Kappius Components has focused on total engagement. 240 points of engagement to be exact, with 8 pawls working overtime in their cassette. All those points of engagement add up to a very unique feel and one that can't be easily duplicated with other hubs. One might describe the feel as instant engagement, a rock solid feel when you tromp down on the pedals. I imagine that when you got used to this you might find other hubs to feel a little lethargic by comparison. 

  8 magnetically sprung hefty pawls with 240 points of engagement. A freehub body from the KH-2 rear hub.  Slam those pedals and go!

 8 magnetically sprung hefty pawls with 240 points of engagement. A freehub body from the KH-2 rear hub.  Slam those pedals and go!

Lets take a look at the Kappius KH-1.5 rear hub to see what makes it tick. It's a 28 hole hub that has 6061-T6 alloy flanges that are bonded to a carbon fibre centre. Not dissimilar to the approach taken by Royce hubs in the UK.  The KH-1.5 makes life easy with removable end caps that can be done by hand with no tools in a matter of a minute. These swappable end caps enable changing the hub from a 135mm QR to a 148mm boost thru axle in no time flat! Very handy. Both SRAM XD and Shimano 10 or 11 speed compatible. Disc brakes are taken care of with a 6 bolt standard interface. 

 The Kappius KH-1.5 rear hub with a carbon centre. Easily removable end caps to change the OLD width. 

The Kappius KH-1.5 rear hub with a carbon centre. Easily removable end caps to change the OLD width. 

 The KH-1.5 with J-bend spoke friendly flanges and a bright red freehub!          Weighing in at 305 grams. 

The KH-1.5 with J-bend spoke friendly flanges and a bright red freehub!          Weighing in at 305 grams. 

At $499 USD the KH-1.5 isn't cheap by any measure but if that unmistakeable feel of instant engagement is non negotiable then it's the one to buy. Kappius also has some carbon rims that would look pretty trick with this hub set. 

What about that matching front hub? A suitable mate with identical carbon centre and 6061-T6 alloy flanges and angular contact Enduro bearings complete the package. 4 different axle combos to choose from. 15mm thru axle, 12mm TA, 15mm TA with 110mm boost and quick release. 

 The KH-1.5 front hub with Enduro angular contact bearings. A mere 115 grams!

The KH-1.5 front hub with Enduro angular contact bearings. A mere 115 grams!

Certainly any serious MTB rider would be pleased as punch to be flying down any track on a set of wheels with Kappius hubs, but I think those same wheels would be just as exciting to a cyclocross or all road rider.  So if your disc machine is in need of some instantly engaging hubs, then let Cognoscenti Cycles build you up some incredible wheels. We are now carrying the complete line up of Kappius hubs and all their other amazing components. 

Corey Mihailiuk

Cognoscenti Cycles, 508 Palmerston Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M6G 2P3