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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Umberto Scapin
  • Foundation Year: 1957
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A History of Scapin

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.

Short info about Pavarin

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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Achille Pavarin
  • Foundation Year: 1974
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Information about Pavarin

Achille Pavarin is an Italian expert frame builder. He worked for twenty years at Gianna factory and assisted some professional racing teams as chief mechanic. His handcrafted skills allowed him to patent in 1971 special aluminium pedal cleats for races. In 1974 he decided to open his own bike store producing custom steel frames. Like most of the Italian manufacturers, Pavaglin bikes are characterised by notable craftsmanship and attention to details. Roberto, Giovanni's son, soon joined the father's business and in 1981 started to assist professional cyclists of the Italian national team, world champions as Gianni Bugno and Mario Cipollini. After a decade in competitions, Giovanni and Roberto Pavarin decided to lead just the company. Nowadays Pavarin produces high-quality frames, road bikes, mountain bikes and city bikes.