The 2014 Scapin Ivor road bike is available in seven paint schemes, including Italian themed.
Italian bike maker Scapin has rolled out the latest version of its Ivor carbon fiber road frame, calling it a bike with "the stiffness of a monocoque racer and the comfort of a tube-to-tube design." MSRP for the frameset is $5,000. Fully built bikes range from $11,000 for full Dura-Ace Di2 or Campagnolo Record EPS to $6,000 for a Shimano Ultegra blend package. (See full build options here.)
The calling card of the revised Ivor is choice. The bike is available in six sizes or it can be built up with custom geometry. Custom geometry builds including full RETUL geometry and fit consultation incur a $200 upcharge. You can also choose from seven paint schemes, mechanical or electronic drivetrain compatibility, adjustable aero seatpost or ISP, and you can even get your name inscribed on the top tube or down tube.
Frame construction is a combination of monocoque section TT-matrix design with hand-wrapped and painted tubesets assembled in Italy. TT-Matrix is claimed to create stiff monocoque junction areas such as the bottom bracket and headtube. Scapin also claims its lowered overall frame weight via this new carbon lay-up process. Claimed frame weight is respectable (but not amazingly light) 1,090 grams.
Choose one of these stock geometry options or go full custom.
The end result, says Scapin, is a design that pairs bottom bracket and front-end stiffness with comfort and smooth ride quality. This is done in part due to the use of a highly asymmetric design and through Scapin's patented comfort flex system technology, which allows the rear stays to cantilever vertically for enhanced vibration and road-shock absorption.
The Ivor comes in Naked Black, Ruby Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, or the Italian-themed White/Red/Green option pictured above. The bikes are available in North America via Stage Race Distribution. For more info, check out www.stage-race.com