2018 ABUS Electric Bike Updates from Interbike (BORDO Alarm, NutFix Security, Keyed Alike, Pedelec+)

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2018 ABUS Electric Bike Updates from Interbike (BORDO Alarm, NutFix Security, Keyed Alike, Pedelec+)

For 2018, ABUS is introducing an intelligent alarm folding lock called the BORDO Alarm 6000A which incorporates an audible alarm which activates when it detects movement. It’s a two-stage alarm which beeps when bumped and then sounds at 100 decibels to attract more attention and hopefully deter a thief. This lock costs $169 and incorporates a Lithium-ion battery. The lock has to be in the open position to remove the alarm box so it cannot be compromised.

ABUS has also introduced wheel and hardware security bolts to their line. This is called NutFix and it comes in several colors including orange, red, silver and black. It completely covers the nut underneath and can only be opened when tipped to one side. It comes in M8 and M9 for bolt-on and seat collars (which is custom sized in many options to fit bikes by default). I was told by Phil Marmet, a sales manager for North America, that NutFix can be used with disc brake and even fixed gear bicycle setups. A skewer set is $69, the bolt-on sets are $35, and seat collars are $45 because they come with a seat collar. They can even mix and match skewer with bolt-on sets.

After a bit of testing and tinkering with the Bordo Alarm and NutFix, Phil and I talked about their Keyed Alike system which allows you to purchase accessories with locking cores that use the same key so you don’t have to deal with multiple different keys. Many electric bikes now come with a card that provides a number code to order matching Keyed-Alike accessories such as locks. These code cards may come with a Bosch powered electric bike, a Shimano powered electric bike, or a Yamaha powered electric bike (which are some of the main manufacturers in the space right now. Custom locks (like chains, cafe locks, u-locks, and folding locks) take about three days to cut in Germany and are then sent to customers which can take 3 to 4 weeks due to international shipping.

Towards the end of our talk, Phil explained that ABUS has been a helmet brand for over 25 years as well (dating back to around 1992). Apparently, the company offers one of the widest ranges of helmets on the market but they really emphasize commuting style safety over mountain biking or sport. Many ABUS helmets have a built-in LED lighting system to increase the visibility of riders in urban environments. For 2017 they introduced a model called the Pedelec + which has the built in light, a built-in raincap (which pulls out of a compartment at the back), it has reflectors, uses a magnetic buckle, has bug mesh built into the front (so you won’t get stung by bugs if you hit them). ABUS worked with the German government, which was considering requiring electric bicycle riders to wear a motorcycle helmet, and designed the Pedelec+ to satisfy their higher safety standards. This helmet still passes CPSC in the US but meets a new standard in Germany for use with high-speed speed pedelec electric bikes. It has a visor on the front and a longer rear-coverage section. The Pedelec Plus helmets will be priced under $149 USD.

ABUS has been producing folding bike locks since 2006 and is an industry leader in the space, globally. This is a German company that works closely with leading e-bike hardware producers like Bosch, Yamaha, and Shimano.

You can learn more about the company at their official website: www.abus.com/ or mobilesecurity.abus.com/ or email customerservice@abus.com or sales@abus.com or call them at their offices in Chicago at (312) 640-1111

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