Since it was founded in 1892, Gazelle has become the largest bicycle brand in the Netherlands and has an annual production of 350,000 bikes. Today they manufacture a wide range of high quality city bicycles and leisure bicycles.
Umberto Scapin founded his eponymous brand in 1957, following a highly respectable career as a professional cyclist. From the very beginning, it was his intention to make incredibly unique bicycles, made by hand and finished with a fastidious attention to detail.
Early models from Umberto’s workshop are rare and unusual. Cromovelato paintwork was occasionally used, lugs were highly refined and some models included superb pantographs. Not one, however, was the same. Some were even gold plated, and as far as bicycles are concerned, Scapin created the most precious frames in history.
In a cotemporary context, Scapin is regarded as potentially the most prestigious and flamboyant brand in the Italian bike industry. Both in production and design, Scapin bikes are the choice of only the most obsessive connoisseurs. Nothing has been lost from Umberto’s philosophy; quality, detail and individuality are the cornerstones of modern Scapin bicycles. Craftsmanship, despite modern production methods, remains at the forefront of Scapin products, which are still made in Italy to this day.
Bottecchia is an Italian bicycle manufacturer founded in 1926, after Teodoro Carnielli began working with the great racing cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France). Carnielli was already an experienced frame-builder, who supplied bicycles to racers from the 1900s. He believed, however, that Bottecchia’s knowledge of racing bicycles would improve the pedigree of his craftsmanship.
Following Bottecchia’s untimely death in 1927, Carnielli kept Ottavio’s legacy alive; by the 1940s, Bottecchia were renowned for producing some of the finest racing bicycles in Europe. The Bottecchia legend was still going strong in the late 1980s, as Greg LeMond won the closest ever Tour de France on a radical Bottecchia time-trial bicycle.
Bottecchia continue to make a variety of bicycles to this day, with their lower-end models being manufactured in the far-east and assembled in Italy. Only the highest quality frames of Bottecchia’s current range are still made from scratch in Italy.