3 thoughts on “Master Lock 8295DPS Quantum Cuff Cable Lock

  1. 19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Looks stronger than it is, April 13, 2010
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    I got this for my scooter and it seemed to be pretty heavy duty but after 7 months of no problems some stupid kid almost cut through it with a hedge type sheers. This is a light duty alternative to the heavier chain locks but dont expect it to hold up against much cutting.

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  2. 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Bike lock, August 6, 2010
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    B. Nelson
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    Heavier, bulkier than anticipated.
    Too heavy to take with you on a bicycle but very useful for securing your bicycle at home.
    Potentially more suitable for carrying to secure a motorcycle.
    Good solid lock.

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good enough for primary security in most cases, ALMOST as good as a midrange U-lock., February 10, 2013
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    John M. Hammer (New York City, NY) –

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    This is currently my carry-all-the-time lock on my Sun EZ-1 recumbent bike. The cuff is large enough to fit around a wheel or around some anchors such as bike racks or parking meters. The cable is quite long, 6′, which is enough – even with my extra-long recumbent bike – to loop through my rear wheel, frame, a stationary object, and then get the cuff locked onto my front wheel. The thickness of the cable makes it among the strongest bicycle lock cables available. The length of the cable lets me use some objects as anchors that would be impossible for a U-lock or a short cable, such as the support pillars of an underground parking garage. Like any cable, it can be cut by anyone with a proper clipper, but with the cuff locked around a wheel the bike still could not be simply ridden away and unless the thief is built like a football player my heavy and bulky EZ-1 isn’t getting carried very far. Nothing short of an angle grinder is going to get through the cuff and leverage attacks are all but impossible since there isn’t any room inside the cuff to get a jack or crowbar. The links between the cuff and the cable, tough as they are, might get compromised but no thief would bother trying to do that instead of cutting the much easier-to-cut cable. I consider this to be sufficient security for most stops I make when on my recumbent (post office, supermarket, Starbucks, public restroom, etc.) but when I go to the movies or otherwise know I’m going to leave the bike unattended for more than a few minutes I bring a U-lock, too, because no cable is really secure for even brief parking in high-risk zones or long-term parking anywhere.

    Locking up is easy and fast; the key is required only to unlock the lock, not to lock it. Just remember to push in the cylinder of the lock to actually lock it. This is obvious and covered in the instructions but I suppose it might be easy to overlook or to forget at first.

    I had some trouble unlocking the lock the first few weeks. A few deep breaths so that I worked it more slowly and deliberately got the job done. A little lubrication with graphite seems to have helped, too, as I haven’t had such trouble since. I think most of the initial difficulty was just my unfamiliarity with the lock and the rush I was often in during those couple of weeks trying to unlock my bike and get back on my way.

    The cable is not one of those self-coiling types; I prefer this type because self-coiling cables can be a pain to thread through the bits of a bike. The cable on this is so thick it would be hard to imagine it being made as a self-coiling cable. I just loop it a few times around itself and then throw it into the briefcase-size bag which hangs on the back of the seat of my EZ-1. When I need extra space in that bag for books or groceries or whatnot, I just loop it around the seat frame; a “normal” bike wouldn’t have this option but one could always carry it on top of a rack or inside a pannier or even around your neck / over your shoulder. It is pretty darn heavy, though: About 4lbs, which is very close to the Kryptonite “New York” top-security U-locks, although still far lighter than any proper chain.

    Note that while the cuff looks like the cuff from a pair of police handcuffs, it has only one locking position. Older versions of certain models of Master Lock “Street Cuffs” had multiple locking positions but they aren’t made this way anymore. After examining both types, I think that the newer one-position models are a little stronger while the older multiple-position models can be locked onto slightly larger objects (and I’ve heard some people describe them as “cooler” than the one-position versions). Frankly, the very slightly larger possible locking position of the multiple-position model isn’t a big advantage (and I don’t care about “cooler” as these are bike locks, not something I use to impress my friends or use as a “toy”) and the extra strength of the one-position model isn’t enough stronger for me to care which type I might get. You shouldn’t worry about it, either.

    Part of the deterrence you get from this lock and the other Master Lock “Street Cuffs” locks is their appearance and superficial design: A thief looking at one of these things just has to be thinking “handcuffs” so the association might help to encourage such scum to move on to another target. The cuffs are also relatively rare compared to other types of bike locks and most thieves will prefer to attack locks that they’re familiar with defeating.

    I really think this lock is absolutely perfect for my needs for most of the trips I take with my EZ-1. I’d like to see Master Lock produce it in two more versions: One with an even longer cable for use with long wheelbase (LWB) recumbents and cargo bikes, and one with a shorter cable for more convenient use with “normal” diamond-frame bikes and short wheelbase (SWB) recumbents. 6ft really is perfect for my EZ-1 compact long…

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