Knog Bouncer U-Lock review

——This little lock of mine is called the “Knog Bouncer U-Lock”. She is the second to highest quality lock that you can pick up from Knog in terms of security and price. If we are going by pure price of the lock then I would rate this as Knog’s “cheap best” model. It is only second to the Strongman U-lock in terms of dimensional size and silicone scratch protection coverage, all other statistics are of equal quality. What that means is that you are getting a $100 lock for the price of $50 at the cost of a smaller size and less scratch resistance to your gear. This lock is built for the average working man and is tough as nails as the name implies. This lock keeps your prized horse safe while she is away from the stable and at the same time is quite affordable.

——With so many options in bicycle locks and how confusing it can be to pick up a proper one to secure your bike I have found myself always pushing towards U-locks. They are the hardest to pick and cut through so I have always chosen to put my faith in these types. They are heavier than your average braided wire lock but I would gladly sacrifice carrying abit of extra weight around on my setups to know that my whip will be safe and secure when I come back to her.

The key points on this lock are the:
•Scratch Protection: It has a silicone and plastic shell that houses the metal lock.

•Secure Mechanical Assembly: Lock is designed to be without leverage points and is built of steel that does not have any play between lock and shackle.

•Double Dead-lock: A thief would have to cut the entire lock in half to get your bike.

•Lock Barrel Security: It has a high security disk style lock barrel, designed for a minimum of 2500 key combinations.

•U-shackle security: Heat-treated specifically to create balance between hardness (cutting resistance) and toughness (for tensile and impact resistance)

—–While all locks can be broken to some extent, bike thieves will have to go the extra mile to get to your ride with the Knog Bouncer. To get into this lock the thief would have to cut this ENTIRE lock in half to get to your bike. The thief would be spending a considerably more amount of time cutting through this lock then your average chain or wire lock. It is always best to lock your bike up in a well seen and public place to deter an attempt. The last thing that a thief wants to do is been seen cutting away at a lock in public and stirring up some attention.

—–In my time with the lock it has been useful, the only negatives that I can think of are that the Bouncer is not fully encased in silicone so you have to be careful if you place it next to items and that it is quite hard to thread your lock through your front wheel alongside your back wheel and frame. If that is your method of locking the bike then the Strongman is your best bet, I generally just lock my front wheel and frame together so it’s no big deal. For the price of the Bouncer you can just get two of them and lock everything together. The silicone also works to grip the lock to pockets on backpacks but really it stays put so I can’t complain.

You can pick one up from . Have a good day! Bye bye!

Filmed with my Xcel camera
Bag in video: Banjo Brothers Metro Bag
Music Credit: Neosonix – Far Away Promise


Ftck Zmt says:

If the boner the reason for all the lubricating you were doing?

gisforgary says:

Knog makes a cable to lock up the rest of your bike that fits their ulocks.  Its called the ringmaster.  It makes a great extra deterrent for wheel and seat thieves.  
Bike thieves generally go for what they know, and Knog is a pain to cut —  cutting tools are made to cut one specific material — something that will cut through the the steel isn’t going to go through silicone that easily.  I am not going to recommend a cable alone, but its the same with them,  cable cutters don’t cut through the silicone well, it takes a pro bike thief a while to get through the cable, they will probably give up and find an easier bike to steal.  I am not sure if the silicone steel combo was intentional, but its very effective.  

Adam Morrell says:

Don’t like the O Board at the end that’s dodgy,Don’t ever mess with that demonic contact nonsense.

Adam Morrell says:

Go for K Series4 or Abus top range U locks..This lock is good as a back up 2nd lock..

TheRebelEye says:

Sure it’s pretty, but that’s not how you lock a bike. Through the back tire frame, and into the thing you’re locking the bike into.

Liso Campos says:

I like your xenogears music lol. I wonder if anyone else caught that.

gisforgary says:

I probably should have included the easiest way to lock a bike is your rear wheel and either a chain stay or a seat stay.  Super easy to get the lock to work using your rear stays.  Locking the rear is also locking the two most expensive parts of your bike, the frame and the rear wheel.  Most people think seat tube and wheel, and thats problematic w mini locks.  use a cable for seat and front wheel and you just locked your bike proper.  Unless you have a 10k ride a bike thief is going to look elsewhere.

I ran across you review because I am paranoid and always looking for someone that had their bike stolen w a Knog, and I haven’t found one yet. On Amazon all the complaints are from people that don’t know you have to grease it or try to attach it to their frame, not one stolen bike though. In the 90s it was very popular to attach water bottles and locks to the frame.  Fanny packs were popular too.  Ask your parents.  

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