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Old 04-13-16, 04:55 AM
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Crane Bells

I have recently bought a Surly LHT and am looking to add a Crane bell. From what I have read, the large Suzu model in brass is the best.

I want a stem mounted one similar to this:



I cannot find one on the internet, but have found other crane models (including the small Suzu) which have the stem mounts

Does anyone know who sells the large Suzu with the stem mount?
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Check out Velo Orange:

VO Retro Bell Mount - Bells - Accessories

They also bells and you may have to modify the exact one you want:

Brass Striker Bell - Bells - Accessories
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The one pictured in the OP is copper, not brass. I got mine from Universal.
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=23201
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
The one pictured in the OP is copper, not brass. I got mine from Universal.
https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=23201
I used the photo to show how I want it mounted. I can get the mini Suzu with a stem mount, but I after the large Suzu. The large Suzu is 55mm in diameter, and the small one is 45mm in diameter

there is even a larger crane bell than the Suzu, and it is called the Riten, but it is handlebar mount:
https://www.velovitality.co.uk/colle...ten-brass-bell

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The large Suzue Crane is not offered in a stem mount for 1.125" stems, only the 45 mm one is.

The large Suzue Crane bell is only offered with the screw-on open clamp, which fits a 1" stem well but probably not a 1.125" one.

No, you can't swap the large bell over to the small mount; the hardware isn't compatible.

So, you could mount the large bell on your handlebar, or the smaller bell on your stem.
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Originally Posted by Tim_Iowa View Post
The large Suzue Crane is not offered in a stem mount for 1.125" stems, only the 45 mm one is.

The large Suzue Crane bell is only offered with the screw-on open clamp, which fits a 1" stem well but probably not a 1.125" one.

No, you can't swap the large bell over to the small mount; the hardware isn't compatible.

So, you could mount the large bell on your handlebar, or the smaller bell on your stem.
thanks .... looks like I will have to get the smaller one
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
thanks .... looks like I will have to get the smaller one
I use both. The smaller crane bell is almost as loud as the larger one, but with a slightly higher pitch.

I agree that the large crane bell has a great, loud ring. I haven't compared it with the Spurcycle bell for loudness, but I definitely prefer the lower tone of the large crane.
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Old 04-13-16, 09:58 PM
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I haven't seen the larger Crane bell as a headset spacer mounted one. However I have mounted mine, with little modification, to my stem:

On my touring bike I have a PDW Alexander Graham which is their stem mounted bell and is plenty big and loud for my needs. Don't have a picture handy but you can look at RidePDW.com and see it for yourself it is quite nice.
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I ended up getting the mini Suzu stem mount in brass, but I had to order one from Germany (none here in the UK) ...I should get it at the end of next week
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I really like the Crane bells, as long as its the kind with the clapper rather than a spring. I had one of spring versions and it wasn't very loud, particularly when wet. I now have two different Crane models with clappers -- one attaches with the headset cap and the other one clamps to a stem or handlebar. Both of them have pleasant clear rings that you can modulate by how hard you operate the clapper.
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Old 04-15-16, 12:04 AM
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This type of bell has a such a joyful and sustained musical tone Amazon.com : Crane Bell Suzue Brass Lever, 22-26mm : Bike Bells : Sports & Outdoors

I often use it when I'm out in the backcountry to watch the reaction of wildlife to the sound. I agree with the poster above me, avoid the spring clapper and go for the lever arm. Sometimes you have to bend and tweak the position of the arm just a bit to get the strongest and best tone. I have an imitation Crane bell from China made from polished aluminium and it looks good but the sound is a real let-down compared the Crane and it's arm continually gets bent out of shape because the steel is softer. It seems to me the brass has the highest pitch and best sustain, the aluminium the lowest tone and weakest sustain. Good sustain is important because you can ring a good distance from someone who's in front of you without scaring them and the sustain will keep the tone going as you pass. These bells are especially good on MUPs were you occasionally have noisy multiple horses and large extended families walking. Occasionally you'll get a very strange reaction, for example one walker stopped and looked up at the sky.

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