Hiplok Gold bike lock review: A big, heavy, chain that’s easy to use

How do you make a chain that weighs more than 2kg convenient to use?

Hiplok Gold Chain Lock
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

There’s no magic, more hardened steel means a more secure lock. The problem is that more steel also means a heavier, harder-to-use lock. The Hiplok Gold finds a way to balance the two opposite challenges and makes for a convenient and secure urban lock, it’s not cheap though.

Pros

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    Comfortable to wear and no locking required

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    Reflective exterior adds safety when lock is worn and protects bike frame

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    Includes three coded and replaceable keys

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    Sold Secure Gold rating means lock can withstand attack with hand tools for longer than five minutes

Cons

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    Price is high

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    No mechanism for securing extra waist strap material

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When it comes to researching, there are some things that end up being deep rabbit holes, and bike security is one of the topics that ranks high on that list. Start researching and it can quickly consume you with endless choices and considerations; the process might feel like a full-time job, but for us, it literally is. We have the time to do the research and we've built relationships with experts who can answer questions when we have them. Recently we've leveraged those resources to put together recommendations for the best bike locks on the market. With that done, we got a little more focused and put together another list covering the best ebike locks available. 

If you check both lists, you'll find there are a number of crossover products, because as crowded as the bike security market might be, the best products have a way of rising to the top. One of those products is the Hiplok Gold chain lock. Now that we've had a chance to spend more time with the lock, we are ready to discuss it in more detail. If you are looking for a balance of high security and ease of use, keep reading to see if the Hiplok Gold chain lock fits your needs.

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
SecuritySold Secure Gold is a high level of security and it means third party testing but there’s no insurance offer. Insurance offers don’t always pan out but it would be nice to at least see it offered. Also, Gold security isn’t the highest offered and unless carefully locked an angle grinder will still win the day.8/10
Build QualityFor most people what ends a lock is moisture degradation of the lock cylinder. There are no reports of that being an issue and if it is, the ten year warranty should cover you. Replaceable keys add peace of mind. Every touch point feels great.10/10
Ease of useThere’s enough length to capture a sign post, a rear wheel, and the frame triangle. The wearable feature is great. 10/10
ValueAlthough you get great build quality and warranties, you do pay more and if you only want security for less money there are other options.5/10
Overall ratingRow 4 - Cell 1 83%

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