As a regular reader of this blog you may already be aware I’m a big fan of my Kryptonite New York 3000. It has kept my bike safe for over a year. Though, it is not without its limitations.
For a start due to the small diameter of the lock it’s tough to lock my bike around lampposts. It is also tough to carry around unless I have a backpack. Finally, locking it around the frame and the front wheel is rarely possible. Therefore, I’ve been searching for another lock that could take Kryptonite’s crown.
The lock that instantly stood out was the Abus Granit Steel O Flex 1000. It is one of the most secure locks you can buy. Sold with a well earned gold standard security rating, it is capable of resisting a wide range of attacks. The lock is a favourite amongst London bike messengers as you can secure it around your waist for quick access.
The main selling point for me is the wide diameter that means I’m able to lock my bike to wider objects and at the same time lock my front wheel.
For the past week I’ve been using it in place of my Kryptonite and so far I’ve been very impressed.
Comparison of different Abus Steel O Flex locks and Kryptonite
|Abus Granit Steel O Flex 1000||£57.22 ($106)||100 cm diameter. 1.85kg weight.|
|Abus Granit Steel O Flex 80||£57.24||80 cm diameter.
|Kryptonite New York 3000||£56.95 ($70)||1.8kg weight.|
When I travelled to the book launch for “Bicycle” I realised the convenience of this lock. Using my trademark behaviour of always setting off too late I saved time by securing the lock around my waist. Then, upon reaching my destination, I knew I could lock my bike to pretty much anything thanks to the wide lock diameter.
Now, of course, I realise securing this lock around my waist won’t earn me a position as the head of health and safety, but you have to love the convenience. If you cleverly choose not to take the risk then you will need a decent sized bag as the size and shape of the lock makes it tough to carry around.
The size isn’t the only thing that makes it tough to carry. The sheer weight is enormous. Though no more than other similarly secure locks. Once again you will have to make the tough decision between the price you are willing to pay, the weight you are willing to carry and how much you value your bike. If someone can come up with a bicycle lock that is highly secure and weighs next to nothing then I’ll be the first in line to buy.
I will be using the Abus Granit Steel O Flex 1000 when I don’t want to take a bag or I don’t have enough room in my bag. Otherwise, my old faithful Kryptonite will be in charge of bicycle safety.
What to like
- Wide diameter which gives you more locking options
- Option to store around your waist if not enough room in bag
- Gives you good peace of mind as it is one of the most secure locks
What not to like
- Weight, though this is a problem with all good bike locks
- Size, very tough to store in a backpack so often no other option other than around the waist which isn’t particularly safe
Where you can buy the Abus Granit Steel O Flex
Here is a quick comparison of the prices. Note these are correct as of when I published the article but they are of course likely to change.