Protect Your Nuts – And Wheels – With Nutlock

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We’ve seen security axles from folks like Pinhead, Halo and Atomic22, and now we’re seeing a new take on it from Nutlock.

Started by USC roomies Mikey and Amir, Nutlock doesn’t look to key locks for every removable component on your bike. They’re simply looking to secure your wheels to your frame, making it quicker and easier for you to lock your bike up when commuting. The idea is if your wheels aren’t able to be stolen, you don’t need to lug a long cable or multiple locks around – a simple U-Lock will lock the frame to a rack and that’s all you need to worry about.

The trick feature is the special tool used to tighten and remove the proprietary bolts, which doubles as a keychain and….

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The key and nuts come in different groove shapes, so the chances of your frenemy having the same one and pranking you is slim, just as it’s unlikely a thief would have the right match. The skewers are made of non-corrosive German steel and weigh in at a respectable 39g front and 44g rear.

The Kickstarter campaign goes live today offering Nutlock at $25 for a single skewer to protect one wheel, and $39 for a set.

Comments

Colin - 08/06/14 - 12:00pm

I’m a big fan of these types of skewers, I really like that there are different “keys” and that the end caps are make out of steel.

I had a with a set of the Delta ones, and kept loosing her key and she and wanted them gone, vicegrips were easily able to bite into the alloy and get them off.

Smokestack - 08/06/14 - 2:51pm

Like the concept on these bits. Now if someone would make a set for 9mm and 10mm nutted axles rather than qr, I’d be even more happier.

JAKE - 08/06/14 - 3:41pm

@smokestack Pinhead already makes the 9 and 10mm locking axle nuts. Also these Nutlocks look like exact copies of pinhead to me…

Matt - 08/06/14 - 4:15pm

Love the thought of trying to get these off after a couple of years when they’re corroded to the skewer

hacksaw - 08/06/14 - 4:17pm

@matt PB Blaster

Champs - 08/06/14 - 9:43pm

Still looks like you’d have an easy time getting around the nut with pliers. Ahem.

To paint another pretty picture, Pitlocks work because they’re “uncut” with a shroud around the end. Not just any tool can get in that tight space to fiddle with your nuts.

Jack S - 08/07/14 - 6:33pm

There has never been a design of these that we haven’t been able to remove in the shop with anything more than needle-nose vice grips and a screwdriver when the skewer has been cut off properly.
With an uncut skewer sticking out, it’s even easier.

peter harding - 08/07/14 - 8:59pm

used this type off idea with car wheels in the uk to stop loosing your alloy wheels agreat idea I think will need to save up to buy 2sets

Mario - 08/08/14 - 3:03pm

Cheap pitlock ripoff, and much less secure, since the flange is missing, and even pitlock I can open in 2 min with a flathead and needle nose players.. If you know I somehow lost my key or something.. ;)

Mikey - 08/12/14 - 4:01am

just saw these comments, I’m a founder of Nutlock, here’s some overdue responses:

@Smokestack – we do provide 9mm and 10mm nuts for solid axles! We also provide 3/8in – 26 nuts for solid axle and 5mm QR skewer replacements. We got you.

In regards to Pinhead & Pitlock – yes, this is not the first product on the market to provide wheel security. However, we do have some differentiating factors – check out this comparison chart http://bit.ly/NutlockComparison

Also, we did do testing with needle nose pliers and a screwdriver + hammer to no avail. However, we have some further testing to do.

Eugenio - 09/01/14 - 6:38am

All these key versions need you to carry a key every day, and are prone to picking, loss. I use the Sphyke C3N, uses a small combination lock – impenetrable.

Eug.

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