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.
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This horn doesn't give a deep burst of sounds, but rather goes into a higher pitch chirp (in road mode) and higher pitch constant sound (in park mode). I only use road mode.
While the horn is loud, it doesn't always get people's attention. If you're on a road with normal traffic, pedestrians will hear you. If you're on a road with constuction, a loud truck, a garbage truck, or something else with excessive noise, it will be tough to get people's attention.
However, I feel that this is the best option available at the moment. The horn comes with a buzzer that connects with a wire. I placed the buzzer where my thumb sits while holding on to the hoods of my road bike. I ran the wire under the bar tape and placed the horn on my handle bar close to the stem. The setup is seamless and works well.
Remember, this horn is not meant to be an end all solution, but a tool that will help get you noticed in some scenarios. You need to pair this with coloried clothing, lights, and of course common sense. Good luck and be safe!
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.
It's very loud--I tried it in my office and it scared everyone. This will be good for riding in NYC where nobody pays attention to bells and vocal warnings.
The rubber strap is good, but I do have concerns that the horn will rotate around the handlebars because the horn itself, which also touches the handlebars, is hard plastic. That's usually cured by putting a thin rubber strip under it.
By the way, I also like the remote trigger. It gives you a lot of freedom to place the horn away from your hands so you can avoid gear shifters and brakes. The wire from the trigger is very thin and it's just long enough to give you flexibility in placement without getting in the way.
1) The screw head on the battery compartment is EXTREMELY tiny. You need a special screw driver, like the ones you use for the screws for your glasses or smaller to get at it. So the horn's not going to be of any use to you unless you have one of those or have a friend who has one.
2) If you're in a situation where you need a horn, QUICK, it's bad, because the button you press to activate the horn can not be easily placed in ready access to your thumb. You have to look down, search for it - by which time whatever you were needing to honk at has already done whatever it was going to do.
For me, it seems like more of a toy to kid around and annoy people with rather than a functional safety device, just because of the lack of ergonomic thought in the design. You kind of have to make up your own mind. That was my thought, and I took it off my bike after a while because it did take up a lot of room.