The KH2 by Kappius Components
The KH2 by Kappius Components
We are looking for backers to help us grow the coolest innovation on bikes in 20 years...the bicycle hub.
We are looking for backers to help us grow the coolest innovation on bikes in 20 years...the bicycle hub. Read more
About this project
Kappius Components is the child of many frustrations on the bike and with bike products over the years. After putting up with poor quality products for so long, Rus Kappius decided that he was done settling. This lead to the production of the KH1, Kappius Component's first product. This hub has many features which we have included in the KH2 as well. These features include:
- Wide bearing placement: creating a stiffer wheel which is extremely desirable for any cyclist.
- 240 points of engagement: to put it simply- your bike goes when you pedal. It gets rid of that lag time giving you the flexibility to endure more technical sections without having to unclip. Not to mention it makes riding way more fun.
- Easy maintenance: who doesn't want easy maintenance? You can now open your hub up to maintain it and it won't look like a Swiss watch full of microscopic parts.
- Reliability: bike parts shouldn't be disposable. Kappius Components is here to change the status quo by delivering simple, high quality, reliable bike parts.
With the KH1 cyclists have to buy into the Kappius system a little bit. It is only compatible with cog sets that we modify. While this leads to some of the benefits of the KH1, it can be inconvenient. This led to the creation of the next Kappius product, the KH2. While out on a bike ride it hit Rus that we could offer these same benefits but also allow it to be compatible with any cog set. Now we can bring many of these great features from the KH1 to a greater market meaning more people can now enjoy better products, which after all is our goal at Kappius Components.
This expansion is where we need your help. We need help with funding the first round of manufacturing our KH2. We want to maximize the little time you have to ride your bike and the KH2 is the next step in making that time more enjoyable.
Now that you know the basics of our product, we want you to know a bit about us. Kappius Components first started out as just Rus Kappius tinkering in the garage and on paper discovering new ways to create a new hub. Before we knew it, the whole Kappius family and a few close friends were involved. We realized that we had an amazing product and we wanted everyone to be able to experience the benefits. We all have been collaborating since then and are bringing each of our unique skills to the table to build a business.
After we reach our goal here on Kickstarter, we will send that money straight to our manufacturer to get the first round of KH2's produced. This will be crucial to getting the ball rolling for Kappius Components as a whole and also allowing us to get the KH2 into as many hands as possible.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing is hard. Very hard. For anyone who has ever dabbled in the area, you completely understand. This will be the biggest potential hurdle for getting the KH2 out there.
The good news is that Kappius Components already has experience with this after the KH1 and has reliable manufacturing sources. Even with those added benefits, we want you to be prepared that Kappius Components isn't willing to settle for anything less than the best. Precision is key with our parts and this is where sometimes the manufacturing process may take longer than anticipated.
Through all of this we assure you that we will have no problem delivering the KH2 in a reasonable amount of time and that it will be the superior product you can't wait to get your hands on.
Here's a bit of background on the KH2 development and manufacturing in a bit more detail:
The KH2 was conceptualized in December 2012 as a modification of our existing hub system, the KH1. Before the end of December, CAD assemblies were completed. Design modifications were ongoing until mid February at which time a limited production quote was received and a PO was submitted. The limited production components were received April 8th, and the product has had over 10 hours of flawless real world testing. Although slight design revisions remain, production commitments from the supplier have been made with a lead time of 22 working days. Based on our Kickstarter campaign time and these lead times, we expect fulfillment in July or at the latest August.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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