home.

Titanium Bike Lock StorageThe lock conveniently wraps around the top tube of your bike for storage and comes with two custom TiGR velcro straps.. The metal bow is sheathed in a clear, UV-resistant, PVC, which prevents the lock from nicking your paint. Additionally four silicon o-rings (visible on the left at the bikes headtube) act as bumpers to further reduce the possibility of scratching your two wheeled friend.

Titanium Bike Lock Lengths and Locking Mechanism


The TiGr lock is secured by an anti-pick, rotary lock, that slides onto cleats located at the end of each side of the locking arms. It takes a few tries to figure it out but after playing with the lock for a few minutes, it was easy to slide the locking cylinder on and off, and much simpler to use than your standard u-lock.

The locks are available in two different security rated widths and three different lengths. The thinner .75″ lock is more prone to different types of attack because there is just less material, but the 1.25″ version has a security rating certified by the independent ART Foundation in the Netherlands.

As far as sizing, the small 18″ size will easily slip into backpacks, the standard 24″ size will loop through the wheels of most road or hybrid bikes, and the 30″ model will capture the wheels of most mountain bikes. These various options run the gamut from $145-$220. Not bad for a high quality American made lock that weighs significantly less than traditional offerings, and offers improved security.

For more, visit TiGr Lock


King Cage Customizable Lock

At Interbike Tallac Design where showing off this new lock that can be completely broken down for convenient transportation or customized for your needs. Each of the shackles is removable and the company plans to offer custom length cross members, so you can lock anything from one bike to N+1.

For more, visit Tallac Design


Adrian - 10/02/13 - 8:49am

I’m not paying that much for a lock that can be defeated in ~5 seconds by a tiny German lady and leverage.


Dude - 10/02/13 - 9:06am

high quality lock vs 5 sec of girllll power

Nash - 10/02/13 - 9:06am

They should drill holes in it to make it even lighter, better again make it out of aluminium.

ve - 10/02/13 - 9:12am

Ti just isn’t hard enough to make a good lock. There’s a reason why good locks are hardened steel.

Jeff - 10/02/13 - 9:21am

Nash : better yet, make it out of carbon fiber! Seriously, I wonder how hard it is to cut titanium versus hardened steel.

Willis - 10/02/13 - 9:51am

Don’t be fooled, that tigr lock is for low risk areas…. It is a lock about looks and marketing not about being overly secure… I would rather spend $30 on a cheap cable that is just as secure if I’m going to use this on a $300-400 bike.

Watch this lock get cut in about 5 seconds

Adam - 10/02/13 - 10:16am

Ah the same TiGR lock that was recently shown to be easily defeated with a pair of bolt cutters? Yeaaaaaa no thanks.


zemil - 10/02/13 - 10:19am

better again to make it out of cardboard.

JC - 10/02/13 - 10:25am

@Nash & zemil:
better again to make it out of any other material breaking when bending.
good ideas.

Tim - 10/02/13 - 10:39am

It also looks cool and unusual, which means it will attract the attention of bike thieves.

edge - 10/02/13 - 10:39am

How am I supposed to carry this???????

Max - 10/02/13 - 11:59am

145$-220$ for an bended sheet of titanium with medium secure lock on it. You are funny guys ;). Titanium with half of the hardness of hardened steel is a very bad idea for locks, anyway “I had a titanium lock” sounds realy cool after your bike was stolen 😀

Riley - 10/02/13 - 12:47pm

Did anyone catch the other FOUR posts about the video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb8YoT9Q9VA . Just want to make sure no one misses the video…

Saris - 10/02/13 - 1:22pm

In my experience, bikes thieves are opportunists. They’re not smart or they wouldn’t be risking their necks for something with such a small payout. These guys smash and grab or steal out of plain sight.

A simple lock that holds your frame and both wheels is all you need to deter most low lifes. I’ve cut my fair share of U-Locks with hardened steel cores and I can tell you it’s not difficult. A determined thief with a sawzall will make short work of just about any lock.

