New Business - Brady Kappius and Broken Carbon

Brady Kappius (2010 Morgul Bismark) Photo Credit: 303Photo

Living in the cycling hot bed of Colorado new cycling related businesses are popping up all the time. A few weeks ago we highlighted GoVelo Sports and today we are talking with Brady Kappius and his business Broken Carbon.

[303Cycling] Tell us a little about Brady Kappius (i.e. education, experience, cycling etc)
[Brady] I started racing bikes at the age of four with the encouragement of my Dad who was racing at the time (and still is). Continuing in his footsteps, I choose to get an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. I then continued my education at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I currently race mountain bikes and cyclocross professionally for Clif Bar. I've always enjoyed tinkering with stuff and my first carbon experience was about 5 or 6 years ago making carbon fiber bottle cages. Since then, I've learned a lot more about carbon through my own experience as well as through my formal education. I am happy to provide a service that I think is useful to many people. 

[303Cycling] Give us some background on Broken Carbon (i.e. services, cost, experience etc)?
[Brady] Broken Carbon can repair a wide range of damaged carbon frames and components. My most common repairs come from crashes, shipping damage, and simple accidents where the bike happens to fall over. Prices can vary depending on the severity of damage, but the range is usually from $100 to $200. I have also repaired carbon wheels but they can be a little more tricky with brake surfaces. My range of service is pretty diverse, I've done some fun stuff with aero bars, disc wheels, and downtube protectors.  Everyone is encouraged to shoot me their ideas or problems. I'm always up for a project! Turn around times are quick, on average around a week with expedited repairs down to 24 hours possible.  Surface finishes are all nude carbon with your choice of matte or gloss and unidirectional or a 3K weave pattern.

[303Cycling] Does repairing your bike affect the ride of the bike?  Weight
[Brady] The repair is essentially unnoticeable once you are on your bike. I optimize the fiber layups to match those of the damaged area so the flex characteristics match. There might be a slight increase in weight due to overlapping layers of carbon but it shouldn't add more than 5-50 grams depending on the size of the damage. 

[303Cycling] Anything else you would like to add?
[Brady] Carbon fiber gets a reputation as being a poor material for bikes because of it's impact resistance. While this is true, it also offers the ability to repair it much more easily than any metal frame. If you have a big dent in your aluminum frame, there is essentially no chance to ride that frame again. With carbon, it can be repaired and you will be back on the road or trail quickly!

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Testimony, Ridley X-Fire

This past fall I had an incident where someone had played with the seat height on one of my two Ridley X-Fire race bikes. Let's just say where the bikes normally fit under the car port, one no longer did. And with 1" of seat post in the seat tube, the top of the car port pushed the saddle back and cracked the carbon around the seatpost clamp.

In comes Brady. Repaired my bike in 3 days before a trip to LA to race some UCI CX races over the weekend. The bike has been raced regularly as my 'A' bike with no problem. The repair job is only noticeable if you're looking for it. Excellent work and highly recommend other people give him a try. Your other options are Calfee ($$$ and a long long return time) and/or buying a replacement.

I'll have to get a photo up here to show the repair, it's much more aesthetically pleasing than the samples up there currently.

Thanks Brady and good luck with business!

Back From The Dead

Brady resurrected my Teschner track frame from the grave after a good buddy of mine did a rail grind at BIC on it. Fortunately he was ok, but the top tube and R chainstay were completely smashed' they looked like they had been hit with hammers. Brady took it in for some TLC and gave it some carbon love, now its back to life! Any other frame material would be completely unrepairable (short of welding in new tubes) but I have a great bike back in service now. Plus it looks like it got wrapped in carbon hockey tape- totally pro. The frame would have been a throw away if he had not performed this procedure, so I am grateful he is so crafty. The Teschner lives! Brady is The Man.