TiGr® mini bicycle lock by Stanton Concepts, LLC was awarded with the Red Dot, the international distinction for high design quality. Participants from 57 nations had registered about 5,200 products and innovations for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Only products which set themselves apart considerably through their excellent design receive the sought-after quality seal from the international Red Dot jury.
The Stanton Concepts, LLC design team (John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin and Jim Loughlin) takes a unique approach to bicycle lock design. Inspired by the simple beauty and efficiency of bicycles, the TiGr® mini uses a minimalist form factor to deliver maximum security per gram. The first TiGr Lock design was introduced via a Kickstarter campaign back in 2011 and four years later, the TiGr mini was introduced. Weighingin at just 422g, the TiGr® mini is the lightest weight lock to meet/exceed ART® Foundation bicycle security criteria. (Sticting ART is a high standard certification authority in the Netherlands for locks for 2 wheelers.)
With 41 carefully selected experts from all around the world, the Red Dot Award: Product Design guarantees a very high judging competence: Only freelance designers, design professors and specialized journalists – but not designers employed at companies potentially participating – are appointed to the jury.
The independent panel assesses each entry strictly and fairly, live and on site, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award: “With their performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated an extraordinary design quality, but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”
The various TiGr models are made of titanium, which is much more difficult for a potential thief to cut through. Another feature is the way that the models can be stowed on the bike, making them easier to carry with you, as well as lighter than their U shaped competitors. Like any Sold Secure Gold standard lock, they aren’t cheap, but being able to protect your bike and lock both wheels as well as the frame is a benefit. The TiGr Standard model costs $175 with an additional $55 for despatch to the UK, but there are UK stockists who can be found online.
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