The Abus Granit X-Plus bike lock is certainly up there when it comes to price. In fact, there is no doubt that people are going to be put off by the price alone.
However, if you have a top-of-the-line bike, then you are going to need a top-of-the-line bike lock to suit it.
You won’t get better than a bit of German engineering. This is one of the best bike locks on the market…guaranteed.
This lock has won a number of lock tests, where their durability and security have been put to serious tests.
While offering the absolute highest level of security out of the 97 bike locks that I’ve thoroughly reviewed, the lock is also surprisngly light.
Made in Germany
Right off the bat, it does need to be pointed out that this bike lock is genuinely made in Germany. Many companies have started to send their designs overseas and have them made at a cheaper price point.
This may seem good for the customer but, more often than not, you end up with some shoddy product that barely protects you. That is not the case with the Granit X-Plus, or any Abus bike lock for that matter. They are all built 100% in Germany. No outsourcing.
Abus still make these, and they have quite a reputation to live up to. You know that it is going to be good. Obviously, this is an Abus lock, so while you can expect it to be a little bit more expensive than other locks on the market, it is going to last.
Buy this, and you are almost certainly guaranteed to have a lock which is going to provide you with years and years of use. Cheaper locks? Nope. You may end up buying a new one every year or so, which is dreadfully annoying.
With some of the cheaper bike locks from Abus, at least in the past, there were only a few different key types for the lock. This means that if somebody ended up with the same key as your lock, then they would be able to open it.
It was rare, and tended to happen more among the cheaper manufacturers and was not an Abus only issue, but it did happen. That is not going to be the case with the Granit X-Plus.
Inside the packet for the U Lock, you will have a key code. This key code applies specifically to your lock. You will need this code if you need an extra key, so keep hold of it.
You will only ever be able to order that key directly from Abus. This means that nobody is going to have access to your lock at all. There will be no matching key other than your one. This adds extra protection.
You have two keys included with the Abus Granit X-Plus, with one of them including an LED light which makes it easy to unlock your bike when you stumble home late at night (or if you work extra hours, of course!)
At first glance, the shackle size of the Abus comes in quite low. It is just 13mm thick. With a cheaper bike lock, this is something which could be cut through like it is butter.
It would take seconds. Most people think that the same would happen with the Granit X-Plus but, once again, this is not going to be an issue.
Abus have patented ‘shackle technology’. The steel that makes up the shackle is a heavily tempered German steel. It is nigh on impossible to cut through. It is also ‘square’ shaped, which makes it even more difficult to get through with a pair of bolt cutters.
According to Abus, the shackle is able to put up with a whopping 13 tons of force. You could get the strongest man in the world to try and chomp down on the bike lock with a pair of bolt cutters, and they still would not be able to get through. It is tough to pull it off too.
The shackle has been pre-stretched, which means that it can deal with 17 tons of pull force. Nobody is going to be able to pull that off (literally!)
There is no telling whether a good angle grinder can get through the bike lock or not but, let’s be honest, the majority of people out there are not going to be carrying around angle grinders as standard.
They want something that is going to be easy to get through so that they can hop away with the bike. They want no resistance. The Granit X-Plus is going to provide way more resistance than it is worth.
That being said, there is no bike lock on the market (and this includes the highest security locks) which are going to protect your bike from an assault by a power tool. If you live in a high crime area where this is going to be an issue, then you are probably not going to want to leave your bike on the streets in the first place.
So, once again, this is not something which is going to be a major issue for you.
If the thief is somehow able to get through the bike lock with an angle grinder, they will need to make two cuts since it is a double bolted shackle. Basically, this lock is never going to come off unless you have the key.
The dust cover is designed to protect your key hole against the elements. As with all Abus locks, it seems to be robustly built, and it clicks into place well.
Of course, you should never really be leaving your bicycle outside exposed to the elements for long periods of time, but it seems as if this lock is able to put up with quite a battering so it is not going to be that much of an issue.
There have been some ‘tests’ on the dust cover to show how robust it is. It would take a couple of serious blows with a hammer to get the plastic casing surrounding the lock mechanism to fall off.
And, even then, it is going to click right back into place. Don’t worry about somebody chopping off this cover and having access to the inner workings of your lock, though. There is robust steel behind the plastic covering.
The dust cover is automatic, so you do not need to worry about ensuring that you close it, a common problem that many people have with some of the cheaper locks.
The Abus Granit X-Plus weighs in at 3.20lb (1.45kg) which, honestly, is quite light. Yes, there are a lot of bike locks on the market that are lighter than this.
However, you should remember that most of them are not high-security locks. This is a high security lock. It is one of the lightest high security locks out there.
Granted, if you are going to be carrying around this amount of weight all day, it is going to get annoying. Thankfully, you can pick up a quality frame from Abus.
In fact, some of the models of the the Granit X-Plus are supplied with the frame, and it is a pretty decent frame at that. There are a couple on the market, so have a browse through and see which one is better for you.
It is worth pointing out that the Abus Granit X-Plus is not the most secure bike lock on the market. When you want something which is incredibly secure, then you are going to be sacrificing portability for it.
The Abus Granit X-Plus, however, is well up there with being one of the most secure portable bike locks on the market.
Nobody is even going to bother trying to cut through this because they know just how feature-rich Abus bike locks are.
This is a very standard U Lock. It is not crazy in terms of its sizing. It is 9” long (23cm) and 4.25” (10.8cm) wide.
It may be a bit wider than most other U Locks on the market, but not so wide that you are going to open a whole wealth of new areas where you can lock your bike up. You should be able to get it in most places, though.
The one place where you may struggle to use the basic Granit X-Plus lock will be against lamp posts. It is going to fit in most cases, but it is going to be an incredibly tight fit.
There are some people who may hook up two bicycles together. You are not going to be able to do that with the basic Granit X-Plus.
If you are going to hook up two bicycles, then pick up the X Plus 540, which has a slightly longer shackle. It will allow you to protect two bicycles at once.
If you want a quality bike lock that is portable, then you are going to struggle to find something better than the Abus Granit X-Plus bike lock. Sure, it does come with a hefty price tag, but you are really paying for quality here. You pick up this lock, and you are going to be 100% satisfied with it, not just now, but for many, many years to come.
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