Tested: Abus Platinum Chain 34 review

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

 

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 12.2 seconds 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 17 seconds 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

 

 

BIKESOCIAL TEST RESULTS

Product: Abus Platinum Chain 34

Size tested: 1.4m

Weight as tested: 3.57kg

Rolled diameter: 20cm

Bolt cropper attack: 4 minutes 25 seconds – AVERAGE

Sledge hammer attack: One minute 55 seconds – AVERAGE

Angle grinder attack: 12.2 seconds – AVERAGE

 

Conclusion

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

 

Ratings explained

Bolt cropper

Up to one minute = Poor

Over one minute = Average

Unbroken = Good

Sledge hammer

Up to one minute = Poor

Broken in more than a minute = Average

Unbroken = Good

Angle grinder

Up to 12 seconds = Poor

Up to 20 seconds = Average

Over 20 seconds = Good

 

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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