Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 Review – 2018 – 2019

Kryptonite Mini 7 – Compact Yet Secure

Pros:

  • Compact design so it is easy to carry. 
  • Still offers a good level of security.
  • Good value for money.

Cons:

  • Quite heavy.
  • Needs to be used with another lock for maximum security.

Features: 13mm Hardened Steel Max-Performance Shackle – Hardened Double Deadbolt – Sliding Dust Cover – Pick and Drill Resistant Disc Cylinder

If you regularly commute on your bike, then you will know just how important it is that you make sure that it is safe and secure whilst you are at work. Unfortunately, bike theft is as common as ever and you don’t want to take any chances. With a regular commute, you need a bike lock that is compact yet effective.

One of the bike locks that we think fits the bill here is the Kryptonite Mini 7. This is a compact lock that comes from a brand with a fantastic reputation. In order to see if this lock as what it takes, we decided to put it through its paces and see how it performed. Please read on below for our verdict.

The Design of the Kryptonite Mini 7

The overall design of the Kryptonite Mini 7 is pretty much what we’ve come to expect from their U locks. However, considering this is a compact model, there were several features that we weren’t expecting to be included which we were really impressed by.

First of all, let’s talk about the shackle. Considering the compact design, we expected that this would simply be the standard stainless steel shackle. This was not the case. What you get with the Mini 7 is hardened max-performance steel, which is resistant to both bolt cutters and leverage attacks, providing much higher levels of security.

It also features the impressive patent pending double deadbolt design which we have seen on some of the more expensive models, so this was a nice addition to. The disc style cylinder is both drill and pick resistant, so to say that this bike lock is safe is an understatement. Overall, this is a fantastic design.

The Portability of the Kryptonite Mini 7

Without a doubt, one of the best things about the Kryptonite Mini 7 is how portable it is. It comes in at 8x3x3cm, so it’s not the smallest that we have seen, but at just 500g in weight, it is definitely one of the lightest. We tested it out on several journeys and found several easy ways of carrying it. It is small enough and light enough to fit into a saddle bag or a backpack.

However, for even more convenience, you can actually clip the bolt onto your bike seat. If this is not an option that appeals to you, then there is also the option to use a mount to attach it to your bike. We tried this as well and really didn’t notice any extra weight, so it was a nice convenient way of carrying it. If portability is what you are looking for then this is a great option to consider.

Using the Kryptonite Mini 7

What we really like about the Kryptonite Mini 7 is that it is incredibly easy to use. Not only does it have your standard Kryptonite U lock design, but it also comes with their famous loop cable. We found that by using both of them together, the bike was secured much more securely. Considering the price tag, we thought that this was really good value for money too.

The only thing that we will say is that you do need to make sure that the key is pushed into the lock properly. We had a few issues with this when first using the lock and thought something was wrong with it, only to realise that we hadn’t put the key in properly.

Overall, we would definitely recommend this compact bike lock for anyone who values portability as a feature.

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