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Abus Tresor 1385 combination chain

3
£34.99

VERDICT:

3
10
Nice looking lock, but locks aren't really about looks
Weight: 
1,441g
Contact: 
www.abus.com

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There's plenty to be said in favour of a combination lock: you don't need to carry a key and it's a neat solution for popping into town. It still has a job to do though, that of keeping your bike safe from nefarious types, and that's where the Abus Tresor falls down: it simply isn't strong enough.

The Tresor 1385 features a four-cylinder barrel that's user configurable to whatever code you want, and a 7mm hardened steel square link chain with a nylon cover to protect your paintwork. It's available in black, blue, pink and brown. Sorry, black, acqua, coral and lyriabraun.

Abus say that the Tresor is "Good protection at medium theft risk, recommended for securing low-price bicycles" so they don't big it up too much but the level 7 protection it purportedly offers is one above Abus' Buffo 34 U lock which gave us four minutes of fun before it finally gave up. The Tresor took one look at our beefy bolt croppers and threw its hands up, surrendering in 20 seconds. Whatever the theft risk or the price of your bike, that ain't enough in our book. You can buy decent locks for this kind of money, so we can't really recommend this one, however many colourways it comes in.

Verdict

Nice looking lock, but thieves will like the look of it too

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Abus Tresor 1385 combination chain

Size tested: n/a

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
3/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
2/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
6/10
Rate the product for value:
 
3/10

Did you enjoy using the product? No

Would you consider buying the product? No

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No

Overall rating: 3/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 190cm  Weight: 96kg

I usually ride: whatever I\\\'m testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with Ultegra 6700

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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