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.
Cicli Pinarello S. p. A. is one of the most recognisable names in the history of cycling. Founded in 1952 by Giovanni ‘Nani’ Pinarello in Treviso, Italy, Pinarello is responsible for some of the most important and revolutionary frame technologies in cycling.
Before starting the Pinarello legend, Nani was a successful cyclist himself. Between 1946 to 1953, he won the Giro delle Dolomiti and Rome-Naples-Rome. However, he gained infamy for being the winner of the 1951 Giro d’Italia maglia nera, the black jersey, awarded to the final finisher.
The following year, his team expelled him from the Giro squad at the last moment, compensating him with 100,000 lire for his troubles. Using the very same money, Giovanni set up and opened a workshop to begin building his own bicycles. The Pinarello shop opened in 1953, achieving a few small successes as a team sponsor during the 60s.
It wasn’t until 1975 before the great history of Pinarello’s palmarès would begin, as Fausto Bertoglio won the Giro d’Italia. From here, the heroic stories would begin. Miguel Indurain’s hour record. Jan Ullrich’s Tour de France victory. Multiple successes and grand tours with Team Sky. Bradley Wiggins’ hour record. All achievements conquered aboard a Pinarello.
10 Tour de France victories have involved a Pinarello bicycle, and models such as the Monello SLX, the Paris and the Dogma are evidence that Nani’s legacy is one of the most successful stories in cycling.
Rossin is an Italian classic bicycle manufacturer founded in 1974 and from the beginning it’s had one aim: to win. In doing so, it has become one of the leaders in cycling design and engineering.
In 1973, disagreements arose between Vittorio Ghezzi of Itla and Colnago, after they facilitated Baronchelli’s move to Scic instead of promoting Ghezzi’s new professional team. This fuelled Ghezzi to challenge Colnago and set up a company to manufacture highly competitive bikes. He recruited Mario Rossin, who had worked for many years at Colnago and was a wielding genius. The creative Inzaghi joined them, along with Domenico Garbelli, and Ghezzi’s son. Rossin was officially born on 14th September 1974.
Initially, Rossin bicycles was competing in amateur races and making a reputation for itself from the ground up. It wasn’t until 1977 that Rossin bikes made their professional debut at the Laigueglia Trophy as part of the GBC Itla racing team.
Over the next couple of years Rossin grew in size and reputation and in the early eighties started sponsoring the professional Belgian racing team Daf Trucks, led by Roger De Vlaeminck. Every year that went by allowed their expertise and experience to grow, leading them in 1983 to provide track bikes to the national teams of Russia and America. The bikes were were the first models ever to be equipped with disk wheels (launched by Rossin in the same year), horned handlebars and sloped upper-tube frames.
The competitive accomplishments and refined expertise runs through every Rossin bicycle that is manufactured. It is why now they are still a leader in innovation and bicycle manufacturing. The craftsmanship and history that comes with Rossin bicycles makes it by far one of the finest manufacturers we have at Steel Vintage Bikes.