Published on June 7th, 2017 | by Greg0
The Altor 560G: An Ultra-Light, Titanium Bike Lock
Given enough time and access, any sufficiently devoted thief will be able to sneak away with most any valuable item. And while you can protect most of your gear with well-placed cameras, or just hide them away inside drawers, closets, or even a safe, there is at least one expensive item that that you’re probably going to leave outside, in plain view but out of eyesight, often right on the street. Bicycles are tempting targets, but you can take steps to keep yours protected- like getting a solid lock.
The Altor 560G is different from most of the competition on the market- for starters, it’s not made by a big company, and in fact was funded in part from a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $80K. The real difference is that this one is one of the lightest high-security models out there, weighing in at only around 580 grams (they were aiming for 560, hence the name). Made from “grade 5 titanium super alloy”, it’s a folding lock that unfurls and wraps around your frame fairly easily- and is coated to protect it.
What’s the point in having an expensive, lightweight bike if you simply have to add several pounds of heavy chain? This one mounts easily to your bike’s center post for storage, and you won’t even notice it when you’re riding. U-locks are far less flexible, where this one should fit just about any bike and most situations, and we liked that you can even connect two of the 560Gs together if you need a longer lock. But the best part was the push button cylinder, which means that you don’t need to fumble with keys to lock up and get going.
No single lock will be perfect for every environment or person, and every lock- for bikes or homes or otherwise- is defeatable and not invulnerable. But the Altor 560G is an impressive take on the folding bicycle lock, offering a nice touch of color to the often monochrome palette. It’s pricey- expect to spend around $179.99 online and in stores for the Altor 560G- but it’s a secure lock that can make itself compact enough to fit in just about any bag or purse.