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The New Crane E-Ne SBR Bell, a Drop Bar Bell you Didn’t Know you Needed

Crane Bell E-Ne SBR Bell heroPhoto c. Soma Fabrications
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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.

SomaFab.com

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TypeVertigo
1 month ago

Lots of leverage on that mount when pressing on the bell’s striker, I reckon. I don’t think the design would have worked with plastic, so good on Crane for using aluminum. Great design and execution at first glance, IMO.

Nathan
Nathan
1 month ago

There’s nothing classier than a Crane bell. And they have the friendliest sound in the business.

Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg
1 month ago

Ron, does this have the “hang time” of a Spurcycle Bell when you strike it?

rodegeek
rodegeek
1 month ago

It’s pictured with cloth bar tape. Will the clamp work with some of the very thick cushy tapes on the market, like Lizard Skins DSP 3.2mm?

KM13
KM13
1 month ago
Reply to  rodegeek

And even if it is able to wrap around such bars, won’t there be a lot of flex in the system due to the soft bar tape? In the pics the bar tape seems to be thin cotton one… This interests me but not going to buy before I find a proper test review.

KM13
KM13
1 month ago
Reply to  rodegeek

And even if it is able to wrap around such tape, won’t there be a lot of flex in the system due to the softness? In the pics the bar tape seems to be thin cotton one… This interests me but not going to buy before I find a proper test review.

Raul D
Raul D
1 month ago

I like the control location but I think it would be cool if the bell itself was off the bars, maybe on the headtube or fork or fender. A Bluetooth connection would be the snazz and maybe offer a mechanical cable option, too.

Nelson
Nelson
1 month ago
Reply to  Raul D

We’re too deep into gravel at this point that I can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not

VazzedUp
VazzedUp
1 month ago

Use a timber bell on both my MTB and gravel/commuter, this is neat but a bar bag would not fit.

Fig Ciocc
Fig Ciocc
1 month ago

I find riding on MUPs the best tactic is to just call out “rider” a decent way back. People seem to either just hold where they are or move to the right. When I used a bell people didn’t react as well and calling out “on your left” people would inevitably dart to their left. Discovered this after a MTB ride where I was tired and spent the afternoon yelling out rider on busy bidirectional trails. It slipped out, worked perfectly and I’ve been using it ever since. Nice thing is it doesn’t foster any hostility either and you can give the warning from a long distance back so you’re not surprising slower trail users.

Robin L
Robin L
1 month ago

Didn’t work for me. I ordered this bell based on this review and found I don’t have long enough thumbs to reach the ringer! This is designed for those who have huge hands. Poor customer service trying to return it. So, measure once, think twice?? 🙁

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