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.
Trek was founded in 1976 and has become one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. Trek is an American company which is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA.
The range includes bikes specifically made for either the road, mountainous terrain or the city. Subdivisions of these three categories include triathlon, cyclocross, cross country, singletrack trail, recreation. Trek also manufactures cycling components, such as brakes, handlebars and wheels, cycling accessories, such as bags, baskets and helmets, and cycling apparel, such as gloves, jerseys and shoes.