Here's what looks like a good idea, at least on paper: The Squire Snaplok combines a solid shackle with a combination cylinder, so you get the benefit of added security without having to worry where your keys are. The lock carries a Sold Secure Silver rating, and it's available in two sizes, the smaller of which I'm testing here.
At least on paper, you say? Yup. First look at this and I was convinced you'd be able to pop the lock mechanism (which simply slides over the two broken ends like a sleeve) in no time at all. To be fair it didn't take no time at all, but 17 seconds is a very poor return on investment. It's not exactly a great vindication for the Sold Secure process, suggesting that it doesn't include trying to prise a lock apart, a fairly standard method of attack for solid shackles.
This is a £60 lock. I don't mind a bit of portability and ease of use at that kind of money, so long as it's backed up by some good, old-fashioned stay-puttedness, and that's not the case here. Squire rate it at level 13, the same as their Urban Patriot which is a decent lock and a good bit cheaper. If you want a decent U-lock, you can have one for as little as £25. It's a novel idea, this, but when push comes to shove it's as good as useless. Avoid.
Expensive lock that's easy to break. We wouldn't buy one.
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Make and model: Squire Snaplok 210
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?
They say: "A perfect example of Squire's innovative approach to lock making. Attractive and easy to use, this light weight style lock is completely unique and is rigorously attack tested, achieving security level 13 and Sold Secure Silver"
We say: majoring on the innovation, weight and looks is okay so long as the lock still secures your bike. Squire need to look at its testing procedure if they're prepared to give this a 13 on their own scale
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Specification and Features of Squire Snaplok 210
* Lightweight and strong.
* Recodable hardened Boron steel.
* 10 year guarantee.
Very nicely made
Took 17 seconds to prise apart
It's quite light, but that doesn't appear to be a good thing here
You can get a great U-lock for £25 - made by Squire, this is £60
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Did you enjoy using the product? No
Would you consider buying the product? No
Would you recommend the product to a friend? No
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.