Last week, I received the new GRANIT X Plus Mini | 54 u-lock from ABUS. If you’re not familiar with ABUS, they are a security tech giant from Germany and have been in the security game since 1924.
One thing I have learned about living in Portland for the last 7 years is that bike theft is on the rise and no lock in the world can stop a professional thief. Though, it is possible to deter a thief from stealing your bike with a good quality lock. Generally, a bike thief will seek out an easy target… bikes that utilize piss-poor locks (u-locks, chains, cables, etc.) commonly found in the bike section of Target or Walmart. With that said, if you value your bike… don’t go cheap when it comes to securing it properly.
As I held the GRANIT X Plus Mini | 54 in my hand, looking at every nook and cranny of this intimidating beast, I knew this lock was designed to thwart off thieves in low or high risk areas. This 1226g u-lock features a 13mm square parabolic shackle (patented) for protection against attacks with bolt cutters and saws. The main body features patented double locking system (Power Cell Technology) to prevent hitting and pulling attacks.
For the past 5 years, I’ve been using the Kryptonite Evolution Mini-5 u-lock and from day one… I’ve had issues with the lock mechanism being incredibly stubborn. With the GRANIT X Plus Mini | 54, I didn’t have to fight inserting the key and turning the locking mechanism. Every motion was smooth as butter.
Conclusion… ABUS makes serious locks for serious people who want their bikes under the best protection.
• 13mm square parabolic shackle (patented)
• Double bolted shackle in the lock body
• ABUS power cell technology (patented) offers highest protection against hitting and pulling attacks
• The shackle, case, and supporting elements of the locking mechanism are made of special hardened steel
• ABUS X-Plus cylinder for highest protection against manipulations, e.g. picking
• Two keys are supplied with the lock, one LED-lighted
• Automatic keyhole cover against dirt and corrosion
• ABUS Code Card for additional or replacement key
The GRANIT X Plus Mini | 54 will be available soon Universal Cycles or your LBS.