Everyone knows about strong D-locks such as the Kryptonite New York Standard, flexible chain and cable locks such as the Abus Granit Steel O Flex but folding locks? Until Abus emailed me about reviewing one, I’d never heard of them. My curiosity was firmly rattled so I happily said yes to send me one over.
A couple of weeks ago I got a knock on the door, signed the parcel and opened it up. What I saw inside shocked me. I didn’t know if someone had by mistake sent me Rambo’s knife or a bike lock. I mean, look at this thing!
Once the initial shock was over I thought about the two most important factors with a bike lock. Price and safety.
Before I tell you the price can I just check you’re sitting down. Okay, good. The price of this bike lock (The Abus Bordo Granit XPlus 85 CM Folding Bike Lock) is… £100. Yep.
The reason for this high price tag may be why it’s not carried in a lot of the mainstream bike shops (I couldn’t find it on Evans Cycles, Wiggle or Amazon). In comparison the Kryptonite and the Steel O Flex each cost around £55.
Update: This is now available from Amazon for around £60.
The second most important factor is safety. This comes with the maximum rating of 15 from the Abus team. It also has a Sold Secure rating of Silver. Therefore, it ranks mid-to-high in terms of security. In comparison both the Kryptonite and Steel O Flex both have the highest rank of Gold.
While other folding rivet style locks by Abus around the £50 mark have been known to be possible to break through in under a minute this one doesn’t mess around with your bikes security. In tests it was proven very difficult to break into this lock without the use of some seriously heavy machinery. Therefore, the Abus Bordo Granit Xplus can be used as your main lock.
The main benefit from this lock comes from the portability. It can fold down into a small size. The carrying case is also easy to attach to any bike frame with its Velcro straps. However, don’t expect it to be lighter than the other locks. It weighs roughly the same as the Kryptonite if not slightly more.
Another disappointment with the lock was also the fairly limited radius it covers. This was only slightly wider than a typical D-lock. In tests I also found it a little fiddly to use. By the time you had folded it out, messed around with the key and struggled to lock your bike you find yourself wishing you’d just brought your £50 cheaper D-lock with you.
Overall this is the first ever product by Abus I haven’t been too impressed with. The only person I can see that would find it useful is someone who is very keen on their portability and doesn’t want to carry their bike lock in a bag or around their waist.
The lock is available to purchase from Amazon for £60.
Update: A video by Thiefbusters shows that it doesn’t take long to cut through this lock. You can view this video here - make sure you turn on the English subtitles.
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