RIDING IN STYLE WITH SCAPIN’S ITALIAN-MADE CARBON/STEEL ROAD RACER
When North American Scapin importers Stage Race asked if we’d like to try a bike from the Italian builder’s line, one bike immediately set itself apart. For his Style model, Umberto Scapin pulls uniquely-shaped Columbus Spirit steel head tube, top tube, and seatstays together with Italian-made custom 3K carbon fiber down tube, chainstays, and a BB-to-saddle seatmast. The construction is unique, but the result is a road frame that’s deigned to take advantage of carbon’s low weight and stiffness while retaining steel’s excellent ride qualities- and customization potential. Full article and more photos can be found here: http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/01/26/riding-in-style-with-scapins-italian...
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Interbike 2012: Xentis’ Turbulator-Charged, Standard Pad Carbon Wheels
Despite enthusiastic support and strong reviews overseas, Austrian carbon fiber wheel specialists Xentis are all but unknown in North America. Distributors Stage Race are determined to gain the company a beachhead in the new world.
Seen here in Stage Race’s Interbike booth, the 1,394g (claimed) Squad 4.2 Silver Line clincher wheelset has a number of features that set it apart. First and foremost is Xentis’ patented carbon fiber brake track, which is claimed to deliver aluminum-like braking—even in the wet—when used with standard (non-carbon) pads. Just below the brake track sits a series of active turbulator scallops, which serve to prevent the drag caused by smooth air as it ‘sticks’ to the trailing edge of the wheel.
Added to are these niceties like handwritten runout and signature from the builder as well as rattle-reducing valve stem grommet and in-molded computer magnet. See the entire line, including 26in and 29er mountain wheels, at www.xentis.com.
MSRP for the 4.2 clinchers is $2,695, the 5.8 tubulars $2,795. “Silver Line” ceramic versions of each will be available in November.
See more photos here: http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/10/11/interbike-2012-xentis-turbulator-cha...
Just In: Scapin Blends Old World and High Tech with Style Road Bike
When North American distributors Stage Race offered us a Scapin to test, we asked for something unique. While Scapin build a wide range of road and mountain models–including many in full carbon–it was the Style that caught our eye. Custom hand built and painted in Italy, the Style combines Columbus Spirit+ tubing with Columbus 3K hi-mod carbon fiber to take advantage of the materials’ stiffness, light weight, and resilience. The matching fork is a full-carbon model from Mizuno.
The Style weighs in at approximately 1,200g- light for even a part-ferrous frame. Bonding carbon chainstays, seat mast, and down tube to a carbon-reinforced steel head tube See below) and steel top tube and seatstays has the added benefit of allowing for custom geometry in 60-90 days. For more photos of this uniquely attractive frame and its cool details, go below the fold!
See more photos here: http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/10/09/just-in-scapin-blends-old-world-and-...
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WIN! A pair of limited edition LAKE CX 401 shoes
Stage Race Distribution, who are now handling Lake shoe distribution for the US and Canada, have been playing around with some cool shoe color schemes and are giving you a chance to win the result! In stealth black or blinding white, Lake has built 50 pair of their flagship CX 401 road shoes. Sharing the same heat moldable carbon fiber soles, kangaroo leather uppers, and BOA closure with the standard CX 401, these handsome shoes will be landing at Stage Race within the next few weeks.
Of course, if you don’t win, the 49 remaining limited edition CX 401s (sizes 42-47) are available from Stage Race at email@example.com for $525–only $26 more than the standard edition–and ship free to the US via FedEx. Want to see the entire Lake line or fondle the limited edition CX 401s yourself? Swing on by booth 4091 during Interbike next week.
How can you win? Step right over the break to find out!
Hop on over to Bikerumor’s Facebook page and, below the “WIN! A pair of limited edition LAKE CX 401 shoes” post tell us in fifteen words or less why the black or white shoes are cooler than the white or black version. The post with the most Likes by Sunday, September 16 will win a pair in the size and color of their choice (subject to availability- if desired color/size is unavailable, a standard CX 401 and a custom shoe bag will be substituted). Of course, the earlier you post your entry, the more people will see it and the more Likes it can accrue- so don’t wait!