Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini Review

by Jamie on September 2, 2010

Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Lock

The Kryptonite New York Fagettaboudit Mini is the smaller, tougher brother of the New York 3000, with a 12 rating versus the 3000′s 11 on Kryptonite’s own security rating system (UPDATE: this lock is Sold Secure Gold rated).

Armed with a double deadbolt locking mechanism and an 18mm hardened Kryptonium Steel shackle, this lock will frustrate even the most hardened bike thief.

Coming in at just 22.9 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm, the lock revels in its ‘mini’ guise, but with a sturdy weight of 2kg, it’s a serious player armed with the latest anti-theft technology. The 18 mm Kryptonium steel shackle will resist bolt cutters and leverage attacks, whilst the oversize crossbar features a steel sleeve for additional security. The Faghettaboudit Mini also houses a double deadbolt locking mechanism for extensive holding power, meaning one cut isn’t enough.

The Kryptonite New York Fagettaboudit Mini is relatively expensive (prices start at about £55) and comes with £2450 anti-theft protection, but the reality of ever seeing that being paid is pretty slim considering the hoops you have to jump through to make a claim.

Whilst the small size could be off-putting for some, the fact it leaves very little room inside the D shape of the lock is a great way to protect against a would-be thief getting tools in there to pop it open.

BikeRadar.com tried their upmost to break this lock in testing and had this to say:

In test one we couldn’t make it budge at all – no amount of hammer, axe or lever even made a dent. At one point we used our 4.5ft lever in the shackle and two people (25st+) hung off the bar and it still didn’t budge.

LOCK YOUR BIKE score: 5/5

What are your thoughts on this lock? Let us know in the comments!

Summary
Reviewer
Jamie
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini U Lock
Author Rating
5

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Amoeba January 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

AFAICT, this lock isn’t Sold Secure rated!

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admin January 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

You are absolutely right, thanks for pointing this out! I will mention this in the review.

There seems to be some criticism of Sold Secure’s testing methods, and this is something I am currently researching and will be writing up soon. One sentiment I’ve come across a couple of times is that a Sold Secure rating is only useful for bicycle insurance, which requires such locks.

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Amoeba January 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Does anyone know what happened to Kryptonite’s lock stuffer. It seems to have died the death.
I’m pretty certain this lock isn’t likely to fall-foul of that attack, because it’s so small.

BTW, I have one of these.

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Chelsea March 31, 2011 at 10:04 pm

If I buy this mini to lock my frame to a metal pole, what happens to my wheels? For high theft areas do you recommend 2 separate locks for each wheel? I’m not convinced that Kryptonite cable can do much.

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Jamie April 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hey Chelsea, thanks for the comment.

You should always use two bike locks for high risk areas.

Your primary lock (this lock would be suitable but the small size would limit what you can lock it to) to secure the frame and back wheel to a bike stand, and a secondary lock to secure the front wheel and frame to a bike stand.

I recommend taking a look at the guide to locking a bike for more detailed info: http://www.lockyourbike.org.uk/how-to-lock-a-bike-guide/

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Chelsea April 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanx, I’ve got am Evolution series 4 U-Lock for my mt bike at 11.8 inches hieght, and use it to lock my entire back wheel and frame to a traditional metal bike lock. Honestly, there isn’t that much extra room for theives to leverage off of (me thinks).

What I’m wondering is if the mini is long enough at 6 inches to lock my road bike’s back wheel and frame to a traditional meta bike pole, like this black metal pole:

http://www.zmurowski.com/bikes/wntlyb_01.jpg

Any insight?

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Jamie April 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

It depends what method you use to lock your bike.

If you do something like this (on the left) it won’t be a problem but then it isn’t very secure.

This would be what I recommend but bear in mind the lock shown is the larger version of this lock and whilst you should manage it, it might be a struggle. I hope that helps!

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Kim Mason December 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

Your final link recommendation about how to lock a bike scares me. It’s a Kryptonite 3000 lock wrapped around…

… 1/4 inch railing steel. A pair of bolt cutters small enough to fit in a pocket will have that railing cut in about 10 seconds (and that’s being optimistic).

Remember folks, the weakest link matters. Your bike is only as secure as the object it is bolted to.

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Tom May 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Just to let everyone know that if anyone cared to actually visit http://www.soldsecure.com/search, you’ll find that this lock has a GOLD RATING, and IS APPROVED!

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Jamie May 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks – I have checked and you are right. Post is updated!

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Phil Bitis October 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I phoned soldsecure, they confirmed that the mini-version is *not* gold rated.

Which is massively annoying as it’s a better lock than most of the locks they have rated.

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Phil Bitis October 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I phoned soldsecure, they confirmed that while the normal fahgettaboudit lock is gold-rated, the min-version is *not*

Which is massively annoying as it’s a better lock than most of the locks they have rated.

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Jamie October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Phil, thanks very much for this. The Sold Secure website is extremely confusing as this listing http://www.soldsecure.com/search///ny-fahgettaboudit-u-lock.html could be mistaken for the Mini. They really should show product images. I’ll update the post now.

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Jamie October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I contacted Kryptonite to ask why this wasn’t Sold Secure rated – turns out it is. Here is their response (thanks Karen):

The New York Fahgettaboudit Mini has a Sold Secure Gold rating for both bicycles and motorcycles. I think what may be confusing is that the word Mini is a popular unofficial addition to the name of the product, but the official name of the lock is just New York Fahgettaboudit U-Lock. Therefore, when your readers look at the Sold Secure website, they may not recognize it listed this way.

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Jay May 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I find it hard to believe that anyone would be willing to spend 3,000 dollars on a bike that weighed as much as my left pinky and then would be willing to carry around 20 pounds of useless locks. Lot of companies seem to be able to make bolt cutters. Maybe some of these companies could make a lock out of whatever they make the bolt cutters. Put in a strip of carbide and they couldn’t be ground in two with a grinder. How about a florescent orange and skunk scent explosive that goes off if the key isn’t used in the lock. Or manufacturing a LowJack device in the frame that phones you the second that the bike moves more than a few inches so you could run to the window to see the stinky orange thief crawling away after the shaped charges in the rims took his legs off…. Just kidding I wouldn’t bother running to the window.

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me December 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Lol, I just imagined myself running out of my uni-course to find the orange painted guy and what I would do with him/her. xD (or rather ;( since I didn’t have a device like that … )

But as I’ve seen just now there are GPS-tracker you can put on or in your bike and when armed will send you a SMS and will start tracking, if a “vibration” is detected. see for example “spybike”

Anyone experience with these trackers? worth the money?

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