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Abus Bordo GRANIT X Plus 6500/85cm (33.46 in) black - Folding lock, Bike lock, Security level 15
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- 5 mm steel bars - plastic coated
- ABUS X-Plus cylinder offers extremely high protection
- 2 keys supplied, 1 LED-lighted
- Security Level 15
- Compact, versatile folding technology
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|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 5.5 x 10.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1,580 grams|
|Item Weight||3.48 pounds|
|Model Name||BORDO GRANIT X-PLUS 6500|
|Shipping Weight||4.2 pounds|
Looking for the security of a U-Lock but the flexibility of a chain? Look no further than the Bordon Granit X-Plus 6500. With an ABUS security rating of 15 out of 15, this lock features temper hardened steel bars encased in an extra soft coating to protect your bike's paint job. The ABUS Link Protection Shield offers high protection from sawing of the links. The lock body, links and supporting elements of the locking system use the same high quality steel you'll find in the bars. The patented X-Plus Key cylinder offers extremely high protection from picking and it can be keyed alike with other ABUS locks featuring the same X-Plus cylinder - very convenient for multi-lock and multi-bike households. Like all locks in the Bordon family, the 6500 is simple to carry. The rattle free lock carrying case attaches easily to the frame via the silicone coated non-slip Velcro straps or screws easily into the bottle-cage mounts.
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The thief worked on it for some time. Shifted my bike around quite a bit and chunked off bits of plastic; even bent it a bit. Gave up and stole my saddle-pack and crappy pump instead. I wish I could have caught him in the act, could have made a great Amazon review for a 5 star saline-based membranous cavity cleanser.
Enough about the travesty.
This lock is the easiest way to secure the heck out of your wheels in Cities that love to be crafty with their bike racks. U-Locks can be difficult to use around abstract objects, and this folding lock is a perfect workaround. I was skeptical at first, so I spent an unhealthy amount of time looking up reviews and stress tests. The only tool that disabled this device was a disc grinder.
The locking mechanism wasn't tampered with yet, but it looks more hardened than most others. The main key has a blue LED which is very useful. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to how to position the entire chain as you wrap it back into itself, as it isn't as fluid as a chain. It is the perfect length to get around most standard bike racks with little room to wiggle.
This lock comes with a hard plastic case that is strapped using Velcro. The straps are extra long and can be cut and fused to size. It is a very fine fit, which my bent links have issues getting back into though.
TL/DR: It does it's job very well. It is the best thing you can do for a good bike in a city made up of crazy racks.
The problem with U-Locks is twofold: one, they can be bulky and difficult to handle, and two, their rigidity can make them difficult or impossible to use when you have no bike rack around. When all you have is a lamp post, they're just no good.
The Abus Bordo 6500 aka Granit X-Plus is a less common style lock, designed to be nearly as strong as U-Locks but without the limitations. Consisting of six metal bars linked together, these "link" style locks fold up into a smaller overall footprint and provide a great deal more flexibility in how they are applied.
The 6500 is Abus's premiere model, and they have designated it with the rating of "Maximum Level 15." I purchased this when I got a new commuter bike, since I felt my old cable lock I had been using on my old beater would no longer be sufficient.
Why did I choose this lock specifically? Well, here's the rundown:
- The unit folds up to a quite compact size, much smaller than a U-lock or an equivalent chain lock.
- The included case may be mounted directly to the frame in place of a water bottle cage, or for a less permanent installation you can place it inside the cage and use the velcro straps. I prefer this so I can use multiple bikes.
- The link design allows you to use the lock with a variety of objects that would be impossible with a U-Lock.
- In a pinch, you can even lock two bikes up with a single lock.
In practice, it's proven to be quite easy to use. The links unfold easily and locking and unlocking works smoothly. You are provided two keys, so you can always have a spare. The lock is, however, very heavy; my scale reports 1582 grams, which is very close to the advertised 3.5 pounds. Weight is, of course, an inescapable reality of any lock that provides much security, and this isn't especially heavy for a good quality lock - my Kryptonite Evolution Mini-7 U-Lock with 4-Foot Flex Cable for example doesn't weigh much less (1297 grams) and that's not even a full size u-lock.
Of course, there's the big question: how secure *is* this thing? I can tell you that my bike hasn't been stolen, but that's one data point and not very useful. According to tests which can be found on the Internet, though, this unit holds up quite well. Earlier and lower tier Abus link locks can be defeated with a sledge hammer against the link joints, but the 6500 appears to be more resilliant against such attacks. The most effective attack vector for this unit appears to be an angle grinder, against which it fares similarly to high end U-Locks. If a thief really wants your bike, this lock will not stop him, but he's going to need some solid equipment and more time to get through it.
NB: I purchased this lock from the Amazon seller Xtreme Bike & Sport since they offered the best price at the time. Be aware that there are actually two versions of this lock, one which has a rubberized coating and one which does not - the one Xtreme Bike & Sport provided is the newer version which does have the coating.
I would feel confident in using this over those stupid clumsy U-locks which are so frigging huge and heavy (this is 4.4 lbs though so it definitely is comparable to U-lock weight), and although the weight is similar its so much more manageable in this size. I use two additional locks with this one when I leave my bike outside for extended periods of time, but this is the one I rely on to keep my bike safe while I'm gone.
Don't ever leave your bike outside overnight if you can help it (you may never see it again), especially if you live in the city where there's so many bikes for thieves to choose from.
It's heavy, but lighter than its big honkin' U-lock peers with similar security ratings. I don't believe there is a Gold rated lock that's lighter.
I really like the compactness in its folded position.
Like all bike locks, it's vulnerable to a determined thief with serious equipment and the time to chew at it. [Check out the YouTube videos.]