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.
From a very early stage in his life, Alcide Basso was introduced to the world of professional road cycling. As he was growing up, he could see first hand how his brother's dedication enabled him to to become a world champion.
Alcide, like his brothers, also decided to make his mark on the competitive world of professional cycling. He later become a creative developer of bikes for people who, like himself, regarded cycling as an integral part of their lives.
The central motivation of Basso's search for innovative solutions was the unique tradition of Italian cycling, which combines passion and dedication to the development of new technology. One of Basso's first creations, the Gap, was a bicycle dedicated to Alcide’s brother who won the World Championship in 1972.
Since then Basso racing bikes were at the forefront of the cycling world, and the enterprise was driven by the success achieved by the riders of Basso bikes. As Alcide Basso himself states: 'the bicycles that bear my name use only the best materials, mainly derived from the aerospace industry, which are developed and engineered specifically for bicycle use. With these materials we have created the new Diamante, the Astra and the Laguna, all capable of outstanding performances. Every customer must have the certainty to receive a bike that is ‘tailored for him’ in every detail and component. By having the best tool, controlled with extreme care by our technicians, each individual can achieve their best possible performance."