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Secured by Design attends LITELOK X launch event

Last month, LITELOK hosted a launch event to introduce their new range of lightweight U-locks armoured with Barronium™: a new composite technology, which offers unparalleled resistance to angle grinders.

With bike and motorcycle theft at an all-time high, award-winning British lock manufacturer LITELOK continues to set the industry standard with ever more sophisticated bicycle and motorcycle anti-theft locks. The next generation LITELOK X range offers unmatched security, without the extra weight. Fully armoured with patent pending, anti-angle grinder technology, LITELOK X is up to 15 times more secure, yet lighter than the best performing U-locks already on the market. What’s more, they contain additional design features including rattle-free mounts, retro-reflective coating, and easy attachment.

Litelok X1 X3 cutout 1.449 B model

"I’m incredibly excited to have reimagined the popular U-lock format with innovative design features and our own technology Barronium™, which provides the ultimate in anti-angle grinder resistance. The range was put through extensive tests, breaking discs and grinders in the process. It’s light, secure and incredibly strong. I believe it’s a gamechanger and unlike anything else on the market,” says LITELOK Founder & CEO, Professor Neil Barron. 

Secured by Design Development Officer Doug Skins attended the LITELOK X launch event at Mud Dock Cycleworks in Bristol, joining the expert panel of speakers which also included LITELOK CEO Neil Barron, Dr Nick Lavery from Swansea University who discussed the challenges of creating a robust new alloy to foil would-be thieves, and Acting Chief Inspector Titus Halliwell of the Metropolitan Police.

LITELOK Panel(l-r) Neil Barron, Doug Skins, Titus Halliwell, Nick Lavery and Matt Stephens

The event was hosted by commentator and former professional cyclist, Matt Stephens, who has, like many, personally experienced the frustrations of bike theft. “Having seen first-hand the angle grinder resistance that the LITELOK X provides, I’d say that this product is an absolute game changer,” he remarked. “From the evidence I’ve witnessed, it offers unparalleled protection when compared to other market leaders and will be a formidable deterrent in the fight against bicycle theft.”

A highlight of the event for many was the opportunity to attack-test the LITELOK X with an angle-grinder. Many guests also brought along their own bike locks to compare the durability of the security they had been using against the new product. One such attendee was Secured by Design CEO, Guy Ferguson. He commented: “I’m really excited about the new technology that is involved and am delighted to have LITELOK as one of our SBD member companies. We’ve been able to look at the testing the products have undergone with Sold Secure, and watching the demonstrations confirms what I thought - testing has been very rigorous and this innovative new product is sure to have a positive impact in reducing crime. The LITELOK X, under testing with the angle-grinders here today, has really stood up well and I think it will make it very difficult for opportunist criminals.”

Doug Skins, Secured by Design, said: “This is a great example of ‘designing out crime’ - the technology and science behind this new D-lock is a game-changer for portable battery grinder attacks by thieves stealing high value cycles and e-bikes. I’ve never seen a D-lock resist attack of this nature before - the LITELOK X just made dust of the grinder disc before my eyes.”

Over the last five years, Neil has been supported by Innovate UK and some of the world’s leading material scientists to develop Barronium™; a brand-new composite armour that is fused to a hardened fine-grain high-tensile steel core and covered with a soft plant-based eco-rubber outer layer to provide an unprecedented three layers of protection.

The LITELOK X range is a new category of armoured locks that offers bicycles, e-bikes and motorcycles unparalleled resistance against angle grinders, which have increasingly become the tool of choice for thieves. LITELOK X is a ground-breaking development for the industry and for riders.

LITELOK X: market leading U-lock security

  • All LITELOK X U-locks contain three levels of protection, but it’s the layer of Barronium™ that makes them unique. Barronium™ is a patent pending composite material that resists angle grinder attack by turning the grinder's energy and force on itself. Layers of Barronium™ are permanently fused to the lock’s core in a specific geometry. Attempts to attack it with an angle grinder wear down multiple grinder disks, batteries and, ultimately, the grinder motor itself.
  • The three layers of protection consist of:
    1. A hardened fine-grain high-tensile steel core to provide inner strength against multiple tool attacks such as bolt croppers, cable cutters, long bars, hammers, chisels and more.
    2. LITELOK’s patented anti-grinder armour BarroniumÔ that is permanently fused to this core and designed to wear down angle grinder discs.
    3. A soft plant-based eco-rubber outer layer that doesn’t damage bike frames but provides additional cut resistance.
  • Secure: the LITELOK X range has passed Sold Secure Bicycle Diamond, Sold Secure Motorcycle Diamond and ART4 insurance-rated standards. It also meets the ‘Police Preferred Specification’ of Secured by Design (SBD), providing the best available deterrent for cyclists and motorcyclists looking to secure bicycles, e-bikes, motorcycles and scooters. Additionally, for the X3 LITELOK has sought out the Abloy Sentry lock cylinder; the most pick-proof locking mechanism available and the only example fitted to a bicycle or motorcycle lock.
  • Retro-reflective day and night: all LITELOK X locks feature retro-reflective strips for additional safety, so you can be seen to be secure.
  • Rattle free: say goodbye to that irritating U-lock rattle with LITELOK X’s unique integrated rattle-free design.
  • Easy to carry: the unique, universal Twist + Go mount fits any bike style, firmly holding LITELOK X locks on the bumpiest of roads while remaining quick to both affix and remove. In addition, LITELOK has collaborated with another Great British brand, Restrap, to create a co-branded lock holster for LITELOK X.
  • Made in Britain: every LITELOK is proudly built in the UK.

LiteLok Barronium WIDER v2.4 tanteal

LITELOK Founder and CEO, Professor Neil Barron adds: “As the popularity of motorcycles, bikes and e-bikes grows exponentially, so does the number of valuable bikes vulnerable to theft. These latest crime figures are truly shocking with only 1.4% of bicycle thieves being identified and charged in the last three years.

“The market-leading U-locks rattle, are heavy to carry and can all be cut with an angle-grinder in under 30 seconds. We set out to define the Armoured U-lock category to address these issues and ensure LITELOK X is the next generation of bike security.”


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