Snik Announces GPS-Enabled Security Device to Protect Your Bike from Theft

Mar 1, 2023 at 8:13
by SNIK  


Have you ever had your bike stolen? You return to your vehicle where you last locked it, and that’s when it hits you. Your bike is gone, and the odds of you recovering it are slim to none. We’ve been there. And so have many others.

It's no wonder then that people are always on the lookout for new ways to protect their rides. We are Snik, a Vancouver-based company specializing in bicycle security. We have developed a device that sends users real-time alerts if their bikes move without them. So whether you're at home or halfway across the world, you can rest assured that your two-wheeled investment is safe and sound.

Your bike’s security, at your fingertips.


Bike Security Reimagined

Snik uses GPS, Cellular and Bluetooth technology in case of a bike theft. Once you have paired your device with our mobile app, you will be notified when your bike moves without you. Here are a few things you can do with Snik in the event of a theft:

1. Alert the community, your friends, or the authorities—even non Snik users are able to join a map that pinpoints the stolen bike (red) and the other fellow searchers' (green).
2. Collaborate with other searchers using a live chat that is below the map.
3. Receive a phone call from Snik in the event that you’re not responding to a notification, and your bike is moving without you.

The casing and key are tamper-proof.

We’re not an AirTag. But we do that too…

Snik uses technology far more reliable and sophisticated than an AirTag. That said, if the battery ever gets critically low or you are out of service, Snik leverages ‘Find My’ and preserves battery life.

Battery consumption

We’ve gone to great measures to preserve battery life, and your Snik device will only use energy in the event of a theft, otherwise, it’s on standby. Users also have the ability to toggle the frequency of GPS pings, further adding to energy preservation. For that reason, the battery life can last up to nine weeks (9) on one full charge, and the battery level can be monitored in the app.

Installing the tamper proof enclosure

Your Snik device is custom made to fit in your steerer tube, and installation is simple. Knock down the star nut with the provided installation bolt, and drop in the outer casing! Once the casing is in your steerer tube, tension the headset just as you would with a normal stem cap. The Snik GPS is then dropped into the casing and locked with a unique key—We’ve partnered with a fastener manufacturer that’s trusted by the Military and the US Government. The proprietary key is tamper-proof, and we have several variations in rotation.

Snik GPS Security Device

The hardware is enclosed in a tough polycarbonate material that can withstand a beating. We’ve taken a hammer to this thing with no damage to show!

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Here’s how to purchase a Snik.

1. Order your device →
2. We won't charge your card until your device is in production (approx 2-3 month delivery)
3. 25% off for early adopters sale → $150 ($200 regular price)
4. Additional 9 months of service included
5. After the initial year, the service cost is $7.50 per month
*Service available in Canada & USA only for now

The mobile application will be available both on iOS and Android. Similar to your smartphone, we will continually update your firmware to ensure the best experience possible. We currently serve North America, but have plans to expand overseas quickly.

For more information, check out our website here or give us a follow on Instagram.

