Scapin improve on 2012′s “Superbike of the Year” with new Etika RC

Scapin Etika RC Ghost photoFor 2012, Scapin’s Hysak was crowned UK mag Cycling Plus‘ “Superbike of the Year”- but the Italian company isn’t content to rest on its laurels.  The Etika RC drops weight from and improves the aerodynamics of its predecessor and has moved from a traditional collar to an adjustable aero seatpost with an integrated wedge.  Some things don’t change, however: Scapin’s all-’rounder geometry is said to blend “the ride quality and stability of a GranFondo bike with the stiffness and reactivity of a crit racer.”

The bike pictured above also glows in the dark, which is pretty awesome- though the “Ghost” paint scheme name sits uneasily alongside roadside ‘ghost bike’ memorials.  While it is made in the far East, the Etika RC is hand-finished and painted in Italy like Scapin (Scapins?) as far back as 1957.  Click through for more details, geometry, and pricing…

MSRP is $4,175 for the frameset, available in 4 colors and 4 sizes and complete bike pricing is also available through Stage-Race Distribution at info@stage-race.com. An example Campagnolo Chorus build with Mavic Eilte wheels retails for $5,775.
Scapin Etika RC Ghost specs

Technical features include:
  • Tapered 1.5″ headtube and full carbon fork;
  • PF BB86 carbon bottom bracket;
  • Internal wiring for mechanical or electric groupsets;
  • Full carbon drop-outs with Double-D anodized red alloy cover;
  • Matching anodized ruby red FD tab and S-way seat-clamp.

Stage Race are now selling Scapin consumer direct in the US and also looking for new dealers across the country for the venerable Italian brand.

stage-race.com

Comments

John - 06/13/13 - 9:19am

Ahhhh, so many sweet bikes out there, so little extra $.

brattercakes - 06/13/13 - 10:06am

It is a beauty.

Ced G - 06/13/13 - 10:09am

Something about this bike…really dig it, could we get video of the glow in the dark?

Devin - 06/13/13 - 1:21pm

Kind of a bummer that Scapin is doing Taiwanese frames now, one of the coolest companies that still made bikes in Italy. Cest la vie, hopefully they can keep the majority of their construction in Italy- like their awesome steel/carbon frames.

Chris - 06/13/13 - 1:47pm

@ Devin:
Might be a bummer but what’s wrong with going with best builders? Fact is some of the best composites companies are in China and Taiwan. Plus the whole notion of Italian craftsmanship is a bit of a joke. I worked on a LOT of Italian bikes over the years and most left a lot to be desired. Most frames required extensive prep work before you could start adding components – threads had to be cleaned up, chasing and facing work had to be done, reaming of seat tubes, etc. Saw it on the likes of Colnago, Pinarello, Cinelli and plenty of other brands that people lust after. By comparison American and Japanese frames require almost no prep work. Most high end Taiwanese or Chinese frames are also good to go right out off the box. The Italians have an edge when it comes to designing frames thanks to their many decades of racing experience but when it comes to actual fabrication there are many people who do a better job. I’d much rather have a designed in Italy/made in China Scapin, Colnago, Pinarello, etc. than a 100% Italian one.

Matt - 06/13/13 - 2:48pm

What is a true bummer is that their marketing department thought it necessary to shoot pictures of the bike in the dark. How the F are you supposed to see the bike.

Tim A - 06/13/13 - 3:50pm

@Matt: Could it be that they photographed the bike in the dark… because it glows in the dark?

Matt - 06/13/13 - 5:24pm

Oh yeah, that is by far the most important aspect of this bike. I am going to buy two now.

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