Until the recent introduction of the Sold Secure Diamond bike lock rating, Sold Secure had a three-tier rating system.
Of these ratings Sold Secure Bronze was the lowest that a bike lock/bicycle security product could receive.
Sold Secure Gold was the highest rating and was, therefore, the rating which the majority of manufacturers aimed for with their products.
As more and more companies had their locks tested, the Sold Secure Gold category became crowded which caused confusion amongst cyclists.
With the recent introduction and boom in the E-bike market, it’s important that cyclists are able to distinguish which are the best bike locks on the market.
Just because two locks bear the same Sold Secure rating doesn’t mean they offer exactly the same level of security for your bike!
By the end of this short article, you’ll understand what Sold Secure Diamond means, and will be able to view a comparison table comparing every Sold Secure Diamond lock!
I’ll also suggest a few of the best Diamond rated locks for anyone looking for a top-rated bike lock.
What Does Sold Secure Diamond Mean?
The Sold Secure Diamond category comprises the best bike locks on the market.
These top rated bike locks offer incredible levels of security for your bike and are some of the strongest bike locks.
I spoke with Guy McCafferey the Sold Secure Lab manager, who let me know what the Sold Secure Diamond means:
“Sold Secure Diamond Products offer attack resistance against a higher complete tool list (aimed at preventing the highest motivated attacks)”.
For comparison, the Sold Secure Gold rating offers: “theft resistance against a higher selected tool list (aimed at preventing dedicated attacks)”
From this, we can take that Sold Secure Gold & Diamond locks both offer very high levels of security.
Both of these security ratings are awarded to locks that offer great levels of protection. But, if you want the best bike lock possible, choose a diamond rated lock from the list above.
Sold Secure Diamond Bike Locks Comparison Table
|Preview||Model||Weight||Width||Length||Shackle Thickness||ART Rating||Warranty Period||Type of Lock|
|Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini||4.55 lb (2.06 kg)||3.25 " (8.3 cm)||6.0 " (15.3 cm)||18 mm||Level 4||Lifetime||D Lock|
|Kryptonite New York Lock M18-WL||6.1 lb (2.76 kg)||3.90 " (10.3 cm)||10.3 " (26.1 cm)||18 mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboutit Chain Lock 1410||10.80 lb (4.90 kg)||39.3 " (100.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||Chain Lock|
|Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain 1415||15.25 lb (6.92 kg)||59.0 " (150.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||Chain Lock|
|Pragmasis DIB 260||4.23 lb (1.92 kg)||3.43 " (8.7 cm)||10.2 " (26.0 cm)||16 mm||N/A||2 Years||D Lock|
|Halfords Advanced 23cm||3.79 lb (1.72 kg)||4.33 " (11.1 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||2 Years||D Lock|
|Almax Series 3 Chain & Squire SS65CS||7.65 lb (3.47 kg)||31.5 " (80.0 cm)||16 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Burg Watcher 100D||1.32 lb (0.60 kg)||1.57 " (4.0 cm)||1.7 " (4.5 cm)||15.8 mm||N/A||2 Years||Disc Lock|
|Oxford Monster Chain 12||11.46 lb (5.20 kg)||47.2 " (120.0 cm)||12 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|ABUS Granit Extreme 59||5.95 lb (2.70 kg)||4.30" (11.0 cm)||10.2 " (26.0 cm)||16 mm||N/A||2 Years||D Lock|
|ABUS Granit X Plus 540 23||3.52 lb (1.60 kg)||4.25 " (10.8 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||13 mm||Level 3||2 Years||D Lock|
|ABUS Granit X Plus 540 30||4.07 lb (1.85 kg)||4.25 " (10.8 cm)||12.0 " (30.0cm)||13 mm||Level 3||2 Years||D Lock|
|Oxford Hardcore XC13 Chain||9.15 lb (4.15 kg)||47.2 " (120.0 cm)||13 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|OnGuard Brute 8001||4.10 lb (1.86 kg)||4.53 " (11.5 cm)||7.9 " (20.2 cm)||16.8mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|OnGuard Pitbull STD 8003||3.50lb (1.61 kg)||4.52 " (11.5 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|OnGuard Pitbull DT 8005||3.80 lb (1.72 kg)||4.52 " (11.5 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|OnGuard Pitbull LS 8002||3.90 lb (1.77 kg)||4.50 " (11.4 cm)||11.5 " (29.2 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|OnGuard X Series Pitbull LK8005||3.90 lb (1.77 kg)||4.52 " (11.5 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||Lifetime||D Lock|
|Oxford Harcore XL13||13 mm||Level 4||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Oxford Patriot Chain & Padlock||12 mm||Level 4||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Pragmasis Protector Chain 13mm||7.67 lb (3.48 kg)||47.2 " (120.0 cm)||13 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Pragmasis Protector Chain 16mm||11.90 lb (5.40 kg)||47.2 " (120.0 cm)||16 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Pragmasis Protector Chain 19mm||16.70 lb (7.60 kg)||47.2 " (120.0 cm)||19 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Pragmasis Protector 22mm Titan||48.50 lb (22.00 kg)||70.9 " (180.0 cm)||22 mm||N/A||2 Years||Chain Lock|
|Oxford Shackle 14 260||3.62 lb (1.64 kg)||4.30" (11.0 cm)||9.0" (23.0 cm)||14 mm||N/A||2 Years||D Lock|
|Oxford Shackle 14 320||3.92 lb (1.78 kg)||4.30" (11.0 cm)||10.3 " (26.1 cm)||14 mm||N/A||2 Years||D Lock|
What Do the Other Sold Secure Ratings Mean?
Diamond rated products provide the highest level of security in the bicycle category, aimed at very high-value bicycles and e-bikes.
Gold rated products offer the next highest level of security, aimed at mid-to-high value bicycles.
Silver rated products offer a compromise between security and cost.
Bronze rated products typically offer defence against the opportunist thief.
Which Sold Secure Rating Do I Need?
Choosing the right Sold Secure rating can be confusing, so below I’ve put together a simple flow chart that will help you choose the security rating that works best for you.
If you still can’t decide after using the flow diagram, I’d recommend you take a look through some of the recommendations below.
Otherwise, you can read about the 8 best bike locks, or the best cheap bike locks, for some high security locking solutions
If you need a Sold Secure Silver lock, check out the best Silver-rated locks here.
If you know you need a Sold Secure Gold lock, view my comparison table of Gold rated locks here.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found this content helpful.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact. And as always, lock it or lose it!