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.
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.