About Knog Oi Bell
Bike bells generally look & sound a bit ugly. But why? What if they looked sexy & sounded like an angel playing a glockenspiel? A bell with a beautiful tone, but also a remarkable style and choice of materials that embodies a rider’s personality.
The Oi bell's shape originates from its home - the handle bar. Knog's design team explored hundreds of iterations in designing the style. Then tested and prototyped different widths, depths, materials, curvature, actuators, springs and more to get to the optimum design.
Where bells usually protrude up or out, Oi doesn’t. It appears to hover around the handle bars. In one sense, it's discreet. But in another, it stands out as unrecognisable.
Knog tested numerous prototypes to get the perfect pitch, length of ring, and volume. With a spring-loaded actuator built into the mount, the strike of the bell is firm and fast, allowing a good balance of volume and longevity of sound. Their bell actually has several pitch tones - one core and several supportive higher tones to ensure it's unmistakable and safely heard. To compare it to a musical instrument, where some bells play a single note, Oi plays a chord.
What about the handle-bar cables? No worries. Built into the shape of the mount is a cable management system. So not only does it allow the bell to look and sound uninterrupted, it also helps gather your cables (for the organiser inside us all).
What about getting it on the bar. Again, not a thing. Just pop it over, give the hex screw a quick tighten up, and you're good to go. No sliding down the handlebars, no dismantling and re-assembling.
For handlebars measuring 23.8 - 26mm in diameter Knog supply a spacer to help the Oi fit snuggly and securely to your bars. This can be found discretely tucked into the reverse of the grey packaging insert.
Launched in March 2003 by Hugo Davidson and Malcolm McKechnie, Knog is a unique and innovative global lighting & cycling accessories brand, based in Melbourne, Australia. They strive to produce their products as environmentally friendly as possible, which are currently sold in over 60 different countries and have won over 40 international design awards.