If you fancy adding a personal touch to your bike, how about a custom headset top cap from new UK brand Kapz?
We have alwaysapleasure on the road.cc forum to thank for this tip off. We’d never heard of Kapz before he pointed us in the right direction, although the brand only launched at the end of October so perhaps it’s understandable.
Kapz is the creation of Khush Jabble, based in Glastonbury, Somerset, and all the caps are designed and made in the UK. They’re 1 1/8in and aluminium, and you can go for a stock design or a custom one. If you'd like a custom option, you can choose between laser etched, engraved, and a full colour cap.
This one is from the Psychedelic range and it’s priced at £24.95. That’s multi-coloured anodizing on there. Each one is completed by hand and Kapz promise that the design will never be repeated. You get a bolt along with the cap, and you can choose the bolt colour. If you don't want to spend quite that much, you can go for a standard laser-etched design at £14.95.
If you want to go down the custom route, here’s the sort of laser-etched cap you could get. You can go for text only, or text and either a single icon or two icons. All of these are £14.95, including the bolt.
Or you could go for a full custom design at £19.95.
“If you can draw it, we can produce it – simple,” says Khush.
An engraved headset cap like this one (above) is a little more expensive at £24.95 but, again, you can have whatever message or design you like.
A full colour headset cap is the same price, £24.95. So, you could have a Union Jack or King of the Mountains polka dots or… well, anything you like.
Oh, and a Wiggo-style RAF/mod roundel design will be available in the January. Kapz will also be offering customised headset spacers and boltless caps at the same time.
Cool, huh? We have to get some road.cc argyle ones sorted. Mosey on over to the Kapz website and take a look.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.