The name of the MKS Aero Bell says it all. It’s a bell. It’s aero – or aero-ish. Bikes have to be sold with bells in the UK, although you’re free to remove them afterwards. Owners of road bikes often do so, more because they ‘look out of place’ than because of the minimal weight added or the micro-seconds lost to increased air resistance.
At £20, the MKS Aero Bell isn’t cheap, but hey, nothing aero is. And it’s cheaper than the MKS Titanium Racing Bell, which is £35. It works fine and it doesn’t look bad either. It’s designed with a sleek, simple alloy body that sits directly in front of the pinger. It fits to any diameter of handlebar via a single, flexible strap that tightens with a threaded plastic wheel. (Tools aren’t required.)
How much benefit an aero bell will give over a non-aero version is debatable; clearly not much. Yet it does look the part on a road bike, which is surely the point, and road-crossing pedestrians and shared-path users will be glad you’ve got any kind of bell.
Works fine and looks nice but £20 seems steep, given that ping bells cost £3 or come free with new bikes.
road.cc test report
Make and model: MKS Aero bell
Size tested: Silver
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? No, I have bells already that I don't use.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably not. £20 is a lot for a bell.
About the tester
I usually ride: felt ar4 My best bike is: i like my felt and my orbea ora tt bike equally
I've been riding for: 5-10 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, commuting, club rides, general fitness riding, mtb, triathlon