Published on September 1st, 2016 | by Greg0
ABUS Bordo Centium Bike Lock: Who Needs A Chain?
In New York City, bicycle locks are an absolute necessity- in fact, many riders opt to use two separate locks, to better secure the wheels and frame. And there are plenty of different types, shapes, styles, and sizes, but they typically boil down to heavy and bulky chains or inflexible, rigid U-locks. Either way, there are serious trade-offs and drawbacks. For any urban biker with a ride that is worth serious money, it just makes sense to invest in an equally serious lock.
The ABUS Bordo Centium is the latest in the German brand’s line of unusual folding bike locks, which balance security and portability, thanks to their nifty series of short 5mm thick hardened steel bars, connected together with rivets in a loop. There are no links to pry apart, and the entire apparatus fits tightly into the space of a can of soda. As with most higher-end locks, it’s not light enough that you won’t notice, but is only around 1100 grams. And it’s compact holder can be mounted just about anywhere on your bike, with with non-slip velcro straps.
Two keys were included, and we liked that the keys have a light you can use, to help you unlock your bike at night. We also were very impressed with the packaging, as the Centium came in a lovely wooden box that seemed more appropriate to an expensive whiskey or scotch. About five years ago, we checked out the Bordo Lite 6050, which fit the name- a bit lighter and less secure. Since then, we’ve seen other ABUS locks like the X-Plus 6500, which had a slightly cooler casing if a less practical mount. But the Centium still offers the rubberized exterior on the bars, which helps protect your bike from scuffs, especially compared to chains.
Available now online and in stores, expect to spend around $125 online and in stores for the ABUS Bordo Centium foldable bicycle lock.