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  • 71 1
 ***Apple AirTags NOTIFY the thief that they are being tracked by an AirTag*** so there’s the first reason AirTags are useless. Secondly, AirTags rely on nearby users to work, and don’t give real-time tracking, it only updates every few minutes. SNIK provides real-time tracking and has its own signal output that doesn’t rely on other users to work. This is WAY BETTER than an AirTag. Don’t kid yourself
  • 11 0
 Looks very low-key, too. I imagine the average bike thief wouldn't even think twice about a slightly fancier headset cap on a nice looking bike.
  • 12 3
 @danielfloyd: well, they know now then don’t they.
  • 5 4
 Yes, but an AirTag is only $30 and hides nicely in the storage compartment.
  • 3 0
 Hell ya Snik!
  • 2 1
 Tile has removed that and basically say they can sue you if you use their devices to stock people. Willing to bet apple will follow suite soon.
  • 2 0
 sadly, my garmin mount sits there already....
  • 1 0
 use a Tile instead of an airtag. the network is a few orders of magnitude worse, but it has been nice knowing roughly where my bike is when i've been travelling with it, especially when it didnt make a connecting flight. another alternative is the samsung galaxy tag thing, which is apparently better than the Tile
  • 53 7
 México is in North America. Just for your knowledge.
  • 3 39
flag likeittacky (Mar 1, 2023 at 16:11) (Below Threshold)
 But it is south of America and a separate country, in case you forgot.
  • 8 0
 @likeittacky: South of America? Can you elaborate?
  • 14 0
 @likeittacky: South of the United States, not south of America.
  • 2 37
flag likeittacky (Mar 1, 2023 at 20:50) (Below Threshold)
 @mi-bike: Well, I mean WTF it's Kinda supercilious, like as if we are illiterate and clueless to the global Continents.
In case you forgot! (Sarcasm)- "Mexico is South of USA" and N.America not to be misaligned as USA as a whole like people want to believe it is; because USA has an idiot president that is allowing US boarders to be breached by multitudes of non citizens.
  • 1 8
flag likeittacky (Mar 1, 2023 at 20:55) (Below Threshold)
 @billreilly: How i should have typed it; Thanks for the correction!
  • 5 0
 Every day's a school day. Always assumed it was Central America. Thanks for the educational service!
  • 7 0
 @likeittacky: US boarders? I barely knew them.
  • 1 4
 @mi-bike: HA, well you do now Smile
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: They shred! Lol
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: great, being armchair critics of each product isn’t enough, now we have to be armchair critics of each other? Don’t turn this place into pinkbook!
  • 4 1
 @likeittacky: 45 is that you? Not enough users on Truth Social so you’ve landed on the PB comment section?
  • 30 1
 Nothing on one, small click out of two….and we got it open.
  • 2 0
 you killed me!
  • 7 0
 PB should get LPL to tackle all the best bike security devices. That’s a video I’d watch.
  • 14 0
 Ordered! Been using a dog gps tracker stuffed in the storage compartment for the past couple years. Works great and gives piece of mind but I had to recharge it every couple days… glad something like this finally came to the bike community. Price is reasonable too. Paid $70 for the dog unit but $12/month for the gps service.
  • 7 0
 Hell ya @spendtimebehindbars - once you experience the power of a similar device (like a Tractive pet tracker), you realize the vast difference.

  • 57 0
 I use an actual dog. Works great except you need to recharge it with food and water a few time per day.
  • 1 0
 Good thinking. I usually rely on the technique of having a bike that nobody would want to steal but in case I ever get a covet-worthy bike this is awesome.
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike: I have been waiting for something like this. Order is in!
  • 1 0
 @pink505: The dog might have a higher consumption, but I find mine might not be able to help me find the bike once it is stolen as well as this device, but he is much better equipped when it comes to actually preventing my bike from being stolen in the first place.
  • 1 0
 Where's @Ezrathedog been lately? Lost? Chewing sneakers? Sniffing bums?
  • 14 1
 Great tech, but the stem cap is an instant dogwhistle for thieves. Better to find some way to use the existing stem cap or perhaps install the device at the bottom of the fork where it won't be as noticeable.
  • 17 0
 Thanks for the props! @polarflux

