Magnum's CCL3 Coil Cable is a pretty standard 10mm cable unit that offers the kind of protection you might expect: not that much, really. At £15 you shouldn't expect miracles and you won't find any here; it's fine for securing your pub bike to the railings for a swift half but that's about the limit of its powers.
The CCL3 is 1.85m long and has a 10mm wound steel core with a PVC outer. It's the kind of lock that shouts out 'snip me!' when you're eyeing it up with a selection of handy tools. To be fair to the Magnum it put up a decent fight as cable locks go, lasting 40 seconds, although 20 of those were spent faffing with the bolt croppers which decided to stick at an inopportune moment.
You get five keys and a frame mount, so as a fit-and-forget option for a hack bike it's not a bad shout, assuming that a) you don't think anyone will want to steal your hack bike; and b) you don't care that much if they do. Any standard cable lock can be cut pretty easily, though, so don't rely on this to protect anything you care about.
Not bad as cheap cable locks go, but then you wouldn't want to rely on a cheap cable lock either
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Magnum CCL3 Coil Cable Lock
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
185CM LONG CABLE
HEAVY DUTY SELF COILING CABLE
ALL TUBE MULTI-POSITION QUICK RELEASE MOUNTING BRACKET
TOUGH VINYL CABLE COVER PROTECTS AGAINST SCRATCHES
Did you enjoy using the product? No
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
About the tester
Age: 38 Height: 190cm Weight: 98kg
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.