I bought this bell a couple years ago but it was damaged in a crash (wet leaves on concrete patch!) I replaced it with an expensive premium bell but was disappointed with the sound and action. I should have stayed with this bell! It sounds good loud enough when you need it and is streamlined and unobtrusive.
This bell is so discrete I forget I have it. For me, it's just the right volume to alert hikers on wooded trails. They usually jump out of their shoes when I come up behind them even though I try hard not to scare them. It's more quiet in the woods so the volume is great, however I could imagine it getting drown out on a really busy street, but maybe not. It also has a distinctive ring so it stands out among other noise.
I need a bell occassionally on the bike trail as a friendly warning to other riders and hikers. I didn't want something large and ugly on my highend road bike nor something too loud. I really like design of this bell both mechanically and aesthetically. If you didn't know better you would not even know I had a bell on my bars.
This bell is a great concept and for the most part I think it's a great bell. It's unobtrusive and fits great. The only problem is the bell tone seems to be hard for others to hear. Maybe it's not loud enough, or maybe the spring is a little light. All I know is that people don't seem to respond until I'm close enough to give them a verbal warning which kind of defeats the purpose. Great concept, but needs a bit of refinement.
Very disappointed in the quality and design. I installed it and loved the fact that it was very low profile and unobtrusive. On my first ride I flicked it with my thumb a few times and quickly noticed that the spring distorted to the point of not striking the bell. I tried a few more times and then the striker snapped off leaving only the spring. I pulled on the spring a bit and it fell off while I was riding. Went back to my Incredibell... its years old and still works, just not as cool looking.
This bell looks great, and is machined extremely precisely and finished exceptionally, but none of that is the point of a bell. The point of a bell is to be heard, and this is far, far too quiet to be useful. Switching back to the classic Crane bell larger and heavier, and not elegant looking, but with a loud and beautiful tone.
This little bell is so powerful it freaks out my dog from 50 yards. On my first ride, I took a trail that is multi-use. I came down fast a slope to end at a larger conjunction crowded with a group of hikers blocking pass. All I did was lightly touch the Knog and O! These people jumped and cleared the path quickly. It wasnt my intention to do that, it only speaks of how powerful the sound of this bell is.
Purchased two...one for me and wife's bikes. Love the minimalist profile of this bell. Discreet, non-offensive tone. Takes up little space on the bar and the matte black finish matches our bars.