Xena XX-6 Disc Lock with Alarm
Support Non-Existent. Poor Construction.
This thing was a terrible waste of money. There is nothing user friendly about this product. The battery is hard to install and it is hard to do the first time without setting off the alarm and blowing up your ears. Some have complained that their alarm is too sensitive, but mine was not sensitive enough. In order to set it off, I have to shake the actual alarm for several seconds. Rocking my bike back and forth does nothing. I tried the front rotor, I tried the back rotor, I tried putting the pin through different holes, I tried adjusting the position of the unit on my rotors, and changing the battery but nothing helped. I finally gave up and emailed Xena for help but they never bothered to respond. Don't give these guys your money. They dont care about you and they certainly don't care about your bike.
November 24, 2014
great price, easy to use, small enough to put in my side pocket. good bright color but paint easy to come off when rubbing on the rotor.
October 30, 2014
Good alarm, triggers easily
As the summary states, the alarm seems to be a fairly high quality alarm for the money. However, it triggers super easily and sometimes seemingly at random, something that can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on how paranoid you are, or how often you want to check on your bike and/or annoy your neighbors.
October 27, 2014
Get a disk lock without the alarm for half of the price
As a disk lock, this seem like a solid product, but you can get a disk lock for a much lower price
As an alarm... it has the following problems:
- it is somewhat difficult to get the key into the lock. 50% of the time you will end up deafened by your own security device.
- goes of randomly ~ 30 s after you armed it. Double dose of deafening sound into your ears
- the small plastic latch that holds the alarm component will break after 2-3 use. Since you have been through so much pain already due to the above 2, you trash the alarm and use it as a disc lock.
- at this point you start thinking about buying a simple disc lock is so much smarter. Do yourself a favor and skip to it now.
October 22, 2014
Really Poor Lock Mechanism
The lock is heavy and seems fairly durable, aside from the alarm system, which is a plastic insert inside the metal body.
On to my major gripe with this product... The lock mechanism is a series of thin plates (many locks have pins) which have a key shaped hole in the middle stacked up in the cylinder (Think cookies in a sleeve with a weird shaped hole in the middle of each one). Each plate hole must be lined up for the key to go all the way to the bottom of the lock to allow it to be opened. Unfortunately, in the process of transporting/manipulating/attaching the lock, these plates will often become misaligned and require some jiggling of the key to get them in line. This would normally not be of much concern, except that jiggling the lock causes the alarm to go off which is annoying/embarrassing depending on circumstances.
The alarm is sensitive enough to go off from just putting the key in, but not sensitive enough to go off if the bike is bumped or even mounted and taken off its side-stand (I tried).
I put some light lubricant into the lock body to allow the key to more easily align the plates but it hasn't helped much. I might end up just removing the alarm mechanism and using it as a regular disc lock.
I might try attaching it with the key fully inserted then carefully removing the key so the plates are aligned when I'm ready to take the lock off. Seems like a hassle though.
As far as the finish/paint, I stored it under my seat (as recommended) for one ride and some paint has chipped off already.
The lock without alarm might be a decent purchase; certainly better than having nothing, but I cant recommend this product, at least until I can reliably get the lock off my disk without setting off the alarm.
October 19, 2014
Annoyance for a piece of mind
I originally bought this for the siren, but to my dismay it either never set itself or it goes off all the time. To work around it, I use it with the battery removed and with the cable attachment.
October 18, 2014
After reading some of the other reviews on the Xena XX I wasn't sure how happy I would be with it. However, it’s added security that you can take along with you for 71 bucks. I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did. If you purchase the Xena or any product for that matter please read the instructions before using. Taking the time to read the instructions will help you determine the best mounting position for desired sensitivity and to avoid false alarms. When you are ready to ride just be sure to line up the key with the hole and take it off quickly or the alarm will go off. If you tip the bike the alarm will sound or if you touch the device the alarm will go off. The device itself is solid and sturdy. Overall the product does what it says.
October 15, 2014
Effective, but alarm is more annoying than useful
This lock worked great for me for a while, no issues whatsoever. After about a month or two of use though, the alarm will just set itself off. I've cleaned the sensor but it still happens. Sometimes it will arm without a problem and I can get going, other times though I'll spend 10 minutes arming it, just to have it go off after a few seconds. I'll go through a cycle of trying different positions on the disk trying to find the sweet spot for it.
It's a heavy duty lock, and a great piece of equipment, but at times I have to make the choice between spending 10 minutes securing my bike and being late, or just saying f*** it and leaving the bike unlocked. I live in NYC so it can be frustrating.
September 30, 2014