I was doing some personal shopping today, and ran into something on the Soma Fabrications shop site, aptly called the Soma Fab Shop, that I thought some of you guys might take an interest in. It’s a bell called the E-Ne SBR Bell. It’s provided by iconic Japanese bell manufacturer, Crane Bell Co. and it looks like it’s drop bar-specific and pretty unique in its application.
You need a bell.
At least I’m pretty sure you do. I can’t really speak to riding in many different places, but I can say riding around in Orange County, California can be pretty dangerous, to say the least. Our car culture here is strong, entrenched, and stocked full of entitled motorists. Even riding on crowded bike-specific trails can be really hazardous.
So, I’ve always used a bell.
I use a bell on every one of my bicycles, as I find it a super essential piece of gear when building up a bike. As you may or may not know, my bell of choice is the Spurcycle Original. However, on drop bars, my hands are rarely in a spot where it’s intuitive to use. But this one…
The E-Ne SBR Bell
The new E-Ne SBR bell puts the bell close to the shifters making it easier to operate while riding on the hoods. Which means your hands can stay near the brakes, which is key when riding near enough to people that you’d want to use your bell.
It’s also well-built, something we’ve come to expect from Crane Bell Co. The E-Ne SBR Bell’s clamp is made of aluminum, not plastic. Soma says it’s brass bell’s ring quality is great, even on the Stealth Black version.
Pricing and Availability
It comes in 5 different colors – Brass, Copper, All Chrome Plate, Chrome Plate, and All Black.
The E-Ne SBR Bell is available now at the Soma Fab Shop, link below. It retails for a scant $39.95 and includes two sets of bolts, to fit different bar tape thicknesses.
Go get it.