Author: One Eye Goat Posted: 2012-06-20
I first saw an ABUS folding lock in my hometown while waiting for the bus. I had never seen a folding lock before and always wondered how they would work. Recently I obtained the ABUS Bordo 6000/75, a folding lock the measures 75cm in length. The cool thing about the lock unlike a cable lock is that is folds nicely into a portable package without having to wrestle the lock into your bag.
The lock is rated 9 on ABUS' scale of 15. The lock accepts a bidirectional key for easy access, but doesn't come with a grim guard like many other manufactures are including. The lock comes with a handy frame mounted receptacle for carrying the lock, so you don't have to tote it in your bag if you don't want to. The locks come in both keyed and numeric combination variants.
There are three versions of the Bordo, the GRANIT X-PLUS, the BORDO, and the BORDO LITE. The Granit X-Plus is the high end model that is made of a special steel allow and thicker links and is rated 15 on the security scale. The Lite version is also made a a special allow but with light weight being the determining factor. All locks come coated in a special paint to protect a bike's finish.
Attention to detail looks to be a big part of the design. There is little to no rattling when the lock is attached to the bike frame using the supplied holder. Also, the tolerance of the links is perfect so there is no sound of a vibrating lock when riding around. I ended up not using the lock frame case and just ended up stashing it in my bag, to keep my bike's lines clean. The ease of use was awesome, just whip it out and off you go, much quicker than using a cable, but with just as much reach.
Overall, this is a high quality lock, which is to be expected from ABUS. The compactness cannot be rivaled by any manufacturer that I have seen on the market, not of this quality that is. Fro my everyday ride the normal Bordo lock is perfect,but for a high quality or irreplaceable bike, I'd recommend the Granite-X Plus version for piece of mind.
UPDATE: I've recently been using the ABUS Bordo, just because I hate using cable locks. The Bordo takes a little getting used to in that the links don't behave like a cable and take a few seconds to think about how to weave it through the frame. The more you use t the less you have to think about it and it just becomes second hand. Once again the compactness of the unit and the case that attaches to the frame is unobtrusive and small in nature.
ABUS 6000/75 Bordo
ABUS Folding Lock