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Old 08-05-16, 06:54 AM
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Spurcycle bell owners?

Yup, I spent $50 on a bell, and really like it. I am guessing that 'either' the owners licensed the design, or that they were blantantly ripped off.

Check this out:

https://www.amazon.com/RockBros-Retr...bros+bike+bell

$15

https://www.amazon.com/Hysenm-Alumin...bros+bike+bell

$14

This is just two links I found real quick. We found and ordered one for my son last night for $10. Interested to see how well it works compared to the "original" when it comes in.
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Old 08-05-16, 10:41 AM
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I'm still waiting for the Knog Oi.
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Old 08-05-16, 11:21 AM
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Wow that looks like copyright infringement!
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Old 08-05-16, 11:43 AM
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Someone posted this video comparison. Heh, they duplicated the packaging, too.

The bell sounds start at 1:15. The Rockbros bell kind of "clunks"! (But I did see a different video where it sounded okay. )

WOAH-- I just saw this one in the youtube links. Sounds okay, but the spring fails or jams after a couple of dings! I'm not surprised at that low price.

You can see that the Rockbros bell is milled from a piece of brass, instead of pressed from a sheet, so it's thicker. It's interesting that all that milling is cheaper than pressing.


Ha, that sounds terrible.

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Old 08-05-16, 12:13 PM
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^ yeah, we ordered the RockBros. He wanted one of the Spurcycle bells till I showed him the link. Was all about it until he saw what it was going to cost him.
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Old 08-05-16, 12:39 PM
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I bought two of the rockbros. Neither are currently working.

The circular piece hitting the bell (clapper?) fell off somewhere along the trail after a couple of rides.

The second I couldn't even get to work in the first place. As I mounted the bell, the rubber underneath the bell gave out so that the bell would not resonate properly.

The rockbros is total junk.

And yeah, an obvious design ripoff.

Too bad someone can't design a bell that's: durable, works, and mounts properly at a reasonable price. Bicycle accessory design is beyond embarrassing.
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Old 08-05-16, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by American Euchre View Post
I bought two of the rockbros. Neither are currently working.

The circular piece hitting the bell (clapper?) fell off somewhere along the trail after a couple of rides.

The second I couldn't even get to work in the first place. As I mounted the bell, the rubber underneath the bell gave out so that the bell would not resonate properly.

The rockbros is total junk.

And yeah, an obvious design ripoff.

Too bad someone can't design a bell that's: durable, works, and mounts properly at a reasonable price. Bicycle accessory design is beyond embarrassing
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The Incredibell plastic mount bells do work. I think they are around $10 or less? kinda ugly though.

Crane makes a bell in the spirit of the Spurcycle bell. $22 to $30. Haven't seen one yet. Different metals, too.
E-Ne Bell
copper
black

Listen. (and they ding an incredibell, too)
https://vimeo.com/141776829



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Old 08-05-16, 03:35 PM
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I love my Spurcycle bell. So much so I bought four of them. Yes they were expensive but well worth it. No knock offs for me.
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Old 08-05-16, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
The Incredibell plastic mount bells do work. I think they are around $10 or less? kinda ugly though.

Crane makes a bell in the spirit of the Spurcycle bell. $22 to $30. Haven't seen one yet. Different metals, too.
E-Ne Bell
copper
black

Listen. (and they ding an incredibell, too)
https://vimeo.com/141776829


I wish it did. It's still on my flat bar hybrid handlebar. It rotates freely regardless of any and all attempts to tighten and secure it. The bell itself works very well, however.
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Old 08-06-16, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by American Euchre View Post
I wish it did. It's still on my flat bar hybrid handlebar. It rotates freely regardless of any and all attempts to tighten and secure it. The bell itself works very well, however.
Needs a band or two of electrical tape on the bar, under the mount.
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Some of the knock offs are even cheaper than 15 bucks on ebay - RockBros Vintage Bicycle Bell Ring Classic Cycling Bell Bike Retro Bell | eBay

So I bought a spurcycle, but also a couple of the knock offs to try on other bikes. They work fine, the pitch is obviously different, a little lower on the knock offs. There are threads on this forum about riders noticing that some people don't hear the high pitch resonance of these types of bells very well.

The bell was $39 at one point, which really is a lot of money for a bicycle bell, but then went up 25% to $49!!!! I wrote them back in March and inquired why. They said:

We did increase the price of our bells last October, but not because we're getting greedy. We did it simply to allow us enough margin to sell to bike shops as a more significant portion of our business. As we've interacted with customers over the last couple years, we've decided we want to be able to direct more to a local shop to experience Spurcycle product in-person (or to do last minute gift shopping and avoid expedited shipping). To do this meant increasing our retail prices so we could give shops the pricing they need without being squeezed out of any profitability for all the hours we put into design and production. However, the effective increase in price was only $2 for customers ordering a bell from spurcycle.com, because we stopped charging $8 for shipping. Now all domestic orders ship for free. We knew we'd lose some customers with the price change (some of them buying from local shops), but we were also struggling to keep up with demand so the net effect has been a good one.

