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Gear Review

2 5

Beefy lock and cable - but at all not functional for bikes

I don't understand how this cable and lock system is even remotely practical for bikes. From a security standpoint, it is super beefy. No one is getting through either the cable or lock. The cable is 1/2" thick and the lock is super solid. But the dimensions of everything are just too weird for everyday use. The cable length is approx. 5 feet which is just long enough for me to secure my bike (running the cable from front to rear wheel and around a small pole) - but just barely. The description says you can secure three of your friends bikes together - not a chance! Second, the cable and lock are ridiculously heavy. And because of the gauge of the cable, it wont coil up neatly like shown in the picture. I got the impression I could toss this system in my backpack when riding around town - and have a quick way to secure my bike. Forget it. I am not exaggerating when I say that the cable feels like a coiled python that fights against you. Another issue I have is with the lock. It opens and closes beautifully, but the size of the U-lock is really small so the only thing that fits inside of the U is each end of the cable.

The only reason I don't give a lower rating on the Cutter Noose N' Shackle 2.0 is because the lock and cable are really secure. I just don't know what you would use them for.

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couple comments:
you can remove your front wheel to accomodate >1 bike, I am guessing the description was there to indicate a cable through the frame and 1-wheel lock approach. Coiling can be facilitated by some dual sided velcro straps, and about the lock being so small all you can fit is the cable ends,.... that is a good thing. The idea is so you can't wedge addl stuff inside the shackle to leverage the shackle to break it. I give that a thumbs-up