Multi-link folding lock
Convenient cable protection
Exceptional value security
Ideal for quick-stop security
Lots of length, lack of strength
German shackle security
Not a secure solution
Lock with motion-sensitive alarm
Illuminated combi lock
Purely a visual deterrant
A neat quick-stop lock
The toughest chains we've ever tested
Inexpensive but effective security anchor
Password-powered bike lock
The Paramount Plus is Squire's premier bike lock, "designed and aimed to prevent the most severe attacks".
The BS610 caved in under manual attack in a little over a minute
Horseshoe style locks are generally favoured on continental style roadsters or shoppers whereas in the UK cable locks are the norm - so why not get the best of both worlds?
First impressions of this Squire were mixed. The padlock is superb, the shackle is hidden making it impervious to attack, the casing is armoured and the mechanism is up to Squire’s usual high standard.
The Urban Paramount is an old favourite of our testers. It’s solid, the lock mechanism is superb and very well protected, it’s not too heavy and comes with a good bracket.
The Blok CH X300 from Raleigh is in fact a re-branded Magnum, but with a padlock we haven’t seen on others from the Magnum range.
Another combination lock similar to the Masterlock above. It’s a similar length and somewhat heavier with a neat mount (superior to the Masterlock’s) and looks good due to its claimed 15mm thick cable. Unfortunately that’s where the good points end; the small bolt croppers went through this lock like it was made of string.
The Zenith Link occupies the middle ground between a big tough chain and a cable lock offering hard 8mm links, but with an integral lock rather than a separate padlock.