– S

dwiz - 10/02/13 - 1:46pm

what is the german translation for “that high dollar Ti bike lock sucks!”………jeez that is a disappointing product

Max - 10/02/13 - 2:08pm


It would definitely take a lot more than five seconds to cut through a good hardened steel u-lock with those 3-foot bolt cutters. With some 5-foot cutters, very few locks stand a chance, but that’s harder to hide in the leg of your JNCOs. I don’t think I would trust my bike with this lock for anything but going to the coffee shop, and I definitely wouldn’t drop $200 on one.

brian - 10/02/13 - 2:13pm

this lock would go great with my budnitz.

alfa 115 - 10/02/13 - 3:19pm

That looks like the thinner lock in the video. Wonder if they tried cutting the certified lock?

raphael - 10/02/13 - 3:25pm

Maybe im traditional, but my U lock seems much easier to carry than a giant bent piece of Ti…and I dont think locking skewers are a “resort” method.
They are bad ass…lock your wheels/seatpost/fork/stem/v-brakes with pitlocks and then you just have to half ass slap a ulock on the wheel or frame…
Good U Lock costs around 50 bucks plus 100 bucks for pitlocks and its more secure and quicker than the “idiot lock-maker from new jersey method”.

Gravity - 10/02/13 - 7:06pm

Amazing that a $10 cable lock from Target offers the same protection as this crap.

Topmounter - 10/02/13 - 7:40pm

Obviously bolt cutters need to be confiscated and all new sales banned for the general populace.

Ti-mothy - 10/02/13 - 11:20pm

Now I have to worry about thieves stealing my cool lock.

ranggapanji - 10/03/13 - 8:30am

that video. perhaps because the lady was German? that explains.

Ajax - 10/04/13 - 11:53am

I finally found the video of this lock being defeated in about 5 seconds by some little young German woman.

Here it is:

Xenti - 10/04/13 - 6:37pm

I love how Tigr posted a link to this on their Facebook, when half the comments link to a video of the lock being defeated easily.

Bosco - 10/07/13 - 11:38am

What bike locks do you think can’t be broken with a bolt cutter? That German video is dramatic, but not newsworthy.

hkwon64 - 10/09/13 - 2:59am

@Bosco, not sure what world you are living in, but there are many U-locks and chains that can withstand bolt cutters, most locks will fail to angle grinders, a $$$ lock that fails in a few seconds to a bolt cutter is totally newsworthy. Check out some options from companies like Abus and OnGuard.

Bosco - 10/09/13 - 5:51pm

@hkwon64, Which specific locks are you referring to? I’d love to know if there is any bicycle lock that can’t be broken with a bolt cutter. Same goes for angle grinder, regardless of price. The laws of physics apply to us all equally as far as I know – we are all in this together.

hkwon64 - 10/10/13 - 12:17pm

There are many sites that have tested multiple U-locks and chains that are resistant against bolt cutters. Anything will fail to angle grinders. Just search for bike lock tests.


Also, in this test the Tigr was the only one to fail to bolt cutters:

You can also look for reviews of locks that have the Sold Secure gold rating (OnGuard, Vulcan, Kryptonite, Abus etc), these will mostly be resistant to bolt cutters.

Bosco - 10/12/13 - 12:22am

This video shows several Sold Secure Gold rated chains being broken by a bolt cutter in less than a minute: http://youtu.be/Cpf35C7wu6Q

This video shows the same sort of results (might be the same people):

Maybe Almax chains can’t be broken with a bolt cutter, http://www.almax-security-chains.co.uk/ofcmje75/All-Products/c-1-73/. Those chains are impressive, but even they can be broken according to this post which I found via one quick Google search: http://www.visordown.com/forum/general/stolen-almax-chain/394444.html

Every lock can be broken by folks with the right tools, know-how, time, etc.. I just don’t see how the fact that a lock that weighs less than a pound can be broken as news. That Mens Journal article referenced above is over a year old.

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