Two bicycle companies have relocated to Grand Junction.
“The area goes well with my companies. There’s a great outdoor economy, and there are lots of biker here,” said Braden Kappius.
Kappius operates Kappius Components and Broken Carbon. Kappius Components designs, manufactures and sells bicycle hubs, rims, wheels and accessories. Broken Carbon repairs carbon fiber bicycles.
Kappius and his father, Russell Kappius, founded the companies in Boulder in 2009. Braden Kappius is a former professional cyclist. Russell Kappius is a six-time masters national champion.
Braden Kappius said he plans to run the companies out of his home in Grand Junction while his father works remotely from Ridgway. Three employees will remain in Boulder to staff the Broken Carbon location there.
Braden Kappius said he’s considering bringing component manufacturing back to the United States and searching for a local partner to do so. He also said he’s working with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership about opportunity zone funding and other financial incentives to open a local facility.
Braden Kappius said he relocated the companies in part because his wife, Rachael Kappius, a dermatologist, joined Regensis Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Grand Junction.
But he also likes the Grand Valley for the recreation it offers without what he said are the hassles of living in a big city.