Naturally glued to the ground
Scapin has an all-new carbon full-suspension XC & Marathon race weapon in their short travel 29er Geko mountain bike. With a lower centre of gravity and shorter chainstays that their previous race bike, the new 95mm travel Geko uses a flex stay rear end to shed weight as well.
Scapin Geko carbon XC mountain bike
At 1800g claimed for the frame the Geko sticks with mostly steep race bike geometry.
The bike gets a relatively steep 70° head angle paired with the larger 51mm offset forks (very similar to Trek’s G2 Geometry) to balance quick handling with descending stability.
Paired with a 100mm fork, Scapin calls the 95mm travel Geko ‘a through-and-through downhill specialist’. They back that claim up with the steep but large offset front end and a rear end with flexing arched seatstays that promise progressive suspension action.
Aesthetics wise the Geko carries on the angular tube shaping and dramatically kinked top & down tubes that we saw introduced on last summer’s Oraklo carbon hardtail.
To increase Geko’s stability, Scapin has optimised its centre of gravity thanks to 50mm BB offset combined with a 74° seat tube angle. Pedalling in a sitting position is made easier even on extremely steep slopes – keeping the front wheel firmly on the ground and avoiding loss of grip. By contrast, the 51mm fork is less verticalised (70°) to better deal with ground bumpiness downhill.
Like that bike the new Geko gets a full carbon monocoque construction, as well as Boost rear spacing. The full suspension bike however looks to sacrifice front derailleur compatibility in order to get its compact 435mm chainstays.
The Geko does get an oversized seatpost, making it dropper post friendly. All the cable routing is internal – including for a stealth dropper and a remote lockout for the upside-down shock – with derailleur & rear brake routed under the press fit bottom bracket.
The Geko comes six standard builds from a top-of-the-line SX X1E with SRAM XX1 Eagle, dow to the S8 S with a Shimano XT/SLX 1x build. The carbon bike comes in four stock sizes (S-XL) and in matte carbon with either gloss black or red highlights.
SX X1E Features:
- Frame: Carbon Monocoque with RFS (Toray T1000, T800, M40J) – Travel 95mm
- Rear Shock: Fox Float DPS Factory – Remote Lockout
- Fork opt.: Rock Shox Reba RL 29″ DBF – 100mm, TAP, 15mm, B110mm
- Fork opt.: Fox Float R32 F29 Performance SC – 100mm, TAP, 15mm, B110
- Fork opt.: Fox Float R32 F29 Factory SC – 100mm, TAP, 15mm, B110
- Fork RS1: Rock Shox RS1 – 100mm, TAP, 15mm B110
- Group Set: Sram XX1 Eagle 12S.
- Crank Set: Sram XX1 Eagle (34T)
- Bottom Bracket: Sram Press Fit
- R. Der: Sram XX1 Eagle
- Shifters: Sram XX1 Eagle Trigger
- Brakes: Shimano XTR BR-M9000
- Disc: Shimano RT86S
- Cassette: Sram XG 1299 (10/50)
- Chain: Sram PCXX1E
- Seatpost: Ritchey WCS BLACK
- Seat post Opt.: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth – Remote Lockout
- Saddle: San Marco Regale FX Carbon
- Stem: Ritchey WCS C-220 73D BB Black
- Handlebar: Ritchey WCS BLACK 2X 9D 720mm BB Black
- Bottle: Scapin Elite Fiume Biodegradable
- Bottle Cage: Scapin Paron Race
- Wheels/Tires opt.: ZTR Crest – Miche 966 Hubs | F:15mm R:12mm, B148 / Vittoria Barzo TNT
- Wheels/Tires opt.: Mavic Crossmax Elite | F:15mm R:12mm, B148 / Vittoria Barzo TNT
- Wheels/Tires opt.: Vittoria Reaction SL | F:15mm R:12mm, B148 / Vittoria Barzo TNT
- Wheels/Tires opt.: ZTR Crest – Miche 966 Hubs | F:15mm R:12mm, B148