by Ben Haworth
January 25, 2010
The Abus Futura D-lock (although on the lock itself the “t” in Futura looks like a “k” – which lead to a slight misunderstanding!). This lock will fit into the rear pocket of Fixie riders’ skinny jeans. This lock is lighter than other cheaper offerings from rival companies (but still stronger) due to Abus’ use of higher quality steel. The Futura can also be ordered as part of Abus’ “Key-a-like” service where you can get a lock custom made to fit any existing Abus locks you have. So you can use the same key for your different locks. There’s a 10% surcharge for this service and a slight delivery wait.
Another product aimed partially at urban riders is these chain locks available in loads of different colours. A sign of Abus’ attention to detail is that unlike other canvas-covered chain locks the canvas fabric on these locks goes all the way inside the lock housing so there’s no bare metal to scratch paintwork.
The Chaox kids helmet that has the same aesthetics and venting as a proper adult helmet. There are even vents in the back of the helmet for sweaty kids. Also includes a built-in read LED in the retention system at the back.
Abus have experienced a massive growth in their helmet sales since they revamped their range last year. A popular crossover helmet has been this Urban-I. It’s been a hit with youths, commuters and weekend warrior MTBers. This “Signal Red” version comes with additional reflectors and reflective stickers
The Abus Tec-Tical helmet. Aimed primarily at roadies but will also have appeal to XC racers and on-trend MTBers who are ditching their peaks.
Flowery p!sspots FTW! The Abus Scraper is available in loads of (less flowery) colours. Quite light and relatively well vented for this type of helmet.
We think this may be the only p!sspot helmet that has a retention system (correct us if we’re wrong though). You can also see the rear vents and reflection strips in this pic.
The Abus ST 8600 Messenger Bag. Part of Abus’ “Dryve” range of bags and panniers. 32 litre storage. Waterproof and durable 1000D Kodra fabric. Waterproof seams. Waterproof zips. A bit lighter and more supple than other Germanic waterproof packs out there.
The iPod pouch (complete with rubber headphone sphincter). The velcro flap panel on the back is for attaching the bag to the extendable-handle of airport trolley-style rollerbags. Inside there’s a detachable organiser file.