Hexlox are tiny hexagonal magnets that sit in hex socket bolts that you already have on your bike.
A bit tidier than using a ball bearing and superglue.
hexlox are now in stock!
Hexlox ran a successful Kickstarter last year, raising €116,290 from 1,916 backers. We were one of them! We've been testing their product - Jenni parked her bike at London Bridge station from Thurs - Monday and her wheels were still securely fastened to her bike when she returned.
These are available in 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm sizes, for both steel and non-magnetic (aluminium, titanium, stainless steel) bolts. They sit inside the hex socket of any bolt and can only be taken out with your key.
For all you weight weenies, they weigh less than .5 of a gram. They're made from the highest grade rust-proof 316 stainless steel in Germany.
Each key has a 3 digit code. When you order your key and magnets, they will be matched up, and you can order future magnets with this code so that you only ever need one key.
Anywhere you have a 4/5/6mm hex socket bolt, you can use Hexlox. We also have HexNuts available for solid axle wheels, seat clamp bolts for old-fashioned style clamps, seat bolts, and security skewers - all are guaranteed to work with Hexlox. Order yours today!
N.B. Read this in a German accent:
"There is no lock in the world which is 100% safe. However, since 2011 our engineers have studied component locks, and the tools and techniques used by thieves to penetrate them. HEXLOX underwent rigorous tests against the following - needle nose pliers, gator/vise grip, hammer, liquid ice, hacksaw, screw driver etc. For us it was important that the HEXLOX would match the security level we would like to have on our own bikes. To confirm this and to test it against lock picking tools we went to the Berlin Lock Picking Society where one of the members tried to open it without success.
Additional testing have also been done against high powered magnets, medical tweezers, tooth picks. We are extremely confident that a thief, on seeing HEXLOX, will keep walking, so you can keep riding."
Marcus explains a bit more about the key coding system:
"Hexlox works with a coded key. We don’t have an infinite number of keys of course, but that is also not what makes a system like ours safe. Other brands have 1000 keys and can be opened with two screwdrivers, bike shops do it every day. The key is designed with no number on it as to make it difficult for a potential thief to try and buy keys. Its more or less impossible to copy as the tolerance is 0,02mm.
Our coding of keys are 3 digits. To make it easy for a bike shop to cater for customers like yourself we give then a limited number of different key codes and change the code to a letter. Why? Its easier in case you loose the key and you will go back to the same shop you bought if from. That builds trust. Also another bike shop will have another A, B and potential C, which means a potential thief does not know what he is buying for a key and the equation on how hard it is to try and buy keys, wins. Every time.
We developed the Hexlox and spend many hours trying to understand how thieves work. We also talked to a few of them, underground so to say. We’ve also spoken plenty to the police and here in Germany, the Berlin Police is now showing Hexlox as a good example on how to protect your bike.
In the end the harder you make it for a thief, the less interesting it is. The bike next to yours, will not have protection and since the parts of the bike are normally more expensive than then frame, it will be time consuming to try and remove them all for a thief and also very very hard that he will move on. Plus, he can’t resell a stolen bike where the new owner can’t raise the saddle for example…"