I entered into a dialogue , asked if the cost per unit for production went down as the volume of sales increased, etc., but was assured that they know what they are doing.



I thought it was an act of bike vanity at $39, but I really can't justify $49, and $59 for the black bell - 60 bucks!!!!. At the end of the day...... it's a bicycle bell. I have to have one by law, don't use it much, and usually use my voice to alert people - I find it friendlier most of the time. I do like the way it looks and sounds though.



I wish the company well, cool product, there must be a demand for it even at current prices. I think people who like the aesthetic look of the bell and are less picky about the sound will balk at the increased price and may opt for a knock off.
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Old 08-06-16, 09:18 AM
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I've had my black Spurcycle for 2 weeks. It's staying put on my black flat bars. A lot of money, but I wanted small, inconspicuous, and long lasting. Construction quality seems excellent.

The frequency sounds higher than my wife's Japanese brass bell with a spring striker. A more "delicate" ring. Nice long decay.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
Needs a band or two of electrical tape on the bar, under the mount.
The addition or lack of tape is not the issue. The issue is that when you tighten the band you can't ever cinch the band since the bottom of the bell is flat, not curved to fit the arc of the handlebar. Just a thoughtless design oversight. I only bought it for $5 or so, but a simple curved mold maybe with a rubber rather than plastic bottom would have solved the issue most likely.

These companies aren't thinking things through. Understandable considering the price I suppose. The bell itself is fantastic.
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Old 08-06-16, 03:41 PM
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I have a Spurcycle bell and it's great. I was initially turned off by the price, but I'm more turned off by these blatant copies. I'd say if you want a Spurcycle, get one. Otherwise, there are plenty of other bells that work just fine without ripping off someone else's work.
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There is always going to be a little bit of - 'I spent a lot of money on this thing, I like it, and you should buy one too.'

I was very proud of my $39 spurcycle bell, loved the way it sounded, talked it up, etc. But something did not sit well with me about the tremendous 25% price increase. Spurcycle said they had to increase the price to pay for 'all the hours we put into design and production'. Spurcycle was a kickstarter campaign. I thought kickstarter campaigns were specifically for R&D, maybe that isn't how it works.

About the time of the price increase the knock offs started showing up in force.

Interesting conversation though, market forces at work. If the bell were say $20, few people might be drawn by a $10 copy. Even at $40 ($39) a majority of people might stick to their guns. What happens when it goes up to the current $50 (49) and $60 (59).

Some might think there are two types of ripping off going on.
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
I'm still waiting for the Knog Oi.
Yep, same here.

Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
Someone posted this video comparison. Heh, they duplicated the packaging, too.

The bell sounds start at 1:15. The Rockbros bell kind of "clunks"! (But I did see a different video where it sounded okay. )

WOAH-- I just saw this one in the youtube links. Sounds okay, but the spring fails or jams after a couple of dings! I'm not surprised at that low price.

You can see that the Rockbros bell is milled from a piece of brass, instead of pressed from a sheet, so it's thicker. It's interesting that all that milling is cheaper than pressing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYfn-n9ylVQ

Ha, that sounds terrible.
Both of them sound terrible compared to the Knog Oi.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Yep, same here.



Both of them sound terrible compared to the Knog Oi.
Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration. The Oi is nice looking though. Looking for the specs, is the striker metal or plastic on the Oi?
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I'm still waiting for the Knog Oi.
Me too, but I need something now since I'm always coming across walkers on my morning rides, so in the meantime I bought a cheap small bell on amazon.com which hopefully will be making it from China some time this year.
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<$10 and it actually makes a bell sound.


Incredibell
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I have a cheap Bell from wally world and it is good enough. Most people I encounter are wearing ear buds anyway so they are deaf . I only have one to be legal when I commute.
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I bought the RockBros bell and had the same issue mentioned - the clapper/striker broke quite quickly. You can adjust it so it works a little longer, but mine has always broken again. I can't justify $50 for a bell, so I think my replacement will be an Incredibell.
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I got my cheap Chinese bell in the mail yesterday, put in on my bike and it works OK. Not the loudest or best sounding bell in the world but it does the trick. I alerted the morning walkers to my presence this morning.

The thing about this bell is that the striker is made of plastic. I'm thinking of modifying it by drilling a small hole in the striker and putting in a tiny screw.
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best bell is a Japanese Crane bell .... but you need to get the brass one named Suzu (I have them on all my bikes)
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