Product Review: Abus Bordo 6000 Bike Lock

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A professional thief is going to move on to an easier target after seeing the Bordo 6000-wrapped bike. An amateur thief doesn’t have a chance.

Tech features: The 2-pound, 10-ounce, 3-foot-long folding lock opens and closes with the use of a key (Abus also offers a combination lock if you are better at remembering numbers than keys). It comes with a universal mounting bracket that attaches to the downtube with conventional water-bottle-cage mounts or any tube with hook-and-loop straps.

Field test results: The lock’s frame mount is a rubber/plastic combo that holds the lock securely, eliminating any annoying rattling that could eventually lead to frame damage. Too bad you will seldom use it. Who is going to strap over 2.5 pounds onto his bike? Trail riders will pay upwards of $3000 to save that kind of weight, and even gravity guys would need to recalculate suspension settings after adding the Bordo 6000 lock. Still, that doesn’t mean the lock is useless.

The Bordo 6000 lock tucks nicely into a frame mount. We suggest a trick that makes this combo work.
The Bordo 6000 lock tucks nicely into a frame mount. We suggest a trick that makes this combo work.

In a bike park, we would secure the lock to a pole or bike rack and go ride. When it was time for a break, we would lock the bike and go enjoy a paranoia-free lunch. Then we would keep the Bordo 6000 in the truck and lock our pride and joy before heading in to order that pizza for dinner.

The lock was easy to use, although the 3-foot model was not long enough to secure the front and rear wheels to the frame and a bike rack without removing the front wheel.

A popular strategy to thwart thieves is to combine the use of a foldable lock like the Bordo 6000 with a cable lock like one from the Abus Steel-O-Flex line. That way, the thief will need two types of tools to defeat your security system.