When North American distributors Stage Race offered us a Scapin to test, we asked for something unique. While Scapin build a wide range of road and mountain models–including many in full carbon–it was the Style that caught our eye. Custom hand built and painted in Italy, the Style combines Columbus Spirit+ tubing with Columbus 3K hi-mod carbon fiber to take advantage of the materials’ stiffness, light weight, and resilience. The matching fork is a full-carbon model from Mizuno.
The Style weighs in at approximately 1,200g- light for even a part-ferrous frame. Bonding carbon chainstays, seat mast, and down tube to a carbon-reinforced steel head tube See below) and steel top tube and seatstays has the added benefit of allowing for custom geometry in 60-90 days. For more photos of this uniquely attractive frame and its cool details, go below the fold!
So as not to destroy some very nice Vittoria tubs on New Mexico’s glass- and thorn-infested roads, we’re holding off riding the Style until some Xentis clinchers arrive and can be mounted with somewhat sturdier tires. It’ll be hard to wait, though- this bike is begging to be ridden.