Granite Design Cricket Bell Review

Granite Design Cricket Bell Review | ding ding for trail harmony!

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Granite Design produces some great little items that you’ll use once and wonder how you lived without them, is this what we think of the Cricket Bell though?

Granite Design Cricket Bell Review

What is it?

The Granite Design Cricket Bell is a small bell designed to mount to your handlebars. In the packet, the bell comes with a built-in handlebar bracket and optional rubber spacers to step down the clamp for narrower bars. With the largest spacer fitted the Cricket Bell fits on bars as narrow as 22.2mm, a second thinner spacer takes it to 31.8mm, and without the bell fits modern 35mm bars. So while the idea of a bell might bring about visions of shopping bikes, the Cricket Bell is designed for anything from kids’ bikes, gravel bikes, mountain bikes to even DH bikes.

If all the Granite Design Cricket Bell was was a simple bell then we wouldn’t have much to speak about, but this actually has two modes that make it much more useful for technical off-road riding.

Granite Design calls these two modes Single-Strike Mode and Cowbell Mode. Switching between the two modes is a simple tool-free pull of the bell. When extended to Cowbell mode the Cricket measures 73.5mm while pressed into Single-Strike Mode the bell is just 67.5mm tall. The compact height ensures you can mount it as close to your stem as you like and not worry about interference with your top tube.

What is it for?

No matter where you ride it’s likely that at some point you will come across a group of walkers or a family hiking when riding on a shared trail. For years I’ve relied on slowing to a walking pace and politely calling “Excuse me”. This generally works, but when walking and relaxing in nature even the most proper and polite “Excuse me” can startle a daydreaming walker, and the last thing we want is to cause an issue with other trail users, which is where the Cricket Bell comes into play.

Granite Design Cricket Bell Review

In Single-Strike mode, the Cricket Bell doesn’t lock on to a target and quietly remove them from the trail, but rather act as a traditional bell meaning it requires the flick of a lever to alert other trail users to your presence. Single-Strike mode also locks the ringing bell mechanism so that it is completely silent while riding and will only make a noise when rung with the spring-loaded lever.

But having to ding your bell and cover your brakes might not be the most ideal or safest of options so there is also a Cowbell mode. By pulling slightly on the bell, the ringing mechanism is unlocked and the bell will now ring gently as you ride along. It’s not ultra-sensitive so on smoother terrain it might need a manual ding, but on bumpy terrain, the ringing is constant and easy to pick up in a natural setting.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are that you will no longer startle walkers even when you try your best not to, and you will no longer receive a passive-aggressive ‘where’s your bell?’ question even when you’ve had what you thought was a rather pleasant interaction.

Granite Design Cricket Bell Review

It’s not a very loud bell, but the sound carries and walkers plus other riders seem to hear it easy enough. The fact that it’s not too loud means you can ride with it in Cowbell mode all the time and it never gets irritating.

Any problems?

Nothing major, I’ve found that the bell isn’t locked sometimes even when pressed, but usually opening and closing it again solves this.

What we would like to see.

  • Urban riders might want something louder.

What we love.

  • Simple design.
  • The quality composite clamp has enough give to open wide enough for fitting to bars without removing grips, brakes etc
  • No more funny looks on the trail.

Will you keep using it?

Yup, it’s a simple little product that isn’t in the way and does exactly what it says on the box.

Review Info

Brand: Granite Design
Product: Cricket Bell
From: Windwave
Price: £19.95
Tested: by Andi Sykes for 3 months
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  • Granite Design Cricket Bell Review | ding ding for trail harmony!
  • Mr Dog Bone
    Full Member

    A little Spur-like (a good thing) apart from the price (a good thing).

    elshalimo
    Full Member

    Looks like it’s 10x better than a Knog Oi for not much more money

    bikesandboots
    Full Member

    Better than the Timber bell, which has no manual operation?

    I have the Trigger bell, works great keeps my hands fully on the bars at all times.

    eduardorocha
    Full Member

    UK retailer?

    Matthew Hornby
    Full Member

    UK retailer?

    If you get it in the STW shop, I’ll have one, (maybe two) of those.

    monkeyboyjc
    Full Member

    UK retailer?

    Windwave distribute Granite stuff so most local bike shops should be able to get them.

    ambrose
    Full Member

    I picked one up online last night. Loads of sellers.

    Gary Biles
    Full Member

    £17.49 on Bikeinn website, a big however …….. postage is £7.49!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    smeear
    Full Member

    Really wanted this to be a great bell but its not very loud and mine lost its dingler after 3 rides, sad 🙁

    Survivor
    Full Member

    Big timber bell fan here..

    Perfect for it’s intended use of bombing rough bridleways and warning people of your presence.
    I’ve had plenty of times when folk have already been stood out of the way as they heard me coming. Usually with a smile as it sounds like Santa is on his way.
    It’s a bit rubbish in anything else though as you have to wiggle your bars to make it ring. Still it’s loud enough that most folk hear you.

    Bought a cricket bell awhile back to see if it solves this problem.
    Sadly it doesn’t. It’s just not loud enough in my opinion.

    If only they’d made the bell part as big as the timber bell it might of been a winner.

    dannyh
    Free Member

    My Timber! bell is great for horses as they are generally alert to their surroundings. Joggers with headphones and walking wandering around like a tit in a trance, not so much.

    seriousrikk
    Full Member

    £17.49 on Bikeinn website, a big however …….. postage is £7.49!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pretty sure the post from Italy don’t they?

    BadlyWiredDog
    Full Member

    They have them on amazon for £18.90

    ps; happy owner of three Timber bells here. Like the idea of the Granite one though.

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