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.
French bicycle manufacturer Vitus pioneered the design and manufacture of lugged and bonded aluminium bicycle frames. One of their top models of classic bicycles in the past and still today is the 979, which, because of its smaller tubes diameter, offered more comfort than other classic bike aluminium frames.
Being advanced in 1982, Vitus produced the 979 Carbone. At this stage this model was one of the first classic bicycle frames made of carbon fibres. Always looking for progression, Vitus developed carbon fiber semi-monocoque bike frames, like the ZX-1, which, among other Vitus classic bicycles, is one of the most wanted models of this brand.
Vitus built a strong partnership with Sean Kelly, one of the most formidable and successful cyclists who rose to prominence in the 1980s. According to Kelly himself, he rode Vitus bikes in no less than 80% of his professional career victories. Kelly was particularly linked to the Vitus 979.