We did explore every single potential location (we started in the bottom of steerer!) on the bike and landed in the top of steerer tube for two reasons: standardized fit (straight or tapered steerer), and GPS signal. To combat the fact that it's visible, we've made this thing toughAF and use proprietary key that's tamper proof.
  • 19 0
 I doubt 99% of thieves even know the term "stem cap". The point is to use this to find your bike before it gets parted out, likely a few days down the road.
  • 6 0
 If they do know what it is they would probably leave it alone. I guess you could disable it if you beat the hell out of it but that's gonna create attention. Seems like a sound idea to me.
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike: @snik-bike: but will you have other mounting options for those who house tools in their steerer tube?
  • 3 1
 If that makes them steal someone else's bike instead of mine it's worth it
  • 3 0
 @snik-bike: will you have another location as another option soon? I would say around 35-40% of mountain bikes coming into our shop have a hidden tool mounted in the same location. Another mounting option would increase sales in my opinion.
  • 1 0
 @ericls: I too have that question. I use one up EDC
  • 1 0
 @DaltonF: Just put the thing in a water bottle, add a few dabs of silicone to keep it from banging around, and put the water bottle on your bike. I doubt bike thieves would take the time to remove the water bottle right away.
  • 12 1
 Game changer, made by real riders that rip too. take my money Snik
  • 5 1
 Boom! @Mattsimsnz Appreciate that
  • 7 0
 Before this product was released I went down a anti-theft GPS rabbit hole and this was the best option I found:

It's $125 vs $200 of the Snik, compact enough to be stashed on a bike, and first year of GPS subscription is free then $40 a year after that.

I think Snik offers some bike specific advantages but the Invoxia still seems like a great option too.

Glad to see someone finally making an effort on a bike specific version. Hope Snik is successful.
  • 9 0
 I'm more interested in a quasi-lethal deterrent. How about electrified grips??
  • 5 0
 Positive side on the grips, negative side on your saddle = instant relaxation Smile
  • 9 1
 Amazing. Having recently had a bike stolen I wish so badly I had this. Ordering now!
  • 4 0
 Yes! Appreciate the support from another core local brand. Let's go @ennefdesign
  • 8 0
 Can we get a demo in the DTES instead of the north shore? It's like 15 min away and a way better proving ground.
  • 7 1
 Absolute slam dunk, I got my pre order placed this morning! Will this device have me shredding like the SNIK boys!? Here's hoping!
  • 2 0
 I'm traveling with my bike next week and bought the Lezyne Matrix Air Cage and an airtag. Guess we'll see how that solution works for me. On that note - do you guys recommend bike insurance for a 5 week Euro-trip (Finale, Nice, etc.), or should I be good with just the airtag? Got your normal dentist build enduro bike.
  • 2 0
 I moved to France and had a terrible time finding (never did) insurance for the flight. I ended up shipping it as cargo for insurance but had to pay duty on it's arrival even though it was used and personal property. Oh well. I think the USA has more common access to travel insurance for the temporary trips out of country. Never a bad idea in today's world.

I threw an airtag into my hockey bag and the performance was adequate. If your bike is with you until baggage check and you retrieve it when you land and the bike stays with you for the trip you're probably fine.
  • 2 0
 I just travelled to South America for 3 weeks and purchased travel insurance (that covers flights, baggage, hotels, health insurance, other trip costs) through a company called Travel Guard - did not take my bike though but the insurance should cover your baggage as long as you enter in the value of the bike. Fortunately I didn't have to use anything go wrong on my trip but you might look into Travel Guard or other travel insurance companies.
  • 24 0
 @iammarkstewart: We have ambitions to work with an insurance company to offer a premium plan "if your bike is stolen with a Snik installed and you do not retrieve it, we will pay back every dollar of your (registered) bike value."

With some traction and user base, it seems reasonable we will get there!
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike: Inline with your other reply to me, how useful that insurance is will depend on if you expand outside Canada and USA, because that was the issue I had (wouldn't insure outside the country unless it was a "vacation", not transport). On top of that, I wasn't worried as much about theft with the airline but damage, so again, unless this insurance is comprehensive, not much help.

