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Tested: Abus Platinum Chain 34 review

Consumer Editor of Bennetts BikeSocial



Abus Platinum Chain 34
Abus Platinum Chain 34 chain links
Abus Platinum Chain 34 padlock
Abus Platinum Chain 34 keyhole
Abus Platinum Chain 34 key

Date reviewed: July 2017 | Tested by: John Milbank | Price: £139.99 | Weight: 3.57kg |


Available in lengths of 1.1, 1.4, 1.7, 2.0 and 2.5 meters, we’ve tested the 1.4m version of the Abus Platinum Chain 34 (27947). The chain has a soft, tough fabric sleeve that’s riveted at each end, while the lock is a solid metal body.

There’s no protection for the keyway in the padlock, so beware of getting dirt in there – you shouldn’t allow any chain or lock to rest on the ground, but if this lock’s left lying it could also get grit inside, especially in the rain.

Like most other chains, the sleeve isn’t waterproof, so tends to stay damp if used in bad weather – take a carrier bag if you’re putting it back in your luggage. The chain has a longer loop at one end, for the other to pass through.

There are two keys supplied, and while the chain shouldn’t mark your paintwork, make sure the padlock can’t knock against anything as it’s not protected.


Abus Platinum Chain 34 size comparison


Size and weight

The total weight of this 1.4m security chain and lock is 3.57kg – 2.98kg for the chain (which works out at 2.2kg/m) and 0.59kg for the padlock.

When coiled up, the chain covers a diameter of approximately 20cm


Resistance to attack: chain

The Platinum chain took a lot of effort to break with 42” bolt croppers, finally getting through both sides of the link in 4 minutes 25 seconds. Using a sledge hammer, the link’s weld cracked at 1 minute 50 seconds, and broke completely five seconds later.

The links are square, with a typical thickness of 9.5-10.1mm, and took an average amount of time to cut with the angle grinder.


Resistance to attack: padlock

While part of the shackle’s shield broke off during the sledge hammer attack, the lock body survived, merely deforming, despite our worst-case scenario of an anvil and plenty of space.

It took longer to angle grind through the shackle, which is 10.9mm thick, so the chain is the most likely point of attack.

To understand how best to use your lock, click here




Product: Abus Platinum Chain 34

Size tested: 1.4m

Weight as tested: 3.57kg

Rolled diameter: 20cm

Bolt cropper attack: AVERAGE

Sledge hammer attack: AVERAGE

Angle grinder attack: AVERAGE



The Platinum Chain 34 achieved average results across the board for attack testing, though the bolt cropper attack was much harder than many that fall in the same bracket. The chain can be rolled quite compact, but the lack of keyway protection and anything over the padlock’s body make it less suitable than others for use on a bike.

To see the other chains and locks tested by BikeSocial, click here


Find out how and why we did this test

Consumer editor John Milbank explains how you can get the best out of your chain and lock, and how this test was done

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