Scapin are one of the leading Italian steel bike builders and have been missing from the UK market for a while. Well the great news is thay have a new UK importer and we are well chuffed - we are big fans of their artisan approach and attention to detail. We previewed the bikes at the EICMA show in Milan a few months back and were very impressed with the 2006 range.

The new Spirit R8 is a more “traditional" high end frame from Scapin. Made from custom drawn Columbus Spirit, the tubes are all welded in the Scapin factory.

The steel is then ceramic bead blasted to strengthen the welds and prime the surface for the WPT weather proofing treatment. This involves an electrolosis process to coat the surface with Zinc salts, inside and out, resulting in a frame that will withstand anything the weather can throw at it. The frame is then painted in the Scapin factories own paint shop, with four solid colours available as standard, or four tricolore colours at extra cost.

The resulting frame is designed with big rides in mind, with a definite tilt towards racing. Like all Scapin bikes, the difference is in the handling, with stability a priority. The "built-in" comfort of the highest grade steel available, can be ridden all day. The first few rides confirm that Scapin have done their homework - it's super comfy, yet surprisingly light.

Available in traditional or sloping styles, with Mizuno FK-SL carbon fork and FSA headset. Full builds also available from £1949, with Shimano Ultegra, Mavic Ksyrium Equipe, and FSA SLK Mega Exo carbon cranks.

Also available with Chorus, Dura Ace and Record groupsets.

Frame: Columbus custom Drawn Scapin Spirit tubeset

Fork: Mizuno full carbon

Headset: FSA 1 1/8"

Stem: FSA carbon

Bars: FSA

Tape: Cork

Brakes: Shimano Ultegra

Levers: Shimano Ultegra, 10-speed, STI, flight deck compatible

Front derailleur: FSA compact

Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra, short cage

Cassette sprockets: Shimano Ultegra, 12-25t

Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace, 10-speed

Cranks: FSA SLK MegaExo, 2-piece carbon crankset 50x34T

BB: FSA integrated, exterior cartridge bearings, alloy

Pedals: None

Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Elite, welded aluminum double wall rim, machined sidewalls

Tyres: Michelin Speedium 700x23C

Saddle: Selle Italia

Seat post: Selcof Premium Carbon

• Sizes: TBC (standard and sloping geometry)

• Colours: Gloss Black or see website

• Price: Frame, fork and headset £829.00 £2049.99 (as shown)



Seat tube Mizuno Fork attention to detail
Neat cable guides and seatpost clamp FSA compact ensemble