That said, I know your wheelhouse is anti-theft and respect if you're staying in that lane with an insurance offering.
  • 1 0
 @Jvhowtube, insurance companies pay smart people to calculate their rates based on large databases of cases. You can bet it works out better for them than for you. You are only buying peace of mind with insurance. I cannot tell you what that is worth to you.
  • 3 1
 Let's say you are a bike thief and you have a bit of bike thief game. You recognize the insert (since it has particular shape and is mounted right out in the glorious open. I guess you can join the Snik community and find out who is chasing you? I'm sorry but a anti-theft system that looks like it won't withstand a size 8/10 wood drill point is kind of on the friendly side of bike theft prevention.
  • 2 0
 I think you overestimate the sophistication of the vast majority of bike thieves. They just go for the easy grab. They don't necessarily know much about mountain bikes other than to recognize the more expensive ones from the department store ones. Assuming they are a bit more sophisticated and they do recognize the bike tracker, they would more likely skip that bike and find an easier one to steal, than whip out a drill from their back pocket to try and remove the tracker. In the game of bike theft prevention, you just have to make your bike less attractive to steal then the next one.
  • 5 0
 Hmm. Do you install this or install the 3D printed one hitters people are offering….Question as old as time
  • 10 0
 Depends if you want to keep your bike safe or get stoned...
  • 2 0

Is there a month to month option? Living in an area where the winter shuts down all riding (both the actual access as well as the local builders don’t want riding on wet trails). Wondering about turning off the tracking for the months my bike is hanging out in my garage locked up and out of someone’s access.
  • 8 1
 Yes, we do have a month to month option. I will say though, 'In the garage locked up' is where bikes are stolen most commonly!
  • 2 0
 Most bikes in Vancouver and Sea to sky region are stolen from garages or bike lockers. That's when you need SNIK the most. Not when you are popping for a cold one at the local spot. That's what massive Kryptonite chain locks are for.... and the snik, just incase.
  • 2 0
 There is a recent Study "Tracking stolen bikes in Amsterdam" and they used sensors relying on SigFox and GPS-localization costing 50$ with a 3-year+ battery life
  • 3 0
 I see many comments from people using some kind of tracking device on their bikes. Honest question, who actually had a bike stolen AND retrieved it successfully thanks to tracker?
  • 1 0
 My airtag fell out of the bottom of my fork steerer tube. My fault as I did not secure the 3D printed cap well enough. It was near the top of Mirador at Empire 47 for a full year before I got back to retrieve it. Was interesting to watch it for the full year when others rode pass it on their mountain bikes and then the fat bikes in the winter. Was surprised to discover it was on a small downhill section when I got it back in that it got pinged at speed by the riders IPhones. Personally AirTags fulfill the need for me with only the initial cost outlay.
  • 1 0
 Do a web search for "fork cork". I have one of those holding an airtag (On which I've performed a speakerectomy, so at least it won't beep at a potential thief. Guess I'm outta luck if they have an iPhone or the right android app.) in the same location along with a dynaplug pill (wrapped in a shop towel so it doesn't rattle). Has stayed in place on all manner of terrain for the better part of a year or two.
  • 1 0
 @SoCalTrev: all good I just added silicone to the next plug so it stays secure regardless of the bumps.
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike I have been looking for something like this for my Seadoo.
1) If I make a custom mount for my seadoo, would it be a viable application?
I've considered the Spot Trace which seems like basically the same product idea- it tells you when the object is moving and you can see it on a map. The problem with the Spot Trace is, it has a very weak signal, such that it needs to be out in the open for it to work, which completely defeats the purpose because a seasoned thief will just remove it.
2) how strong is the signal? If hidden in the engine compartment under fiberglass/ plastic/ foam, will it have any signal? or does it need to be directly in the open?
3) any other differences/ advantages as compared to Spot?
  • 1 0
 This looks great and would be a step up from my knog device but unfortunately it goes over the stem cap so there goes gps computer mount location. The knog has its issues too like mounting to the water bottle location which is easily removed if that’s the frame storage location like mine. I think under the steerer with different adapters would be the best route forward. Makes it harder for the manufacturer but the top location is going to interfere with a lot of peoples EDC tools or gps computers. I suppose the later could be resolved if you add some small threaded holes to mount different gps mounts similar to how k edge does it.
  • 2 2
 My issue with this is not only the cost (also realized it's subscription after the first year) but it only works with standard steerer tubes. My road bike is by far my newest/most expensive and this cannot fit the cockpit set up. It also has other exceptions, and service is only USA/Canada so I couldn't use it here anyway.

