Scapin’s New Fixie – the Eleanor

Scapin Eleanor Fixed Gear Bicycle

Scapin is breaking into the fixie market with the 2012 release of the Eleanor. They weren’t looking toward the track with this one, instead developing it to handle the daily beat-down of the streets.

Riding a track bike on the road is like buying a Ferrari to drive to the grocery store.  I personally own a fixie and enjoy riding it around town, but feel like I need to be somewhat apologetic at times.  A fixie should, in my humble opinion, be a mixture of aesthetics and sport.  It needs to look great, feel great, and bring some wandering eyes to it when locked to the bike rack.  The Eleanor looks to hold of all of these traits.

I’ve noticed many 1980s-model Scapin road frames stripped down to nothing and converted into fixies. I take it Scapin finally caught onto the raging trend their old frames have been fueling with the production of the Eleanor. The Eleanor is forged with vintage-appeal in mind, the bike molded around a Columbus Spirit steel frame with chromium-plated lugs.  The complete bike is featured in a variety of colors (Black, Blue, Creamy White, and “Old” Green). More to come about the Eleanor and Scapin’s new 29er after the break.

Scapin goes for the vintage appeal but drops the quill stem in replacement for the modern threadless stem. This allows for some day-to-day handlebar experimentation. There are just some bars nowadays that don’t want to fit into quill stems regardless of the quill’s aesthetic appeal.  The straight blade fork on the Eleanor promises for aggressive handling, but the raked fork’s the appeal among fixie riders is debatable. It looks to me, through a little bit of snooping, that they will be offering raked forks and different handlebar selections on the the creamy-white Eleanor.

Along with the Eleanor, Scapin is releasing their Oraklo 29er (picture featured below). The frame weighs in at 1,250 grams and is constructed of monocoque carbon fiber UDM Toray T700. It features a tapered steerer, integrated gear-wires passage, press-fit movement and post-mount brake clips on the chain stay.

Scapin Oraklo 29er mountain bike


Ron - 01/26/12 - 10:24am

I just want to level that saddle before someone slides off and gets hurt.

dgaddis - 01/26/12 - 10:49am

“…integrated gear-wires passage, press-fit movement and post-mount brake clips on the chain stay.”

What? That reads like a language translation gone wrong.

What fork is that on the 29er?

Dan - 01/26/12 - 10:55am

DT Swiss

Mike - 01/26/12 - 11:21am

That 29er looks lovely!

professorVelo - 01/26/12 - 12:36pm

gee, just what the world needs is another entry into the fixie market….

which is why the saddle isn’t level. it saves hipsters from having to do it themselves.

I know, I know. snarky, but I’m pretty tired of the whole genre.

Nate - 01/26/12 - 12:39pm

That 29er looks very much like an open mould frame I already own! Not to say thats bad, just nothing ground braking, unless Im wrong 😉

Shawn - 01/26/12 - 2:45pm

“press-fit movement” = bad translation of the italian term for a bottom bracket – movimento centrale (the central movement). Italian even makes the lowly bottom bracket sound beautiful.

Stage-Race - 01/26/12 - 4:44pm

Scapin is going to be made available in North America through Stage-Race Distribution. Consumer direct e-commerce store to open mid-March!! Email for dealer or consumer inquiries!

spokejunky - 01/27/12 - 6:13am

Uh oh, they used the red S. Look out guys, Specialized is coming after you.

guyonnabike - 01/27/12 - 9:24am

“It features a tapered steerer, integrated gear-wires passage, press-fit movement and post-mount brake clips on the chain stay.”

This has got to be a Google-translate fail.

Journalism 101: Proofread your copy.

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