putting its riders in a forward-leaning position. This stance
requires a bit of flexibility, but diehard cross-country racers will
feel right at home. The aggressive stance gave us the ability to
put plenty of power to the pedals during our entire ride, but made
some of our less-fit cross-country test riders a little sore.
Climbing: This is where the Spektro shines. Whether we were
charging a long fire road or powering up a punchy singletrack,
the Spektro begged us to push harder. The rear end had a stiff
and efficient feel, while the front suspension soaked up the terrain. Under the rider’s command the fork can be set to fully rigid,
allowing the rider to get out of the saddle with zero suspension
movement. This feature came in handy many times.
BIKE TEST / SCAPIN SPEKTRO
Cornering: The Scapin Spektro maintains traction well and is
very maneuverable through tight turns. The 2.1 Barzo tires provided confidence, and the 70.5-degree head tube angle provided
snappy handling. The Spektro is built to shred flowy cross-country
trails and enjoys being flicked around a racecourse.
Descending: This is when things began to go downhill—and
not just literally. The Spektro was not the most confidence-inspir-ing on rougher trails with rain ruts and rocks, but keep in mind,
most cross-country races are won on the climbs. The Spektro is
a blast to ride on smoother trails and carries its speed well, but
descending rough terrain is not its forte.
Braking: Scapin spec’d the Spektro with XT brakes front and
Raw power: The Scapin Spektro is a speed demon chasing fast lines and blasting around turns. The Vittoria Barzo tires hooked up to
the ground well, propelling our test riders around our favorite cross-country loops. The Spektro’s overall feel allows riders to be low and
aggressive during their entire ride.
2x is far from dead: Although many high-end race bikes use a
single-ring drivetrain, the Scapin’s XT 2x system worked great and
offers riders a wider gear range.
Cross-country strong: The Scapin Spektro exhibits a pure
cross-country look with its stiff carbon frame and its long-and-low