I have a Knog Scout that i'm trying out, and may look for a covert Airtag back up to that also. However, the bike stays with me in the apartment and is never out of arm's reach when I'm outside with it. The Knog Scout is quite a bit more affordable, but your use case/budget will have the final decision.
  • 4 0
 Thanks for the comment @iammarkstewart

The Airtag is great for tracking your luggage, keys etc. but has several limitations with security. Snik is designed to keep your bike safe and has several functions that go far beyond the capabilities of the 'Find My' Bluetooth network—An AirTag will notify the thief, rely on other iPhone users to provide approximate (and delayed) locations, and of course are limited to Apple users.

We are working on solutions for road bikes with carbon steerers!
  • 2 1
 @snik-bike: Won't this notify when it switches to "Find My" mode?
  • 1 1
I have a Trust Message on my bike- carbon steerer tube. I think it’s the same ID as road bike. I can check.
  • 1 1
 @snik-bike: It's not just the carbon steerer. It's the shape and set up of some proprietary cockpits. My example is the BMC ICS2 set up. Your solution cannot fit this as the preload mechanism uses industrial foam inside the steerer so it's not longer hollow. Several other manufacturers use non-round steerers as well.

And you missed the point if all you took out of it was me using an Airtag as an additional device. I know the limitations of the Airtag, and I just happen to be an iPhone user. Otherwise I wouldn't have mentioned the Airtag. Thanks for the extra sales pitch.
  • 2 0
There’s a great point to running an AirTag on top of this device..
Put the AirTag in a somewhat easy to find place, let it be detected and discovered by thieves, they think they’re in the clear, and maybe never look for this device in the steerer tube!
  • 4 0
 Great solution! Give me a heads up as soon as it works in Europe
  • 3 0
 It won't be long! Will touch base then. Thanks @qbensis
  • 4 4
 "We’ve taken a hammer to this thing with no damage to show!"

You didn't hit it hard enough. Any dipshit stealing bikes who suspects a tracking device is going to show no mercy and demolish that thing. I'd just drive a screwdriver right down the middle.

Needs to be way more stealth. 9 weeks of standby battery life is enough that it would be fairly reasonable to hide it under a conventional looking headset cap and require loosening one bolt it to recharge.
  • 7 0
 Well we hit it as hard as we could, and with a screwdriver as well... You'll be surprised how tough the polycarbonate is!

Signal cannot pass through enclosed aluminum (conventional stem cap material) or else we'd be right there with ya. It is also quite stealth in person, especially if you're not a biker.
  • 3 1
 Put some double sided tape on your steer tube cap and tape over this devise . Now the Snik is hidden . Would that interfere with the signal ?
  • 2 0
 This is only half the story. What about capturing the audio when the owner confronts the thief. I would pay $7.50 a month just to listen to them all.
  • 1 1
I thought about this for a second, and I’m not sure how you guys are planning on doing the carbon steerer tube version.
Unlike an expanding nut, the carbon tube insert expanding force is necessary to counteract the force of the stem clamp to keep the carbon tube from being crushed. This has to match the stem along its whole vertical length, which leaves no room, save for what is left under the expansion insert.
I guess that could work. I have at least 3” of empty tube under my insert as it stands.
This means pulling the insert to access though. A bit of a PITA, but you won’t see anything but the top of the expander if you just pull the cap. No key needed!
  • 1 0
 Don’t tell any bike thieves, but I think I found what should be a great place to fit a tracker made for an aluminum steerer tube in a Trust linkage fork.
In the fork!
I believe it should be an easy fit inside the fork “tube” that houses the air only damper. Take out the damper, wrap the tracker in something like plastic or foam, shove it up above the damper mount, reinstall damper..
It’s just an empty static tube.
  • 3 0
 Cool! Is there an AUX port for the C4 detonator I plan to add in case the bike gets too far out of reach?
  • 1 0
 This is such a great idea! Can we get a one that sits in a hollow tech crank and uses the kinetic energy to charge like a watch? Just sayin' it will work
  • 1 0
 Thanks a lot! @therealnobody

