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Abus Bordo 6000 Folding Lock

The Abus Bordo 6000 folding lock is designed for medium to almost-high security situations as it’s reportedly as strong as many U-locks on the market. It offers the functionality of a cable lock, namely the ability to lock your bike to an irregular or wide diameter object, and/or to lock the frame and wheel(s) at the same time. But unlike cable locks, the Bordo’s 5 mm thick steel linkages are not easily snipped with a bolt cutter. And while it’s true that all locks can be compromised, many times the thing that matters most is whether your lock appears tougher than the one locking the bike next to yours. In my opinion, the Bordo looks the part reasonably well.

Until you get used to the unique design, the Bordo is not quite as easy to manage as a cable lock. But once you’re familiar with the way the linkages unfurl it’s not difficult to whip the lock out and secure your bike. It’s also nice that the Bordo folds into such a compact unit, although it has to be sheathed in the supplied case in order to stay folded up. The case is quite well designed, with the option to either bolt it to your frame’s bottle cage mounts, or to use the supplied strap system. At 1030 g the Bordo is certainly not a lightweight lock, but when mounted to the bike it does seem reasonably unnoticeable.

It’s nice that the steel links are coated so protect your frame’s finish. But more importantly it’s nice that the lock mechanism is highly pick-resistant (a Bic pen is not going to work here). The lock comes with two keys, and additional keys are available. It’s also possible to order multiple locks that fit the same key (consult your local Abus dealer).

Finally, it’s worth noting that Abus locks are made in Germany. Not just assembled in Germany, though, they actually forge their steel in Germany. For what it’s worth, they are one of (if not the only) lock manufacturer who can claim that their locks are certified lead-free. And ultimately, you can be sure that with local manufacturing comes an increased level of quality control.

The Bordo 6000 is available in red, white or black in 75 or 90 cm lengths. It retails for $129.99 (90 cm), $109.99 (75 cm).

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