Scapin has an all-new carbon full-suspension XC & Marathon race weapon in their short travel 29er Geko mountain bike. With a lower centre of gravity and shorter chainstays that their previous race bike, the new 95mm travel Geko uses a flex stay rear end to shed weight as well.

Scapin Geko carbon XC mountain bike

At 1800g claimed for the frame the Geko sticks with mostly steep race bike geometry.

The bike gets a relatively steep 70° head angle paired with the larger 51mm offset forks (very similar to Trek’s G2 Geometry) to balance quick handling with descending stability.

Paired with a 100mm fork, Scapin calls the 95mm travel Geko ‘a through-and-through downhill specialist’. They back that claim up with the steep but large offset front end and a rear end with flexing arched seatstays that promise progressive suspension action.

Aesthetics wise the Geko carries on the angular tube shaping and dramatically kinked top & down tubes that we saw introduced on last summer’s Oraklo carbon hardtail.

Tech Details

Like that bike the new Geko gets a full carbon monocoque construction, as well as Boost rear spacing. The full suspension bike however looks to sacrifice front derailleur compatibility in order to get its compact 435mm chainstays.

The Geko does get an oversized seatpost, making it dropper post friendly. All the cable routing is internal – including for a stealth dropper and a remote lockout for the upside-down shock – with derailleur & rear brake routed under the press fit bottom bracket.

The Geko comes six standard builds from a top-of-the-line SX X1E with SRAM XX1 Eagle, dow to the S8 S with a Shimano XT/SLX 1x build. The carbon bike comes in four stock sizes (S-XL) and in matte carbon with either gloss black or red highlights.


  1. why is the shock upside down? Why do I assume the shock is right side up if the big part is on top? You think they could at least get Fox to put the sticker on upside down (or is it right side up?)

    • A couple other possible reasons:

      -Decrease unsprung weight. The shaft end of the shock is lighter than the can, so the system has less inertia with the shock in this orientation.

      -Remote lockout. If you look closely, the shock has a cable heading from the adjusters down into the bottom bracket. Keeping that end of the shock anchored to the frame means the cable doesn’t have to move under compression – cleaner routing, and probably more reliable.

      Theoretically, a shock oriented the “regular” way (can on top) would have the advantage of suppleness – the seals would be constantly lubricated by the oil sitting on them.

  2. Thanks for the coverage, Cory!
    In the USA and Canada any questions or inquiries can be sent through or email us at anytime!
    @Greg – lots of fork options for this model, FYI
    @Keith – serves a functional purpose, of course, and I dig the look, actually!
    @Pepijn – talk to me. LOL.

    Mike Yakubowicz

  3. I love the ‘148’ proudly emblazoned on the seat stay. On a related note, my car has ‘ABS’ emblazoned on the back, as I love letting the world know I have an Anti-lock Brake System, and you…um, well, I guess most people do.

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