We've thought about that. 'How cool would it be if this thing could power itself.' We've opted to start simple and evolve based on customer needs. Appreciate the comment
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike: for sure! It wouldn't be the first time one of my ideas created a new product. Message me if you need fit and wear testing done in the rainforest.
  • 2 0
 How much is the yearly fee, after the first year?
  • 3 0
 it says it in the article...$7.50/month
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the question @ryan77777
After the first year, service costs $7.50/month ($89.99 per year)
  • 1 0
 @snik-bike: I get that a lot of that service charge go to cell service companies, but that seems pretty steep. Any way people can just use a personal SIM card and piggy back their own cell service?
  • 4 2
 The BEST security device is a Beater bike no body wants to steal
  • 2 0
 how much does it weigh? Cause I'm a huge nerd
  • 2 0
 It is very light - roughly 100 grams
  • 3 1
 Initial cost 200 and 7.50 per month. Too much
  • 2 4
 @likeittacky: SOUTH OF AMERICA?? AMERICA is a continent, discovered by CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, and he didn´t precisely arrive to N.Y.
That country north of México, is called the United States of America, and is in North America, just like México, and together with Canada and the rest of the countries from Guatemala to Argentina are conform AMERICA
  • 3 0
 It was discovered by Homo Sapiens 30 000/15 000 years before Christopher Columbus...
  • 1 0
 How do you tighten your headset on the trail if you don't have the key? And a giant 5mm...
  • 1 0
 It is good if your bike really does get stolen, but locks definitely work, but not foolproof.
  • 1 0
 Really cool product/service, cool to see it coming out of Vancouver where bike theft is absurdly bad.
  • 2 0
 Best theft prevention for me is riding my 2014 Heckler.
  • 4 0
 @EvolutionsVerlierer: "I returned to the truck only to find their someone had left me YET ANOTHER 2014 HECKLER"
  • 4 3
 Really cool but a little too expensive if you ask me.
  • 5 0
 @bashhard Thanks!! We did our very best to get the price as low as possible, but the tech we've jammed into this PCB is not cheap! We figured $89.99 per year is reasonable for those that own a bike more than $2k...
  • 3 2
 Sorry, I have tools there.
  • 3 0
 Fair! I hope it's a OneUp - the EDC tools are badass
  • 1 0
 Same! Sadly that space is already taken for me.
  • 2 3
 Please explain the janky title of this article. How precisely does this prevent theft? This just lets you know when thieves have taken your bike off your hands.
  • 1 0
 Yep. Should not be using that language, it is misleading. The only reason home security works is that there is a big ole sign in the front yard letting everyone know. Otherwise
how can they keep you safe? Without the sign, thieves will assume all is well and come on in.
  • 1 0
 Great - oh, US and Canada only. Damn.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Shhhhhh, the bike stealers are reading the comments.
  • 1 0
 I’ll wait until the lock picking lawyer gets his hands on one.
  • 1 0
 Tracking a stolen bike to confront the thief is a good way to get hurt.
  • 1 1
 Why are hardware companies so bad at designing software/UI?
  • 1 0
 Sick product! Nice work
  • 1 0
 Boom! Thanks a lot @eastonsmith
  • 1 0
 If I'm not mistaken can't you just wrap the top of the Snik in tin foil before it's moved to defeat this device?
It's better to wait for a similar device to hit the market that you can hide inside a carbon frame.
  • 1 1
 airtags more simple
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