Almax Security Chain Immobiliser Series III 16mm and Immobiliser Series IV 19mm

A Review of the Almax Immobiliser Series III and Series IV high security chain. Also showing the Squire Stronghold CEN Grade 6 Padlock offered by Almax. This chain should be used with precious bikes and motorbikes but can also be used for other high security purposes or wherever you need a chain that can not be cut by bolt croppers.

Almax Security Chains can be bought at:
http://www.almax-security-chains.co.uk/
How to use padlocks on the Almax Chains:
http://youtu.be/FUGpQPujiEM
Squire Stronghold Videos:

Defiant Ground Anchor:
http://youtu.be/0GfObCSnGFk

My name is Adrian Weber and I am a private Security Adviser with a CFPA certificate in Security and Security Management. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Comments

DeadlyAviator says:

I will be carrying it in a pannier, i’m not going to break my back carrying it in a backpack!

I’m just reluctant to go with the 13mm, because someone I know had their bike stolen and they were using a 12mm chain, it was kryptonite and most likely through hardened, but still, I don’t mind extra weight if it means peace of mind.

waddac2 says:

Great video review again Adrian… You do not sound too good mate. Are you coming down with a cold?

XMSTARSHIP2 says:

wow your bike would have to have a side car just for the chain!!!! nice vid 🙂

Adrian Weber says:

Hey Aviator, I am in contact with Steve from Pragmasis since a month now and will get a package with ALL his chains very soon. Also including padlocks and his ground anchor. I will then do detailed product reviews and presentations on his chains. From what I know so far and what I have seen I would rate both products at the same level. The ground anchor from Pragmasis is somehow special. I love the design and its features. Both chains go with the Squire Grade 6 padlock perfectly.

Adrian Weber says:

The 16 mil chain is VERY heavy! Unless you want to carry that much weight arround I would go for the 13 mil chain from Pragmasis. It is very unlikely that someone is going to crack that one and also the CEN Grade 4 padlock from Squire is less heavy. The quality is far better then other 13 mil chains. I would only go for the 16 mil chain at home or for fun 😛 I do that sometimes and take it with me but just on short trips due to the weight. The people always go like WTF and end up looking at it

george ahmet says:

Hi Adrian, just picked up a copy of ride motorcycle magzine, and found out that almax now do a series 5 chain 22mm thick, available with an abloy padlock. Very expensive though.

Ivan B says:

it would be very useful to know the weight / length for both models. i am curious to know how heavy is in KGs the immobiliser III 1.5 meters

pacovl46 says:

What bike do you have? I’d love to get the Specialized Enduro Comp. The dream would be a S-Works but 9000 euros is a bit over the top. 😉 I saw one from 2010 on Ebay for 2700, though.

Umar K says:

Hi, Is there any difference between the Squire Stronghold SS65C and SS65CS, or is it the same lock?

Adrian Weber says:

I am more the race type of person having a La Pierre Pro Race hard tail for speed! I will probably switch to a fully race bike if I can afford it that one would be 4000-5000 and mine was 2000. My top speed was 73.9 km/h once but that was pretty close to insanity 😛 normally and on normal terrain in the forest my top speed varies from 50-60 km/h.

TurboKawa810 says:

Hi Adrian ,
this its what i dont understand the Abus 37/80 have the bigger shakle and the better  9disc Cylinder , why is this a “only” CEN5 ? and the Squire with thinner shakle and the “dont so good” Cylinder is a CEN6 ?

Adrian Weber says:

Thanks man! 🙂

DeadlyAviator says:

Do you have any thoughts on Pragmasis chains? as well as Almax, they offer the same diameters, lengths, and padlock, are both british companies, and their chains are about the same price. Both chains are also tested to be unbreakable with manual 42 inch bolt croppers.

I am in the market for a 16mm chain, but I can’t decide whether to get an almax or Pragmasis one. Do you think it would make any difference if I got one or the other, thanks.

Adrian Weber says:

TurboKawa810 asked a very good question today and here is my answer:
“Hey Turbo, that is a very good question again! When taking a closer look at the Abus and the Squire you will notice two things: 1. The Squire has a solid shoulder protection which is around 9mm thick this shoulder protection is very good in design and protects the shackle perfectly. There is no way to reach the shackle with a bolt cropper even when a chain is attached. 2. The shoulder protection of the Abus is actually attached to the body and not a part of the whole body. I do not know why Abus does it this way but I believe to save money on manufacturing. This way they only need one body design and do not waste that much material on the milling of the body because the metal cube is not as big as one for a full design including a shackle protection. They can just cast the shackle protection and attach it. Also the design is not as good as on the Squire and does not protect the shackle in such a good way. The CEN requirements mainly aim on mechanical resistance and not resistance of picking. The cylinder needs to have a a minimum amount of key differs and needs to be able to withstand mechanical attacks and also drilling attacks. Abus did not put the padlock up to the Grade 6 test where the torque applied on twisting the shackle and staple is more than twice as much as on the grade 5 test! Also a full body design is required on a grade 6 test. Bosnianbill has picked the restricted design of the Squire and needed more than 10 minutes on his first attempt + several hours of testing (3 minutes later in the video). He said the cylinder is good and that is also what I believe there has been no recorded manipulative opening of the lock out in the street yet. There is a decoder for the Abus Plus which can open the lock in less than 5 minutes if you are trained with it. So to speak both can be manipulated but they are also both good cylinders which can only be manipulated by well trained specialists who are most likely no thieves. I will maybe do a video in your question as soon as I get my Abus 37/80.”

Adrian Weber says:

No problem Alex I will contact Alex from Almax at the end of the week and try to get some information for you!

Adrian Weber says:

NOW that’s some speed mate! Nicely done 😀

Adrian Weber says:

Okay my friend, just wanted to warn you 🙂 but the 13m Pragmasis is way better than this 12m china crap believe me!

pacovl46 says:

Respect bro! I did 120km/h once on inline skates, a friend of mine pulled me with his car. It was fun until the wheels started melting. 😉

Jon El says:

I use the series IV with the squire lock and hardie ground anchor and have no complaints. Its worth the extra cash when you compare it to the crap you can buy from the better known brands. Charlie is a top guy!

Lee Ellison says:

+1 On the R1 🙂

Gerhard Symons says:

I bought an Almax IV with the Squire Lock. I use it to lock my bike on the street to some street furniture. Had it for a week, and so far so good. Very heavy and solid pieces of kit. Hopefully it will foil the local lads in Czech Republic.

Adrian Weber says:

Serious hardware is the best hardware!

박재한 says:

almax 16mm chain can be compatible Squire SS50C(combination) locker?

Adrian Weber says:

Already gone and I make my videos up in the attic, freaking cold up there at the moment 😛

Riyame says:

I like big chains and I cannot lie 😛

pacovl46 says:

My inline skates paid with their life for it, though! 😉

Adrian Weber says:

You could also use it to chain up the annoying kids in the neighbourhood?

Adrian Weber says:

Cool bikes and cool locks is always the good choice!

Ivan B says:

I found it… Series III:1.0m 3.4kg1.5m 5.1kg2.0m 6.8kg2.5m 8.5kgSeries IV1.0m 6.5kg1.5m 9.7kg2.0m 13kg2.5m 16.25kg+1kg for a Squire or 800g for a Cisa (Series III only)

Adrian Weber says:

The exact hardening process is obviously a company secret and I will not go that far in detail. I will try to get some more detailed information on that and mail you. Hope that is okay with you!

Adrian Weber says:

I absolutely agree mate! I was thinking about reviewing the Hardie anchor too but haven’t done it yet. With Charlie you mean Captain Cropper? I only know Alex, the owner of the company so far. I am glad that you are pleased with their chains and didn’t expect anything less. Take care mate!

Adrian Weber says:

Damn thanks for clearing that out for me! I am into bikes but not the ones with an engine, more the “downhill man powered” sort of bikes if you know what I mean 😉
My uncle is into motorbikes though.

J.L Hoffy says:

Did you remove the video for the Squire? Mine has just arrive with the Restricted keyway profile and I am very curious about the core, and those stepped keypins 😉

Adrian Weber says:

hehe

Bryan Shuler says:

No one likes Harley’s

TurboKawa810 says:

Hi ,
i like your video , i have a question what do you say about picking of the SS65Cs Lock because i find this Video
SQUIRE Stronghold SS65C Padlock Picked
i want to buy a Almax 19mm Chain and this lock but i am scary of picking
and I want to decide between the Abus 37/80 and the SS65Cs
I think that the special key from Abus is safer than-bit key of Squire,
Please convince me of the contrary

Regards

pacovl46 says:

The GSX-R is made by Suzuki, mate! Yamaha makes the (YZF) R6 and R1 amongst other bikes. Just saying… 😉

Adrian Weber says:

It is the same lock my friend. On the package it says SS65C but on the padlock body SS65CS. The SS65S would be the different one that comes with the open shackle and without shackle guard. Hope that helps!

Alex Blate says:

Can you provide a link to more information about their hardening process?

Adrian Weber says:

Watch my othe video mate, everything is explained there 🙂

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