TIMBER BOLT-ON MODEL long term review

I wanted a bell like this for many years, finally, I have it.

The body is made of plastic was concerning to me, but so far I have not hit the bell in a crash, I knew it was not as exposed.

I have used this bell for many months, and I have not had any signs of wear yet If I do I will update you on this.

Pros:

  • easy to switch from on & off.
  • Comes with a spacer to mount on the narrower part of the bars
  • No need to ring a bell, this makes a huge difference so there will be less finger fatigue & more control & safer riding.

Cons:

  • There was one flaw I noticed quickly, the ringer gets stuck and does not drop down before significant vibrations occur, which I easily fixed with slamming the front wheel, which you can see in the video below, no more the feeling of almost crashing due to use of bell, this bell lets you shred hard and fast in full control, and when you don’t need it you can switch it off.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un3082I2144
  • No 35mm option, so the only place I could mount it was next to the dropper post.

 

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make sure to put Loctite 243 on the threads and tighten properly.

 

Verdict: Recommended

So far this is the only bell you should get.

every rider needs a bell like this, it makes life so much easier on the trails, you can still shred downhill, and let the hikers know you are coming.

Some use cowbells but they can’t be switched off.

https://www.mtbbell.com/store/p26/TIMBER_Bolt-On_Model_.html

For Norwegian customers: https://www.birk.no/timber-mountain-bike-bell

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The hamburger bell long term review

I needed some bells fast, so I got the best bells my local G Sport store had, it was one hamburger bell, and Disney bells, but the Disney bells are more durable due to metal construction apart from the levers, but the hamburger bell ahs plastic base, metal cover with glued on plastic hamburger bread.

The cover is pushed on, the white part you see is made of plastic and is pushed on the metal rod.

The lever is plastic, it had play in all directions.

after more than a year of use, the plastic rod broke/snapped, which held a cog, which was not a surprise, plastic is the wrong material to use for this application.

IF this bell was made of 100% metall if would be a good bell.

Cons:

  • Mostly plastic construction
  • axle holding the plastic cog snaps off
  • takes up a lot of space on the handle bar

 

Pros

  • Due to the closed in design, the bell works in snow, and rain and when touched.
  • easy to install
  • louder than the bells that usually the stores mounted on the bikes.

 

Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbboy1993/albums/72157683550935530

This bell has been rebranded.

 

review: Disney bicycle bell

 

Pros:

  • louder than cheap bells standard bells that the bike shops put on.
  • works in the rain/when wet.
  • Secure metal dual screw mount.

Cons

  • the bell lever is flimsy and is plastic and will flex/twist.
  • takes up a bit of space, and the bell is low so if you have narrow bars and, suspension lever or dropper post levers installed, you will have to mount it further in.
  • needs to be mounted side next to the gear shifter, to get fast and easy reach without lifting your hand.

Verdict:

OK bell for an OK price, But I think thy need to improve the flimsy plastic lever.

 

 

Review: 2015 BBB-11 LOUD & CLEAR Bell

 

Pros

  • The spring system work very well, and never get stuck
  • the plastic will not bend and touch the metal bell it self so it will always stay loud.

 

Cons:

  • When wet , you can barely hear it.
  • the plastic spacers do not work, so when you have the screw tightened all the way it will slide off the plastic spacers, it did slide of when i was doing some trail riding with my bike,it came off. if you buy this bell you have to mount it in the middle/wide part of the handle bar, witch is very uncomfortable way to use it, or sue some rubber spacers instead, i had some laying around. so i did that and it seems to be secure.
  • cant adjust the angle, but the bells you can do that with are usually very bad
  • when it was -1 Celsius the bell was not loud
  • Bit less loud than the hamburger and Disney bells
  • When wet the bell is not loud.

Conclusion:

Not recommended,I later bought Disney Winnie The Pooh Bicycle Bell,which is as lout,but works in rain.

http://bbbcycling.com/accessories/bells/BBB-11