I guess it really depends on your preference. I would like a heavier knob, but I've been using this one for over a year because I just love the look of it. I have the breedt shift arm and am completely fine using this knob. I guess you will only know once you've shifted with a heavier one. And yes you can get black lettering on this knobReally love is white one.... i wonder if i would do black numbering though. very cool.... does this not have as much of the advantage of the heavier shifter? like the steel ones?