Abus Granit Extreme 59 U Lock Review

by Jamie on December 20, 2010

Abus Granit Xtreme 59 D lock

The Abus Granit Extreme 59 D lock is touted by Abus as ‘probably the toughest D lock money can buy’ which is a big claim if you consider how well the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Mini performs.

This lock is extreme in every sense, with a weight of nearly 3kg and costing over £120.  It is designed primarily for motorbike users, but cyclists use it too in high risk areas.

The Granit Extreme comes with no mounting bracket, but I doubt you would want one considering the weight.  This lock is best transported in a rucksack.

The credentials of the lock cannot be questioned; a 16mm shackle which is less than the 18mm of the Fahgettaboudit but performed just as well in tests, a double locking mechanism which means two cuts would be required to remove the lock rather than the one of a single locking mechanism and a reported 1 million different key combinations to tackle lock picks.

BikeRadar.com tested this lock and had this to say:

Our first test, using the tools most often carried by bicycle thieves, left the eXtreme unmarked – it simply shrugged off any physical attacks.

When we took out the power tools for test two it took just shy of two minutes to cut through the shackle – but it’s worth knowing the amount of noise and sparks an angle grinder creates.

This lock is one of only 4 we recommend.  Don’t forget to check out the bike locking guide to help keep your bike safe.

Developed for motorcyclists and cyclists

In general, the Abus Granit Extreme 59 U Lock is more suitable for motorcyclists, due to a simple reason. It is massive, expensive and it is a heavy-duty lock. There is no point in using this model for securing a $30 bike! On the other hand, securing an expensive bike or a motorcycle will the U-lock in question will be more than just a wise decision. It is also one of highly recommended safety locks that guarantee the ultimate safety.

Hardened steel

The main element of any type of lock is the material the manufacturer used to make that lock. In this case, you will get hardened steel. The fact an individual will need 2 minutes and a grinder in order to cut it suggests how safe it is. An interesting fact is that this lock is developed to destroy a disc blade before it can cut through. This is another reason why insurance companies recommend this lock.

Big size

With the size of 26 cm, the Abus Granit Extreme 59 U Lock is big. A big size allows you to use it for more demanding operations, such as securing larger motorcycles or for mountain bikes, which have much bigger and thicker frames. The size in question has one advantage more. It is much simpler to use it, due to large lock dimension.

1 million key variations

Using another key to open this lock won’t be possible. The X- Plus mechanism is a piece of art and it features more than 1 million key combinations. Simply said, only a key you got with the lock can be used to open it. We should mention the X- Plus locking mechanism. It is very smooth and requires a very little of effort to be used.


  • Size: 26 cm
  • Weight: 3 kg
  • Material: Hardened steel
  • X-Plus lock
  • 1 million key variations
  • U-lock feature
  • Double bolted lock
  • 16 mm shackle


  • The X – Plus mechanism is great
  • 1 million key combination makes it harder to unlock with a different key
  • Very hard steel
  • Big size
  • This lock is suitable for securing more expensive bikes and motorcycles in the most problematic areas across the planet


  • Heavy
  • It is rigid, which means that it isn’t very practical to carry
  • Expensive


So, what is the end result of the Abus Granit Extreme 59 U Lock? This won’t be a great model if you are looking for a cheap lock that can help you secure your expensive bike. On the other side, it will be a perfect lock if you want to make your bike or a bicycle 100% safe. Keep in mind that this is a heavy-duty professional lock, suitable for the most demanding applications.

The weight may be high, but so as safety rating. Add the fact your vehicle will be perfectly secured and you will know it, and you will get an impressively good lock. Sometimes paying more for getting more is a wise decision.

LOCK YOUR BIKE score: 5/5

Any questions or comments about this lock? Let me know below.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lukas Lady April 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Awesome article post.Thanks Again. Will read on…


Stefano November 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I’m from Italy, I have one, very tough and heavy. I use it to secure my bike inside my garage, to the abus floor ring, who in turn is cemented to the floor itself.


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