Kryptonite Evolution Mini Review

by Jamie on July 27, 2010

Kryptonite Evolution Mini lock

The Kryptonite Evolution Mini D (or U) lock is a favourite amongst bike messengers and hipsters.  It’s popularity is no doubt due to it’s combined size (3.25” x 5.5”) and strength.

The small size is perfect for filling the D of the lock with bike (see our guide – How to lock your bike) – any space left leaves an opportunity for a thief to get tools in and pop it open.  The size also helps for portability – many people just stick their Evolution Mini in their back pocket. This lock is perfect for leaving your bike for a few minutes.  You may find however that using this lock as your only lock (not recommended – always use two locks!) limits where you can park your bike – you can only just fit a tube of your bike frame and a regular bike post through it.

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The Evo Mini is small yet strong, with a 13mm steel shackle, hence the 0.9Kg weight.  It is rated Silver Sold Secure and rated 9 out of 12 on Kryptonite’s own scale of strength.  Kryptonite locks suffered from a flaw previously where the old style cylinder locks could be opened with a pen.  The whole locking system has been reworked to use a flat key which eliminates that vulnerability.

Kryptonite Evo Mini The bend in the ‘D’ means only one locking pin is required

What is worth noting is the curve in the end of the lock.  This allows only one locking pin to be used which is cheaper for production but also means a thief only needs cut the lock in one place to get in.  The Kryptonite New York series of locks use two locking pins, which is part of the reason for their higher security rating, and price.

Kryptonite locks come with a guarantee which is in reality, a useless marketing ploy.

In summary, this is a great lock and worthy of the price.  I use this as a secondary lock to secure the front of my bike alongside my main lock, a Kryptonite New York 3000 which is bigger and even more secure.

LOCK YOUR BIKE score: 4/5

Have any questions or comments about this lock?  Let me know in the comments.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Brig March 2, 2012 at 1:14 am

I recently purchanes one of these – it came with a flex cable too, which is useful for securing the front wheel to the lock itself. The only issue was that due to the size, I had to get a rear rack fitted to the back of my bike so there was somewhere to carry the lock, which is a bit annoying but hopefully it can be put to use for carrying things too.


bike guy May 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

You can definitely lock your rear wheel and one of your rear stays to a post that isn’t large. You just have to get the angle right. What they need to do is to make a very small lock for the front wheel. Or even better, just invest in a good skewer system that locks. Not bothering to have to lock the wheels is just wonderful and could result in a lock at about half the weight and size. But then again, almost no consumers think anymore so they probably wouldn’t even buy it. Just look at how the average dullard locks up their bike. Its laughable.


Tek March 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm

I recommend fitting the bike with a lock holder, that you find online, if you don’t want a rack. Also Chrome sells a pouch that fits on a regular belt, that you can slide the lock into for easy carrying, and quick removal.


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