Hornit dB140 Cycle Horn with Remote Trigger
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- 140dB equivalent sound of a jet engine greater 4 times louder than nearest competitor
- Easy to install same as traditional bike light
- Rubber trigger stretches around all bicycle handlebars
- Quieter park mode lower pitched horn sound
- Batteries 2x AAA included last 6 12 months of normal use
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|Department||ADULTS, UNISEX-ADULT, MENS|
|Package Height||2.1 x 4.7 x 5.3 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.2 pounds|
The Hornit dB140 is the loudest cycle horn on the market. It emits a piercing 140 decibel sound which is enough to alert trucks, vans, buses, cars and even 'in a world of their own' pedestrians. Compatible with all styles of bikes, including road bikes, it gives cyclists a way of letting all other road users know where they are and makes cycling much safer.
Top Customer Reviews
Seems to be well engineered and thought through; I expect it to last (unless internal electronic parts malfunction). Worked in 30 degree weather, did withstand moderate rains. I've routed the button cable under the bar tape and it stays out of the way. Button is conveniently installed on the inside-facing part of break/shifter hood - thanks to the stretchable rubber band on the button. I can easily press it with my thumb finger and it doesn't interfere with handling, even when I'm riding with my palms covering the hoods. That is very convenient, and does not attract a lot of attention when parking you bike outside. When horn is removed, the metal connector at the end of the cable could be conveniently plugged into a hole on the handlebar bracket. Battery seems to last as advertised. Pedestrians seem to hear me, drivers - not so much (-1 star).
The not so good:
Even though the sound is very loud, exactly NOBODY associates the chirping sound with anything that could harm your health - therefore people pay less attention than they could have if the sound was a more familiar "bEEEp-bEEEp" (235 pounds of bike+biker weight going 15 miles an hour can do lot of damage if impacted with a pedestrian).
The 2nd lower sound setting is completely impractical in the area I ride (New York City) due to the amount of the noise pollution, therefore useless to me.
Removing the horn is a little cumbersome due to my fairly large palms, especially when wearing the full-finger gloves, but I don't do it too often.
I commute daily - being seen and heard is important for cycling commuters: prior to buying the Hornit, I've done a ton of research on bike bells/horns, tested a few different options. My criteria were small form-factor, no or minimal maintenance, should attract attention to the biker. I could have cared less about loudness, as long as it is effective in what a bike bell/horn should do: bring attention to a cyclist. A few alternatives below:
* Shouting - effective against pedestrians on close distances but very tiring and aggravating. Ineffecrive against cars.
* Bell - nobody hears it, nobody cares. Bells are useless.
* AirZound Air horn - I don't own an AirZuound air horn, but judging by the pedestrians' reaction on the multiple Youtube videos (scared, jumping in surprise, fleeing) I would say it is more effective than the Hornit. I didn't buy an AirZound because it doesn't satisfy 2 of my 3 tree criteria: small form-factor - AirZound is large and awkward to use (especially on a standard road bike handlebars, requires a separate air container and tubing); no or low maintenance - AirZound requires to be pumped with air religiously. Additionally, multiple reviewers stated that it doesn't work in low temperatures (40 degrees Fahrenheit and below).
* Other electric horns/bells - almost all of them not loud enough, and/or bulky and cheaply made.
September 29, 2014 UPDATE (10 months):
I've owner Hornit db140 for about 10 months now. The bell failed on me once around 3-4 months mark, and was replaced free of charge by the manufacturer after contacting via "contact us" form on the website wwww.hornit.com . The port where remote's wire plugs into the horn's body broke and I could hear rattling inside the horn. After dissembling the unit, I was surprised to see that all that was holding the port was a tiny bit of glue and a few strips of soldering. It was somewhat of a disappointment to see the internal components, given the fact that outside shell has great design and function. The one part of the horn that actually gets the most abuse, [when (un)plugging the remote's trigger to remove the horn] is held in place by its soldering to the board and a drop of glue (!). If you remove the horn often, expect it to fail sooner. The trigger's connector could also be made more durable (similar to Hornit mini remote trigger). After seeing the internal parts, I try to handle the horn as gentle as possible, in hopes of extending its useful lifespan. Still keeping the Horit db140 for the lack of better options on the market, and won't deduct any stars since this bell is helping me on my daily commute. With a few improvements (connector, plug, tone) this device will do wonders.
The unit runs off two AAA batteries, which Hornit reckons will last between six and 12 months. These are included in the pack, along with an Allen key for fitting. I have purchased 3 Hornit's to date. One for my wife, daughter and myself. One unit came with dead batteries and worked perfectly after I replaced the batteries.
Prior to using the Hornit, our old horns/bells were simply not heard or were totally ignored by cars and pedestrians. The Hornit has proven its effectiveness on traffic-packed roads several times over since we have started to use it as well as with runners/joggers/pedestrians who are plugged in to the mp3 players. The piercing 140 decibel sound is enough to alert trucks, vans, buses, cars and even 'in-a-world-of-their-own' pedestrians. The sound is more like a high pitched bird tweet which is ear piercing enough to alert those drivers/pedestrians of your presence.
Without hesitation, I recommend the Hornit. Stay safe!!!
With the original my biggest complaint was that I broke a few of the triggers. This was fixed when I re-wrapped my handlebars and placed the trigger under the wrap. The unit easily detaches, allows the batteries to be changed and stays where placed (It has a similar attachment method to many cateye bike lights where the mount attaches via a little hex key and you remove the device.)
With V2, they changed the attachment to use a rubber with different spaces for you to latch it. As this is rubber if it is frequently left on the bike it will I'm sure break. HOWEVER I'm not sure it will ever actually be left on my bike as it's *almost* IMPOSSIBLE to remove the unit from it's mount while it is on the bike. As I am in the city anything that can be stolen would be if I left it on the bike, which means if I run errands everything has to come off. Version 2 I have to remove the whole unit every time.
The only improvement I've noticed is that the trigger cord seems to be better made than the original as I have yet to break it (it is not yet under the wraps).
However after using both devices I wouldn't recommend the version 2, I think they've actually gone in the wrong direction. I'd recommend the original and wrap over the trigger corder so you don't break it.