Wednesday, October 27, 2021
HomeOtherProduct ReviewsKAPZ custom headset caps

KAPZ custom headset caps

-

KAPZ Custom Headset caps
Our KAPZ design.

Last Sunday evening I settled down to edit the photos from the morning’s Tour des Trossachs time trial, turned on the telly to watch the Tour of Lombardy highlights, and started flicking through the latest Cycling Weekly. Who says blokes can’t multitask? I spotted the advert for KAPZ custom headset caps in the magazine, and out of curiosity switched from Adobe Lightroom to Chrome browser to have a look at their website.

British made and standard size 1-1/8in, blank as well as traditionally engraved and lazer-etched caps (and spacers) are all possible, but the Full-Colour anodised cap sounded like just the thing for us, so I pinged off an order for one (£24.95) and chased it up with an email with the VeloVeritas logo image attached, to inspire some ideas.

I stated on the order that I was happy to leave the design up to the KAPZ guys, but I could have supplied them a simple sketch or a detailed design – anything is possible it seems; as well as custom designs also available are a range of plain coloured caps and spacers, and a Designer Range with options such as motivating slogans and images, flags, and Brad’s mod roundel (which the man himself had on his bike at the Giro this year).

KAPZ headset caps
Bradley’s Roundel.

Before the riders on the TV had even reached the Madonna del Ghisallo climb – in other words less than half an hour after sending my order in – my ‘phone rang (it was Sunday evening, remember).

Khush Jabble from KAPZ was calling to chat about my order, and what I wanted in my design.

We agreed on a simple design, and shortly after our discussion I received an email containing an image of the first draft (see above).

This first draft was in fact the final version, I didn’t see the need for any changes as it was exactly what we had agreed, and so Khush let me know if would be manufactured soon.

KAPZ custom headset caps
A few days after placing the order the one-off custom cap is fitted and looking good!

A few days later and the cap arrived, together with a retaining bolt and several complimentary, matching spacers.

Quite some service, and we’re so happy with this item here at VeloVeritas that we’re going to be kitting out all our bikes with them.

Check out the KAPZ website and let your imagination run wild.

Martin Williamson
Martin is our Editor, Web site Designer and Manager, and concentrates on photography. He's been involved in cycling for over 42 years and has raced for many of them, having a varied career which includes time trials, road and track racing, and triathlons. Martin has been the Scottish 25 Mile TT and 100 Mile TT Champion, the British Points Race League Champion on the track, and was a prolific winner of time trials in his day, particularly hilly ones like the Tour de Trossachs and the Meldons MTT.

Related Articles

Yanto Barker – the Man Behind the Le Col Brand

The new Bahrain McLaren team colour scheme for the team’s jerseys and bikes is hard to miss; but it was the little ‘le col’ logo that interested us. ‘Le Col’ is the clothing company founded and run by British ex-pro, Yanto Barker. We found out more about outfitting a World Tour team and the man behind the brand.

At Random

The Final Efforts: Stage 18 (bunchie)

The Final Efforts. We’re on the downhill slope for this race now, and the fatigue is starting to show. It’s getting tougher and tougher to chisel our heads off the pillow each morning, and the coffees are having smaller and smaller effects.

Le Tour de France 2009 – Stage 18: Annecy, 40.5km ITT

There's a little breeze fluttering the trees in Annecy, it's mild at 25 degrees but rain is forecast - chrono day. The thing about a Tour time trial is that the conditions I have just described might prevail for first starter, at 11:10, F des J's Belorussian champion and lanterne rouge (now that Kenny has gone home) Yauheni Hutarovich.

Nacer Bouhanni out of the Tour de France

Nacer Bouhanni will not take part in the 2016 Tour de France. He suffered an attack at the team hotel on the night before the French national championship road race, requiring an emergency 4-stiches intervention.

Grenoble Six Day 2010, Night Three – Only Here

"Only in Grenoble" is stamped in red on this file - a track standstill competition. If Vik was here at the Grenoble Six Day 2010 he'd rush the track shouting bad things about la Belle France, the French, and their ways.

Race Defining (Preview: TDF 2012 St16)

Ok. We’ve had our rest day, complete with (seemingly) obligatory drug bust, and we’re ready to dive into the final, defining week. More on Frank’s positive later. Now we see if the hard racing that has been inflicted upon the peloton has had any effect on Team Sky. It certainly showed with the break staying away and Fedrigo winning the stage over Christian “VDV” Vandevelde (DAMN I wanted to see him win one!) before the rest.

World Road Championships 2006 – Day 3: A Little Downtime

Not much exciting so far at the World Road Championships 2006 and its gone 2.00 pm. I awoke to the bells at about 7.30 and was first in the shower room. Breakfast was fine, but there's still no small-talk in there; it's not a bad thing I guess-you are out the door pronto. I was sat in the press centre immediately it opened at 9.00 and I've been writing ever since. I did my piece about Vino, Zabriskie and Cancellara plus their respective bikes and since then I've been getting the old VeloVeritas dairy up to date.