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.
Don't you want to be best friends forever? Our BFF's will get a big thank you, stickers, a water bottle, t-shirt, Kappius Components skewers (135mm or 130mm), and a Kappius Components hat. You'll have your choice of either a flat brimmed hat or baseball style.
Who doesn't love a good glamour shot? Right... next to no one. Instead we'll offer you everything from our previous levels (thank you, stickers, water bottle, t-shirt, skewers, socks, hat, bottle opener) along with a limited edition print of our drive system. This print consists of a line design drawing of our drive and the cog set. It's a great addition to any space and a one in a million (actually 75) print of the engineering that rocked cycling.
We would like to offer our sweet darlings great Kappius Components gear to strut around in, including a t-shirt and hat. We would also like to offer you either a KH2 road or mountain bike hub to strut your bike around in. Just wait to watch all of the jaws drop as you whiz by...
Lovers get rewarded. And we will reward you with the Kappius KH2 rear hub of your choice built up on a Stan's Crest MTB or Alpha Road rim. These come with Sapim Race or Laser spokes. Warning: this one may cause extreme jealousy among friends and peers.
The love between us just continues to grow.. and with that growth you'll get a KH1 rear hub with a choice of cogset (XX1, XX or Red). We'll also send you a hat or shirt to wear while you're dreaming of riding your bike.
Babe: Hey babe, we want you looking like a babe on your bike. You help us reach our Kickstarter goal, and we'll help you reach your goal of having a wheel set with Kappius hubs. You'll get a KH1 front up and our new KH2 rear hub on a Stan's wheel build with Sapim Db spokes.
Sugar: Sugar, spice, and everything nice. And trust us.. this really is everything nice. With your contribution we'll set you up with a wheel set built up with our top-of-the-line KH1 hubs. You'll get Stan's rims, a KH1 front hub and a KH1 rear hub, and your choice of cogset, built with Sapim Db spokes. This wheel set is as sweet as sugar, Sugar.
Want to take your love to the next level? This is how you do it. You'll get your Kappius KH2 rear hub built up on an Enve XC rim or 45's. You haven't felt speed until you've ridden a Kappius hub built up on an Enve rim with DT Aerolite spokes...
Engaged and on the Road: Instead of putting some lousy ring on your finger, we'll do you one better, we'll put a Cannondale Super Six Evo Red Road Bike below you. This bike will come fully built with Kappius wheels to make all of your friends jealous. You'll also get a ton of swag to make them all jealous.
Engaged and hitting the mountain: What says commitment better than a Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon 1 Mountain Bike? We'll send you this bad boy fully built up with Kappius wheels featuring the new KH2. We'll also include things like our sweet t-shirts, socks, hat, waterbottle, and tons more.
Welcome to the holy grail of Kappius Kickstarter levels. With your contribution we will reward you with an enormous thank you, sticker set, water bottle, socks, t-shirt, hat, a Kappius wheel set on Enve rims, and.... the opportunity to ride those in Moab, Utah with the founder of Kappius Components, Rus Kappius, and fellow Kappius Components engineer, Brady Kappius. This will be a once in a lifetime experience that you won't want to miss.