A lower centre of gravity and shorter stay are the distinguishing features of Scapin's full-suspended super-compact model. This extreme slope specialist is here to stay.
Scapin's dual suspension flagship model is called Geko. Quick response, stability and handling are the strong points of this 29er, uniquely designed for those who wish to combine entertainment and extreme off-road challenges.
Geko's 2018 version, which is inspired by and takes even further the same-named cult model, reveals its closeness to Oraklo particularly in the markedly curved top-tube and down-tube, an unmistakable design feature stemming from the desire to ensure frame elasticity and an enjoyable riding experience.
COMPACT AND EASY TO HANDLE
Leveraging the existing synergy with the Olympia brand, Scapin has tapped into feedback from professional racing courses to achieve a sophisticated combination of geometries and dimensions, an alchemic perfection of degrees and millimetres aimed at improving handling and response.
The carbon fibre monocoque frame is characterised by its extremely compact size, clearly visible along the upper horizontal axis, but also elsewhere throughout the design. At just 435 millimetres, the Boost 148 stay is particularly effective when picking up speed or changing direction.
The user-friendly riding experience is also ensured by the compact size of the top-tube which, coupled with a medium-sized handlebar connector, results in Geko's highly compact wheelbase.
READY FOR STEEP CLIMB CHALLENGES
Geko's qualities are enhanced by the steepest climbs. The 50 mm BB offset and 74° seat tube angle (ideal line at a seat height of 74 cm), ideally suitable for a centrally or rear-mounted seat post, allow the rider to pedal in a sitting position without any annoying front wheel lifting off the ground. This angle improves bicycle control downhill and in sharp changes of direction. To enhance trajectory control and improve grip in challenging route sections, Scapin has also optimised the bike's centre of gravity position. All this to achieve the dream of every cyclist: to minimise pedalling energy dispersion.
A THROUGH-AND-THROUGH DOWNHILL SPECIALIST
In order to maximise riding smoothness downhill, the head tube has been inclined to 70°: the 51 mm offset fork is less verticalised and helps overcome more effectively any bumps and holes in the ground - particularly dangerous at high speed.
A SMART SUSPENSION SYSTEM
The interaction between the Fox vertical suspension and the loose (and considerably lighter) rear stay ensure modulated response to stress and minimise ground grip loss. The suspension system acts on 5 pivot points. The compression curve is progressive, so that when riding on flat ground or uphill, suspension lockout may be unnecessary. The cushioning power of the suspension is lower on smooth surfaces and "picks up" on bumpier ground - proportionally to stress intensity.
LESS STAY STRESS IN BRAKING
When it comes to braking force, nothing is left to chance: a separate calliper support is used to neutralise potential stress points in the stays' matching area, allowing to make the most of the mechanical properties of carbon fibre along performance-enhancing vectors. This results is less stress applied to the frame and easier braking management.
INTEGRATED CABLE HARNESSES
The cables that convey handlebar-mounted controls (suspension, seat post, brake and gear shifter) are sunk into the frame at the steering system. A ring nut secures the derailleur dropout to the frame to form a single assembly.
Geko is marketed in a variety of setups and in the colour patterns: Matte Carbon/Glossy Black - Matte Carbon/Red
Frame Weight: 1,800 grams without suspension.
Four available sizes: S-M-L-XL