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The OnGuard 8020 Mastiff bike chain lock overall, is a fairly decent product. It does provide value for money, especially if you are here in the US, and it is also a quality product that clearly had a lot of time, research and trial and error put in before it was developed. Although not relatively easy to use, its features and built do give enough certainty that your bike will remain protected when lock. This product is not ideal for everyone, but it is surely effective for keeping your bike safe.
INTRODUCTION TO THE PRODUCT
The Onguard 8020 Mastiff is a chain lock that promises to keep your bike safe from bike thieves no matter how hard they try.
It promises a level of high security in comparison to other bike locks on the market, with new and improved mechanisms and safety features that are proven to work.
Most persons tend to only know the 10mm size, which also weighs 9.8 pounds, making for a very heavy lock, but the OnGuard 8020 Mastiff also comes in a smaller size, which is the 6 feet by ⅜ inches.
The main issue attributed to this lock is its weight, but could this be the best bike lock despite one popular flaw? Let’s find out.
Who this product is for
This product is ideal for persons who want to ensure their bike is secure outside their work place, food establishments or even at their homes.
It was designed with all types of cyclists in mind and comes with an anti-theft program, and a weather resistant chain cover to prevent intrusion from people, as well as the elements.
It is ideal for all cyclists, but it may be a necessity, specifically for delivery persons who ride a bicycle, and professional cyclists.
It’s important to note that this product is a bit more expensive than the average bike lock. Fortunately, though, it does come with insurance as a result of the Anti-theft program mentioned earlier, but this is only useful for those customers that live in the United States.
It is generally easy to use, but it is not ideal for pregnant women or persons with debilitating illnesses, as the lock itself is very heavy to carry.
What’s included out of the box
The OnGuard 8020 Mastiff contains a couple specific properties that make it stand out in both strength and resilience, in comparison to its competitors. These are:
A) The X2 Double Bolt Locking Mechanism - One of the most common problems cyclist encounter with a lot of bike locks is that they are a pain to operate.
This X2 Double Bolt Locking Mechanism is completely different. It was designed with such precision, that it unlocks and locks easily once you use the correct key.
This doesn’t make it more susceptible to thieves though, as the mechanism tends to seize when foreign objects are being used to open it, but for the average cyclist, this lock will make your life much easier because of its adaptable mechanism.
B) A Titanium enforced, Square Steel Chain - Titanium is the material used to make airplanes, mostly because it is as strong as steel, but it is half the weight.
This is the same material used to make the steel chain of your bike, and because of its toughness, it is virtually resistant against even the strongest of materials.
This steel chain guarantees protection against even saws and chain cutters, and is said to offer maximum cut resistance.
C) An extremely long chain - The specifics above highlight that the chain is 6 feet long at its longest, which is one of the reasons why the item is so heavy.
Because of its length, the chain both the poles and the wheels of the bike, giving you extra protection.
It is better to have a longer bike chain, because there are just some bike thieves who are so persistent in their efforts, that they will take both your bike and the bike lock to another location, and unlock it there.
This long chain gives you an extra level of assurance that the likelihood of your bike being stolen is very slim.
D) Weather Resistant Chain Covers - Not only are the chain covers weather resistant, but they also protect the bike’s painted parts and prevent it from looking worn out, resulting in a longer lasting and better looking bike in the long run.
This was such a smart addition by the manufacturers, because not only does the bike lock give value for your money, but it also helps to increase the overall longevity of your bike.
It’s a complete win win situation. The locks of the bike lock are also vinyl coated over the entirety of its diameter, along with rubber coated end caps.
Ultimately, the only major issue with this bike lock is its weight, which makes it virtually impractical for everyday use.
Dragging around 9.8 pound bike lock is not ideal for many persons, especially not for professional cyclists, so it would be better to market this item as a stationary bike lock rather than a portable one.
The price is also a deterrent, especially because the insurance only applies to US citizens. With cheaper locks on sale for as low as $19, it is not possible that this pricey lock would stand much of a chance with such a huge price gap.
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The OnGuard 8020 Mastiff bike lock overall, is a fairly decent product. It does provide value for money, especially if you are here in the US, and it is also a quality product that clearly had a lot of time, research and trial and error put in before it was developed. Although not relatively easy to use, its features and built do give enough certainty that your bike will remain protected when lock. This product is not ideal for everyone, but it is surely effective for keeping your bike safe.